Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Fight With Cancer







Top: A'Gaci // Jeans: H&M // Necklaces: Frill and Moon & Lola via Frill
 Watch: Michael Kors (similar) // Bracelet: Stella & Dot

Last week, I mentioned that I'd had the great pleasure of speaking at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk Raleigh kick off event. When I mentioned that, a couple of you asked about my journey with cancer, so I figure we'd get a little personal on the blog today and I'd share my LLS bio. Obviously, my fight with cancer was fairly long, but this bio gives a great summary of my diagnosis, treatment and experience.

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It was just three days before my sixth birthday that my parents received a call from my Kindergarten teacher saying, “You need to take your daughter to the doctor and get blood tests done immediately.”

For weeks, the symptoms had begun to show – flu like symptoms, unexplained bruises, all the typical stuff - but doctors had yet to put the dots together. Instead they would look me over and say, “it’s just one of those things that kids get.” They prescribed antibiotics and assured us that whatever it was would be gone in no time. It was my Kindergarten teacher, whose sister had recently been diagnosed with Leukemia, that recognized the signs and figured it out.

Sure enough, the day my teacher called was the day I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. I was treated for two years and two months and underwent five rounds of chemotherapy. It was a long fight, but the support that I received from my family, friends and doctors was truly amazing.

In May of 1999 I was told that I was in complete remission and I have been cancer free ever since! This year marks my 16th anniversary of my full remission diagnosis! I celebrate my life by helping others with their fight. I strive to empower those that are experiencing cancer first-hand by promoting organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The cancer awareness, education and research that are funded through Light the Night Walk is vital to the continued goal of having a cancer free world. I am so honored to be here today and to be one of the 2015 Honored Heroes! Please join me in this fight so we can continue to save lives!

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Want to hear more about my story? Start a team in NC and I will come speak at your kick off event!

Like I said previously, if you want to join my walk team, you can sign up here! {Select "Join a team" and type our team name "Team Hope and Laughter"} Or, if you would rather just make a contribution to the cause, you can show your support by donating here!

Thank you for all of your continued support, loves!

35 comments:

  1. Wow what a crazy story -- good thing your teacher called! So happy you have been free for 16 years!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. I know! Things like that are truly sent by sent by god. Like what is the coincidence that her sister had just been diagnosed?! Thanks, Darcy!

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  2. Such an inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing!

    xo Ally

    www.gumbootglam.com

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  3. Kate,

    Thank you so much for sharing such a personal journey with us. I'm so happy and thankful to have met you and that we've become such quick friends! I love that you do so much to still be involved and to spread so much awareness and positivity to those needing it. Can't wait to see you Friday!

    x Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm so happy to have met you too, our blog dates are literally what I look forward to every week! haha. Thanks, chica!

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  4. I'm a fairly new reader so glad you posted this so I can learn more about you. You're a STRONG and STYLISH lady!

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    1. Thank you so much, Brittany! And thank you for reading! You guys mean everything to me!

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  5. Yay for being cancer free for 16 years!! Definitely an inspiring story, friend :)

    xo,
    Angela

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  6. Very inspiring story, thank you for sharing it and congratulations on being cancer free!

    http://mimiandchichi.com/

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    1. Thank you for reading! I am always happy to share it!

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  7. You are so brave and inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing your story and for paying it forward! You are such a wonderful inspiration!

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    1. Gosh, you guys are going to make me tear up! Thank you so much for reading and for all of the kind words!

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  8. You are such an inspiration! I'm so humbled to know you and to see how much you have overcome is amazing. You are a rockstar! xo

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    1. Thank you Meghan! I am so lucky to know you too! Hope to see you soon, love!

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  9. You're so brave for going through all that and then being able to openly share your story with everyone. Congratulations on being cancer free for 16 years! I hope you get to celebrate many, many more anniversaries of being cancer free!

    Mili

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  10. Thanks for sharing your story, how incredible!!

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  11. Thanks for sharing your story, how incredible!!

    www.simplyhued.com

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  12. Wow what a great story! I love that even after 16 years you are still so grateful for life and still apart of the community and show support. That is truly amazing, I am glad you shared your story. Congrats love!
    XO JNESS
    http://jenessasheffield.com/

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    1. Aw, thank you Jenessa! Thank you so much for those kind words and thanks for reading!

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  13. Thank you for sharing! You go girl!!

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  14. What a beautiful and courageous story. Thanks for sharing

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

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  15. Great post. Thanks for sharing your story
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    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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  16. Wow, what a powerful story. Thanks for bringing more awareness to this, your teacher was smart to see the signs.

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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    1. She really was. I am so lucky that she figured it out. Thanks for reading, Eden!

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  17. Wow, that's a really incredible story. I'm sure your teacher at the time will always have a special place in your mind.

    It's also incredible to see you out there, giving back <3

    Congratulations on 16 years cancer free!

    Jackie
    Something About That

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  18. Sara, you touched my heart and made me tear up. Thank you for sharing your story. I too, have an blood disorder that is related to blood cancer so this is very close to my heart. Thank YOU for sharing light and being such an inspiration!!! Sending you all my love, and many prayers.
    XOXO, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.net

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    1. Vanessa, I am so sorry to hear that, but thank you for sharing. I will keep you in my prayers. Much love, chica.

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