Stage 4 Cancer, CHF & a Colonoscopy at 29

Whew, what a year it’s been. I have missed this blog so much and I can’t wait to jump back in. First of all, I want to apologize for being MIA for so long. It’s been a rollercoaster for quite some time but that’s no excuse. I’ve missed you guys! I’ve rearranged my priority list and the blog is back on top!

I feel like I should let you know where I’ve been and what has been going on. In May/June of last year, my mom’s (Nana’s) health started to really go downhill. The doctors had a lot of theories but they finally came to the conclusion that it was colon cancer and it was stage 4.

It was hard to take in at first but after a lot of family conversations, Mama decided she wasn’t going to let this get her and she wanted to go the chemotherapy route. We met with a fantastic oncologist here in town and made a game plan. IMG_5504

Unfortunately she also had an infection she had to kick before chemo could begin. She had to receive antibiotics through an IV for several weeks. She made it through like a trooper and her oncologist scheduled her surgery to have a port put in to receive her chemo. A port is basically a line that goes straight into the body to make receiving chemo and other drugs much easier on the system. The surgery went well and she began treatment. Everything was going really well. Eric and I started planning our wedding and everybody was alright…until it wasn’t.

With her weakened immune system she caught another infection. Unfortunately, this time it was on her heart. They had to remove her port under the theory that it caused the infection. Unfortunately, due to the chemo and the infection she had a new diagnosis, Congestive Heart Failure. It was alright, we had already made it through so much, all we had to do was keep going.IMG_4767

We changed our diets to cut out a lot of the salt, started eating heart healthy and Mama started more antibiotics. She was getting stronger and doing well. Then in November of 2014, my beautiful Aunt Susan passed away. She also had colon cancer. She was one of the most amazing people you could ever meet and truly beautiful inside and out. My mom wasn’t doing well enough to travel so my sister and I put our brave faces on and flew out to the south to attend the funeral. Despite the circumstances, it was great trip and we were able to really connect with our extended family again.Crystal and Anna in the South

The holidays came and went. We really focused on family time and making it count. 🙂 Christmas 2014Eric and I got married in March, my mom was there and she was beautiful. I fought tooth and nail against having the wedding. I thought it would be too expensive and I didn’t understand the point. We could get married at the courthouse, right? Wrong... Having most of the people I care the most about in one place was amazing and something I will never forget.Crystal's Wedding

Mama was doing well and we went back to see her oncologist. It was time to resume chemo and he wanted to hit it harder than ever. A double dose.

She started out strong but things quickly changed. The chemo destroyed her digestive track and esophagus and she couldn’t eat or drink much of anything. It finally got so bad that we brought her back to the hospital. She was in the hospital for the longest consecutive time this time and became bedridden. After several scares and some time in the ICU she was stable enough to go to a rehabilitation center for recovery. We still have a long way to go to get her back walking but we are on our way.IMG_8265

So all of this has led up to me getting everything checked out for myself as well. I found a new doctor and have started with all of the general checkups. I had zero markers for cancer in blood but with two 1st degree relatives with colon cancer my doctor wanted to play it safe and schedule me for a colonoscopy.

A colonoscopy?? I am 29 not in my 50’s! Well, I decided to suck it up, did a lot of googling and prepped myself for “colonoscopy prep.” You may want to google it but basically it’s cleaning anything and everything out of your system. No solid foods for 24 hours is the worst part. I have never wanted a cheeseburger so badly in my life. But I made it though and guess what, no cancer for me!! 🙂 I have great cholestorol levels, no signs of diabetes and everything is healthy. With the exception of an underactive thyroid. No biggie, I’ve looked into many holistic remedies and I will be sharing some of my recipes here on the blog.

Here is my little PSA, please please please get yourself checked out. Cancer doesn't have to take as many lives as it does. It can be caught earlier and it will be much less detrimental. Ok..that's all 🙂

Needless to say, this has taken all of my time over the last months but I am going to change that, starting now 🙂

I have some super fun blogs and videos planned for the next couple of months but I would love to hear what you would like to see. Please comment below with anything you would like to see! 🙂

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