Well hello there! You are here because you know me, have heard of me, are praying for me, love me, or it could simply be coincidental. Regardless if you found me on a random search, I can guarantee that it wasn’t by chance. My name is Stephanie. I turned 25 on January 6th, 2012. 19 days later, on the 25th, I received news that forever changed my life. I was diagnosed with Large Cell Neuroendrocrine Cancer of the Cervix and given a less than 20% chance to survive the first year. After four separate battles against this disease within four years, 55 chemotherapy treatments, 28 radiation sessions, and four major surgeries my perspective on life has been radically altered. Believe it or not, heaping amounts of good can come from a terminal diagnosis. Through it all, God is still good.
Here I’ll be documenting the mountains and valleys of this expedition. More specifically, I’ll be candidly writing about my experience: highs, lows, fears, accomplishments, raw emotions, faith, hope, and ultimately, triumph. I’ll make you laugh and cry, because most likely I’ve been doing the same while writing. Here I’ll share hot topic issues like body image, depression, infertility, making difficult decisions, adjusting to a malignant life, and what happens in life after cancer. You’ll discover that I am passionate about living intentionally, have a super hot husband, enjoy reading, adore kids, and have an undying affection for my Lord and Savior.
This is also a place where you’ll be able to find my latest results and updates from doctors appointments, scans, tests, surgery, treatments, and other procedures. I will try my best to update soon and frequently. You will notice entries from my husband. He’ll take the reins at times when I’m in surgery or recovery. I may also ask him to write if I don’t have the energy to. Stay with me on this adventure and you’ll learn more about who I am, what I stand for, this disease I have, and my future.
God has given me this story to share. He wrote this book, I’m just translating for you. One thing I know for sure, cancer didn’t hide from me, so I sure as hell am not hiding from it.