Monday, August 11, 2014

2 year cancerversary

Last Saturday I celebrated my 2 year cancerversary! I can't believe it's been two years since I started this journey, and I've learned so much from it. I was thinking about it yesterday and came to the conclusion that:


I've learned so much, but especially how to appreciate things. I really believe what I wrote above. I also believe that it's important to appreciate things, even when you aren't particularly comfortable. I keep thinking about when (eventually) I die. I do believe in an afterlife. But I keep wondering (because "they" say it's so amazing), what it is in heaven. Is everything really more beautiful and incredible, or is our capability to appreciate more beautiful and incredible? Those are the things I like to wonder about when we go to heaven, instead of all the other things. That's the reason when anybody has asked me if I'm scared through this whole experience, my answer is "no". Why worry about the things we don't have to?

Anyways, I am so appreciative of all the support I've gotten through this whole thing. I am so thankful that I am so healthy right now. And I'm especially grateful that this trial has opened my eyes to see beauty in everything. (Well almost everything, I'll probably always hate hiking, but the mountains are beautiful).

I can do hard things!



  1. YAY!!!! So I started reading when you began this journey, and read until Google Reader went bye-bye. At that time I quit reading all blogs. But for the last week God has really put you on my heart so I searched for your blog again, and I'm so thrilled to see this update!!!! So proud of you and so excited to see what God holds for your future :)

  2. It was so wonderful to watch you running around at your party. You teach me so much. Love you lots!
    Betty O

  3. You are just so amazing!

  4. Rachel you truly are amazing!! I started a blog back in November when I was diagnosed with a tumor in my brain. Somehow last week I came across your blog and what an incredible surprise. We are soo lucky to have been given these journeys we are on! Check out my blog if you would like Also you should look up Will Pye! His book "Blessed with a Brain Tumor" was just published. He will be on tour starting this fall! We all should start a tour together :)


  6. Stay feeling happy and healthy and I'll see you the first of Oct. actually, you should come to Florida!!! Stay with me,, we could do anything, everything or nothing at all,, just together would be great!

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  9. Hello girl!
    My name is Patrycja, I am a sixth form student, at the moment I am studying A2 photography, which I would love to carry on in future.
    In my next project, I would like to mention a different side of 'fashion photography'. As my mum is a cancer survivor, this topic is very close to home. Seeing her suffer, and how different people reacted to her physical appearance change, it inspired me to be the voice for the young women which are made to feel as if they're not good enough to be models or feel beautiful. I would like to organize an event, in which I would shoot images of cancer patients in 'fashion' style. Showing that no matter how you look, you are still beautiful and you can be a fashion model. I do not know how to organize this as I would need cancer patients which would be able to attend a photo-shoot in my school (Rooks Heath Sixth Form) or home studio, to have images taken of them. I want to raise awareness that models come in all shapes and sizes, and they do not have to be what you see in magazines.

    If I succeed, I plan to organize a charity event, where members of the public can come in to view the images and have refreshments. The money for the entry, and refreshments will then be given to the Macmillan charity.

    I would feel very grateful if you could get back to me, I would love to shoot some images with you!:)

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  10. How are you doing, Rachel? It's been a while since you've updated. I'm praying for you daily. Hoping no news is happy news.

  11. Hi Rachel, I read your entire blog tonight. You are simply amazing! Following this journey that although you have no choice to be on, you have a choice to how you look at it and your positive, creative, quirky, God-loving, life appreciating spirit touched my heart. I just wanted to let you know I am praying for you and will continue to....for comfort to get through the darkest hours, love during the lonely times, as little sick moments as possible and of course, a miracle. You are a rockstar. It's because of people like you (every single one of you), that I want to spend the rest of my life advocating for pediatric/adolescent cancer awareness, funding for research, and of course, praying for a cure. I feel blessed to read the words you shared. Life is precious and so are you. Love and all the hugs in the world, Ruth

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