As you all know from this post, I promised that I would be more real about my cancer journey. It’s been just over a year since I was diagnosed, and there is definitely a lot more to share as I am on the road to recovery. To be honest, I contemplated sharing my journey now. I wasn’t sure how you all would react. I initially created this blog to share fashion outfits, but now I want this space to be something more and it just so happens that cancer is a big part of my life.
I’m not ashamed of it. I do hope that documenting my journey helps some of you out there. Helping others is without a doubt one of my biggest passions in life. I also hope to share more brands that raise cancer awareness and promote funding for cancer research. Because I know in my heart we can definitely find a cure.
I shared a few weeks ago on Instagram that I completed one of my chemo drugs. YAY! What a big milestone to check off. Now I go in for IV treatments every 6 months and I still take my quarterly shots. Another milestone soon to be checked off is removal of my port. Since I don’t have to go in for treatments as often, my surgeons find it unnecessary for me to have this device in my body. Guess when they scheduled the removal of my port?! …. My birthday! I couldn’t believe the physician assistant called me to notify me that March 21 is when I’ll be in surgery.
Granted, this should only be an hour procedure (more time will be spent in the recovery room), however, I was hoping I would be ‘out n about’ on my birthday. Unfortunately, when I tried to reschedule, my surgeon wasn’t available and I don’t see the point in waiting much longer.
How do I feel about this?! Bittersweet. I’m excited that this is a sign that things are going well for me. That I can tell cancer to ‘F off’ and I know I am kicking cancer’s
butt. However, strange as this may sound, my port was a sense of comfort. My port made the whole cancer process a lot easier. Prior to my port, my arm was pretty much a pincushion to the point that my arms were blue from bruises. The port became a part of me.
Fight after the Fight
|Shirt: c/o Sevenly (7% gets donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation)
Headband: c/o Headbands of Hope (buy 1 headband, & 1 gets donated to a child with cancer)
Boyfriend Jeans: Gap
Bracelet: My Intent Project
Not every cancer survivor/fighter goes through this.
I’ve been and am still going through all these long-term side effects while going to work and man did work hit me hard.
I work in a very intense, fast pace environment. With my chemo brain, and still fighting through the fatigue, it was hard keeping up. So hard that it felt like I was failing at everything. Every work, task, project I had to do felt harder and harder to the point that thinking about going to work gave me anxiety. I sometimes would cry in the middle of the day because I was so frustrated or find myself panicking. Then I would come home so exhausted. Everything in my body felt so heavy. I felt like I was being punished. I thought that since I am progressing well with my cancer treatments I should be happy. And I was so confused.
You are such an inspiration, lady- and you give such an honest voice to this process that sooo many people go through, and yet the world at large is still ignorant about. I am so proud of you + continue to send you good vibes. You are SO strong!
Le Stylo Rouge
Aww thank you so much Ashley!!
You are a warrior and you are a great inspiration for many people, me included.
Thanks for share your story with us
Thank you so much for your kind words! This means a lot!
Such an inspiration and a strong women.
Even stronger sharing your story here.
Thank you so much!
Looks great, great post girl!
I got the sense from you previous posts and quotes on IG that you've been having some struggles, but I didn't realize the extent of it. I've said it before and I'll say it again – you are an inspiration, Rach! Have a great weekend <3
Something About That
Yea, it was something hard for me to hold in. Thank you so much Jackie!
Inspiring post, we should never give up no matter what the circumstances are 🙂
Thank you so much Adhi! That is my motto 🙂
what a strong and inspirational women you are!What a great post xx aquateraa.blogspot.co.uk
Thank you so much!
Thanks for such an inspiring post, my mum is a breast cancer survivor and had it last year. Yes, never give up … Be strong and keep the faith, you are resilient. Happy weekend! <3 Madison
Your mom is a warrior! Thank you so much Madison!
Such a great inspiration!Great post:-)
You are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story and stay strong!
Thank you so much Nicole!
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Keep on fighting. You deserve a life of freedom and happiness. I hope it all goes wonderful. Good luck, beauty.
Thank you so much!!
When blogs become more than what they were meant to be ! Even if its about sharing a very personal journey!
Thank you so much for the encouragement!
Rach, you continue to be an inspiration! Thank you for sharing and giving a voice to so many women who experience this. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Keep kicking butt and inspiring!
Nicole to the Nines
Thank you so much Nicole! This means so much!
It is wonderful that you are sharing your story!
Thank you for reading!
Super tee and perfect casual look. I like it! 🙂