Mackenna Johnson Cervical Cancer #OurSistersFuture

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Created November 20, 2018

Finding the right words for this is impossible.

Our little sister Mackenna Ryan Johnson, 9th born in a family of 10 siblings has been diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer at the young age of 24.

Mackenna and her fiancé Darion have postponed their wedding plans to address this sudden emergency as they will now be hurrying to assure the future of their family.

Her battle will start with radiation and chemo the first week of December and thereafter. During a precious time when they planned to be starting their life together, Mackenna will be going through early menopause due to radiation.

As our sister prepares for the biggest battle of her life, Mackenna and Darion’s wish is to be able to fight this while standing on secure financial ground, as well as hope to be working together with a wonderful institution called Heartland on potential fertility options. 

We are humbly asking for anything you might be willing to donate during this time of grief, as well as your prayers if you are not financially able.

Funds will be directly applied to ensuring our sister’s future, their future children and any other unexpected costs that will inevitably arise as a result of the cancer treatment.


We will be updating this account regularly as more news comes in.

With thanks & love,

The Johnsons

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It has officially been two weeks since my last treatment, these past weeks were not as hard as I anticipated. It’s strange, I was sick for 3 months and during that time I wasn’t capable of really anything, especially when your ability to walk gets taken away from you. Though now in such a short amount of time I feel almost back to my normal self, going out for dinner, walks, I even went to the gym, who is this woman?

Going through sickness, when you cant move, cant eat, you feel like you lose the person you once were. Loosing independence and what makes you, you. Now, I am having to rebuild my life back and it feels like I’m starting from scratch. With quitting my job and being on disability, I’m now having to bring structure back into my life. I am not going to allow cancer to be the main focus anymore, but to slowly get back to the dreams, goals and aspirations I had before I was diagnosed. Looking forward on where all of this will lead me. For now, focusing on the small steps I can do today that will bring me there.

I have two and a half months to heal from radiation. I have been informed that I wont be going through chemotherapy as we will wait for the pet scan, which will be in May. We will then all have a better idea if proceeding with more treatment is necessary. For now, I am going to try to be overly optimistic and assume that it was a success and the cancer is no longer present in my body. If I am wrong then so be it, I’ll be able to get through all that’s thrown my way. I got through it once, I can do it again!
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I got to ring the bell

It has come to an end… finishing my last radiation treatment yesterday, the amount of congratulations and smiles that came my way were plenty, although every time I heard it there was so much frustration that started to rise within me. You’d think id be happy and excited that I have overcome this chapter but the thing is, this isn’t the end and it doesn’t feel good having people around me pretending it is, the reality is that I have 3 months to heal and to pray that this cancer is gone, then another 3 months praying it doesn’t come back, then 6 months, then yearly appointments hoping that I’m healthy, then 5 years when I finally get told I am free. This marathon is not yet over and I don’t feel ready for it.

My radiation oncologist came to see me after my last treatment and shared the news that it might be a good idea to fast track into chemotherapy to ensure the cancer has gone from the pelvic bone, happy last treatment for me, I then got to ring the bell putting a smile on my face, seemed like it was more for the oncologists then myself. The chemo I would then go on would be for 5 months and I would lose my hair and all the other symptoms that come with full on chemotherapy. I thought the chemo I was being treated with the first time was hard, well that was "chemo-light" so there was no hair loss, mouth sores, or loosing your finger nails. I definitely am not looking forward to that reality.

Every morning I wake up I move to the living room, grab my medication, something to vomit in (just in case), then water and fruit so theres something to coat my stomach. I'm here starring at my medication and I am so tired of it, I have my birth control which I’m taking for my medically induced menopause, TXA for the bleeding, hydro morph for the pain, Maxeran for the nausea and Senna laxative for my constipation, after I take all this I then will have 3 puffs of Marijuna, and then hopefully I will be in better spirits for me and everyone else.

There are many days where I am not my best, ask my husband. I look up to the people that remain optimistic, upbeat and have learned how to live well and happy with cancer. I guess it just takes time, hopefully... because I would like to have a puff of whatever their smoking. ;)
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One more treatment to go…

Feeling thankful as I had my third radiation treatment done internally today, and I didnt have to endure any pressure, cramps, or that lovely moment when you wake up during a CT scan because they didn’t sedate you enough. These past few months I have become used to being a cancer patient, being poked by needles, examined by doctors and their interns, many blood transfusions and hydration, as well as countless appointments and yes, I now wear a diaper and I like it. One more treatment to go and all of this will be behind me, thank goodness.

I am so looking forward to the spring months ahead. My weight and muscle mass is the lowest its ever been in my life and I am ecstatic to gain my strength back! I have plans to swim in salt water everyday, to actually do yoga and not just the trial, and to go for bike rides with my husband. Everyday these goals I have for myself become more realistic, once you lose the simple aspects of your life its hard to see yourself getting back there, but when you get it back, its so much sweeter.

I can’t believe how fast this process has been so far, I have no glimpse to the future on whether the cancer will be cured or not but regardless I am so happy to have less dark clouds over my head and being able to look forward to something as simple as biking and swimming, let spring begin!! I am overjoyed by everyones continued love and support, I couldn’t ever imagine what this season would have been like without you all. I have been able to be in a stress free environment and allow my body to heal and for that Thank you!!
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Well, here we are! The surreal challenges of January have come to a close, but it feels good to have reached this point.

I remember being admitted to the hospital just after Christmas and feeling daunted at the road that lay ahead. For awhile there it felt as if treatment would never end, but I'm very glad to report I’ve since finished all Chemotherapy treatments, which can perhaps best be described as simply nauseating, and now only have ten more treatments of external Radiation Therapy left, and four more internal treatments; which will be intense but manageable.

Therapy will be completed on February 21, 2019, and I don’t think I can get there soon enough. So almost there!!

I’m so grateful for the nurses and the staff at both St. Boniface and the Manitoba CancerCare Clinic, they’ve done so much to minimize the pain and discomfort. As a result, there are days where I feel almost 100% me. Small activities like getting outside (even in negative —40 weather, yikes), going to the market, organizing my home and eating whole meals at the dining table give me a sense of normalcy I didn’t know I missed.

…but then there are other days, too, where it seems all I can do is lay on the couch, sleep, and watch Netflix. (On a side note, did you know there are hidden movies that can be revealed by accident? Wtf, Netflix?) During these times, even attempting to walk into the kitchen ten feet away is utterly draining. To be honest, I never expected this experience would end up being just as challenging mentally as it’s been physically, and many days all I wanted to do is cry and feel sorry for myself. Learning to lean more deeply on God throughout all of this has been key to keeping my spirits high and facing each day with the strength and emotional armour I need.

Overall, everything is rolling uphill and I’ll be taking the next chapter one day at a time. I'm healing more and more everyday and feeling stronger by the minute. Looking at what I’ve already overcome, I know I’ll be able to conquer anything that comes my way with God’s help, my amazing family, and the care from my community.

Thank you to everyone for your continued love, encouragement and support during the hardest battles in my life.

With love, Mackenna.
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