Lesson Learned

Well my “vacation” has come and went. Unfortunately it did not go quite at all as we had planned. In fact it was by far the worst vacation I have ever been on. My mom, husband, and I got a long great. On the other hand, I had to learn a hard lesson about my Aunt. While I was hoping to spend a lot of time and make good memories with her since she has Small Cell Lung Cancer, I was in for a rude awakening.

Turns out the only things ‘important’ to her were chain smoking and skyping her family back home. I was taken by complete surprise. She also treated me personally, like I was dirt on the ground. She continuously called me a bitch, claimed that I needed to take my ‘meds’, claimed that I was being mean to her, and that she should give me pills that would help my mood swings and bitchiness. All of this literally came out of nowhere. I calmly explained to her that yes my hormones are imbalanced due to the injection of Lupron which put me into a menopausal state. But even my husband and mom agreed that I was acting very normal and was not treating her bad at all. Actually I acted as if everything she said didn’t bother me and laughed it off to not create waves. She attacked me for having a disease that I cannot control and tried to down play the severity of my disease.. that I just like to complain about it. Someone that I thought cared about me as I did her really showed me who she really is.

Then at the end of the trip it all came to a head. My aunt stole my vicodin and of course she lied and denied it. But it all finally made sense. She was so irrational and mean towards me the whole trip because she was under the influence. Drugs make people do things that normally they would never do. I learned a hard lesson. Although she has cancer I can no longer feel bad for her. She’s chain smoking like you would not believe and she has LUNG CANCER! She’s using the cancer as a crutch to steal, lie, and get high. Meanwhile, everyone is feeling bad for her. I’m sorry but I can’t.

The great memories we wanted to make is now just a vacation I wish I could forget.


Smoking & Lung Cancer

I have never been a smoker and have never condoned it. My Aunt is currently battling Small Cell Lung Cancer which is likely caused by being a long time smoker. Lung cancer is the LEADING CANCER KILLER IN THE U.S. (and I bet that will surprise a few people, but should it?)

Lung cancer deaths can be prevented by both screenings and quitting smoking.

For more information about Lung Cancer Screening follow this link!

That being said…

I am beyond happy that CVS has taken the initiative to STOP selling tobacco products! This is a MAJOR move but as a leading pharmacy, it only makes sense that they take a preventative measure against major health issues caused by tobacco. I am really hoping that other pharmacies and companies follow their lead in an effort to protect the people and raise awareness.

For more information about CVS & their stand against tobacco follow this link!


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

This is an amazing program and I encourage others to participate/donate. My Aunt received her first card from Cards of Hope and was delightfully surprised by the encouragement and thoughtfulness. It’s really great!!

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Did you know that September was Childhood Cancer Awareness month?  Well, here are a few facts about childhood cancer.

  • In 2014, it is expected that 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.
  • Even though childhood cancer is considered “rare”, worldwide over a quarter of a million kids are diagnosed annually.
  • The causes of most childhood cancer is unknown.
  • Currently, childhood cancer can not be prevented.
  • It is expected that about 43 children a day will be diagnosed with childhood cancer.

Those facts are startling to those that might not have ever had to watch their child battle cancer.  Let’s start raising awareness for our children, our neighbor’s children and our communities’ children.

I want to say thank you to everyone that is donating to the Cards of Hope program.  I have gotten stickers, crafts, hats and etc to pass on to those enrolled…

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What to do if you were recently diagnosed with cancer

I think this is very helpful!! Positivity is SO IMPORTANT!

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So many people get the diagnosis of cancer at their doctors’ visits and forget everything else after the word cancer that the doctor says.  Well, I hope that this article will help you if you recently got diagnosed.  Here are a few things that I recommend.

First off, don’t blame yourself for your cancer.  Blame your cancer on global warming, on anything but yourself.  Even if your diet or lifestyle habits aren’t the best, you still shouldn’t blame yourself. It isn’t like you decided one morning that you wanted to have cancer, no one wants cancer.  Blaming yourself for cancer isn’t going to be beneficial at all.

After you have a few days to digest the diagnosis, I suggest that you get a notebook with a folder pocket in it.  If you can’t find one then get a 3 ring binder and put a notebook and a folder in it…

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Cards Of Hope for Cancer Patients

Please visit: Cards Of Hope’s Blog.

I feel this is 100% worth sharing! My Aunt is battling Small Cell Lung Cancer and Cards of Hope is going to help encourage her by sending her Cards in the mail. This makes me so happy and thankful that there is someone doing something so great like this out there. So if you are battling cancer or have a loved one that is keep Cards Of Hope in mind, you just may change someone’s life.

My Aunt is a very strong woman and a fighter. I want her to always be reminded that she will win this battle, she has the FIGHT in her!

Thank you again Cards Of Hope.


**UPDATE** — My Aunt received her first card in the mail and appreciated it greatly! It made her feel so good and uplifted!–