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Today as we count each day down to the 5 year cancer free mark I look back over some awesome memories of love and support our family received.  There is no way to mention all the support we received and for each member of our family we all talk about different incidents of love and support and how much everyone of them have affected our life's even today.  You see that's the cool think about cancer, you find out you are loved and supported through life, people...

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...

In Sept 2014, while studying for my Chemistry final in my dorm room I had a seizure and ended up in the hospital.  I was so grateful I was not studying alone that night and my friends knew exactly what to do.  I woke up in a hospital.  The doctor diagnosed me with Oligoastrocytoma which causes seizures.  After 2 brain surgeries I was told they removed all the cancer cells they could see and there was no guarantee the tumor will not come back.  I was thankful t...

The doctor did not talk about fertility as a side effect.

In January 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Nodulan Sclerosis Hodgkin Lymphoma. I knew I would have to undergo chemotherapy, but I had no idea I would have to go through fertility treatment in order to preserve my eggs if I wanted a family one day. To say that the fertility process was an overwhelming situation was an understatement! It was a month long process of doctors' visits, blood work and ultrasounds, and injections before my egg freezing procedure....

In January 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Nodulan Sclerosis Hodgkin Lymphoma. I knew I would have to undergo chemotherapy, but I had no idea I would have to go through fertility treatment in order to preserve my eggs if I wanted a family one day. To say that the fertility process was an overwhelming situation was an understatement! It was a month long process of doctors' visits, blood work and ultrasounds, and injections before my egg freezing procedure....

In the Summer of 2015 I found out I have the BRCA1 genetic mutation (like Angelina Jolie), that greatly increased my risk for breast cancer. I was put on a stressful, expensive, and time consuming monitoring plan that included regular MRIs, ultrasounds, and mammograms, and at one point- a biopsy that came back benign. Then in November of 2016 I had another biopsy and it did not come back benign. A few weeks later, at age 31, I had a double mastectomy and will...

I swear I could sing it on the top of the mountain, No More Drainage Tubes!!!

It was a little stressful today but an exciting day at the same time. I was nervous because I have never been under anesthesia. At the same time, I was excited to get my egg retrieval over with.  I woke up to some great news...the doctor and her team were able to retrieve 14 eggs! No words can explain the excitement I feel right now.  Tomorrow, I will receive a phone call to let us know how many eggs were successfully fertilized. 

From Jan to Dec. 2014 I battled cancer.  Cancer does not just last through your treatment, it lives with you forever.  Some great advise I received from my Oncologist at Northside Hospital was find something and immerse yourself in it.  Well I did just that.  In January 2016 I delivered a beautiful baby girl.  What a blessing she is.  In 2016 I became a Rise Athlete and I am headed to the NPC stage in 2017....

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