Just as I was finishing my Graduate studies as a nurse practitioner I noticed that I wasn’t feeling myself. I went to my Dr requesting labs for thyroid work up and week before Christmas I was diagnosed with Thyroid Ca. As a nurse and a daughter of a Lung Cancer survivor (my mom) I never thought I would be diagnosed with cancer. I knew from the beginning that I would do everything possible to LIVE for my daughter who was two at the time. From diagnosis I continued to feel more tired and discovered bruises all over my body. As I was scheduled to have routine work up for my thyroidectomy I discovered that my blood counts were at a dangerous level and that I would not be able to fight a common cold. I was later rushed to the er and hospitalized.
I was later diagnosed on after Christmas day with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia a very rare type of cancer. My oncologist told me upon diagnosis that had I waited any later I would not be here today…. I needed to be aggressively treated and the thyroid cancer surgery needed to be postponed until I reached molecular remission from my leukemia.
I fought to live and do everything in order to see my daughter grow up. I still continue to fight and help those around me that struggle with cancer. I believe that I have been given a second chance at life and I am truly blessed to be able to see my daughter grow. I do believe that my cancer journey was challenging and still continue my treatment but I have become so thankful for each and every day that I have.