I am an advocate of hope, let me tell you my story . .

Welcome to my blog. The purpose for my blog is to provide information concerning cancer and topics surrounding cancer. Since the upstart of my blog, more and more information is available online. I hope my blog might be your one stop in directing you to the information you are looking for.

I also want to bring to your attention a valuable resource on the side bar. I linked other Christian cancer blogs that are cancer specific. When I was in treatment I followed a CaringBridge journal, similar to a blog, about a woman who had lymphoma and was one year ahead of me in her treatment and recovery.

Wendy was my “in the trenches” support, she was so very valuable to me. Not only did I read her journal, she was kind enough to call me occasionally to see how I was doing. In the midst of my storm, Wendy was the ever bright, blinking lighthouse and alerted me to what was coming ahead, and what did come was more fierce than the storm I was already in.

I am in contact with a few of the blog authors. I find their stories compelling and one blog in particular, thought provoking. I am so impressed with their approach to their cancer diagnose and treatment, and for some, recurrence.

During my treatment and recovery I kept a CaringBridge journal documenting the highs and lows of my journey. The link to my journal is found on the side bar. I prefaced the journal with an “introductory” page giving the reader an overview of my CaringBridge journal.

If you are interested to read more about me and my cancer journey on my CaringBridge site, please click on the link to the right. I highlighted a few of what I consider my milestone entries by including the date and page where you can read about that account. What follows here is a copy of my introductory page.

I thank you for your readership. It is my goal for this blog to grow with more articles, information and resources. If you have any suggestions, you may send me a comment by clicking on “Your voice . . . contact me”.

The introduction to my CaringBridge Journal

Book I – From the Beginning
April 29, 2008, pg. 1 – diagnose, chemotherapy protocol, R-hyper-CVAD, followed by an autologous stem cell transplant. My stories and accounts of my treatment phase.
November 4, 2008, pg. 61 – stem cell transplant. My account of my transplant and the effects of high dose chemotherapy, BEAM; the time of engraftment and my release from the hospital and permission to go home, Montana.
  • Entries of interest
    • “A Bit of Anger”, December 7, 2008, pg. 6
    • “Going Home”, December 9, 2008, pg. 69

May 6, 2008, the first day of many.
Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah
May 28, 2008, my son, Chad, flies in from California to visit me!

May 2008.  The kids fly in from California, Chad; Nevada, Christy; and Montana, Carrie!

November 5, 2008.  Proving I can do it!  I face my auto stem cell transplant by a personal challenge of 1/4 mile jog!

Happy Birthday to me!  November 14, 2008, my auto stem cell transplant team.
Released from the hospital and home for Christmas!  A very special Christmas indeed!
Book II – A Distant ThunderMarch 2, 2009, pg. 78 – The accounts of my unexpected, erupting emotions I experienced after coming home. I never anticipated the lostness and confusion I felt in the psychological aftermath of cancer.

February 23, 2009 – 100 day post transplant appointment. Cancer free! Dr. Cao and Greta.

March 14, 2009.  My best four-legged friend, Madaline.

July 17, 2009.  My first Relay for Life event with my cancer support group.

One of many post treatment blood draws. My son, Chad, just happens to be a phlebotomist.

Book III – Depression

December 30, 2009, pg. 94 – PTSD. My time with my therapist, Sally, who helped me with my internal search and the healing of my pain and hurt from my unexpected journey with cancer.

  • Entries of interest
    • “Sorting It Out”, December 30, 2009, pg. 94
    • “Disguising My Pain”, January 5, 2010, pg. 94
    • “Integrating My Life Into the Balance of My Future”, February 2, 2010, pg. 95
    • “Hold On. Don’t Let Go or Give Up. Just Hold On.”, February 10, 2010, pg. 97
    • “Tapestry”, August 26, 2010, pg. 103
Snow Canyon, Utah, March 18, 2010. I met Larry, the man I mentored after his transplant.
Kirk Creek, California, March 22, 2010.  A quiet and reflective time for me . . .

Wendy and I meet! March 23, 2010

The Grand Tetons,Wyoming, August 7, 2010.  Mark and Gail Mizu and Dale and I.

“Tapestry”, August 26, 2010, pg. 103, CaringBridge journal

Book IV – Living Again

April 12, 2011, pg. 105 – Advocate of Hope. My purpose and my call, an advocate of hope.

  • “Sailing”, June 23, 2011, pg. 105
July 30, 2011.  Sailing on the NorEastern, Flathead Lake, Montana, USA
My vision and dream of sailing fulfilled.  My journey comes to an end and I find myself whole again.
Always and forever it is my hope and prayer that my journal and blog with will bless and benefit you whether you are a patient, survivor, caregiver or friend. My life verse is Romans 8:28-30, that ALL things work together for good and all to the glory of God! 

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4 comments on “I am an advocate of hope, let me tell you my story . .

  1. Michael W. says:

    Hi Cindy. I am Michael W. I have been reading your blog. You are a true inspiration. I was diagnosed with mantle cell stage 4 in October 2012. I did RChop and autologous transplant. I am now in a clinical at City of Hope in Southern Ca. The treatment I am doing is maintenance chemo for two years. The drugs being used are Valcade and Retuxin. The most challenging part of the treatment was the RChop as I had CMV in my lungs. (viral pneumonia) This was misdiagnosed and I was in and out of the hospital for several weeks. I then switched my treatments to The City of Hope. This was a much better fit. I have a lot of people praying for me. I have not experienced fear or depression. I feel blessed for that. I truly owe that to the lord. We have seven kids and 13 grandchildren and three more on the way. I have a lot to live for and have done a pretty good job of living one day at a time. Stay strong and keep up the great attitude and stay healthy. Mick

  2. Thanks Cindi! I am blessed by your “ship’s log” so to speak… and so happy to see you happy and whole in the Lord!

  3. teresapoetry says:

    I’ve been reading your blog…..SO inspirational! I’ll be “following”, and look forward to your future posts : ) God bless you.

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