#MyStoryCancerGPS – As Seen on Facebook

2 days ago

Cancer GPS

KEITH’S STORY:

She turned to me and with sorrowful eyes said she has cancer. What do you say after that? What do you do? All of a sudden life stopped.

It really took me back. You think life is good and all of a sudden there's just this wall. And you cannot overcome it—you have to divert around it. And that's just the new life, just something that now you're dealing with.

But you now know there's a monster hiding in the closet. It's not that we ever really feared it before, because as long as you can keep the closet door shut, you're good. But the closet opened. And, unfortunately, we've seen it's ugly face, and we know at any time it could come back. We won't live forever.

It’s like when you break an arm, you become more aware that, oh my gosh, you can actually break your arm. When you're diagnosed with cancer, every single small little bitty thing becomes “Is the cancer coming back?”

I think the fear of the unknown is the biggest thing out there. Until you experience life, you are young, carefree, with a “yeah, let's go for it” attitude. Now all of a sudden you just stop going in the direction you're going. You change it. And you have to make peace with yourself on this one.

There are a lot of ways we regroup and try to do life anew. There are certain things physically she still can't do, there are certain things I know we'll truly never get back to, but it becomes the new normal. And if we could have changed anything, I can't really say that we would have, because this journey has taken us to where we need to be. It's simply a new journey for us. Is it the one I would have chosen? No. But it is the new life that we live.

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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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KEITH’S STORY:

She turned to me and with sorrowful eyes said she has cancer. What do you say after that? What do you do? All of a sudden life stopped. 

It really took me back. You think life is good and all of a sudden theres just this wall. And you cannot overcome it—you have to divert around it. And thats just the new life, just something that now youre dealing with. 

But you now know theres a monster hiding in the closet. Its not that we ever really feared it before, because as long as you can keep the closet door shut, youre good. But the closet opened. And, unfortunately, weve seen its ugly face, and we know at any time it could come back. We wont live forever. 

It’s like when you break an arm, you become more aware that, oh my gosh, you can actually break your arm. When youre diagnosed with cancer, every single small little bitty thing becomes “Is the cancer coming back?” 

I think the fear of the unknown is the biggest thing out there. Until you experience life, you are young, carefree, with a “yeah, lets go for it” attitude. Now all of a sudden you just stop going in the direction youre going. You change it. And you have to make peace with yourself on this one. 

There are a lot of ways we regroup and try to do life anew. There are certain things physically she still cant do, there are certain things I know well truly never get back to, but it becomes the new normal. And if we could have changed anything, I cant really say that we would have, because this journey has taken us to where we need to be. Its simply a new journey for us. Is it the one I would have chosen? No. But it is the new life that we live. 

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#MyStoryCancerGPS
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• Read more of Keith’s and his family’s journey here: 
http://bit.ly/2eCtUrW
http://bit.ly/2j01utQ
http://bit.ly/2AJcYsL

• 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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#cancerawareness • #standuptocancer • #survivor • #cancersurvivor • #beatcancer • #cancer • #cancersucks • #stopcancer • #fightcancer • #cancerstory • #dogood • #MyStoryCancerGPS • • #hope • #hopeforcancer •  • #socialgood • #curecancer  • #humaninterest • #HONY • #storycorps  • #HumansOfNewYork • #caregiver

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I love all of you😘😘😘. Yes it is amazing how the ugly devil can reappear when you least expect it.... I am so blessed to have Sam. He has been my rock through my cancers. We enjoy each day. We also make sure we hug and kiss and say “I love you”.

You both are my heroes. Such an example of grace. Do you know how she helped me thru it simply by being who she is? I love you both.

Love y'all forever and ever Amen

Yes. Preach, Keith, preach.

1 week ago

Cancer GPS

LUNDA’S STORY (Part II):

When I was going through cancer a young woman I knew said she had found a lump a year and half before. But because she was afraid to find out what it was exactly, she didn’t go to the doctor. When they finally found it, it had already spread.

We were talking one day, and I was showing her how to tie a scarf around her head. I asked her, “Why did you choose to wait so long?”

She told me, “I was scared to find out the answer.”

I said, “Well, you know there are treatments and things.”

And she said, “Well I knew I’d have to have chemotherapy . . . and I didn’t want to lose my hair.”

So instead of losing her hair, she lost her battle with cancer.

And I just wanted to know, “Why did you make that decision? Why didn’t you want to fight?”

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• Read more about Lunda here: bit.ly/2iHCyHa

• 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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#cancerawareness • #standuptocancer • #survivor • #cancersurvivor • #beatcancer • #cancer • #cancersucks • #stopcancer • #fightcancer • #cancerstory • #dogood • #MyStoryCancerGPS • • #hope • #hopeforcancer • #socialgood • #curecancer • #humaninterest • #HONY • #storycorps • #HumansOfNewYork • #cancertreatment •
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LUNDA’S STORY (Part II):

When I was going through cancer a young woman I knew said she had found a lump a year and half before. But because she was afraid to find out what it was exactly, she didn’t go to the doctor. When they finally found it, it had already spread. 

We were talking one day, and I was showing her how to tie a scarf around her head. I asked her, “Why did you choose to wait so long?” 

She told me, “I was scared to find out the answer.” 

I said, “Well, you know there are treatments and things.” 

And she said, “Well I knew I’d have to have chemotherapy . . . and I didn’t want to lose my hair.” 

So instead of losing her hair, she lost her battle with cancer. 

And I just wanted to know, “Why did you make that decision? Why didn’t you want to fight?”

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#MyStoryCancerGPS
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• Read more about Lunda here: http://bit.ly/2iHCyHa

• 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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#cancerawareness • #standuptocancer • #survivor • #cancersurvivor • #beatcancer • #cancer • #cancersucks • #stopcancer • #fightcancer • #cancerstory • #dogood • #MyStoryCancerGPS • • #hope • #hopeforcancer •   #socialgood • #curecancer  • #humaninterest • #HONY • #storycorps  • #HumansOfNewYork • #cancertreatment •

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That was her decision to make!

After caring for so many at my job who choose to fight...I will not either.

Just had this happen to my girlfriends daugther, so sad.

So many do the same xx

Amen

So true

God bless her xx

🙏🙏🙏

X

Amen

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2 weeks ago

Cancer GPS

ANN’S STORY, part II:

I was up at the cancer center one time, in the resource room, and I got into a conversation with a woman. She was telling me about her experience with treatment, losing her hair, losing her eyebrows and eyelashes. That was one of the things that I was going through right then. I thought, "But look at her." I mean, she was the picture of health.

I went home and told my sister, my family, my co-worker, "You wouldn't believe this lady I met up at the cancer center. She went through exactly what I've been through, and you'd never know she'd been sick a day in her life."

People like that were so inspiring for me and gave me that sense of hope that I needed when I was in a dark place. Gave me that sense that I needed to keep fighting.

Now I've come full circle.

At one of the cancer survivorship meetings this past summer, there was a lady sitting at the table with me and she was telling about her cancer journey. It ended up she was about the same place this year that I was last year at that time. She had just finished chemo and was getting ready to start radiation. She was asking me about my treatment, about my experience, about what the journey had been like for me. I was glad to answer her questions, but I kind of smiled to myself because I thought, "You know, that was me a year ago."

It's like I've come full circle from that person a year ago who needed the encouragement, who needed to hear those words of encouragement from other people, to now being the one who can give that back to someone else.

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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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#cancerawareness • #standuptocancer • #survivor • #cancersurvivor • #beatcancer • #cancer • #cancersucks • #stopcancer • #fightcancer • #cancerstory • #dogood • #MyStoryCancerGPS • • #hope • #hopeforcancer • #socialgood • #curecancer • #humaninterest • #HONY • #storycorps • #HumansOfNewYork • #mentor • #cancermentor • #encouragement • #inspirational
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ANN’S STORY, part II:

I was up at the cancer center one time, in the resource room, and I got into a conversation with a woman. She was telling me about her experience with treatment, losing her hair, losing her eyebrows and eyelashes. That was one of the things that I was going through right then. I thought, But look at her. I mean, she was the picture of health. 

I went home and told my sister, my family, my co-worker, You wouldnt believe this lady I met up at the cancer center. She went through exactly what Ive been through, and youd never know shed been sick a day in her life. 

People like that were so inspiring for me and gave me that sense of hope that I needed when I was in a dark place. Gave me that sense that I needed to keep fighting. 

Now Ive come full circle. 

At one of the cancer survivorship meetings this past summer, there was a lady sitting at the table with me and she was telling about her cancer journey. It ended up she was about the same place this year that I was last year at that time. She had just finished chemo and was getting ready to start radiation. She was asking me about my treatment, about my experience, about what the journey had been like for me. I was glad to answer her questions, but I kind of smiled to myself because I thought, You know, that was me a year ago.
 
Its like Ive come full circle from that person a year ago who needed the encouragement, who needed to hear those words of encouragement from other people, to now being the one who can give that back to someone else.

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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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#cancerawareness • #standuptocancer • #survivor • #cancersurvivor • #beatcancer • #cancer • #cancersucks • #stopcancer • #fightcancer • #cancerstory • #dogood • #MyStoryCancerGPS • • #hope • #hopeforcancer • #socialgood • #curecancer  • #humaninterest • #HONY • #storycorps  • #HumansOfNewYork • #mentor • #cancermentor • #encouragement • #inspirational

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Love hearing stories of hope!

This made me smile. Our blessings are to share. May your blessings continue as you bless others.

Pray for ALL WHO ARE GOING THRU THIS JOURNEY..

God bless! Thank you for sharing your strength!

Awesome story I'm always glad to hear and see s cancer survivor life my niece and I are can survivor as well

Praise The Lord.

What an inspiring story!

Awesome!

Amen thank you

Awesome testimony!

God is good

Awesome God is so good!

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3 weeks ago

Cancer GPS

Ann’s Story, Part I:

The interesting thing throughout my journey, especially at the beginning, was the people along the way that helped me so much. The doctors, and the nurses, and the techs—all of those were important.

Also, so very important, were the cancer survivors. And hearing their stories. I remember the day I went in for one of my surgeries, and one of the pre-op nurses was telling about how she was an eighteen year survivor of cancer. I just thought, "Eighteen years, you mean people really live that long?" That was so encouraging.

She said, "It came back after about five years, but then I had surgery again. Now I'm back working and it's been eighteen years since my first diagnosis. And I'm fine."

And I thought, "Wow, maybe there is hope for me."

Then after I began chemo, I met Mike up at the chemo room. One day, it was one of my early treatments, he was asking me about my cancer journey and telling me a little about his. I found out that he was a three time survivor.

Three times he's had chemo. I was just in awe of that man. I thought, "Wow, here he is, he's been through chemo three times. With all he's been through in his life, and yet he manages to get up in the morning, come in, and encourage other people. If he can do that three times, surely I can get through this.”

When you can see and talk to other people who have walked the same road, it gives you hope.

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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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#cancerawareness • #standuptocancer • #survivor • #cancersurvivor • #beatcancer • #cancer • #cancersucks • #stopcancer • #fightcancer • #cancerstory • #dogood • #philanthropy • #MyStoryCancerGPS • #hope • #hopeforcancer • #chemo • #socialgood • #curecancer • #chemotherapy • #humaninterest • #HONY • #HumansOfNewYork #cancermentor
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Ann’s Story, Part I:

The interesting thing throughout my journey, especially at the beginning, was the people along the way that helped me so much. The doctors, and the nurses, and the techs—all of those were important. 

Also, so very important, were the cancer survivors. And hearing their stories. I remember the day I went in for one of my surgeries, and one of the pre-op nurses was telling about how she was an eighteen year survivor of cancer. I just thought, Eighteen years, you mean people really live that long? That was so encouraging. 

She said, It came back after about five years, but then I had surgery again. Now Im back working and its been eighteen years since my first diagnosis. And Im fine. 

And I thought, Wow, maybe there is hope for me. 

Then after I began chemo, I met Mike up at the chemo room. One day, it was one of my early treatments, he was asking me about my cancer journey and telling me a little about his. I found out that he was a three time survivor.

Three times hes had chemo. I was just in awe of that man. I thought, Wow, here he is, hes been through chemo three times. With all hes been through in his life, and yet he manages to get up in the morning, come in, and encourage other people. If he can do that three times, surely I can get through this.”

When you can see and talk to other people who have walked the same road, it gives you hope.

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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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#cancerawareness • #standuptocancer • #survivor • #cancersurvivor • #beatcancer • #cancer • #cancersucks • #stopcancer • #fightcancer • #cancerstory • #dogood • #philanthropy • #MyStoryCancerGPS •  #hope • #hopeforcancer • #chemo • #socialgood • #curecancer • #chemotherapy • #humaninterest • #HONY  • #HumansOfNewYork #cancermentor

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Wish I could say the same terrible time even trying to get treatment not happy at all I only hope that I will be a survive

Now, as a survivor, you can tell your story and give hope to others!!

Thankyou for sharing Ann it gives others hope and encouragement

Well done for sharing your story. Hope you have a longhealthy life ahead of you.

Ann Miller, I had no idea. I am glad you are telling your story. Praying for you.

Wonderful lady I'm a survivor lovely story lol xxxxxxxxxxxx

I survived 18 years ago and again 2years ago other people need you to be here so think good things and survive for them xx

God bless you!

God bless you!

God bless.

Thanks for sharing!

🙏🏻

Amen

Amen

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