20 years... how can it be? Sometimes it seems like yesterday, and other times it seems like an eternity. 20 years ago tomorrow I lost my Mother to the dreaded word...CANCER. She was only 55 years old. Too young to die, and she still had so much to live for. I miss her every single day. People think it gets easier as the years go by, but then a song comes on that she loved, you smell her favorite perfume, or you look into your grandsons eyes and wish so terribly that he could have met his great-grandmother. The pain and hurt of losing them comes right back and the tears start to flow. Tomorrow will be a difficult day for me. For those of you that still have your parents... here’s a piece of friendly advice...cherish them everyday, even when they are demanding or annoying, spend time with them, and tell them how much they mean to you, and that you love them...because one day you too will lose them. You will have a huge hole in your heart, long to hear their voice just one more time, and for them to be with you again. I know I do. Mom, I love you so much and you are missed terribly. Until we are together again in Heaven, please watch over us, guide us, and be our 😇. ❤️
Y’all my grandma/memaw was absolutely everything to my family, I listened to her favorite music today as I reminded myself of the times we blared Celine Dion on the way to hobby lobby, I sprayed a little beautiful this morning so I could remember the scent of her and my mother, I ate more bread than normal cause that’s just what WE would’ve done when together, I cherish every moment I had with her and I know between all of us, she will live on forever #cancersucks #happybirthdayinheaven
Tuesday! Always seem to feel the best the day of #chemo
, right before I go in for more of that good cancer ass kicking stuff 👊🏻. Weirdly, it kinda makes sense... I've had the most days for my body to recover since the previous treatment, giving me more energy, good appetite and positive mood. And I now only have TWO, yes 2, treatments left! 💃
Today the lolli of choice was Super Blowpops @tootsieroll
and YUM. During treatment they flush my port three times. 1. when they access it for bloodwork 2. Right before they use the accessed port for chemo 3. At the end of treatment before they take the access out from the port. Each time they do that, my mouth tastes like metal, and it is weird, strange, yucky, etc. I've found some hard candies and lollies to help with masking the flavor, and lollies are just so fun 😍. Of course, my chemo partner also gets to enjoy one with me - chemo perk 😉
Loved spending time with this kickass woman @madebyannelise
the afternoon flew by, and I loved it all 💕 .
New hashtag for all things cancer and julie #titsandgiggles
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Have you ever had the wind physically knocked out of you? When I was a girl I fell onto my back and it happened to me. It was momentarily terrifying. It was a year ago that my mom decided to end her treatment for cancer. It was actually working but she didn’t want to live with the side effects. When she told me the news it was as if I had been kicked hard in the stomach and I felt the air flowing out of my body. I remember standing in my parent’s house feeling completely defeated. I just didn’t think I had the strength for what I knew was coming. It wasn’t the lowest point but it was a turning point. When I look back on that moment I realize that those times in our lives when we feel the most vulnerable and fragile....well we need those moments because in order to stand up in strength you need to know what it feels like to be knocked down.
#bestrong #cancersucks #survivor #youcandoit #getbackup #stayinthefight #lifeisworthit #onelifeliveit #godisgood #philippians413 #imissmymom
Just asking for a quick prayer for my gram who is battling cancer.. praying so hard for you grandma, I love you. #cancersucks
“If you are diagnosed with cancer, which expert should you see first?
1. A medical specialist
2. A money manager “
Great start to a thought provoking article about the true costs of a cancer diagnosis that goes beyond just the medical costs.
A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that because they have health insurance and/or disability through work that they could handle the financial burden of cancer or a similar critical illness.
Life insurance provides more than just protection for families in the event of a death - it can be used to protect you financially while you are still alive and need financial help battling a serious illness.
Modern policies go beyond providing just end of life/terminal benefits and provide you with a tax-free source of cash to use to help pay for any costs that are not reimbursed by health insurance when afflicted with a critical illness such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, burns, and more.
Mortgage, car notes, credit card bills, caregiver costs, coinsurance, deductibles, etc. - the choice is yours on how to use that cash. These policies mean that GoFundMe campaigns or asking family for financial help are no longer needed.
For what is basically the price of a night out once per month you can ensure that no critical illness can bring down your finances and that you can focus on getting better rather than worrying about both your health and wealth.
Questions/Comments? Let us know! #personalfinance #money #lifehappens #finance #family #cancer #cancersucks
I’ve had a lot of people ask me for some transformation pics lately. Honestly, there aren’t too many of me at my highest weight. But this is about an 80 lb difference. Still have a long ways to go but I’m on the right path. Also, my hair was growing back after cancer in the first picture so that is why my hair looks like a my bowl cut from 6th grade. #cancersucks #transformationtuesday #inprogress #weightloss #deargodmyface
These moments @thecowfishsbb #kindnessmatters
❤️ #cancersucks #Repost @ohhey_emjay
A few weeks ago my friend Jenn reached out to me and offered to treat myself and a few friends to dinner at her restaurant, @thecowfishsbb.
And tonight I took her up on her offer.
Since the day I was diagnosed (and even before that) these women have supported me, included me, checked up on me, taken me to doctor appointments and have gone out of their way to just be all-around good humans. I’m thankful to have them in my life and thankful for people like Jenn who have followed my journey and found ways to let me know that I’ve got supporters everywhere I look.
The awesome people at Cowfish and especially our server, Michelle, treated us like VIPs from the time we walked in the door to the time we left.
I probably won’t ever be able to thank them enough for this act of kindness, but it was really nice to be able to give back a little bit to the women who have been supporting me from the start.
This is women supporting women and I am totally here for it.
These words are what most of family & friends tell me or think I am. But to be honest, there’s a lot of days I feel weak. I feel sick, tired and everything a cancer patient can feel. when your not alone yet feel alone, is one of the worst feelings I have ever felt. Most of you might wonder why I don’t post much of my journey or even my boyfriend in any pictures. But that’s because I am for majority of the time alone. I go to all my appointments alone. I lift myself up, when I can because unfortunately I don’t have a shoulder to cry on. Even though I should and it’s so hard. I’m always being told to be strong but nobody realizes what all this does to someone. I wish I had comfort, I wish I had someone to love and care for me the way I see others. I thought I would have the best care after going through all this & it’s sad to say it’s only gotten worse. Im less loved, less priority, less taken care of when I need it most. I pray every night for healing but I also need happiness and love. And I’m very unhappy. Chemo induced my anxiety and depression & I have no outlet most of the time. I never thought I’d have to go through this but I try my hardest to be “strong and courageous. Feeling less important than other people or things... A close friend of mine has actually been THE person I needed through out all this. And I’m so thankful for her. But when your own partner isn’t that person, it’s heartbreaking. Especially when your battling cancer. I’m actually very sick today with fever and chills and I’m again alone. Just wishing I had some comfort and love. I pray for better days than today 🤒😔 #cancersucks
It’s amazing how something as simple as a scarf can become a symbol of courage and connect so many incredible women together.
Over the weekend I attended @courageforthesoul
’s Yoga For The Soul event and had the best time meeting survivors and women who were there to support the cause and the women battling.
Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with @courageforthesoul
and the founder the organization, Maria Luisa.
It all began when Maria Luisa was gifted a scarf to wear after she lost her hair to chemo. It was the one thing that made her feel beautiful after losing her hair and gave her the courage to tackle her new normal with a fresh perspective.
After her treatments, Maria Luisa visited the hospital where she received her treatment and donated scarves to other women battling cancer in hopes that they would feel the same courage that she felt after receiving her first scarf.
Shortly after, @courageforthesoul
was born. 🎉
In just two years, over 600 scarves have been donated to women battling cancer and Maria Luisa is on a mission to continue to spread courage one scarf at a time!
I’ve personally been able to witness the incredible effects of the scarf gifting and can’t wait to be a part of the mission as it continues to grow!
Autoimmune diseases are tough, rare diseases are too. Cancer sucks... It's easy to get overwhelmed, to feel down... Allow the feelings to flow, but don't get STUCK there. Keep your head up, put your energy in the healing, in the doing what you can. Small steps every day in the right direction are still worthy of celebration!
CELEBRATE small victories.
FUEL your body with whole foods, as much plant-based as possible.
MOVE your body daily.
PRAY, keep faith, believe.
CONNECT with a support group, family, friends.
#raredisease #raregenes #mcas #autoimmunedisease #cancersucks #family #friends #support #mindset #healthyfeelings #healthyhabits #missionwellness #healthcoachforyou
You were the best, most intelligent, sweetest, loving, protective dog I’ve ever had ❤️ I’ll never forget you
‼️‼️Attention‼️‼️Breast Cancer awareness month begins in October but it’s never too early to donate click the link in my bio share and take advantage of the oportunity to give back don’t miss out on this oportunity ‼️‼️#Elmadyeffect #cancersucks #breastcancerawareness
Grateful for our Wendy Walk community. Who do you Walk for?
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Today was pretty awesome! Landon completed treatment #5
in good company. We were truly grateful to be blessed by Houston Texans @drehal29
who spent the whole treatment with us today. With Andre having fought the same fight of Hodgkins Lymphoma, he and @thelandontaylor
instantly connected! His visit means a lot to me as I want nothing more than my husband to feel uplifted throughout this journey. We are honored to have met such a humble and resilient person. We wish you well, and can’t wait to cheer you on when you get back on that field! #HodgkinsLymphoma #CancerFighter #CancerSurvivor #GoTexans #CancerSucks
This picture represents my dreams of being a gypsy. MY dream. You know, those things you always imagine but never expect to come true? Today was pay day at Young Living. Wait. Hold on. What has happened in the last 7 months? I went from pretty much a bed ridden, depressed, skeptic of all things natural (with all my dreams forgotten in my old painfree life I left behind) to feeling better, sharing with others what has helped me, AND not only financing my oil addiction by becoming a distributor but seeing the possibility of my dreams coming true. All I did was cared enough for others that I wanted to help them. I didn't do this for a job. I have a job I absolutely love and plan on being at for a long long time, but thanks to these pure bottles of oily magic I feel better than I have in years and can see a future of when vacation time comes around me being able to go anywhere I want without breaking the bank, or buying for everyone at Christmas, or helping someone less fortunate. I just had to share this because my mind is blown. If you want to run with me on this journey our team has all the tools to take you there. You just have to have a kind heart and the desire to truly help others and give back. I hand out more free samples than probably any one in the history of free samples because I care. I care if I can help one person not feel the way I did in January then all of my hard work was worth it. That is my ultimate goal. Saving someone else.❤❤❤
The team is such a huge, huge factor in this and I couldn't ask for a better one!!! Here's to FREEDOM!!
Who do you PULLL for? Thanks to the AAA National Championship game at Huntington Park for honoring @wepullltogether
at tonight’s game.
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