As of February 20th, it has been 4 years since my diagnosis of Pre-B cell ALL Leukemia.
I would like to thank my family for always being by my side fighting this battle with me. This diagnosis didnt onmy affect me, but the closest people around me as well.
I also want to thank God for guiding ne and giving me the strength to fight the battle.
Without God and my family by my side, I dont know how I would be able to handle this.
This Thanksgiving was wonderful! My mom made amazing food as always! And we got to spend it together. We also had been putting things were thankful for throughout the year in a jar and finally read them all. I thank God for giving me my family and along with allowing me to wake up everyday. I also thank God for the journey I have went through, it has made me stronger and my family stronger and closer. Also for the mistakes I have made that have been lessons for me.
One thing, I want you to remember is that you may not have much, but there is always something to be thankful for. If you wake to see another day be thankful….
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
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!
Today, I want to wish a happy birthday to my beautiful younger sister Shayla! Today she turns 14 years old.
My Note to Shayla:
Shayla, today I want to wish you a very happy birthday! You have grown so much from the little baby girl I used to take care of. You are so smart, kind, caring, beautiful, funny, and bring joy into a room. I am so thankful to have you as a sister. I hope I am a great example for you as an older sister. I love you with all my heart! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!
Love Your Big Sister, Alyssa
Today on June 28, I want to wish my little brother, Ricardo Jr., happy birthday! Today he turns 9.
Note to Ricardo Jr:
Ricardo, I am so proud of you in school and in how you’ve grown! You are such an amazing and fun young boy! You are funny, a jokester, sweet, kind, handsome, and an amazing little boy.
Love Your Big Sister, Alyssa
Hey guys! I wanted to tell you all about something my uncle is doing, it is called the Great Cycle Challenge. The Great Cycle Challenge is where you ride everyday for the month of June to fight Childhood Cancer. You can make a team or sign just yourself up. You set a goal for how many miles you want to achieve and how much money you want to raise. It is super cool! It is amazing that people are doing this!
My uncle has decided to do it. He posted on Facebook that he would be riding for me. I am so appreciative of him for doing this! I am so thankful for him doing this for me and other children who are fighting cancer. His goal is to ride 245 miles and raise $500. I am so proud of him for doing this challenge! You can do it Uncle David! God will give you the strength do this! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
If God puts it on your heart to donate, please do. Below is the link to his page: https://greatcyclechallenge.com/Riders/DavidCunninghamJr?utm_source=dashboard&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=gcc_profile_ind_new_ride&fb_ref=Default
I used to have a hard time with thinking I was a burden on my family during my cancer journey. I thought because they had to do the majority of things for me I was being a burden. Due to me being sick a lot from treatment an developing AVN, I needed assistance for many things. Sometimes, I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed I was so sick or hurting so badly. My family was always there, though. Looking back I don’t understand why I would or could ever think that! My family loves me so much and would do anything for me. They may get tired of me calling for them every couple minutes for help, but they are happy to help me. They have been by my side throughout this entire journey. I just want everyone going through anything to know, you are not a burden! The people who are helping you are there because they want to be and they care about you. The devil just wants you to think you aren’t good enough to get all the love and help you are receiving. He wants you to push everyone away. God says, “NO, you are my child and you deserve this help and you are NOT a burden!”
Now, whenever I start having thoughts about being a burden I say:
“I am NOT a burden. I need to let people help me. If they ask me if I need help I should say YES. Or if I need help I need to ASK! My family is here to HELP ME and I need to let them. God gave me such an amazing family for a reason; to be there for me, help me, and to love me. I am NOT a burden!”
Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I hope you had an amazing day! I am so thankful for my mom! Her and my dad have done so much for me. All the moms out there deserve a day all about them. Get your mom something, whether it’s just a hug and a “I love you”, a homemade card, a store bought card, flowers, chocolates, etc. Just let your mom know you appreciate them. To my mom, “I love you!”
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!
Happy Sibling’s Day! I want to say happy sibling’s day to my wonderful sister and brother!
I am so thankful for my two amazing sibling’s! They are so wonderful! We have our share fair of fights, but ultimately I love them no matter what! I am so proud of you guys in school, your maturity, and how much you have grown! I couldn’t of asked for better siblings. You both each have a lovely personality that makes you both unique and YOU! I love watching you guys grow and watching your faith in God grow. You guys are going to grow up and do amazing things, I just know it! I thank God for giving me such awesome siblings! No matter what I will always love them and be there for them!
Happy Spring Break everyone!
This week was pretty good and I have been waiting for today! I want to thank God for getting me through this week, I haven’t been feeling to well. God got me through this week and I am smiling at the end of the week. I am so excited to spend the next week with my wonderful family.
I hope everybody has a fun and safe Spring break! Whether your going out of town or doing a “staycation” have a blast! Make sure you are safe as well! I hope you all enjoy yourself! May God watch over you all everyday!