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My name is Gemma and I am 30 years old. I live in Mattoon, IL and work for the United States Postal Service as a Letter Carrier. I love my job and I love the people I work with and meet while I walk various city routes. Last year though my customers noticed that I started to walk various city routes. Last year though my customers noticed that I started to walk with a limp. I thought that I had just pulled a muscle but In late February 2017 a tumor was discover...

In February of 2017 I was diagnosed with Acute Promgelocytic Leukemia (APL). I was 11 weeks pregnant and lost the baby as a result of my treatment. I have always felt that being diagnosed with leukemia is something I could deal with and fight and win. The thought of losing our baby that we have wanted and planned for at the same time was a whole different story. It has been the hardest card we have been dealt, harder than cancer.., its the thing that keeps me...

I had a 7am appointment this morning to get an ultrasound and blood work. It was rough getting up because my mind wouldn't let me sleep last night. In better news, I have several follicles growing on both sides of my ovaries. My largest follicles are 10mm and 11mm. The rest of my follicles are at 8mm or less. The doctor changed the dosage of Menopur to a higher dosage and Gonal-f stayed the same. The doctor also added another injection to my fertility treatmen...

Today I went to get my ultrasound and blood work. The results demonstrated that I have plenty of follicles. As a result, the doctor instructed me to start the Gonal-f and Menopur injection in the evening and continue until Thursdayevening. Friday morning, I have another ultrasound and blood work . I'm very excited and nervous to see how many eggs I'll produce! 

After hearing the news, that a fellow softball buddy ended his earthly battle with cancer and gained the biggest prize, a set of wings, today, I needed the gym more than ever. I didn't know Cody on a personal level, but I knew of him. We shared a common award #cancersurvivor ! I went through every emotion today trying to grasp the reality that he was gone. It wasn't until I was at the gym that I realized I was continually thinking about him selfishly. My first...

For the first time in 2.5 years I felt my pony move like it use to. I literally cried. Although most don't think about something so small, I do, and man have I missed it! #itsthelittlethings #cancersurvivor #chemocurlsnomore#cancersucks #shorthairdontcare #donttakethesmallstuffforgranted

Exactly two years ago around 7:30pm, I was sitting in my doctors office, making the toughest decision of my life! My mom, best friend, and boyfriend at the time by my side, 12/23/13 is just one of those days that will always stick out in my life. It's the night I decided to have a double bilateral mastectomy. Im glad I did.#cancersux #breastcancersurvivor #bestfamilyintheentireworldim sure it's a night Mary Phillips Jones and Lindsey Simpson will never forget...

There are a few dates that will continue to stick out every year, and this is one of those. It's hard to believe, but this time last year I was going into my first chemo treatment. I was scared of the unknown, anxious to know what is was going to be like, and ready/determined to kick butt!#breastcancersurvivor #chemosucks #bestsupportsystem #timeflies#atlantacancercenter

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