Zoey is handling her chemo very well! She's spent this week in the hospital but will get to come home tomorrow and then come back for weekly treatments. She has oral chemo she will be taking as well. Please keep her in your prayers as she is at a high risk for infection during this induction phase of chemo. Also, there will be a lot of expenses with gas back and forth. We appreciate all of the donations. They will surely help! I still want to reach our goal of$5000 which is really a meager amount considering all that she's going through. There will be 2 1/2 years of treatments. This is gonna be a long fight so add her name to your prayer chains and please keep her there. Thank you all!!
My niece was diagnosed with Leukemia this week. She is 4 years old and her name is Zoey. This blog has always been about my own battle with lymphoma while pregnant. Mine and Gabbi's story. I am 9 years in remission and Gabbi is 9. We are doing great. So now, I'm dedicating my stories and updates to Zoey's Fight.This baby turns 5 tomorrow. She just had her first chemo, blood transfusions and platelets transfused. This is the sweetest little girl, the daughter of my sister Vanessa. Zoey's dad is Oscar. He's the most kind, happy, goofy, fun loving person you ever met. Vanessa loves unconditionally and gives so much of her heart to everyone. I will introduce you to them here. Follow Zoey's story here on my blog. Her fight has just started with Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia. Find it in your heart to consider a donation at their GoFundMe account.
On October 15th, 2016, my sister took her own life in a jail cell, isolated from other inmates. Her cries went ignored, per witness accounts. My sister was an addict. She had been found 3 days into a 29 day sentence with medication used to treat depression and addiction. She attempted to swallow all of these pills. There was a fight, or a scuffle as it was written in the newspaper. They put her in isolation and she cried and cried. Then she went silent. She was found with a bed sheet wrapped around her neck, hanging from the light fixture in her cell.
How does this happen? I can't say. My sister was an addict and she needed help. She was not given that help and she took her own life. I understand addicts are responsible for their actions. I know she made a whole lot of bad mistakes in her life. I also know she tried. She went to rehab. She left rehab. She went back to rehab. She lost so much in her life. She was abused as a child and hurt by someone she should have been able to trust. Her life thrust her into a whirlwind of addiction and at at times, prostitution to pay for those drugs.
According to witness accounts she stated she couldn't "do this anymore". She was crying this over and over until she fell silent. She was fully coded and was declared dead. My mom received a call to come identify her 32 year old daughter's body. The funeral costs are astronomical. We could use any help with funeral expenses. We cannot do this alone. Her body is in a freezer at the funeral home until we somehow come up with the cash. Please consider a dollar or two or whatever you can give. We will be pursuing this further, but until then, this is all we can do. Thank you!!!
I know it has been awhile since I've made a post. Life happens, thankfully, and I get busy. I am working as an oncology nurse finally. After all I went through I am where I knew I was always meant to be. I'll see where this path takes me. I love being a nurse. Sometimes it's hard seeing the struggles the families and patients go through. There isn't always a happy ending, but I like to think I give them some hope, knowing that if you keep fighting and holding onto faith, you can beat this thing and come out on top.
This past weekend I drove to Tennessee, through Kentucky, Missouri and back to Illinois. It was a fun trip! Had a wonderful time. It was really hot and I love the drive in the hot and sunny weather.
Gabbi has glasses now and she'll be in 3rd grade this year! That's hard to believe. My oldest Lexi graduated high school and my Mikayla will be a Junior and Angelina a freshmen. Time marches on. It keeps going whether we are ready or not. Last November I lost one of my best friends. He was born with spina bifida and though I knew he had occasional health issues (he was paralyzed) he was still your average guy, so smart, goofing off, having fun. He never let anything hold him back. I miss him. He always supported me though everything.
Other than that I just keep working. Hope everyone else is doing well. Comment and say hi if you stop by.