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3 days ago

Cancer GPS

MARTY & MICHELLE’S STORY:

MICHELLE:

As soon as my hair started falling out, I shaved my head. I thought that would be less traumatic than watching it come out in clumps. When I looked in the mirror, my first thought was that I had a really symmetrical head. That was my reaction! That I had a symmetrical head! My husband took some pictures to celebrate my new look. My favorite is one where I was playing my guitar with a scowl on my face, trying to look tough.

MARTY:

She didn’t want to do the wig thing. Didn’t want to wear a wig, but she was perfectly happy. She got a collection of hats. She must have had a dozen hats, I think. Just for different moods, different events.

But I remember one day we went to the grocery store to get something. She was wearing one of her hats. I dropped her off at the door and she started to get out of the car. Then she threw her hat off and said, “Screw it. I’m going in bald!” When she came out of the store, she looked so proud of herself. She said, “I’m bald, and I look good!” It was great!

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MARTY & MICHELLE’S STORY:

MICHELLE: 

As soon as my hair started falling out, I shaved my head. I thought that would be less traumatic than watching it come out in clumps. When I looked in the mirror, my first thought was that I had a really symmetrical head. That was my reaction! That I had a symmetrical head! My husband took some pictures to celebrate my new look. My favorite is one where I was playing my guitar with a scowl on my face, trying to look tough.

MARTY: 

She didn’t want to do the wig thing. Didn’t want to wear a wig, but she was perfectly happy. She got a collection of hats. She must have had a dozen hats, I think. Just for different moods, different events.

But I remember one day we went to the grocery store to get something. She was wearing one of her hats. I dropped her off at the door and she started to get out of the car. Then she threw her hat off and said, “Screw it. I’m going in bald!” When she came out of the store, she looked so proud of herself. She said, “I’m bald, and I look good!” It was great!

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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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Comment on Facebook

Yep...Sounds like the Michelle I know!! Love you!!😊

Michelle, I'm happy our paths crossed, for many reasons. Probably the best is finding someone who not only shares my absurd love of puns, but enjoys laughing as much as I do. I admire your dedication and work with GPS. Thanks for all you do. While I don't have a pun to share, I do have a question. Whilst we were bald, were we able to sustain hairline fractures?

You are a brave lady and I commend your spirit!

That is so you! I love you. It's just hair!!!! 🌸

Michelle is one sassy chick! Love you guys!

That's my Michelle! I love you too!

I am proud of you! Courage, wit and humour is a deadly combination.

Love this story! You are a strong and amazing woman!

You are a Blessing to other

Agh well done Michelle may the good Lord give u strength to cope with all thats ahead of u & heal this hateful illness.from u ❤❤xx

This was me also!!❤️❤️

Bald is beautiful!!

Sounds like the friend I know & love!

Blessings to you

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1 week ago

Cancer GPS

AMY’S STORY:

“I was seven years old when my mother was diagnosed with skin cancer. That was twenty years ago. The main memory I have of all that is when my aunt Patsy, my mother’s sister, came to pick me up from elementary school one day and brought me home, and for some reason we didn't even go through the back door. We came through the very front door, which we never do, so that caught me off guard. As soon as I walked in, there's Mom propped up on the couch with her legs out.

I don't remember seeing cuts or anything. I think she had it wrapped up with bandages, but I remember my aunt telling me, "Your mom's really tired and she's been a little sick, so that's why I came to get you today. Go love on her, but be very careful and let her rest."

I know that they do that because they want to protect the children because they're so young, but I don't think adults give kids enough credit, especially nowadays. I get that they don’t want to explain all of it. But maybe saying, “Okay, Mommy's sick. She does have this illness, but you don't need to worry about it. We are taking the steps to get her better. And we don't want you to worry about this, but we also didn't want to leave you in the dark."

When a child that young doesn’t know what’s going on, it makes it even scarier, because they think, “What is going on?!” It could be the end of the world for all they know.

I remember just coming home that day and Mom was propped up on the couch. I felt like I was in the dark with everything. So many things can start running through your head. “What’s going on with Mom?” “Why’s she on the couch like that?” "Is she dying?”

I think that half the battle is knowing what’s going on. Kids are a lot more mature than they are given credit for. I truly believe that information is power.”

---Read more about Amy and her Mom's story here: bit.ly/2vtqIsk and here: bit.ly/2jqAhDM.---

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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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AMY’S STORY:

“I was seven years old when my mother was diagnosed with skin cancer. That was twenty years ago. The main memory I have of all that is when my aunt Patsy, my mother’s sister, came to pick me up from elementary school one day and brought me home, and for some reason we didnt even go through the back door. We came through the very front door, which we never do, so that caught me off guard. As soon as I walked in, theres Mom propped up on the couch with her legs out.

I dont remember seeing cuts or anything. I think she had it wrapped up with bandages, but I remember my aunt telling me, Your moms really tired and shes been a little sick, so thats why I came to get you today. Go love on her, but be very careful and let her rest. 

I know that they do that because they want to protect the children because theyre so young, but I dont think adults give kids enough credit, especially nowadays. I get that they don’t want to explain all of it. But maybe saying, “Okay, Mommys sick. She does have this illness, but you dont need to worry about it. We are taking the steps to get her better. And we dont want you to worry about this, but we also didnt want to leave you in the dark.

When a child that young doesn’t know what’s going on, it makes it even scarier, because they think, “What is going on?!” It could be the end of the world for all they know.

I remember just coming home that day and Mom was propped up on the couch. I felt like I was in the dark with everything. So many things can start running through your head. “What’s going on with Mom?” “Why’s she on the couch like that?” Is she dying?”

I think that half the battle is knowing what’s going on. Kids are a lot more mature than they are given credit for. I truly believe that information is power.” 

---Read more about Amy and her Moms story here: http://bit.ly/2vtqIsk and here: http://bit.ly/2jqAhDM.---

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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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I agree. Many people don't give children credit to understand "life". Explanations made simple give little folks a great sense of security. And please, when they have a question, listen closely and answer "that" question.

I also agree. Children can tell when words don't match the facts and it's very confusing and upsetting. Also teaches them not to trust people.

So true, when my mama got cancer my 15 yr old niece wanted to know everything. She would get very angry if we tried not to tell her, so I told her everything and she handled it great. Kids want to bring involved

2 weeks ago

Cancer GPS

SUSAN’S STORY:

It was tough. Not only was my husband sick, but then we found out my mom had leukemia. She was dealing with that the whole 2014, while Archie was in treatment.

My mom was my best friend. I don't think anyone would ever understand. We did everything. I called her three, four, five times a day. Every break I had, every lunch I had, when I got home from work—I was on the phone with my mother. Three years later, it’s still, “Let me call my mother.” Then I think, “Oh, man. I can’t call her.”

People say you get over it. Or that you've been grieving too long. But I don't think there's a timeframe, you know? It is what it is.

Everybody at work knew my situation and were very supportive. If I needed anything, they were there. If I needed to leave I could leave, it wouldn't be a problem. Really, I was just depending on some folks and the man upstairs to get me through each and every day of 2014 and going forward.

It’s tough. I don't want to get emotional. But it was tough.

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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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SUSAN’S STORY:

It was tough. Not only was my husband sick, but then we found out my mom had leukemia. She was dealing with that the whole 2014, while Archie was in treatment.

My mom was my best friend. I dont think anyone would ever understand. We did everything. I called her three, four, five times a day. Every break I had, every lunch I had, when I got home from work—I was on the phone with my mother. Three years later, it’s still, “Let me call my mother.” Then I think, “Oh, man. I can’t call her.” 

People say you get over it. Or that youve been grieving too long. But I dont think theres a timeframe, you know? It is what it is. 

Everybody at work knew my situation and were very supportive. If I needed anything, they were there. If I needed to leave I could leave, it wouldnt be a problem. Really, I was just depending on some folks and the man upstairs to get me through each and every day of 2014 and going forward. 

It’s tough. I dont want to get emotional. But it was tough. 

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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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Comment on Facebook

Tomorrow will be a week since my Momma passed away from leukemia. She has lived with me for 10 years so I literally saw her everyday. I feel so lost in my own home. I knew this would be hard but I was not prepared for how hard. Thank you for sharing. I feel like people think I am weak because I am not ready to move on.

Thank you for sharing. I believe you get through it, but over it? Probably not. I give anything to see my dad or mother again. So, that's not over it.🌸 Just getting through it!

God bless you, Susan! I forget and start to call my mom too. You are right, there is no time-line for grieving. If it's easy, then what did the relationship mean? Prayers for you. Thanks for sharing!

God bless u Susan! Its been several years since grandma passed & my mom still struggles every day! U dont get over it & dont have to so dont let anyone make u feel weak! Ask them to walk in your shoes! God speed!!!

Yes it's hard but I pray your strength in the Lord

You will never stop missing your mom.

I understand,there is no time limit,so sorry for your loss

I'm so sorry. I know you were a wonderful daughter and friend to her. God bless you and yours.

Thank you all, I really appreciate the comments.

Prayers for you and family

God bless x

I miss my mum everyday 💗

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3 weeks ago

Cancer GPS

ARCHIE'S STORY:

“July 2014. Coming from a cruise, deathly sick on the cruise. Deathly sick. Couldn't eat. Had just enough strength to follow my family around for a little while on the island, then get off and go back and get in the bed.

When I got off the ship I came straight to the emergency ward. I hadn't eaten in days. I was probably about forty pounds lighter. I didn't know what was going on in my body. It's only by the grace of God that I was able to endure the pain that I was in.

They did an ultrasound, but couldn't find nothing.

Later, I was with a friend—we were doing a lot of running around this particular day. I was real sick and weak. He looked at me and he said, ‘Archie,’ he said, ‘You don't have that much time.’

I kind of heard him spiritually, and I looked at him and I said, ‘What?’

He said, ‘You don't have that much time. You need to let me take you back to the emergency room because the tests that they want to run on you, they got that equipment there. If you don't go, I assure you, you don't have that much time.’

He proceeded to talk on and when he talked I could like hear and feel something simultaneously. I agreed and committed to come in.

He brought me there, and I promise you, I don't know what it was that struck them. Less than ten minutes, I was back in a room. I don't even remember going down to take a CAT scan that day. I remember them coming up. They had me back there for about an hour, hour and a half. My wife and children had come up and everybody was sitting around.

Then they diagnosed me with cancer. Later I learned that it was stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It was full blown and it had to be treated progressively.”

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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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ARCHIES STORY:

“July 2014. Coming from a cruise, deathly sick on the cruise. Deathly sick. Couldnt eat. Had just enough strength to follow my family around for a little while on the island, then get off and go back and get in the bed. 

When I got off the ship I came straight to the emergency ward. I hadnt eaten in days. I was probably about forty pounds lighter. I didnt know what was going on in my body. Its only by the grace of God that I was able to endure the pain that I was in. 

They did an ultrasound, but couldnt find nothing. 

Later, I was with a friend—we were doing a lot of running around this particular day. I was real sick and weak. He looked at me and he said, ‘Archie,’ he said, ‘You dont have that much time.’ 

I kind of heard him spiritually, and I looked at him and I said, ‘What?’ 

He said, ‘You dont have that much time. You need to let me take you back to the emergency room because the tests that they want to run on you, they got that equipment there. If you dont go, I assure you, you dont have that much time.’ 

He proceeded to talk on and when he talked I could like hear and feel something simultaneously. I agreed and committed to come in. 

He brought me there, and I promise you, I dont know what it was that struck them. Less than ten minutes, I was back in a room. I dont even remember going down to take a CAT scan that day. I remember them coming up. They had me back there for about an hour, hour and a half. My wife and children had come up and everybody was sitting around. 

Then they diagnosed me with cancer. Later I learned that it was stage IV Hodgkins Lymphoma. It was full blown and it had to be treated progressively.”

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#MyStoryCancerGPS
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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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Comment on Facebook

Praying for you! I had the same cancer in 2011. God has healed me! He gave the doctor's the knowledge to heal me with chemotherapy and kidney stents. God is Good! God Bless you😇

Praying. Please keep us posted on your progress. And thank you for sharing.

Praise God! He IS YOUR MIGHTY DOCTOR AND YOUR LIFE IS ON HIS HANDS, "BY JESUS STRIPES YOU ARE HEALED " ISAIAH 53:4-5

Yes keep FB Family posted n in the mean time I have you n my prayers..

God bless you & your family. Keep the faith that the Lord is with at all times!!

Hopefully it will all work out for you

Keep fighting and praying, this shall pass, choose life for by Jesus stipes you are healed. .

Keep frighting my girlfriend has been frighting for 2 years,Lord bless you in every way. Johnny

THAT is so sad PRAY you get WELL and have speedy recovery.

God place your healing angels around this man help him to make a full and lasting recovery in Jesus name amen

Was that the end of the story?

May God bless you.

God bless u young man !

Praying for you!!

Praying

Prayers for healing!

So sorry, prayers sent!

Prayers

Prayers for ARCHIE

Good luck x

Praying for you

Keeping you in my prayers!!

Prayers

Prayers🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

May GOD keep his around you.

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