"I fortunately have found a place where my mind is present in my current life and hopeful and my heart is peaceful." I'm sharing my experience of reaching two years of remission and feeling like I've lived two lives, having an open heart and mind, and finding peace in a new blog post (link in bio). We are desperately in need of peace and open minds and hearts. 💚
It's time to share the love.
Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fundraising event that helps light the way for people with blood cancer. Before I raise my lantern in solidarity, I’m raising money to change lives – and I need your help.
I’ve pledged to raise at least $1,000 to help the @leukaemia_foundation provide every Australian with the support and services they need to beat their blood cancer.
Today 35 Australians will be diagnosed with blood cancer - #leukaemia#lymphoma#myeloma – and I want to help be the light in their darkest hour, just like so many who were there for me.
Please donate today if you can (link in profile!) or join me in St Kilda #Melbourne on Friday 6th of October. Register online and join team #ByeByeBarry
Together we can be the light in their darkest hour.
It feels like the weight of the World 🌎 is on your shoulders when you're waiting for results of a Cat Scan to see if you have #Cancer or if cancer has returned but , thank God yesterday I got my results & im still cancer free in #Remission & it's a huge weight of my shoulders I'd recommend everyone eat plenty of #alkaline vegetables & drink alkaline water & eat & drink plenty of #antioxidants get #exercise don't consume #processedsugars & most important #Pray & have #Faith
I took this picture of Dad and me back in August 2007.
A few weeks earlier he had been diagnosed with Stage 4, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and he would begin chemotherapy as well as partake in an experimental clinical trial starting a few weeks thereafter.
The treatments took a heavy toll on Dad, some symptoms which remain to this day; but one year later he was diagnosed in full remission.
He met with his Oncologist on Monday for his annual scheduled check-up.
Last night when I spoke to him, he told me that he is now NINE YEARS in remission. His Doctor was pleased, VERY pleased; as were both Dad and Mom, not to mention Marcel and me.
This is no small feat, as there are only 5 stages of this disease and he was only diagnosed at stage 4.
This news is just so wonderful that I wanted to share with all my friends.
Going forward he only has to have follow-up blood work every 6 months, and his next scheduled appointment with the good Doctor is a lovely 3 years away.
Onward we go.
I'm glad I still have both of my Parents with me, and look forward to seeing them soon.
I don't normally do this. That being said, my father had to be rushed to the ER some.nights ago. They stabilized him, made him comfortable and have kept him over night for the past 3 days monitoring him. And its come to the last resort. Tomorrow morning they will be preforming an advance and risky surgery on my dad in hopes of finding the problem. Which leads me to the next part. My dad is in remission has been for almost 5 years now. But there is a very high chance the cancer could have come back and made its way into his stomach. I love my Daddy very much and I would greatly appreciate it if you could keep him in your thoughts tomorrow. ❤
For those of you that don't know...@makeawishhawaii is a big part of our lives. Our youngest son Joseph is a #wishkid . He was diagnosed with a #raredisease called #langerhanscellhistiocytosis when he was 2 years old. This rare #childhoodcancer obviously changed our life forever. Make-A-Wish Hawaii gave our Ohana this amazing and incredible gift and granted Joseph his one true wish. That was to meet Mickey Mouse for his 3rd birthday. A birthday we weren't sure he would see. They not only introduced Joseph to Mickey Mouse...the sent us to #givekidstheworld in Florida. One of the most amazing places ever. Everything was over the top! I could go on and on about how this wish impacted our whole family. This couldn't of happened to us without thr help of donations to make these wishes like Joseph come true. ⭐ At the @madeinhi festival we will be donating 3% of all cash sales to Make-A-Wish Hawaii. We will also have a donation box and envelopes if you'd like to help other #localkeiki see there with come true.
I know what it's like...I am a #wishmom . And also a #wishgranter . I get to see other families that have been where we have been. Overwhelmed, scared and seeing the stress it puts on the entire family and be there to tell them that their child's wish is coming true and help coordinate it. It is an honor and a privilege to be apart of this wonderful organization.
This summer is flying by, but it's another #hopewarriorwednesday ! You don't want to miss the chat with the lovely @paleohope on the blog today. She is so full of faith and fiercely believes that everything happens for a reason. It can be hard to find the blessings with a chronic illness diagnosis sometimes, but Nicole is determined to look for the positive despite all the negative. This attitude is inspiring, whether you have an illness or not. Check it out above and go visit Nicole's page to say hi! 😊#flareuphope
Omg where are all my IBD friends at?!?! We NEED to make these!!! Putting a little humor in something that is far from funny! Our reality on the bad days, my reality for 3 years.
Thanking God every single day that I have been able to remain in remission for the last 4 years and praying that my IBD friends find comfort as well 💕
I need to buy the mold - these are happening and I know my daughter will love it too!
2017 has had some of the lowest lows of our lives but then this month has brought so much happiness ❤️. From a major health scare to major losses in our family, cancer which brings surgery and treatment to hospital stays. I was definitely ready for 2017 to end but then came all of these wondering things... remission, new vehicle, new house, Max's bday and the return to work. The Cantin's are moving into our own house 🏡 From the bottom of our hearts we thank everybody for being there for our family at our lowest #newthingstocome#sograteful#remission#nomoremovingforthismama#aplacetocallourown @bdnsbskdbn
I've been thinking a lot about the lives I've lived and how I've shown up in the world these past several years. It's a heavy sadness laced with confused gratitude, as I've met and become close to some beautiful humans who have loved and supported me through a whole lot of bullshit. As I'm getting healthier, I'm realizing how sick I really was and how severely my illnesses affected everything, including my personality. Chronic illness changes everything about you and it's magnified exponentially, when accompanied by the work of processing past trauma and abuse. So there's a part of me that wants to apologize for the ways in which I was unreliable and unfocused, for my lack of presence with you, for the moments of such high anxiety that I couldn't be the person I wanted to be, for the intensity of my emotions and the unpredictability of just about everything that involved me. And also, to thank you for holding me through it, in whatever ways that you did; for those of you who did not lock me out or shut me down. I hope to show up more, now, in different ways. As me, without so much weight and suffering masking who I really am. I look forward to getting to know myself again, in this new skin and I'm excited for you to get to know me too. I know that isn't likely that this remission is permanent, but I'm gaining the skills and tools that will help support me through it better if it isn't. Either way, I'm here now and I couldn't love you more. #chronicillness#recovery#healing#beherenow#gratitude#breathingnewlife#newskin#remission
This little cutie patootie is in REMISSION!!! It was so hard to hear that she had lung cancer a few months ago. The doctors thought it was going to take her out but she said no way! I swear this woman has 9 lives. I'm so blessed and thankful to have such a beautiful, strong, brave, Jesus loving woman as my grandmother. Love you so much Mudder!! #cancerfree#remission
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BELLO: 🙏🏾🎬🙏🏾TAKE 2🙏🏾 I got cancer😷 but cancer don't got me👊🏽. Slayed lymphoma into remission for a 2nd time🙏🏾💪🏾🙏🏾. Thank you Dr. Brenn @oradell_animal bringing out my superhero powers & kickin lymphoma down🤜🏽✌🏾👊🏽! Thank you @trupanion cuz mama wouldn't be able to pay the bills without you😘 Most of all thank you friends for all your prayers & love cuz it's workin-i was in remission for almost 2yrs, more than 2x the average🙌🏾🙏🏾🙌🏾! Even though I got some superpowers, please keep up the prayers, I still got 3 mos left of chemo & got to stay strong for mama & my squad🙏🏾❤️💙🙏🏾. Love you all!! #flaf#superdog#kickcancersbutt#remission 😍 #Bello 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #Superhero 💯 #Gratitude 💯 #Motivation 💥 #KeepGoingStrong ❤️ #DrMichaelJMorris 🌟 @sloankettering 💥
Marin County, you will always have a piece of my heart ❤️ Lived here for five years. Countless miles of hikes and bike rides. Some of the most delicious food ever. Two babies conceived. Deep friendships and much more! #marincounty#marin#pacificcoast#nomad
When the phone rang on April 13th of this year, our lives were forever changed, "After all you've been through Tess, I don't even want to say this....we found more cancer..."! That one sentence seemed to suck the life out of me!! After a few days of self pity along with a swift kick in the ass from my husband and some great friends, I decided to fight. From my first chemo/radiation to the very last, I tried my hardest to stay focused. I met some amazing people along my journey, people that helped me realize that so many others have it so much worse. Many tears were shed and some days I seriously wanted to give up, then I would remember those "others". With the help of friends and loved ones and my husband and girls by my side, WE persevered!!! REMISSION has never sounded so good!!!! #cancerwarrior#fuckcancer#iwin#remission#lovemyfamily#lovemyfriends#godisgood ~Let your smile change the world but never let the world change your smile!~
Let's talk about something real. Let's talk about the physical, emotional and mental effects choosing to have something you were born with taken off. I remember when I had my mastectomy. It was actually the first thing I asked for when I was diagnosed and I had absolutely no questions about it. I wanted a bilateral nipple sparing mastectomy because I just wanted that crap out of me! I remember the surgeon denying me, then only agreeing to doing one then finally giving me what I asked for. I remember the medical team asking me was I sure because I was so young. All I could think about was "get this damn cancer out of me!". Needless to say I think had I been given a better medical team I wouldn't be so traumatized. From the relentless arguing about the surgery, to the mangled scars he left me and no nipples was the finishing touch. I remember the day after I didn't care, I was so happy to know the cancer was taken out! Then a couple weeks later my bandages were removed and I cried in the elevator with my mom. All I could muster was, "he took my nipples!". When I got fitted for my prosthesis, I was fine, then I went to try on a different size and for the first time looked down and that DD was gone. I cried. At 28 I had never seen myself without breasts, and as time went on, I didn't know how to love my body anymore. No matter how much confidence I portrayed or how many compliments I received, I hated the way I looked. Who knew this would put me in such a mental state? I became so obsessed with wanting to look like me again I pushed my reconstruction. While everyone told me to wait I refused to because they didn't know how many anxiety attacks I was having. They didn't know how isolated I had become. But for every dark day, it can shed some light. Thank God I pushed when I did because without being impatient they would have never found out that the cancer was never gone. And I probably wouldn't have had a second chance. See I had never received any scans to verify anything was gone, thank God that plastic surgeon was trained to see cancer cells like he did. It's been a journey but I'm definitely getting better now. Tell me, how was your mastectomy journey? 💕
For by one offering He has perfected #forever those who are being #sanctified . But the #Holy#Spirit also #witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the #covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the #Lord : I will put My #laws INTO THEIR #HEARTS , AND IN THEIR #MINDS I will write them,” then He adds, “Their #sins and their lawless deeds I will remember NO MORE.” Now where there is #remission of these, there is NO LONGER an offering for #sin . Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest BY THE #BLOOD OF #JESUS , by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His #flesh , and having a #High#Priest over the house of #God ,
#Hebrews 10:14-21 #NKJV
Starting to feel myself again. I had a hard time leaving my husband on Saturday knowing that over the next year, we will only see each other every 2-3 months. It's been a rough couple of days but I can't sit around feeling sorry for myself. I need to look at the positives in my life- I'm healthy, my R.A. is still in remission, I have a wonderful family that supports me, a nephew and niece I completely adore, great friends, a job and I can go on. I woke up today with a new attitude - had a great training session, a delicious breakfast and an afternoon out with my parents picking out new countertops with them (I love home stuff). Life isn't always perfect and sometimes you have to go through a tough time in order to come out on top. I know that next year things will be a whole lot better and new adventures will be just beginning!! I need to remind myself of that more often!! #backontrack#newbeginnings#change#feelingbetter#lifeisntalwayseasy#adventure#healthy#rheumatoidarthritis#remission