Category : Cancer

13 Feb, 17

A letter to all of the doctors that misdiagnosed me


A Letter to all of the doctors that misdiagnosed me: It’s officially been one year since I went into respiratory failure. One year since I was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. One year since not only my life changed, but the lives of all of my friends and family changed. One year since I woke up in the ICU, after being transferred to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, to Dr. Izidore Lossos, who essentially saved my life. One year since...

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06 Feb, 17

Always be kind.


Be kind to everyone,  for everyone is fighting their own battle. The world is full of kind people, if you can’t find one, then become one. People are judged every single day, whether we realize it or not. And I think it’s getting to the point where it’s actually becoming heartbreaking. So how do we deal with this? Well, here is what I’ve learned over the past year in my battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In a world full of unkind...

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02 Jan, 17

No hair don’t care, no hair do care, do you boo boo!


Everyone handles cancer differently. The journey is not the same for any one person. The side effects of chemo are awful, I’m not downplaying it. The nausea, the fatigue, the pain. It’s bad. Depending on your chemotherapy regimen, some people lose their hair, and some don’t. I lost my hair, my eyebrows, my eyelashes, everything. I lost it twice. For me personally, this was the most horrifying experience. I remember it like it was yesterday. Running my hands through my...

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07 Dec, 16

2016 at a glance


Nothing will ever prepare you for the day that your entire world comes crashing down. For me, and for a lot of other people, this is the day that you are diagnosed with cancer. This is how I started 2016, and spent the majority of the year. It’s like something out of a movie, where you don’t think that it could ever happen to you. Until it does. It was the most difficult, terrifying, mentally and physically exhausting year of...

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24 Oct, 16

Dating & Cancer


So, one of the most common questions people ask me involves dating and cancer. If you were just diagnosed with cancer, you’re probably freaking the f*ck out and thinking “oh my god, no one is going to ever want to date me again!”. Here is my experience. I did the same thing. The same exact thing. I literally cried to my friend Kristin for days at first. I cried to every single guy friend that I have. I cried to...

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20 Oct, 16

The journey continues during Remission


Remission. Everyone thinks it’s over, but it’s never really over. We all try to be strong, but we also all have our off days. Our cancer centers become our security blankets. We become attached to our doctors. We become attached to our nurses. We become attached to those in pathology that draw our blood during labs. It’s all a sense of security, and once you’re in remission, your security blanket is completely gone. That’s why they say that the first...

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02 Oct, 16

“Life after cancer”


They say that remission is hard. It’s sometimes more hard than the actual treatment itself. I remember on my last day of chemo, one of my friends who is an NP at my cancer center told me this, and it stuck with me. I’ve been in remission for two months, and while I thank god every night for giving me a second chance, it’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s hard. Really hard. You’re still tired, your body is...

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07 Sep, 16

What cancer has taught me


In the last seven months, I’ve learned more about myself and life, than I’ve learned in the last twenty nine years. Cancer has been the biggest fight of my life, the biggest wake up call of my life, and the biggest teacher of my life. Here are a few things that cancer has taught me.. Miracles happen every day. Every freaking day. I’m a living example that miracles happen. In January, I had cancer in almost every organ in my...

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22 Aug, 16

Talk REMISSION to me!


7 months. Where do I even begin? 7 months of intense chemotherapy, surgeries, radiation, hair loss, nausea, pain, meltdowns. It’s been one hell of a 7 months, and it’s so crazy to think that cancer took up the better part of my year. Over the weekend, I was working a conference in Palm Beach. I was sitting with my manager and two coworkers when my doctor called me to tell me that he had good news and that I was...

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14 Aug, 16

Back to work after cancer & back at it!


So this week was my first week back at work, after being on leave for 6 months with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I’m a pharmaceutical rep, so I promote prescription products to doctors, which is why I had to take a leave during my treatment..due to my weakened immune system. The week overall, was really great. My doctors were very receptive to my situation, etc. I kind of felt normal..for once. As normal as you can feel waiting in between scans to...

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