The feeling of walking into my oncologist’s office, sitting and waiting for results so far has not changed for me. It is hard, plain and simple. I often wonder if the feeling will ever change.
When I was waiting today, 01/14/2014, I was looking around the room with a different perspective - that of a survivor. It had me thinking about the fact that I always preach absolute positivity through your cancer journey. The truth is, sitting back and really thinking about it, I don’t know if I have expressed to my readers that it doesn’t always come natural to be positive during cancer. It is a fight to stay positive – just as fighting cancer is. It is not always easy, nothing is, but one thing I feel to be true is: positive thoughts equals positive results. Positive results look different to everyone. Your positive outcome may be an all clear, another persons may be fighting through a recurrence, and so on. This is true in survivorship as well. Cancer doesn’t end when treatment ends. In my opinion, once you’ve had cancer you need to have a life long dedication to being a survivor, being healthy, being dedicated to your check ups, taking your meds, exercising, eating right, keeping stress levels low and maintaining a positive attitude.
Today was my 18 month check up, which is a milestone for my cancer - ovarian dysgerminoma. At this point 4 out of 5 recurrences happen twelve to eighteen months post-chemo. I am so, so, so happy to say that I am cancer free! I have been dedicated. I have been positive. And I have fought to stay healthy. It is so important to always fight. I have been so blessed to be in contact with floods of wonderful fighters and to all of you I say, it is an honor and privilege to be along with you on your journey. Fight to stay healthy and fight to stay positive in all areas of life. FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!
Anytime I read or watched anything about women and chemotherapy I always had one lasting thing on my mind, how traumatic it was for them to lose their hair. When I started chemotherapy I knew I would lose my hair but didn’t think much of it. I remember 10 years ago when my sister had cancer how helpless I felt when she lost her hair. She was 19 and at an age where it must have been so hard to deal with it. Nineteen is dating time, worry-about-what-you-look-like time. No matter who you are, that age is really hard in normal circumstances. Read more
Welcome to my unexpected journey. My name is Trish. I am a 33 year old new mom, recovering from an ovarian dysgerminoma cancer diagnosis two weeks post-delivery of my first child. If you have landed on this blog you, or someone you love, is probably dealing with cancer and to that I send you my prayers, love, and deepest sympathy. Everybody’s cancer journey is different. For some it is relatively easy, for others it is very difficult. A lot depends on what stage you are, your support system, age, determination to get better, and general attitude.
I decided to write a blog, documenting my journey, because I found very little real life information that helped me through being a new mom with cancer and the cancer process in general. Sure, I went to school for biomedical science and I love a good scientific journal read, I am kind of a hardcore science nerd in that way, however, I wanted to know more! Like. What are the real life implications?. What would the first day of chemotherapy be like? Would it hurt? No. Would I get sick right away? No. Would I ever be the same? No. What in the world would it feel like being bald? Awesome and liberating. Would this impact my marriage? Yes. Would this impact my friendships? Yes. Would this impact my family relationships? Yes. Would I still be capable of being the kind of mom I wanted to be? YES! Would this stop me or get me down? NO! All of these questions will be answered in-depth in this blog.
Each day I wrote a little bit to eventually post a blog and to hopefully help anybody out there going through the same thing.
I hope you enjoy reading our journey and it provides you positivity, comfort, and support. LIFE IS GRAND! ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT! Every day you are alive is a blessing. Get up, get out, be positive, think of all the good things in life and don’t ask “why me?”. Positive thoughts, positive results! Believe in the power of the mind.
Thank you for reading. I will be back dating a lot of posts as I enter them from my journal. This journey will never be over and this blog will eventually morph into a blog about positive living, family, being kind to others, and nutrition. (I’m just getting started so check back often.)