I have always been a relatively healthy individual. Actually, relatively is an understatement :) I ate well and body built for about 8 years. completed a 5000 km bike tour (for cancer, ironically) and studied adventure recreation in college(canoeing, kayaking, mountain climbing, rock climbing and other various outdoor skills Then, 2 years before I was diagnosed, I fell into a deep depression. I stopped exercising and ate whatever I wanted.
On June 19, 2012, At age 23, My life would changed forever. In the emergency room I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, by the gracious Dr. Christie.
This is a very aggressive and rare form that attacks the T- cells (responsible for building protein within the cell) I was immediately shipped to the Saint John Regional Hospital (1 hr & 1/2 away) where I spent 60 days as in patient. 60 days of aggressive IV chemo, Interthecal chemo, oral chemo, radiation, and other various medications to obtain remission within 28 days. SUCCESSFUL!
After 60 days in hospital, I returned home to Fredericton NB and moved back in with my family as they would become my primary care givers. I lost all of my muscle mass, 70 pounds and felt like i had the flue 24/7. I was very weak. My gracious family encouraged me, cooked for me, gave me my meds, bathed me, and were extremely patient and understanding as I dealt with the disease in my OWN way. They graciously watched without judgement as I hid away in my own bubble of sickness, sadness and selfishness. I spent most of my time sleeping… 20 hours a day sometimes, only getting up for necessities and sometimes not even. They hired a home care worker to visit with me so I would at least get SOME form of outside contact. I had great faith that if I slept my life away three years would be over before I knew it and I could return to living when it was offer. Oh how I was deceived.
I fell into a deep depression. I was ready to give up. This was NO quality of life. I felt stripped away of everything joyous and felt so distant from my once close saviour Jesus Christ. I needed a change.
HEAL ME OR TAKE ME GOD was my prayer.
In March 2013 I become dehydrated. I was literally sick from both ends EVERYDAY/ ALL DAY. I was so gaunt, my bones were protruding, I couldn't even hold myself up. That was my breaking point. I sat my parents down, in desperate sobs and told them I couldn't do it this way anymore. No more Chemo. After listening so strongly and openly. They agreed. It was this selfless act that would CHANGE MY LIFE FOREVER! At that moment I made the commitment, if they could let me go, I could learn to LIVE.
Through Gods strength, the loving support of others and my own inner warrior, I have and will continue to spend my LIFE growing in LOVE, STRENGTH AND POWER. Everyday presents a new challenge to overcome for which I am grateful. The results speak for themselves. I am not only a Survivor, I am a THRIVER! I have been very blessed with wisdom from others throughout my journey that I MUST pass it on!. So that no one has to go through what I went through. People NEED to know that cancer does not have to be a death sentence it can be a LIFE sentence! It is MY life mission TO GIVE PEOPLE HOPE. To inspire, motivate, and most importantly HELP others realize their true potential and teach them that no matter their circumstance: THEY TOO can live their LIFE'S DREAM!!
I am still doing the chemo thing, taking a pill every night and IV treatments every week for the next two years. I have decided to take this is as an opportunity to better myself to better serve others. That is why I have enrolled in the ILife Mastery Life Coaching Certificate program. A 4 month online course and a 2 and a 1/2 day conference in California, where I will write my life coach certification. This is all very accommodating with my chemo schedule and chemo life :)
Through the gracious donations of friends and family I have been able to put a downpayment, on the course however still need another $6500 by August.
I have been declined a bank loan, my credit is great but my disability check is not enough to cover the payments. However, I have faith! Throughout this journey, I have learned that NO MATTER WHAT YOUR CHALLENGE…. THERE IS HOPE! Your limitation DOES NOT have to dictate to you what you are capable of. YOU DICTATE TO YOUR LIMITATION WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF. BELIEVE THERE IS A WAY AND YOU WILL FIND THE WAY.
I have come this far for a reason
Thank you for listening
I love you <3
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