Lately, I have been really good. I went a week without a fentanyl patch without having any shakes, or nausea/vomiting. I am also learning the limits of my arm. I noticed that if I put pressure on my arm or lean on it for a certain period of time, it starts to hurt. I am becoming used to dealing with my arm and finding its limits. I have been working on knowing my limits and figuring what positions work best for me.
One thing, I am really excited about is the photos I have been taking in photography class. One even got put into an art gallery at school last week. I am so proud of all of them because I worked so hard to photograph and edit them. Here are some examples of some pictures I took and setup:
I am so happy with the photos I have taken. I have at least a hundred more photos I have taken and edited. I love photography class! Even though school ends soon, I would like to buy my own camera and computer so I can photograph and edit more. I am definitely going to stick with photography. An if I am going to be a Fashion Designer, I can take photos of my creations and designs.
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.
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…….
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.
I am so thankful for the people in my life that are pouring into me and encouraging me! Tonight, a very special someone did just that.
A friend of mine named, Krystal, asked if I would like to hang out with her and I said, “Yes!” We went to Starbucks and had some coffee and tea and just talked. She really poured into me tonight! I really appreciated it! I have been going through some things emotionally and in my walk with Christ. She really gave me some great advice when talking to me. When we talked I was vulnerable and honest about what was going on. I cried and just let it out, and I am thankful for her being there for me to do that. She has such a beautiful heart and is an amazing woman! Thank you Krystal for the stories, especially the personal stories and advice you shared with me! Again, thanks for pouring into me and being real and open with me! It was such a nice time to talk and be real with someone in person, to talk face to face.
Krystal, you have a special place in my heart and am grateful to have met you! I can’t wait to hang out again! I hope I can pour into you and tell you how amazing you are just like you did for me. I love you!! An I am so thankful for a sister in Christ like you! ??
I want to say a huge thank you to a sweet women I met at physical therapy last Friday. Today, I went to physical therapy and the receptionist said that someone had left me a gift. It turned out to be the women I had met last Friday, her name is Joyce. We began talking about what happened to my shoulder, she shared what has happened to her as well. Then we got on the subject of sewing. She likes to see and so do I. We showed each other our previous projects.
As I showed up to physical therapy on Wednesday, Phyllis said she had a gift from Mrs. Joyce. She then handed me a bag that contained 2 pillow cases and a letter. The card says: “It was a true pleasure to meet you. I think and pray for you often. I want you to know you are an inspiration to me. I hope you enjoy the pillow cases I made for you. There are a few mistakes. I had fun making them. You have a wonderful and blessed day. Sinceremy, Ms. Joyce.”
Thank you Miss Joyce for the beautiful pillow cases. Thank you for thinking of me. I am so grateful that I got to meet you!
I want to thank my beautiful friend Natalie for always being there for me. As you guys know from my last post, I am going through some things. She has always been there for me. Through everything she has been there for me and encouraging me. She is so sweet, always lifting me up and helping me see the bright side of things. I am so grateful for the people like that in my life.
Here is an uplifting text message from my best friend, Natalie:
You are so strong Alyssa, it’s crazy. You have reached the light at the end of the tunnel. You did it. You made it through some really really rough stuff. And now, it’s all about making that light brighter. Continue to stay strong no matter what, because of everyone I know, you deserve to be the happiest. While you were going through worlds of pain, unable to handle pain, you still thought about everyone around you. You didn’t worry about yourself and the pain and everything you were going through. You worried about your family, and me, and all your friends. And that Alyssa, is the most beautiful thing I have heard of. That’s why you made it. You are the strongest person I know. So, you made it to the end of the tunnel. It’s no longer dark. It’s beautiful now.
Thank you Natalie for the friendship and hope you give me! We will always be friends and I’ll always be there for you! When ever you need me, I will be there. Love you, Natalie!
Love your best friend, Alyssa??
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
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!
Today I got yet another comment on my amazing shoes, they were made by Peach’s Neet Feet.
I want to take a moment to honor and thank Madison and her Peach crew! You guys work everyday to bring smiles to kids and teens through amazing works of art on shoes. You hustle kindness everyday! I want to thank you all for all you do! You guys bring so much happiness and smiles to people! I love my shoes and they bring me such a great joy. I love talking about them and sharing how I got them. It is amazing that people put their heart and souls into such amazing soles (get it souls and soles of a shoe!)! I just want to just thank you again! I will always enjoy my shoes and when I grow out of them I will keep them and display them forever. You guys inspire me to hustle kindness and use my talent to bring smiles to other people. I love you guys and thank you again, a million times thank you!
A lady named, Ariell, who works at my clinic made me a gift. She misses my No More Chemo Party (I still have to post that, I thought I did, sorry guys) so she wanted to get me something. Well, when I opened the box she gave me, it blew me away!
She had made me a beautiful bracelet that has a bottle cap and inside it says, “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.” It is so beautiful! She also made me a beautiful medallion that can have a chain added to it so I can wear it! She is so talented! I am so thankful to you for these beautiful pieces of jewelry! Love you, Ariell!