Author: Kelly

Internal Scars

The other day, I was eating a bowl of chili soup for lunch and I hadn’t realized how hot it was that I burned my mouth and tongue.  After the initial reaction of pain, I realized that my mouth felt a little raw and sensitive which brought back some memories of my chemo side effects.  One of my side effects…

Lymphoma Awareness: Chemo Side Effects

As discussed in the previous blog, this month is Lymphoma Awareness Month and given that there is still very little information shared from cancer patients and survivors, I wanted to use my blog to bring more awareness to it (Yes, more medical information). When someone is first diagnosed with cancer, the doctor will discuss the specific type of cancer, the best possible treatment for it and survival rates.…

Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month and Wednesday, September 15th, was World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2021.  This month is dedicated to raising awareness of leukemia and lymphoma.  I am a cancer survivor who battled a type of lymphoma. (What is lymphoma, you may wonder? Well, get ready for hard core medical scientific explanation.)  Lymphoma is a cancer that begins in the cells of the…

Informed Decisions

Each challenge in my cancer battle caused me to conduct some research of my own in order to understand all the terminology the doctors were throwing at me.  Fortunately, so many resources are at our disposal that educate us and make us more knowledgeable.  Of course, you have to be careful because some sources are not reliable at all.  Keeping myself…

Morning Madness

Bad habits have crept back into my life.  Each morning, I have re-started a bad ritual of pushing the snooze button.  In a far distance, I hear a sound and the sounds grows louder which causes me to wake up.  It’s the alarm, uh no, sorry alarm, snooze.  All I need is 10 more minutes of sleep, yeah 10 more minutes is…

Got Blood?

I am grateful to all those who donate blood as I was a recipient.  Twice, I received blood transfusions during my cancer battle.  Prior to having cancer, I was a blood donor myself.  Unfortunately, after my cancer battle, due to the type of cancer I had, I am unable to donate blood or plasma. Long before I was ever diagnosed with cancer, I had chosen to become a blood…

Exercise VS. Boredom

Boredom caused me to stop my workout routine.  I have no excuses for not feeling motivated to workout except for boredom.  I was used to only doing one type of workout sessions and that is all I would do.  Although, I believe that variety is essential in life to avoid boredom, I was not practicing this in my exercise workout regime.  Plain and simple, I was doing…

Why Fight?

In this ever-changing world, sometimes, it feels like all we do is fight. The fight begins before we are even born.  From the minute a mother goes into labor until the minute her baby is born, it’s an uphill battle for the mother and the baby to stay alive. The mother has to endure tremendous amount of pain and discomfort in order to allow her baby to be born.…

Laughter

As I recall details of my cancer and share them with others, I often joke and laugh at different parts of my experience. Cancer is a tough battle and being a cancer survivor can cause you to have life-long side effects that may be tough as well so it is important to keep a light heart. I try not to…

The Last Word

As I was laying on my hospital bed with the worst sick feeling overwhelming my body the oncologist walked through the room door and proceeded to inform me the worst news, I had ever heard in my life, the test results and probability of survival.  I turned to look at my mom and then back to the doctor.  I felt like everything stopped for a second as…