Heaven gained an angel

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Yesterday, heaven gained an angel. My grandfather passed peacefully with his family by his side. He fought a courageous battle with lung cancer. We never seem to understand why certain things happen in life. Life is a mystery. One day someone is here and then the next they are gone. It really shows you to never take anything for granted. Hug your loved ones and say I love you. Anything can change in a second. Live with no regrets.

Even though my grandfather may no longer be with us, I know he is watching over myself and my family. My family has told me that he wants to take all of my pain away and wants me to win my battle. I’m going to continue to fight just like him and not give up. I know my grandfather will be watching over me and rooting for me.

Never be afraid.

xo,

Monique

 

First Chemo: Check!

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I realized I’m a bit behind in blogging so now is the time to do some catch up! I had my first chemo treatment last Monday, January 18. I need 6 total chemo treatments over the duration of 18 weeks and I am so happy that the first one is over!

I’m starting to check off all of my treatments on my calendar. May cannot come soon enough! I thought I’d share the top side effects that I have noticed during this first round. Understanding that everyone is different, this may help you know what to expect if you are going through chemo for the first time:

  • Fatigue: Oh mannn. My oncologist warned me about the fatigue, but I never thought it could be this bad. I mean, I love to sleep, but napping pretty much all day and all night?! I was really only tired the next three days after my treatment, but I’ve learned to listen to my body and sleep if I need to.
  • Change in taste: I never expected this one to happen so quickly. I was eating fine, and then bam! I couldn’t taste any foods and even water tasted bad. (A little lemon in my water goes a long way!) That is changing and I could taste my food tonight for dinner. (Winning!)
  • Mouth sores: Okay, I have one tiny mouth sore that is driving me nuts! I even rinse and brush my teeth every time I eat and I’m gentle when I floss. This little bugger won’t go away! (It feels like when I was a kid and would cut my cheeks with my braces!)
  • Headaches: I’ve always been prone to headaches, but I feel like they are especially bad now.
  • Eye problems: I’ve never had eye problems, but I feel like I am walking around in a fog and everything is blurry. This tends to go with the fatigue and just not feeling myself.
  • Acid Reflux: What?! I’ve never had this in my life. I’ve never had heartburn either. I’ve had the feeling that food is stuck in my throat and I can’t get rid of it. A call to my nurse helped with a prescription and it’s getting better as each day goes on.
  • Nosebleeds: I’ve had about two nosebleeds in my life. Not now! I seem to get one everyday. I just always carry Kleenex with me!

Are you going through your first round of chemo? What side effects are you experiencing? I keep telling myself that everything is temporary and this too shall pass. Waiting for next week which should be my best week before my second chemo treatment.

Stay strong and beautiful!

xo,

Monique

The day my life changed forever.

So my blog is going to take a different path. I am still interested in everything digital and social media, but I thought it would be good to talk about the journey that I have currently been on. One that I didn’t choose, but everything happens for a reason, right?

As of October 22, 2015 (the day that will forever stand out in my mind), I was diagnosed with stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma breast cancer at the young age of 27. I couldn’t believe what the doctor said to me on the phone. Hearing the words “I’m so sorry Monique. It came back as cancer.” will forever be in my mind. This couldn’t happen to me. I’ve always been so in tune with my health and I knew something wasn’t right this time. I’ve had benign cysts removed in the past, but for some reason, I knew this was different. That’s why I called my doctor right away and that’s probably why I caught this so early.

Since October, I’ve had numerous scans and doctors appointments as well as surgery. I started my chemo journey last week. My goal is to inspire young women to check themselves every month. I never thought cancer could happen to me. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life, I barely drink, and I’m healthy. There is no breast cancer on either side of my family, but none of that matters. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Cancer can happen to anyone at any time. I’m hoping to share my journey and inspire others with my new blog posts. I hope that it helps you or someone else you know who is on this journey they never thought they would be on. In the meantime, I try to stay positive and take it one day at a time.

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Until next time!

xo,

Monique