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.

 

What a Blessed Week!

Hello guys! I want to share with you my week. Although, I wasn’t feeling well one day, the rest of the week was great. God was with me all week as I commuted to school; I was having some problems with motion sickness. I enjoy school and learning new things. I am so thankful that I have the  opportunity to go to school and have the joy of learning. My teachers are so sweet and supportive. I love my school and can’t wait to see what Sophomore year holds for me next school year.

A Rough Few Days

The three day infusions I have for my bones really drains me. Although, they have made it a 2 hour infusion, instead of 4. It is still very hard on my body. It wears me out and my body out. I get so tired and drained. So, this weekend I am just resting. Can I get some prayers guys. This is so draining and with the motion sickness/not feeling well I have going on, it’s so hard. I just ask that you guys pray for my strength and energy this upcoming school week. God has always helped me and he will get me through this week.

“I can do all things though Christ who strengthens me.”                                 Philippians 4:13