Dear Family & Friends,
A GLIMPSE OF MY STORY through my cancer poem:
"April was a month of many tears . . .
sixteen years later . . .
it has become a journey of many cheers!
Coming into my life you ruined it all . . .
three trials later, I have managed to overcome these cancerous walls. . .
With no hair on my head,
my identity morphed on that hospital bed.
Knowing that no one could go near me;
I now, count the blessings-- knowing that I’m free.
The flowers, bears and shit you all sent-
these precious souvenirs have left a permanent dent.
On the other hand, I must say, “ I loved the attention I received those days”
cancer has changed my life in thee most beautiful ways.
But finally, I have vanished cancer from my life, and I must say that:
MY LIFE'S A RIDE AND I SHOW MY PRIDE!!!!"
On April 27, 1999, the cancerous nightmare began to consume my life. That morning I woke up literally paralyzed; I merely managed to crawl from my bed toward the coach. There, I awaited for my mother to take me to my pediatrician. That was the last time I was able to witness my younger brother's childhood free of chaos. Once at Dr. Kelley’s office, I collapsed on the cement as I attempted to walk inside; a notable bystander ran to fetch me a wheelchair. Dr.Kelley’s primary reaction as I was wheeled in will forever be imprinted in my brain. “She is anemic!!! Let’s get her blood STAT! I’m surprised she’s still speaking” Once the lab confirmed I had a RBC of 0.02, infusion began immediately. From there, I was transported to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. After a series of tests, a bone marrow aspirate confirmed that I had cancer. Upon given the results, I honestly could not conceive the idea. I managed to remain calm by reaffirming myself that “we know what it is, so let’s do all that is necessary to get better and get back to school!” On April 13, 2010, I went “into remission.”
During the summer prior to my senior year, when I thought that I was “living a normal life”- on July 13, 2005, cancer penetrated my youth was again. Cancer now forced be to postpone my educational pursuits. Determined not to allow cancer to control my life, I attended community college to pass the time. July 2007, “remission” revisited my life. On July 25, 2009, I relapsed once again. Thus, a BMT was the prescribed solution. On January 13, 2010, I was blessed with my FOURTH chance at life!!!! Post BMT, I have successfully obtained my B.A. in Communications and continue to live life with a smile- daily!
CancerCon has changed my life for the better. I have previously attended Cancer 2012 and 2015 with my boyfriend, Frank. I was introduced to CancerCon by another survivor. However the first time, I honestly believe I was unable to immerse myself in the Stupid Cancer movement, due to my recent post BMT side effects. Hence, during the conference in Las Vegas, I often supplemented my workshops for naps. Thence, due to my extreme fatigue, I was unable to be present physically and mentally. I also believe that I did not participate in group and extracurricular activities due to my monetary limit. In contrast, at CancerCon 2015, I received a travel scholarship. I believe this aspect relieved stress. Last year, I fully participated in the majority of functions, all workshops, and was able to absorb all CancerCon resources physically, mentally and emotionally. As a result of OMG 2015's resources and retained information, I have been able to increase my energy level. Thus, I know that I will be able to engage in all elements. Ultimately, I will use all gained resources to my personal advantage and ultimately to educate my community and peers. Additionally, I would like to personally thank everyone for supporting my cause!!!!
Please support my efforts by making a donation to ensure that I, and hundreds of other survivors like me, have the opportunity to attend this event, experience the support and community I need and make a difference for thousands of young adults affected by cancer.
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