My Cancer Story

“One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to happen in life. And with that, she realized the only control she had was how she chose to handle them. So, she made the decision to survive using courage, humor and grace. She was the Queen of her own life and the choice was hers.” ~ Queenisms™

Chemotherapy Recovery Week 3

This detox and recovery process requires patience. I once again find myself challenged to embrace the slow pace required for my body to heal. Unfortunately there is no magical “OFF” switch. The idea that once the last chemo is done, that things instantly go back to normal. It would be amazing if that was the…

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Chemo Recovery Week 4

Today marks the 4th Thursday that I have not spent the day sitting in the infusion center receiving chemotherapy. It is the first Thursday that I can say I feel different. I feel better. I feel the exit of the drugs. I feel the healing. I’m not done with recovery by far, but I feel…

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I Am Stronger

“In this instance, the “stand or fall” has to do with people’s response to grief and adversity: to wit, if you aren’t killed outright by whatever happened, you have a choice in how the rest of your life is lived—you keep standing, though battered and worn by time and elements, still a buttress and a…

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Chemotherapy Recovery Week 5

Another week of recovery in the books. Five weeks with no chemo and things are moving along. Progress is still slow, but it is still progress. My husband had to remind me that even though things feel better, I still need to stick to the program (hydration, rest, good food, detox). This week also brought…

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Vacation and Recovery

We are back from some much needed time away. I thoroughly enjoyed our time with family and friends! We celebrated a beautiful sunset wedding, and explored the beauty of my home state. Yet in it all we also felt the empty spot in our time away. The views she would have loved, and the celebration…

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Taking Back My Kitchen

So many parts of life change during treatment. It steals away bits and pieces of the defining parts of your life. A big one for me was the inability to spend time enjoying my kitchen. I love to cook, and I love to eat. Treatment made both very difficult. There was fatigue and nausea, and…

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