There Is Always Time to For Silliness

There Is Always Time to For Silliness

November 26, 2018 1 Comment

Truthfully, there have been lots of dark moments in the past month. This has not been easy on anyone. But, I have never been one who can just dwell on the negative.

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A Million Helping Hands

A Million Helping Hands

November 26, 2018

There are more things that it takes a village to do than just raise a child. This experience is something that I could not due without the huge network of people who have stepped up to help, share love and stories with me and have been there through all the dark and difficult moments.

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The New Hairdo

The New Hairdo

November 21, 2018 1 Comment

One of the first things that I did when I got to the hospital was proactively cut my hair. It was a way to make it real but take control. A pink stripe to embrace as it is part of me. Short and manageable because there are more important things in life than a complicated hair style.

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Constipation

Constipation

November 21, 2018 1 Comment

When you see someone who has cancer in the movies or whatever, you always hear about chemo and throwing up or hair falling out but there is all sorts of treatments and medications that are involved in managing pain and fighting the disease that can have all kinds of effects on your body.

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Gifts & Gestures

Gifts & Gestures

November 16, 2018 3 Comments

I have said it before and I will say it again – The thing that I am most thankful for during this time is my family and friends! They have showered me with love and support since the day I wound up in the hospital.

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The Medical Stuff

The Medical Stuff

November 16, 2018

So, obviously my time in the hospital is not all visits and gifts and goofing off with the staff. The routines of my day have become blood draws, pain medication, exercises and just doing everything that I can to get my body as healthy as possible so that I can start chemo.

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Friends and Family Coming Together

Friends and Family Coming Together

November 16, 2018

I am always looking for the good that has come out of this cancer. One of the amazing things to happen is that it has brought me closer and back into touch with so many people within my circle of friends and family. We have days where the room is full.

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The Amazing Staff

The Amazing Staff

November 14, 2018 1 Comment

One of the things that I am most thankful for with this whole experience is the staff that I have been blessed with at the hospital. They have done everything that they can to make sure I am comfortable and still smiling – from giving me a foot massage to joining in on some Halloween fun.

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My New Normal

My New Normal

November 14, 2018

When we started the store and website that is now Stand Up Speak Up, one of the things that we were first talking about was “What Is Your Normal?” I have always believed that it is different for everyone and we wanted to show that no matter who you are, you are important and your story and life matters.

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Karla Explains Her Cancer

Karla Explains Her Cancer

November 14, 2018 4 Comments

The first few days in the hospital were a STEEP learning curve. The biggest thing that I learned was that I really knew nothing about cancer. But, I am quickly becoming an expert in my cancer.

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The Beginning

The Beginning

November 14, 2018 3 Comments

It all started with a morning when I woke up and my back was in so much pain that I couldn’t move. One trip in the ambulance was followed by several hours waiting in the emergency room – they thought I was just there for back pain and that isn’t exactly a high priority.

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