If you didn't know, this is actually my second time fighting cancer. The first was when I was 11, with a rare form of childhood bone cancer (osteosarcoma). From surgeries and chemotherapy, I was cured of that cancer as of 2002 for about 12 years now!
On July 11, 2014 I received the shocking news that I had stage 4 stomach cancer. You can probably imagine, me waking up from surgery to find that my whole stomach (last-minute) had to be removed and it was because of that horrid C word. I was in such disbelief. What's really crazy is this gastric cancer is completely unrelated to the first...but I'll take it. I am thankful it's not a relapse.
After removing my whole stomach and then some, I began chemotherapy at the end of August and am now on my 3rd round of chemotherapy. Every couple of months, we will re-do my CT scans to monitor the other "spots" that were found to see how effective the chemotherapy is.
Each day has its ups and downs with the side effects of chemotherapy, lifestyle changes, and the difficulty of day-to-day tasks. However, the love from my family and friends (and boyfriend!) has never been stronger. I have never felt so loved, supported, and uplifted in my life.
I know that I'm in God's hands and that he will take care of me physically, mentally, and spiritually. He has performed countless miracles in my life that I can testify to and I have no doubt that there are more to come. Life can be unexplainable and crazy sometimes, but we move forward regardless of the circumstances. I've beaten cancer once and plan to do it again with flying colors.
If you'd like to support me (in big and small ways) in this journey, I would really appreciate it. As this is all in God's hands, I especially appreciate all of your continuous prayers.