Survivor’s Guilt

As I am rounding the corner and coming up on the end of my treatment, it seems like a fitting time for my next topic from my blog post bracket: Survivor’s Guilt. I have seen this topic mentioned by so many of the young adult cancer population who have lost friends to the very same cancers they themselves are surviving.

Continue reading “Survivor’s Guilt”

Things are Looking Up

It feels odd to say that, but truly it has been a pretty positive couple of weeks for me.

Continue reading “Things are Looking Up”

Long Overdue Update

It has been a while since I did a post on how I am doing or updated y’all on my life these last several months. I have been so busy with work and life that I often forget that I started this blog not only as a way to express myself but also as a way to keep friends, family, and those who have been following my life these past four years updated.

Continue reading “Long Overdue Update”

Returning to Work After Cancer

One of the many challenges that those with a cancer diagnosis face is how it affects their “normal” life, in particular how it impacts work. For many cancer survivors, going through treatment means taking time off of work, leaving their job, modifying how they do their job, or changing careers completely.

Continue reading “Returning to Work After Cancer”

Toxic Positivity

The runner up on my blog post bracket was the topic of “Toxic Positivity”. For those of you that don’t know what this is, it is when people are constantly putting a positive spin on things even when a situation isn’t positive. While this may not seem like a bad thing on the surface, it can be harmful to people like me who have been dealt a truly horrible hand.

Continue reading “Toxic Positivity”

Fear of Recurrence

One of the most common things that cancer patients deal with is the fear of their cancer coming back or spreading. This fear of recurrence causes a lot of anxiety in the cancer community, especially when it comes time for scans, biopsies, and follow up appointments.

Continue reading “Fear of Recurrence”

One Year in Remission

As of June 18th I have officially been in remission from my leukemia for a full year! I had this in my calendar yesterday, but I still forgot until later in the evening.

Continue reading “One Year in Remission”

Rantings and Ramblings

I haven’t written a post in a while. After the LLS fundraising competition I truly needed a break from writing and putting myself out there. While it was so rewarding to do something so good, it was definitely tiring (I still haven’t had a chance to send thank you’s to all the wonderful people who donated). Now that it has been a couple of weeks I have had time to rest, recharge, and focus on myself a little more.

Continue reading “Rantings and Ramblings”

One Year Cancer-versary

One year ago today I received my diagnosis that I had B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. One year ago my world completely changed and turned upside down. One year ago I went from a caregiver to a patient.

Continue reading “One Year Cancer-versary”

Let Maintenance Begin

My first round of maintenance therapy began on Tuesday. This is a big milestone but also just another small step toward getting back to normal-ish.

Continue reading “Let Maintenance Begin”