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15 Jul, 18

Establishing Boundaries and Cancer

One of the most hot topics during and post treatment is establishing boundaries. It’s also one of the most difficult topics, because it often takes quite a bit of time post treatment to actually establish them. Let’s be real, it took me a few years. But nonetheless, it’s a huge topic, and on any cancer board, you’ll see so many posts asking what to do when person x did this or did that to person z. I was one of...

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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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02 May, 18

How to breeze through chemotherapy!

It’s been almost two years since I breezed through 6 cycles of Esc. BEACOPP. I like to think that the less cancerous cells that we have in our body, the easier that the chemo becomes, but I’m probably totally making this up! I want to share with you guys a few basic tricks that helped me more so during the end of chemo, since I mastered all of the tips and tricks at the end, of course! Shocker. Before you...

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17 Apr, 18

Survivor’s Guilt

Survivor’s guilt is something that I never really understood. Cancer survivors talk about it all of the time. But, it never really hit me. Not until it actually happened to me. When you have cancer, you find that there is a large network of other cancer patients and survivors out there. You connect with them, almost instantly. There’s an unwritten, automatic bond, because you get it. You get eachother. In one way or another, you’re going through or have gone...

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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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02 Jul, 16

Medical Update!

So I’ve already written a million posts on radiation, but since it’s over, I thought I would talk about how radiation really was for me. (No bs..real talk!) radiation, like different for everyone. For me, I handled radiation in a totally different way. Chemo, I was out and about, enjoying life, still sick, but nonetheless, I had motivation to get out. Probably from the lethal amount of Prednisone that I’m on, ha! Radiation was a different monster, but mainly...

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21 May, 16

Live your Life

There is a quote that reads “You’ve never lived until you’ve almost died. For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor the protected shall never know.” As horrible as it sounds, sometimes it takes fighting for your life, or seeing someone else fight for theirs, to be able to actually live, and appreciate life. We really don’t have much say about what happens to us in life, especially when you’re diagnosed with cancer, or when a traumatic...

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25 Apr, 16

Trust the Timing

Over the weekend, I was determined to get outside and exercise. Since I can’t go to the gym because of the port in my chest, I figured walking would be a better option for me. The neuropathy in my hands has become almost unbearable, and has now spread to my legs, making it extremely difficult for me to even walk. While trying to walk .5 miles, I managed to fall to the ground three times. 4 cycles of escalated chemo...

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23 Mar, 16

I got it from my mama!

My Hematologist is undoubtedly one of the brightest research physicians in the Lymphoma specialty. He may have the worst bed side manner I’ve ever seen, and he may or may not dislike me, but he saved my life. Because of his clinical knowledge, he literally saved my life after two rounds of intense chemotherapy. If he would have given me the standard ABVD treatment, I wouldn’t have had a chance. Because of him, I was able to celebrate my 29th...

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