Today marks 5 years! In my five-year treatment program since being diagnosed July 1, 2013 with ocular melanoma. I’ve now reached the five-year mark, and my oncologist has declared me cancer-free!
And now I start to adjust.. I release all the anxiety, stress, anger, and depression that has been carried around for the past 5 years. However, whenever I was first diagnosed all I wanted was to have my “normal” life back. I need to make it clear that having our old life is not always possible and I need to adapt … so I am considering this new lease on life an opportunity to recreate a new, exciting life after cancer.
• • • Thank you Caitlyn for my shirt 💙🖤💙• • •
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.
So I conquered a fear today! I spoke in front of about 200 people…Into a microphone… On a stage.. Cried during my speech.. AND made people giggle! It was worth it because it ended with me getting a standing ovation! ☺️ #CureOM #ocularmelanoma
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!