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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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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03 Aug, 16

What 6 months of cancer is like

To talk about things lightly, 6 months ago, I entered Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center as a materialistic, superficial brat. I thought I was the queen of the world. Living in Miami, the city ended up consuming me, and I thought that owning expensive watches and designer bags was what defined me. I thought that what I looked like on the outside truly defined me. I thought which VIP list I would be on that night, or who’s yacht I was...

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01 Aug, 16

Keep busy during chemo & neutropenia!

I become Neutropenic after every single chemo, so house arrest is way too much of a friend (or foe!) to me. The last two weeks, I’ve never been so bored in my entire life. So here’s a list of things that I did while on house arrest. Seriously, you have to keep yourself entertained. Scrap booking! I’ve been working on a scrap book of my entire cancer journey and it’s so awesome! I got a bunch of material from Michael’s...

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22 Jul, 16

What it’s like to have cancer

Cancer is a very touchy subject. Unfortunately, you will never truly understand it, until it happens to you. This is why as a non-cancer patient, you have to tread lightly and be very careful about how you approach the subject, how you approach giving advice, especially if you’re talking about foods and therapy, because at the end of the day, you really have no idea what it’s like to be dealt our card. I’m not the same person that I...

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19 Jul, 16

Using the law of attraction as affirmation of friendships

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, cancer helps you realize what’s truly important in your life. It’s sad that sometimes it takes a traumatic event in your life to help you realize things, but you realize them nonetheless. I’ve learned so many important things, and a lot of them revolve around the idea that your vibe attracts your tribe. It truly does. Before all of the cancer stuff, I was hanging out with so many of the...

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17 Jul, 16

6 steps to breeze through chemo

So, I breezed through Cycle 5 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 this chemo, than any other! Obviously it helped to have my mom and one of my friends Chiara there, but here it goes! Before you go...

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15 Jul, 16

Things to stop giving an eff about

  WHAT YOU SHOULD STOP GIVING AN EFF ABOUT Chemo thoughts, cancer thoughts, crazy chemo brain. You have so many realizations while going through such a traumatic event in your life. This trauma eventually brings you clarity, and believe me, I’ve never thought or seen so clearly in my entire life. Pretty crazy that it takes some people to be on the verge of life or death, to think clearly, huh? Me being one of them, whoops! So, in my...

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06 Jul, 16

Straight outta chemo

Straight out of Chemotherapy During my first cycle of chemo, I had no idea what was going on. I was half sedated for it, and really didn’t get a true glimpse of what it was all about, until the second cycle, when the true horror story began. Once I was able to manage my side effects, I was fine. While the rest of the girls in my city are worried about which snap chat filter to use, one of my...

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08 Jun, 16

Cancer Beauty 101

It’s so easy to let yourself completely go and fall into a funk during chemo, since we tend to look in the mirror and not even recognize ourselves. This is why I’m personally a big advocate of makeup, and great skin care products, even when you don’t feel like putting any on! It helps you feel more like your old self. Here are some tips and tricks that I found useful during chemo: Eyebrows: I ended up losing all of...

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