Rocky Fights Cancer and the Cancer Sucks Blog Series is a personal account of one midwest small business owner’s experience with fighting Stage 4 Ovarian/Fallopian Cancer as a single parent. The blog started as a way to communicate to her friends, family and colleagues during her trials, and has been used as a source to reach out to Rocky by other cancer fighters and survivors anywhere in the world.
Sharing our experiences, no matter how big, small, painful, hilarious, embarrassing, humbling or otherwise, helps us connect with others whom have had the similar experiences, leaving us all left feeling a little less alone in this world.
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Cancer Sucks Update: So it’s been a while since my last post, mostly because there were some pretty tough days in there to get over. But there were some good and great ones too, fun with visitors, a trip to the Mayo, and my dad came home again for a couple of days.
It’s WORLD CANCER DAY! What a sad day to need to have… But it’s here and it’s getting harder to ignore as this ugly foe attacks the world without yet an end in sight. Today seems like an appropriate day to give a Cancer Sucks Update:
Cancer Sucks Update: What a week, whew! A huge shout out to everyone who helped me get through it with a smile! (Including the largest balloon I’ve ever seen in my life) 🎈
My 103.1 fever brought me into the ER on Tuesday, followed by an unexpected super fun few days with some of my favorite nurses at Mercy. I had my second drain bag (yes, it is as attractive as it sounds) installed to keep yet another abscess at bay. After all that, and after being cleared of all infections, I was able to get my port installed in time- so chemo this Tuesday won’t have to be delayed. Yay!
After finally getting home and a couple of days of sleep, it was haircut time. It’s been falling out like crazy, but thankfully I’m lucky enough to be neighbors with Hair by Emily Coffin, who was so kind to come to my home to give me a sassy, albeit temporary, new cut. Thanks again, Emily!
Then, my other neighbor, Michael, came over with the most incredible surprise and presented me with this amazing American flag plaque from Michael Hrdlicka of Nida Marketing Group, Inc that simply brought me to tears!! 🇺🇸🤗🇺🇸
It’s been a crazy 6 days of tests and pokes and scans and unfavorable results, but we keep charging ahead, one day at a time, with the biggest smiles we can muster! #cancersucks
Cancer Sucks Update: So the scans came back with some not-so-fun results today, Grr. Sadly, the cooties have spread a fair amount since the surgery. These are fast, angry little effers… But at least now I know what I’m working against!
So, even though the specifics suck, there is a lot of power in knowledge. With it, I’ve already got things moving for second opinions and alternative options, and I’m very excited for those!
If you’re so inclined, please keep those vibes coming! 😬 Not wanting to leave on a bummer note, I leave you with a photo of a kid and her cat. Just the best kid in the world, in fact. ❤️❤️❤️
Cancer Sucks Update:So I’ve discovered two new lumps in my left breast. It could be the same cancer continuing to spread, or a second entirely different kind. Cancer: The gift that keeps on giving! 😜
So I will be getting those biopsies done shortly and make a separate medical plan according whatever results turn out to be. Bring it on, baby.
But DAY 1 of CHEMO DONE! It was an 11-hour day with *11* really fun poke-attempts to get the IV right, plus a mammogram (yay, boobie pancakes) and ultrasound, but it was great to get treatment started. Even made a great new chemo buddy!
I am so thankful for everyone who has contributed to helping me get through this. From the rides and donations, to the meals and positive vibes, it has all made a world of difference for my whole home. ❤️
Next post I believe we will discover how I look without hair. 😳
For those asking me about a goFundme Page, VantagePoint Marketing setup a donation page for anyone interested, including a monetary donation form and a meal donation sign-up form. Thank you for the many offers to help us through this! www.rockyfights.com
Some of you may have already heard when I snuck this ugly news into the middle of my Thanksgiving post, but it’s time to make it “Facebook Official”, as well as add each update to this new blog. …Unfortunately, I have been diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer.
I underwent a fairly massive surgery a month ago, just a few days after learning the cancer cooties were everywhere throughout my belly, and I have been recovering at home since. Sadly, they couldn’t get it all and Chemo is coming next.
I’ve had many of my amazing friends, family, and network ask how they can help, and as hard as it is for me to accept, my Team put together a fundraising page to help with meals, mounting medical bills, and the expense that comes with taking so much time off work.
Please feel free to take a look, share if so inclined, and please keep my family in mind and send plenty of positive vibes our way. As a single mom, I worry most for my amazing daughter. This isn’t a curable Cancer. But I’ll work my ass off to put it in remission and keep it there if it means seeing her graduate.
And if your business is in need of work, please call on VantagePoint Marketing! They are pumped and ready to work, and I’m still working with them from my home office.
Thank you all for your care and concern. And for those who have given and helped us out so much already, you’re incredible people and I couldn’t have made it this far without you. ❤️❤️❤️
Life is precious. I wish you all the very best as we ring in the New Year! 😘