Follow my unexpected cancer journey...the good, the bad, and the ugly!
Brodie is available for autographs
I was dying this time last year 😂
Oh what a year it’s been....I definitely look better with hair (even if it is a mop) 😊
(And Aunties boys are way too big 🤦🏻♀️)
#NeverGiveUp #OnwardAndUpward #CancerSucks
PS: the plant’s still alive....I know, I think that’s the most surprising part too 🤣
A few months ago, I was asked by Texas Oncology PR to write about my experience regarding CAR-T since I was one of the first in the state to get receive it after it was FDA approved and am thankfully part of the 45% success rate (and will hopefully continue to be in that percentage).
With that being said, my first task was to write a blog post for them to post on all social media and their website about my experience etc. My rough draft was 3 pages so the poor PR and web team had to edit quite a lot to keep under the word limit they needed : )
but still happy with how it turned out...
The Little Car-T That Could...
Just a quick update....it's been a crazy and busy last few weeks to say the least!
If you remember, my post 3 month Car-T scan my mass had shrunk and was 2.8 x 2.2 in size.
My latest 6 month post scan was great news...my mass has continued to shrink and is now 2.3 x 1.8 in size!
Fingers crossed the Car-T keeps working it's ninja magic and the mass will continue to shrink or at least stay stagnant BUT I feel great!
In other news, my life has literally made a 180 degree turn and I haven't had this much 'good" happen in years, especially since cancer, and everything is finally looking up!
-I'm FINALLY getting back to work (for real this time). I interviewed at an amazing school (that never has openings) with a full house on the interview team, which didn't help my nervousness, but I ended up getting a call just an hour or two later with the job offer! I am beyond thrilled to not only be getting back to work, but getting to know my new amazing and supportive team. I can honestly say I truly feel like I am right where I am supposed to be. So many signs pointed to this job and when I found out I got it I was ecstatic and anxious all at the same time. I think I am the only teacher in America that is already ready for summer to be over and for August to get here so I can start setting my class up....and my life back up as well.
-Another big thing has happened in my life but I can't reveal that until the 20th...but let's just say I'm more proud of "this" than anything I have done in a very long time, including grad school....even though the work involved was literally at the level of work I did in grad school so it's been a long road.
- Yet another huge deal has come my way that I will also "reveal" and share with you when it's complete...hopefully in a couple weeks
-Other than that, I have finally started "living" again and couldn't be much happier (aside from a one thing, but that's a whole other story lol).
I was on the drive home the other day and the song "Livin" by Dierks Bentley came on and I literally just stopped and listened and realized I was meant to hear that song at that particular time (cliche, I know) anyways this was from my facebook post the other day for those that didn't read it:
For almost 2 years I haven't wanted to do anything, talk to anyone, or see anyone (no matter the person)
Some people didn't get it or understand it but sometimes when you're going thru things you really can't explain it to anyone
Some people stay, some people go, but that's the true test of any friendship or relationship
FINALLY things are on the road to getting normal and I realize after going out and talking with people after so long of "not living" that that's exactly what I needed
There's a time to have your own pity party and feel horrible about yourself....then things eventually start turning around (even if it does take 2 years)
Talking to and seeing people I haven't in forever (bc of me), getting back to work, having great CT scans (and other things)
"And it hit me, It's a beautiful world sometimes I don't see so clear" and it's time to start "living" : )
Blue's a little bluer up in the sky
You're high's a little high
You feel that fire you've been missin'
"You either get bitter or you get better. It's that simple. You either take what's been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you."