stage 4

‘I laughed out loud. Me? Cancer? I was 25. No way. My mom was going to pass out.’: 27-year-old in cancer remission urges it’s not ‘rainbows and roses,’ but she is ‘blessed to be alive today, that I can say for sure’

“‘I really think you should go to the ER,’ my best friend said as I winced in pain. For me to even consider the emergency room meant something was seriously wrong. ‘Kidney stones,’ I thought. A quick scan, morphine and some rest and I’d be on my way. I was wrong. I’ll never forget his name, Brian. The main nurse I had. ‘We need to do another scan, this time, one of your chest.’”

‘She’s going to have emergency brain surgery.’ I screamed. What the hell would I do without a mom?’: 19-year-old daughter suddenly loses mother to stage 4 cancer, finds healing through ‘roller coaster’ of grief

“My parents frantically came down the stairs. The entire left side of my mom’s body was numb. My dad was taking her to the hospital. Contrary to my wishful thinking, my mom was not going to be the ‘miracle.’ There I was. 19 years old, trying to figure out how I would go on in a world without my mom in it.”

‘It was so big. I had a 3-pound tumor removed. Naively I said, ‘It won’t be cancer, I’m totally healthy and young.’: Woman admits some days ‘really suck’ but she knows cancer will be her ‘greatest blessing’

“I was standing in front of the mirror with tears streaming down my face because I couldn’t wear any of my pants. I had gained quite a bit of weight, but more than that, I had a big lump on my left leg sticking out a good 5 inches. In that moment I knew this lump wasn’t going away. I kept putting it on the back burner because honestly… The sad, bitter truth is I didn’t (and don’t) have health insurance.”

‘7 months pregnant, I noticed a bump on my leg. I thought it was just me being ‘fat.’ I could kick myself now.’: Mom diagnosed with Stage 4 Sacroma, claims ‘cancer has been my greatest blessing’

“Weeks later, my leg started randomly spazzing. My veins popped out and I could no longer walk. When I went to the doctor, I was told, ‘I’m sorry, but it’s cancer.’ Just like in the movies, my ears rang. I didn’t hear anything. I was in the midst of struggling to lose my baby weight, and now I had EFFING CANCER?! I was mad, like dropping the F-bomb 100 times in an hour mad. Like, swearing while I saying prayers mad.”

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