A Time to Give Thanks

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!

A Wonderful Night

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! ??

A Huge Thank 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!

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A Beautiful Friendship ❤

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??

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!

Happy Birthday Sissy!

July 10

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

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Happy Birthday Little Bro!

June 28

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

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Happy Sibling’s Day

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!

Allysa Neverending Faith