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Leann's Cancer Blog


I have spent a lot of time trying not to think about all my experiences with cancer. I didn't want it to rule my life. I faced a battle like a lot of people and I have never wanted to consider myself special because of a disease. I guess I never wanted to get over into self pity. I wanted to keep my attitude positive and concentrate on what good things God was going to bring out of the situation. So this is me, remembering. The first time I ever really noticed that something might be wrong, I was at work. I would get horrible headaches that would go up the back of my neck. I thought they were just tension headaches. I was so stressed out at that point in my life. I had a new baby, I was working, we were in the middle of major financial difficulties and I did not know how to deal with everything at once. So the symptoms I was having, such as fatigue, headaches, insomnia, I just blamed on all the stress and that I was tired from keeping up with a newborn's schedule. I also was not eating well, if I ate at all. I was stressed about my weight after having a baby. I was sitting at my desk at work rubbing my neck and trying to relieve pressure on my head and I noticed little lumps. I didn't want to think the worst but I jumped up out of my chair and ran to the bathroom to see if I could see anything. I kept asking myself "haven't I felt that before? Everybody probably has those little lumps, right?" When I came out I told two of the ladies that I worked with what I had discovered and asked if they had anything like that themselves. They said no and looked at me like I was crazy. I immediatly called to get an appointment with my doctor. In the meantime there was google. I searched the internet to try and find out what was wrong. I used the symptom checker and about four different problems came up one of which was leukemia. I was absolutely sure that it was not leukemia. That would be crazy. So I self diagnosed myself that I had cysts and it was probably something to do with my thyroid. I had to wait to weeks to see my doctor. Patience, right? That's all I have time to write today. But I want to always sign out with a bible scripture. 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified Bible)7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. I say this over and over to myself anytime I get anxious or when fear tries to get a hold of me.
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I am glad you found us and please yes keep writing! I have added you into my prayers val
Thank you for the prayers, Valorie. I am loving the kindness and support of the people on BFAC.
Thanks for sharing this part of your story, Leann (lepo). Funny, I couldn't find a trace of self-pity anywhere in your writing. I get the impression that self-pity is not part of your "skill set". Peace Out, Nicole (Lady of the larynx)
I would love to hear the rest of your story! Bless you!
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Long time coming

This is a blog that I have wanted to write for a while now. I want to be able to share my story and the hope and encouragement that is in me. It may take me a while and in bits and pieces though. It's a four year long story and I have two kiddos, one of which is a five month old. So not a whole lot of time for typing. I will do my best though. I will start by saying that I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia T-cell four and a half years ago. I always say diagnosed instead of have or had because I did not want to claim cancer as part of me. My Bible says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. There is nothing wonderful about cancer. I was in remission after my first treatment. And in December 2009 my doctor told my that I was cured. This is one of my favorite quotes:"Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible....not to have run away."
Bill sent you a hug.
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~~~"not run away", just what I needed to hear, thank you.
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That it is stealing precious memories and time with loved ones.

That it is possible to whole heartedly believe in Jesus my savior and God my father and that He truly does heal the sick.

Faith in Jesus Christ.

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When you find yourself in that negative place and you feel like you have been beaten up, cry out to Jesus. He is the only way to life and he will give you strength if you just trust him.

December 15, 2009

Headaches, fatigue, night sweats, nausea



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