october31st 2013 DR YU from mercy said the words i feared most you have CANCER i immidiatly felt 4 and my oldest brother told me the monster was under my bed.
from that moment on the worldwind started i left dr yu office and headed down the long road i was getting on. Minutes later i was at Mercy hospital portland maine
No blowing up a balloon is not a big deal to most people. To me it is a very big deal, I am a laryngectomee, a neck breather and have no vocal cords and can't breathe through my nose or hold my breath. I do have a TEP which is a prosthsis in my neck [just under 6mm] that lets me divert air to my throat so I can talk. Because of the TEP I can now whistle, blow out candles on a cake and blow up a balloon. All of those things I'm not suposed to be able to do. It took two months to learn how whistle and had to practice every day.
Went hiking again yesterday to Laurel Fork Falls, in Tennessee on the Appalachian Trail . Was a beautiful day and ended up hiking a little over 4 miles. I am breaking in a new pair of hiking boots and trying to get in shape for a longer over night hike in the Smokies. Hoping all the exercise will help me feel better :)
On June 27th, 2014 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, at the age of 27. This does not define who I am, but simply what I am going through. Who I am is a daughter of the Living God. Cancer has already changed my life, but for the good. It has truly been a "Wake Up" call to change things in my life, and to not allow fear to keep me from living as God intended.
I thought of all my CSN friends and lifted you all up in prayer. I felt close to heaven, so I wanted to thank God for all of the blessings I have received and for my friends.