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After cancer you have to Let Go and trust in the Lord. Just like this picture of Layleigh hanging upside down with NO FEAR! Easier said then done. I was reminded talking to a friend that had testicular cancer at 32 and he said the hardest part was the depression for him after treatment.

Anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer and gone though treatment is a strong brave individual. Once treatment is over you have to find even More Strength and a New Normal.

Th...

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

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...

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. 

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! 

Around 8pm, I was injected with Ovidrel. I'm kind of nervous and excited at the same time. I can't wait until Tuesday to find out what stage my follicles are in!
 

The ultrasound today showed one of my follicles at 17.5mm. My follicle has to be at 18mm in order to continue the journey of preserving my fertility. The good news is that the doctor said I could start tomorrow late in the evening on my first injection shot, Ovidrel.

As devastating as it was to find out at age 31 that I have breast cancer and I will be losing my breasts, it was as equally devastating to hear that I am at risk of losing my fertility as a result of chemotherapy. I absolutely adore my nephews and have worked so hard to become ready for children of my own. With everything that I have to give up for my overall health and well-being, I feel like I am also giving up what makes me a woman and potentially losing th...

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...

A little #tbt on the top picture to May 2014. I was 2 chemo rounds in and a day before running a 5k! And the bottom two this past month! I never really see why people look at me crazy when I give them a short version of my life to this point, until I had a moment to reflect this morning. You don't realize how strong you are until it's honestly your only option. I never wanna be a quitter and I never wanna let myself down! #keepyourheadup#thestormwillpass #canc...

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