Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Decade Since.....

This upcoming October will be my ten year anniversary since I was originally diagnosed with cancer. The ride that my life has been since that day has been better than any roller coaster you can ride at Six Flags, Knott's Berry Farm, and even Cedar Point. (Apparently ever world record involving roller coasters is there)

My hair, color of my skin, weight, eye brows, appetite, social life, brain, family, urine, vision, friends, dating life, endurance, and everything in my life has been directly or indirectly effected by cancer since that day.

However, this is not a time to be sad, but rejoice in the great things that life has to offer. One of my blog readers and friend, the wonderful Joy Jenkins, has decided to raise money( in my honor) to benefit the American Cancer Society. It is because of this society and their desire to rid the human race of cancer that I am still alive today and able to write these words.

My wonderful sister Emily made me an awesome tribute video to celebrate my 10 years of victory against cancer.

Please go watch it on YouTube at the link below.

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I would ask you to help me celebrate my 10 years of victoriously fighting cancer by clicking on the link below and donating to the American Cancer Society. I have never asked you, my faithful blog readers to donate money, and it is not in my personality to do so. But, this is to good of a chance to help a friend of mine raise money to fight the ugly desease that is cancer.

Click Here to Donate

Donate to celebrate my 10 years of victory, donate to prolong my fight, donate to help the millions of people out in the world that face cancer everyday. We (cancer patients) want nothing more than to be cancer free. It is a single small wish. We are tired of being sick. Help against the fight.

Here is a poem I often reflect on during my "down" moments.

"What cancer cannot do"
it cannot steal eternal life
conquer the spirit
suppress memories
Kill friendship
cripple love
corrode faith
shatter hope
destroy peace
silence courage
and invade the soul

and I add...It cannot and will not kill me. 

One dollar goes a LONG way. Please donate and spread the word!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How do you do it?

I am often asked the question, How do you do it?

This question is in reference to keeping up with the stresses and high demand of graduate school while fighting cancer.

My initial response is that I know no difference. Since I was 16 I have been fighting cancer and trying to live as 'normal' a life as I can.

During deeper contemplation on this question I asked myself, WHY DO I DO IT? I could easily coast through life with small aspiration and as long as I fought cancer no one could blame no for no having high asprations or expectation of myself. It was during this thinking that I was listening to one of my favorite artist Ian Axel. The song entitled 'Gone' started playing and I feel it best describes the WHY behind why I fight  so hard against cancer to extend my life and do not use cancer as a crutch to coast through life.

Here is the video of the song with the lyrics:


I fight because I want to make a lasting impression on the world no matter how small it is, who doesn't. The harder you fight the stronger impact that you make. That is Why and How I do it?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Help A Cancer Charity get Money...

The Basketball coach Dave Rose's Charity Children with Cancer Christmas Fund is in the finals...please take 5 seconds to vote.

He is competing for 100,000 dollars for the foundation

Click the following link to vote:

Please Vote

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I got Chemo Brain...What's your excuse?

A fellow cancer friend of mine name Caroline keeps a daily blog about her fight with cancer. Her latest post is about CHEMO BRAIN.  HER BLOG

I found it an interesting read and I now have an excuse when I have a lapse in memory. It is comforting to know that I know have a medical excuse if I forget some important i.e. people's names, tasks I am asked to do, and now I just need to convince my professors that this is a legitimate excuse for extra time on homework.

Here is some reading on Chemo brain to better understand my "craziness" --

Article One

Article Two

I also went to my Utah doctor yesterday and I everything is on course for chemo to continue!