Category : Survivor

25 May, 18

What I wish my physicians learned in med school


As I sit here and write this, it’s May of 2018. Yes, 2018.  There are so many tools to diagnose illnesses in this day and age. Whether it be a blood test, an MRI, a CT scan, there are tools. We have tools. If we have so many tools, why are over 12 million Americans misdiagnosed each year? There’s an awareness month for many diseases, and it’s time to raise awareness that misdiagnosing patients is also a deadly disease. Maybe...

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01 Apr, 18

A cancer survivor’s life secrets, coming undone like a $2 sweater


Sit back and let me tell you a little secret about life. I don’t know what I’m doing. No one else knows what they’re doing either. Trust me, no one. You’re probably freaking out that you lost so much time out of your life going through treatment. You don’t know what to do next. You feel like you should be in a different chapter of your life. I did the same thing during and after Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. FREEZE! Stop right there....

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28 Mar, 17

30 things Cancer taught me by 30


30 things I’ve learned 1. Life is freaking short! If you want to do something, do it. Always live like it’s your last day on earth, because you never know when that day is. For us cancer survivors, we get that. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, and you don’t either. Live while you can. Respect your health and that you’re alive, unfortunately not everyone does. 2. Family is everything. Spend as much time with them as possible. And...

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15 Mar, 17

Post Chemo Hair Growth Tips!


Post Chemo Hair Growth Tips! Hi! It’s me, reporting live 7 months post Hodgkin’s Lymphoma chemo. I’m actually going to say it’s 6 months post chemo, because I got blasted with chemo twice (thx doc) so I lost my hair TWICE! The first time it grew back straight, the second time..Afro. It didn’t actually start growing until 6 weeks post chemo and my last chemo was August 3rd. My hair has grown an insane amount within these 6-7 months. I...

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21 Feb, 17

To my cancer fighters, I was you this time last year.


To all of my cancer fighters, I was you this time last year. I’m writing to let you know that this time last year, I was in your shoes. I was you. I completely get what you’re going through right now, because I was there. Don’t worry, what you’re feeling is normal. This is all normal. Around this exact time last year, was about two weeks after my first chemo. This exact night is the first time I ran my...

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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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17 Jan, 17

Handle Scanxiety like a real MVP


HOW TO HANDLE SCANXIETY LIKE A REAL MVP There are a million forms of fear in life. We all fear things daily, whether we want to admit it or not. People fear that they will lose their jobs, people fear that they will never find love or get married, people fear that they will never be enough. For us cancer patients, the fear of scans or “scanxiety” is real. After you’ve conquered something like cancer, we don’t fear the world...

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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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22 Nov, 16

A note to current cancer fighters from a recent survivor


If you’re reading this you’re probably in the hospital receiving your first chemo, or you were just diagnosed, and preparing yourself for what’s about to come. Everything probably happened so quickly that you can’t even wrap your head around things. That’s how it usually happens, all of the sudden. Don’t worry, you will get through it. You’re going to be hit with the fertility card, and told how many side effects that you could possibly have from the chemo. Neuropathy,...

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