Update on Walking

So I know you guys probably read my Wheelchair Raint a little while back, I have an update on that.

For the past 3 weeks I have been walking in school and not using the wheelchair. My wheelchair went out the Sunday before the day I was supposed to go to school. It just gave out.  I decided that I would just walk around the school but use the elevator. I wasn’t going to push myself, but I knew I could do it. After the frst day,I felt great. My parents found someone that xould fix the chair but I wanted to walk. I told them I’d pray over it and see what I wanted to do. I felt God telling me to do it amd not to limit myself. That I needed to trust in him and myself, not to doubt him or let anyone doubt me. Ever since then, I have been walking in school. A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR ME!!

 

?Childhood Cancer Awareness Month ?

The Month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Unfortunately, I know to much about this. I feel like no child should have to go through this.

Here are some statistics you may not havd known.

•Everyday 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.

•A child is diagnosed every 2 minutes worldwide.

• Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.

• Childhood Cancer is vastly and constantly underfunded. Childhood Cancer on gets 4% of funding.

• One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.

To be honest, that is very saddening.

Childhood Cancer effects not only the person who has it, but the entire family. I know this first hand, as of June 10, 2016 I am one year Cancer free. For 3 years I endured cancer treatment and the side effects that come with it. Till this day, I still have many side effects. I will fight for all my fellow warriors! Cancer is something no child should ever have to endure. We should not have to have our childhood taken away to deal with something so horrible. We take medicine to heal us everyday that makes us not feel so well, but we dont complain because we want to get better. All the kids I see at the clinic have a glowing smile on there face even though they are fighting this monster. I have lost to many friends and fighters to this deadly disease. It is time to stand up and take a stand. We need to fight for the children that are our future.

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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!)

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.

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.

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

 

Shoulder Replacement Update

This week, Tuesday the 29th we went to see my shoulder doctor, Dr. Kam. From my bone doctor, we were told my shoulder is closed. So we went and seen Dr. Kam to let him know and see where we are going from here (surgery?).

If you guys haven’t read my post before about my shoulder I ‘ll give you a little background. I went through 2 1/2 years of cancer treatment for Pre-B Cell High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The steroids and medicine have caused me AVN of both knees and my left shoulder. Due to the a vascular necrosis, my shoulder is pretty much destroyed. I now need a shoulder replacement.

I have been waiting for my growth plate to close so that I am at skeletal maturity and can go ahead with surgery. Well, now I am closed and ready for surgery. We talked about all the complications, what this journey will consist of, and what happens once I go down this road. It is a huge decision deciding to have a shoulder replacement, especially at my age. My huge deciding factor was pain relief.

I thank God over all for being with me through this journey and never leaving my side. I have prayed countless days and nights over what I should do and what is the best decision. I thank him for putting the right people and doctor in my life to take care of me. I am so thankful for my family for being by my side, always taking care of me, and loving me.

Prayer & Support for Our Warriors

So, this week has been rough. Monday would have been my uncles 30th birthday, but he is no longer here with us. Along with that, a sweet cancer fighter lost her battle. Then, after that I got more terrible news my friend who also is Battling Cancer isn’t doing to well, his name is Cooper. Please pray for him and all the other children in the world who are fighting this horrible disease called CANCER!  I’m asking everyone will you please help my friend Cooper & his family. They have been in the Hospital for over 100 days, If you can donate at least $1, Cooper’s family and I would appreciate it just click on the link:  https://www.gofundme.com/teamcoop

I have been hurting a lot this week. Although, I have been hurting God has been by my families side and all the other families side as well. He is helping us through these heart breaking days. God had a special plan for these wonderful peoples lives and now he doesn’t want them to suffer any more. I trust in God’s plan, but sometimes you can’t help but wonder why…. God’s plan and mission is always bigger than ours and only he knows what it en-tells. I thank God for these lovely people in our lives and the lives they have touched.

Lord, I pray for all the families that are grieving at this time lord. Comfort them and blanket them in peace and your love. Lay your hand on their heart and help them get through this. Help them understand that they won’t be suffering anymore. Let your light shine in their lives. All things happen for a reason, let this reason be known to the families. Let the families know their angels are watching them, are proud of them and love them so very much. I pray this in your name, AMEN!!!