Monopoly for a Cause – Bulldawgopoly

Today at school, I got a game called Bulldawgopoly (like monopoly). Teachers were given them to give to one special student. When I went into my Photography class I noticed my teacher hadn’t given hers away yet. Another student and I admired it at the beginning of the class. Later in the period, I talked to the teacher about it and told her I really liked it. She is like “I am going to give it to you just don’t show it to the kids in the class, get it before you leave.”
As I left class early I grabbed it. I went to my next class but the door was locked so I sat on the floor admiring the game. I noticed a story on the back and read it. It talked about a girl who found out she had an inoperable brain tumor called ganglioglioma on May 19, 2011 at 15 years old. The parents searched for a cure and found The Burzynski clinic. It was starting trials that had a 70% success in stopping the growth ot reducing all types of cancers. After only having less than a 1% chance of living 5 years, her parents pursued the clinic. The cost was an issue though, insurance only covers a small portion of the $8000 a month cost. That is when the ideal for Bulldawgopoly came in. 100% of the sales of this game go directly towards Kassidy’s cancer treatments. How amazing that they are doing this for her.

The website on the box is www.lateforthesky.com
Please check it out.

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Photography Project

In Photography Class, these past 2 weeks we have been working on soming she called “The Theory of Life”. Basically, we had to create a 3 by 4 collage of pictures that expressed the words below it. After you put it all together, it would be a story. You could write about anything, but I chose to write a short story about my journey. Here is a picture of the final product…….

 

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I am so proud of it and everyone likes it. I love the facial expressions and the story. I am so proud of myself, I worked hard on it, it was more complicated than you think.

Good News at a Doctor’s Appointment

Guess what!!!!……

Friday I had a cancer doctor appointment. Everything looked great, but I got so excited when…… Arlene, my mom, and I talked about getting my Port out!!!!! Talk about EXCITING!!!!

Update on Walking

So I know you guys probably read my Wheelchair Raint a little while back, I have an update on that.

For the past 3 weeks I have been walking in school and not using the wheelchair. My wheelchair went out the Sunday before the day I was supposed to go to school. It just gave out.  I decided that I would just walk around the school but use the elevator. I wasn’t going to push myself, but I knew I could do it. After the frst day,I felt great. My parents found someone that xould fix the chair but I wanted to walk. I told them I’d pray over it and see what I wanted to do. I felt God telling me to do it amd not to limit myself. That I needed to trust in him and myself, not to doubt him or let anyone doubt me. Ever since then, I have been walking in school. A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR ME!!

 

?Childhood Cancer Awareness Month ?

The Month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Unfortunately, I know to much about this. I feel like no child should have to go through this.

Here are some statistics you may not havd known.

•Everyday 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.

•A child is diagnosed every 2 minutes worldwide.

• Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.

• Childhood Cancer is vastly and constantly underfunded. Childhood Cancer on gets 4% of funding.

• One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.

To be honest, that is very saddening.

Childhood Cancer effects not only the person who has it, but the entire family. I know this first hand, as of June 10, 2016 I am one year Cancer free. For 3 years I endured cancer treatment and the side effects that come with it. Till this day, I still have many side effects. I will fight for all my fellow warriors! Cancer is something no child should ever have to endure. We should not have to have our childhood taken away to deal with something so horrible. We take medicine to heal us everyday that makes us not feel so well, but we dont complain because we want to get better. All the kids I see at the clinic have a glowing smile on there face even though they are fighting this monster. I have lost to many friends and fighters to this deadly disease. It is time to stand up and take a stand. We need to fight for the children that are our future.

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Let’s Be Real-Sharing My Feelings

So I’m just going to be real, everything isn’t all sunshine and rainbows as it may seem. I am may seem so brave and strong, but truth be told I’m not always that strong girl. Honestly, I am tired and frustrated right now. I am sick and tired of cancer! I may be done with treatment, but now I will have long term side effects for the rest of my life. Chemotherapy killed the cancer, but now I am stuck with fixing everything it messed up. I am frustrated with everything I have to endure and go through. I am tired of being in pain and taking pain medication. It wears down  my body. I have been through so much and don’t want to go through anything else. I feel like no one understands, my family gets it but at the same time doesn’t get it. Even though they don’t always get it, I thank them for their support. Whenever there is a teen scene with Candlelighters, I am not feeling well or worn out. I really need to talk to other teens that have been through what I have been through.

Right now, I really need prayer! I don’t want to go into a deep depression over this. I just really need you guys to pray for me right now. I am just going through some things. Your prayers are so greatly appreciated! I know God will help me through this, I just need to have faith in him.

Surgery Update

July 9,

Hey guys! I am so sorry I am updating so late. It has been crazy since I got out of the hospital. I have been on heavy medicine, which causes me to sleep a lot.

I have been doing well though. The surgery was a success and everything went well. Thanks to Dr. Kam, my amazing doctor and surgeon. I am now two weeks out from surgery. I started physical therapy right away, only doing passive movements. Which means I can’t move my arm by myself.

For a little back story; due to the AVN the steroids and cancer treatments caused, I had to under go surgery. From the AVN, my shoulder began to collapse. It had went so far that my last two options were having a half shoulder replacement or using a cadaver. So, knowing this I prayed about it. After praying for a week or so, I felt like God was telling me to continue with the shoulder replacement.

Through this process, I thank God for helping me through this journey so far and being by my side! He gives me the strength to get through everything I have gone through. Just like my bible verse that helped me through my cancer, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” With God by my side I can do or go through anything!                                                                                                                    I would also like to thank everyone who has stood by my side and supported me! Especially my family, they have always been right by my side cheering me on. I am so thankful for that! They love me to death and I love them too! They do anything to cheer me up and put a smile on my face!                                                                                       Another person whose support I am thankful for is my best friend Natalie. Even though she lives many miles away in California, she supports me lots. Our talks help calm me down and know that I can get through this. I love her lots and am thankful for a bestie like her!

My New Goal

For Junior year I want to set a goal for myself of walking into high school. I just want that experience of walking into high school. It is something that people take for granted, but for me it is a huge thing. Since the beginning of freshman year, I have used my electric wheelchair. Only walking around the classroom due to not being able to walk long distances. Even at the Baby Bulldog Breakfast for freshman-thatwas held before school started-I was in a wheelchair.

I want to set a goal, as far as strengthening goes for my next knee surgery. My next knee surgery will hopefully be next summer, after my half shoulder replacement surgery this summer. I want to do everything to heal properly and strengthen my knee to get to my goal. My goal is to be in the chair for the summer and the beginning of school. Although, after 4 months after school starts I would like to walk in with a walker. For me that is a huge experience. I will be praying for what God has in store. I will pray for strength in going through that process.

Walking is something all of us take for granted. When that is taken away or limited, you really realize how much you miss it and how wonderful it is. I want to experience walking into high school. Whether it be just walking in using a walker, walking in and then getting back in the chair, or walking in and not using anything I don’t care. Even if I have to wait until the end of the year or until Senior year, I will be thankful to walk into school because walking is a gift. So next time you see someone using a wheelchair, using crutches, using a walker, or anything else don’t give them a weird look. Wonder what it’s like to be in their shoes, offer to help them, or even open a door for them.

The necrosis, the steroids and chemotherapy caused, has temporarily taken away walking from me. I may be able to walk short distances, but I walk with pain almost every day, whether the pain is a 1 or a 10. It has taken my ability to take a hike, walk around the block, and so much more. I will not let it defeat me or get me down! I will rise up and work towards making those few steps into high school, into the grocery store, into the mall, around the block, etc.!

 

An Essay I Wrote for English

I wanted to share with you all the essay I wrote for English. We had to write an essay about an event that changed our lives.

My Essay:
There have been many life changing events in my life. Although, this one stood out to me the most. This event changed my life for the better, it made me so much stronger. My life changing event is when I went through a two and a half year cancer journey.

Finding out I had cancer was the most devastating news I have ever received. You notice the commercials asking you to donate to kids with cancer, but you never imagine it happening to you. Cancer is a serious disease, but you never think about it until you’re impacted.

On February 20th, 2013, I was diagnosed with a form of childhood leukemia. Before we found out, I had been sick all winter along with my siblings. We never suspected anything so serious. The Thursday before, I was at the doctors where they fought over whether my spleen was enlarged. They then came to the conclusion this it was just muscle and growing pains.
Earlier on the nineteenth, u had made food and take a bite. When my parents arrived home they noticed I hadn’t eaten. After that, my mom said, ” You need to eat, don’t get up until your done.” I did finish. When I went to sit down on the couch, I screamed bloody murder. I had sharp pain in my abdomen and was in tears. My dad had enough and drove me to the emergency room.

I awoke to paramedics moving me to another gurney to transport me to Sunrise. I was our of it, but still felt a sense of fear. When we arrived, my mother was waiting for us with fear in our eyes. My dad later showed up and a doctor came in. He asked my mom if my dad had told her the “L” word. She said no and asked him what he was talking about. My dad mumbles, “Leukemia, but it’s not that.” The doctor confirmed that it was that, but he didn’t know what kind. I was immediately hooked up to machines and moved to Pediactric Cancer floor. From there, my port was placed, I recieved blood and platelet transfusions, and started treatment.

This journey has taught me so much. It has taught me to always look to God for help. I also learned to always think positive. No matter what, I needed to be strong for not only myself, but for my family as well. I have always tried to be strong throughout this journey, I then realized I needed to give it to God. I have made a second family and so many new friends throughout this journey. So many people have told me that I am an inspiration and keep them going. I have grown so much closer to God throughout this journey. I am so thankful to have beat this!

This event is so near and dear to me. I have grown I much and am so thankful for that. An now I will be one year cancer free in June 10th! I am so thankful to all the people who have gotten me through this.