Random fact about this picture: 🔽🔽
It was taken 4 years ago.
Middle of my cancer treatment.
My first company summit experience.
Mike and I, with my oncologist's blessing were permitted to travel to Las Vegas for our company's annual conference.
I was in the middle of treatments and definitely weak and very likely overdid it.
At the closing ceremony, still in awe of hearing @diananyad speak of resilience, of never giving up, of persisting beyond the point of expectation...and then my CEO said my name in front of thousands and urged me to beat my cancer.
I don't forget that.
There is nothing more powerful than knowing someone is in your corner, rooting for you.
I think it's what to this day, instilled a grit factor.
2 days after I got back, as I got ready for another round of chemo, something didn't feel right.
I caught an infection and spent the next few days in ICU.
I don't remember the stay in the hospital.
I don't really remember the days after I was released.
But I do remember the support of the company.
I do remember the support of my team.
And I do remember knowing, without a doubt, others were rooting for me.
As I approach my 5th experience at summit, I feel rooted in my mission as a coach not for the shine or the sparkle so much anymore.
For those of you attending summit, walking across the stage or sitting there trying to figure out how to make the business click, just so you know...
I’m rooting for you. ✌🏼 #coachlife#coachsummit#chemotherapy#lymphomasurvivor#bloodcancersurvivor#cancermom#chemohair#stage4cancer#cancersurvivor
I wanna stop wearing my wig bc it's so hot outside but I'm also self conscious about having really short hair. also my head is always freezing without it or my scarf so for now I'm gonna try just not wearing it to the gym so I can kinda ease myself into it #hodgkinslymphoma#hodgkins#chemo#chemohair#chemohairgrowth
Ok party people. Here are the two wigs I acquired when I was diagnosed last year. I no longer need them and want them to go to fellow #breasties in need. .
I wore the short reddish one to my brothers wedding and it looked fab. I never ended up wearing the longer layered dirty blond one but I know both would look great on someone in need.
Know someone in need already? Let me know! If not, I’ll probably hold a giveaway!
Ho la sensazione che più parlo di questo progetto che aiuta le donne senza peli a ritrovare se stesse in versione leonessa nello specchio, più la meta di renderlo vivo sembra lontana.
Mi chiedo, ci saranno davvero donne che vogliono essere accompagnate in questo percorso?
Beh, l'unico modo per scoprirlo credo sia continuare a parlarne finché non arriva alle orecchie giuste!
#theboldgirls su www.missswirl.com
Here it is, my hair growth update hahaha.
Left pic: 5 weeks post chemo (21 April 2018). Right pic: 7 weeks post chemo ( 4 May 2018). It's so funny because this may not look like much of a difference to you, but this means SO MUCH to me. It means my body is healing, it means the drugs have left my body, it means my head isn't as prone to getting the chills and it means my hair will one day be styled again. Swipe 👈 to see what my hair used to look like . #chemohair#hairgrowth#update#mywellnessjourney#mybreastcancerjourney
Thanks for the awareness @laurenlenny! I had no idea this week was #ayacancerawareness week! As Lauren said, young adults get cancer too. I created some contrasting images of what young adult life should look like compared to what it looked like for me, early on. Instead of finishing college, I was spending a majority of my days in hospital beds. While my friends were walking down isles or across graduation stages, I was rocking a patchy bald look. While people were growing and developing their lives as adults, I was getting devices put into my body to better access my veins for chemo.
With most of my experiences involving my cancer diagnosis, I have always veered to finding the positive and being grateful for the journey. It takes a lot of work and sometimes doesn’t show the actual sacrifices I’ve experienced as a young adult with cancer. These experiences of graduating with my peers and essentially just having my life together were robbed by cancer and the only way that I could ever get through that is having the control of being positive in the ways I knew how!
So, yes! 21 year olds get cancer! Young mothers get cancer! Recent college grads get cancer! Newlyweds get cancer! Young professionals get cancer! Your peers get cancer! Navigating cancer through these transformative years in ones life isn’t always easy, as everyone’s lives around them keep progressing while they (I) feel completely set back. Keep this in mind and just live consciously knowing that each moment and day is precious! Take advantage of the ability to be in school, to work, to carry a baby, to get married, to spend quality time with your friends, to adventure. It’s all a gift.
from @acancersurvivor - Today is National Cancer Survivors day. A year ago this day wouldn’t have meant anything to me personally but around July 7, 2017 - many of you know I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I have been cancer free since my colectomy December 8, 2017.
At first I was in shock being 22 years old with cancer but being in the best care, I knew that I would get through it no matter the obstacles I would have to go through to get to the finish line. At the time I had no idea how hard it would be mentally and physically. Here I am sharing with you random photos from my first round of chemotherapy + radiation (5 weeks total Monday-Friday), to my colectomy, through the complications, and to my final round of chemotherapy (16 weeks total every other weekend). ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
I have always felt strongly that you grow through what you go through and what doesn’t kill you makes only makes you that much stronger. Through this experience I have learned these things to be true. I wanted to give up at certain times which would’ve been extremely easy to do but my body knew I was way stronger than that. I am very amazed looking back at how far I have come. A year ago I didn’t value my life nearly as much as I do today. Having cancer has opened my eyes and made me more grateful for the life I live in the sense that I am more appreciative of the people I am surrounded by, the new people I interact with, for the beauty in nature, to the food on the dinner table, to the roof I live under, family time, being healthy, to everyday I am alive, etc. We never know how precious life really is until something happens to us that makes us stop and open our eyes to the beauty in everyday life. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Important reminder: Never forget to trust your body. Just because a doctor tells you that you look healthy doesn’t mean you really are. I appeared healthy for 3 years until someone took me seriously. I almost gave up but I am glad I didn’t until I had answers.