Welcome! You are here because you know me, have heard of me, are praying for me, love me, or…it could just be by chance. I promise, regardless if you found me on a random search, 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. After a grueling treatment regimen complete with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, I had a recurrence detected in late November, 2012. Then, another recurrence after six more rounds of chemotherapy and nearly a year NED. Follow me through my journey, on the road to a new diagnosis of cancer-free.
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. There may be times when I use language I wouldn’t typically use. Believe me, if you had cancer, you might want to say “shit”, too. There may be times when graphic description is necessary, because “a large lump” truly doesn’t define what my cancer looks like. At times, I may include pictures. I’ll probably make you laugh and cry, and most likely, I’ve been doing the same while writing. There may be days where you wonder if this truly is a blog about cancer, because some days I just won’t want to talk about it. You’ll probably discover that I love to cook, have a super hot husband, enjoy reading, really 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 also 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.