I had a laser treatment today to stop the hemorrhaging in they eye, for the past 5 months I was receiving an avastin injection to the eye. The next stop was the laser. I am now at home resting waiting for some pain meds to kick in… So today didn’t go as I wanted the Valium they gave me didn’t really kick in, so unfortunately I felt all 5 of the shots that they gave me in between my cheek bone and eye socket. Probably the worse pain I have ever felt, but the laser wasn’t bad! Now I am home resting with the best puppy nurse around! Thanks for all the prayers! #OcularMelanoma #CancerSucks #CupcakeVCancer
Since being diagnosed with cancer, the most popular saying I’ve heard is ” I don’t know how you do it.. ” I usually smile and change subjects. I get that until your in these shoes you may not fully understand but this is my mindset.. I am doing it because I have to, it can be life or death so quickly. Nobody after a diagnosis is just going to give up, we may have our moments in denial and grief; but you push to the side and realize what it is happening and you just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and dang it, you refuse to let it get to you. You prepare for the worse and pray for the best. You push yourself. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. No matter what side effects have happened or what you have lost; you fought for this life now live it. That’s how it’s done it. There’s no other way.
I have always believed in signs. And this right here is the BIGGEST sign I have ever received! So today is the anniversary of Meredith’s death…After all the rain and wind for the past couple days we finally got to go outside and play. We decided to stay out longer to enjoy the weather.. Not long after that decision one of my kids ran up to me and said “Look Ms. Heath, I found trash!” I took the crumbled up newspaper and opened it.. There it was my sign that all of our hard work with the cluster is paying off… I truly believe this is a sign from Meredith and Kenan showing us that we are on the right track and to keep up the hard work.
I don’t share this often, but I get a good number of fellow Titans ranging in age ask me about my symptoms before being diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma, And I hate telling them there’s not a lot of signs.. And encourage them to get a dilated eye exam with a specialist, I have offered doctors who can help and even to go with them to get it looked at. Now there is this amazing opportunity to get checked for FREE by some of the doctors who help and even diagnosed me! Please don’t miss this opportunity to get checked even just to have less anxiety! http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/doctors-offer-free-exams-for-former-hopewell-students-worried-on-eye-cancer/105199483 #OcularMelanoma #FREE #EyeCancer #HopewellTitans
On September 26, 2015 there will be the first annual Ocular Melanoma Walk in Huntersville, N.C. As many of you know I do as much as I can to bring awareness to OM and encourage everybody to have annual eye exams. I’ve watched what this cancer can do to people and their families. And it’s time we end it, I know this walk will not magically create a cure but it will help fund research to investigate more about OM and help provide treatments for patients. Every little step, donation, sponsor and t-shirt will help up further research. Like my blog, my team is Cupcake V. Cancer I have designed T-shirts that you can wear at the walk if you are able to come (I hope you all are!) or just show support for a friend. The t-shirts are priced at $23 with a goal to sell 100. Please help me reach my goal and give a Cure in Sight a very plentiful donation at our OM Walk in September!
Two years ago I was diagnosed with cancer. In these two years I have found best friends who continue to push me on my darkest days. I have completed my mamas dream and graduated college. I have helped find and bring awareness to a cluster of OM that was just 5 people a year ago to 20 people now. As much as I struggle to get out of bed everyday, I remember the angels we have lost, I aspire to live each day for them. I hope I have been able to make them proud as they watch over me. I hope I have been able to make everybody who knows me a little proud, because this journey has been a rough one in many ways but with everyone’s support its been a little easier. Thank you all!