Cancer, There's A Few Things You Should Know

Cancer, There's A Few Things You Should Know

You may start the fight, but you can bet your ass we will finish it.

If there’s one thing I know about cancer, it’s that it doesn't discriminate. It doesn’t care about your race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, social status, your age, or even if you’re a decent human being. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and while in remission she recently had her second cancer scare. I thank the Lord each and every day that she doesn’t have to go through the fight for her life for a second time. These are the few things I wish cancer would know before pursuing not only my mother but anyone else as well.

First, you can be sure to receive a fight like no other in return. You, cancer, are so strong, swift, and fierce. But so is my mother. She’s smart, unbelievably strong in multiple senses, doesn’t give up, and in case you haven’t noticed she has an army behind her of family, friends, and doctors who make it their mission to destroy you. In other words, this army can be described as a lion because we go for the jugular and we don’t release until our enemy is DEAD.

Second, I know your goal is not only to devour your victims but to rip families apart in sadness and despair. But, you should know that this family, although not always on the same page and sometimes fighting, will always come together for those we love. Although you are a curse in so many ways, the one admiral quality you have the potential of bringing is that families form a stronger bond in order to eradicate you. Our dream is for you to be removed from this world. We study, donate, and march to help find a way to eliminate you from an otherwise beautiful world.

Third, you’re life altering not life defining. I know you try to be as debilitating as possible, but I’ve got news for you, you’re not. You bring about changes to life. Unwanted changes, but changes that can be dealt with. The new routines, diet, and everything else implemented into a cancer patient’s life becomes normal. You don’t limit or define personhood. Cancer patients can still have a life full of fun and laughter.

So, cancer, just remember that although you may start the fight, you can bet your ass we will finish it.

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An Open Letter To The Judgmental People In My Hometown

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value.

Dear judgemental, simple minded people from my hometown,

I am sorry that I have never met your level of perfection.

Coming from a small town, everyone settles to the norm of the people around them. Unlike you all, I have always been a little bit different.

I've never understood why everyone always seems to feel the need to talk down to the next person. People love to gossip about a situation as long as the situation has nothing to do with them. For every move I made, someone was always there to bring out the negativity in the situation. You all are always sweeping around somebody else's doorstep when I know your doorstep is not clean. Maybe it is time to buy a new broom. I know that I cannot please everybody and that I will also not be liked by everybody. However, I deserve respect just as the next person.

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I hope for the sake of the future generations of our small town, you all can learn to be more accepting to change.

I hope that no one judges your children like some of you all have judged me. I hope that the people that you love and care about are welcomed and accepted for who they are.

If we put as much time into being better people or helping others like you put into judging others, the world would be a much better place.

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value. Pebbles are perfectly round. I'd much rather be a diamond, one in a million, than a pebble that fits in.


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College Is Hard, But Being A College Student With PCOS Is Even Harder

I have PCOS, AKA polycystic ovarian syndrome, and it is killer.


Growing up I was always on the floor, in tears, or both when it got to THAT time of the month. I kind of always figured that was how everyone felt, but when talking with my friends and mom, I knew I had to see a doctor. A few blood tests later I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It turns out it is actually much more common than you think, especially if you're someone that'd never heard about it like me. I was soon put on birth control which is the main treatment for the condition. However, it isn't an end all be all solution and I definitely still feel some symptoms.

First off, thank the lord for birth control. If I was not on it then I still would be on the floor all the time. The worst thing, though, is that you usually have to try out a few/more than a few to see which birth control is best for you. Therefore you can say goodbye to normal hormones. Birth control can really suck at some times as well because some kinds produce certain symptoms. These can include, but are not limited to: acne, nausea, dizziness, weight gain/loss, headaches, the list can go on.

Also, going along with what the name of the condition is, come cysts on your ovaries. They are not anything to worry about but they are very painful to have, especially when they rupture. And honestly, there isn't much you can do about them unless it's a super bad one and your doctor recommends to remove it.

Finally, everyone always says how much their period hurts and to suck it up. It isn't like the flu where it can go away and you just miss a few days of class. When it is that time of the month and you'd rather be in bed with a heating pad, you know you have to go to class. Not to mention every other girl on the planet bitches about her period and how you aren't the only one, even if your symptoms really are bad.

Thankfully, I have some pretty great doctors and I am much better off now then I was when I was first diagnosed. Although PCOS does affect my quality of life I just try to make the most of the good times as possible and that's pretty much all you can do. To my girls out there with this condition as well, stick it out. I know it sucks but we are all together.

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