PT Kicked My Butt??

08/12/16

This morning, I had physical therapy. I couldn’t wait for it because of getting new orders from my shoulder surgeon, Dr. Kam.

As soon as I walked in, they noticed I didn’t have the brace on. I then told them how excited I was and that I had new protocol for them. Some new exercises were added with new orders. With these new orders, comes harder work outs. Today, those exercises really kicked my butt! Lol! Today we added pullies and a bar exercise the stretches out my arm. I was really worked out today! Added these new exercises, I really need to stay on to of my pain medication.

Although, I was in pain after physical therapy I am glad to be at this point in my journey. I am so proud of myself and how hard I have worked! It is the little victories! I am thankful my arm is doing well enough to increase my exercises. I thank my family, friends and everyone who has supported me! I thank God for giving me the strength to endure these things!

(Boy am I sore though! They really kicked my booty!)

Shoulder Replacement Update

Yesterday, I have had my 6 week after surgery appointment with Dr. Kam. He previously told us after 6 weeks out from my replacement I wouldn’t have to wear the brace anymore and we would get new orders for physical therapy.

When we went to my appointment yesterday he said that I don’t need the brace anymore, except for when school starts to make people more aware. He also said I can start to move it just no pushing, pulling, lifting, or putting it behind my back. He gave us some new protocol to follow for physical therapy. He helped me active assistively move my arm. At the end of the visit, we looked at the x-rays he had taken when we got there. My shoulder replacement looks amazing, everything is lining up properly and nothing is hurt or damaged. It looks really nice and clean. 

I am so thankful for all the people who have supported me and helped me get through this. Especially, with all I have been dealing with lately. I am so happy with all my progress I have made. I have been working hard and trying to not push myself but not slack off at the same time. I thank God for supporting and being by my side and letting me never lose faith.

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Physical Therapy Update

Here is an update on physical therapy and how it is going.

I am making a lot of progress in physical therapy. I have stopped gaurding and have let loose. I get into my head when i am at physical therapy and start to tighten up.

Today though, I did really great! My motion up to 90° is doing great! My shoulder is healing well and my motion is doing well. My degree measurement is almost at 90° at all angles which is a huge accomplishment. My pain level has also decreased and I am not taking as much pain medicine. I am so thankful for that.

I  am so proud of myself for working so hard! I thank God for helping me work through this. I also thank Natalie and Morgan for working with me at physical therapy. They make physical therapy so much fun. He is my strength and has been getting me through all of this. I have to just keep my faith in him as I gi through this. I also thank my family for supporting me. They are always encouraging me.

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!

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.

 

Great Cycle Challenge USA

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

 

Pre-Surgery Jitters

Hey guys! I need some prayers for my nerves. Even though my shoulder replacement surgery is in late June, I am getting nervous. I believe it’s the devil trying to get me to back down. I have prayed about this surgery for so long and I know that God wants me to do this. These nerves are not enough to get me to back out. I am just nervous about all the cons and I am so young, almost sixteen. I know God has a plan for my life and this surgery. I will continue to lean on him. I just need some prayers for my nerves and that God will take over my nerves, he has already has my life. I thank God for always being by my side and always comforting me. I know my doctor wouldn’t do anything on me he wouldn’t do on himself.  I am going to pray to God about my nerves. I ask that you guys pray for me as well! Love you guys lots, talk to you soon!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 ??

Remembering Cooper

I have been trying to find the words to express how I am feeling with the loss of an amazing warrior. In March, we lost another strong cancer fighter, Cooper. Cancer is a monster and it doesn’t ask your permission to take over your life.

I truly miss Cooper dearly. He fought so hard and always kept faith and smiled throughout it all. He had such a huge smile on his face throughout all of his journey, no matter the circumstance. Cancer is the worst thing I have ever went through and wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Seeing all these warriors fighting is amazing. They are so strong and Cooper was just as strong. He was kind – hearted, caring, strong, an amazing son, wonderful brother, friendly, and a huge inspiration! Him not being here is so hard, especially for his family and all who were close to him. I didn’t know him personally, but we did talk many times and he was so sweet.

I am heartbroken that he is gone, I can’t even imagine what his family is going through. I know he would want everyone who came in contact with him to remember the good times they had, the smiles he brought, and how hard he fought. I know he is looking down on his family and friends smiling down on them. I know he is touched by the wonderful things that were said at the candlelight vigil. Although, he is gone he will never be forgotten. He will forever be embedded into our hearts.

I want to say a prayer for the family. Dear Lord, I ask that you comfort Cooper’s family right now, blanket them in your love. Let them know that you are there for them. Help them to remember that he is no longer suffering and he is looking down on them happy about the way they are honoring and remembering him. Bring peace into their hearts Lord. Let them have peace in knowing that he is with you and not hurting. Send them and Cooper all our love. Jesus in your mighty name, AMEN!!

If you guys feel like God is putting on your heart to help this family here is there Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/teamcoop