Surviving Life after Cancer: The Journey Continues 

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were big things”.  Radiation is over and man was I excited to walk into the treatment room for that one last time. It was the first time in life though weak and fatigued did I feel such strength and victory. This…

Post Surgery: the Journey Continues

“The root of joy is Gratefulness”It’s the end of radiation therapy and what a frustrating and painful cycle. The last month and half has probably been the worst part of this journey thus far.  Every side effect described to me in my initial consultation was experienced throughout this process, it just kept getting worst. I’ve…

Post Surgery: the journey continues

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”. Gone are the days I was able to bite into a ripe banana.  Since the survey, it didn’t occur to me due to the fact I only ate bananas in my smoothies, that I was unable to perform this common function.  It was rare…

 Post Surgery: The Journey Continues

“Life is 10% of what happens to us & 90% of how we react”. Everyday I’m one step closer to getting healthy again and there’s the constant reminder to self that the pain is only temporary. My stick therapy is going great but still very stressful and frustrating. Going outside makes it very painful because…

Post Surgery: The Journey Continues

“I can do all things through christ who strengthens me”. My stick therapy was difficult, frustrating and a bit depressing.  I wasn’t were I needed to be and I was getting scared, scared that my mouth would heal shut and I wouldn’t be able to eat, laugh, smile, speak, yawn, or even sneeze the way…

Post Surgery: The Journey Continues

The MEDs were heavenly, the numbness and sleeping helped me to forget about the pain.  My face still very swollen, I was limited to being inside and consuming all my meals as liquids. Having the support of my best friend, other friends and family was heartwarming and completely necessary. I had to cut off home…

Week Four

My friends and family all will attest to the fact that I’m stubborn. I’ve been known to build up walls to protect myself from being hurt, so sometimes I tend to loose touch with my true emotions.  I got off the phone with my best friend Jenese and her words played over and over “Jan…

Week three 

Cancer – when we speak of this word, the action or result associated with it is often DEATH. As I often sit and think about my diagnosis and the fact I’ll have to experience minor changes is a blessing. Never being able to speak like I’ve done my whole life and living with an Obturator…

 When Cancer strikes 

I turned 30 on August 23rd,  and wanted it to be mellow and relaxing birthday. So, I opted for a weekend of cleaning my room, hanging with my children and babysitting my granddaughter.  It was perfect! The following week, I was in the Emergency room of NYU Dental- seeking answers regarding pain I’ve been experiencing…