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Me, in "remission" since October 13, 2014

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Me in the Middle of Breast Cancer Therapy (March thru June, 2014)

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Before Breast Cancer Therapy Began (Jan. 2014)

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Hello, it's me again, and this time "Life" changes have happened and has made me rethink my life differently.

I would’ve never thought that what I have gone through in the last two (2) years, would’ve been as crazy and as tumultuous as it was, but it was and I weathered it with the help of GOD, plenty of praying, a loving family (immediate & distance), close friends, and a strong sense of knowing it would eventually once and for all “be over”.

On May 29, 2013, my daughter and I had walked out on “Faith” and moved from Orlando to Tampa—I, with the promise of a job with Hillsborough County that did not take place (department decided to cancel position altogether) and my daughter who left Disney because they were constantly lowering her hours until it was at the point where it she would take the bus to work for 3 hours to only work for 4 hours a day, three days a week. Then she was denied her unemployment because her boss was angry because she left, and when it was time for her to do her phone interview with Disney and Unemployment for her claim, her ex-boss lied and stated that the reason my daughter left Disney was because she was attending school, not that she was leaving one city to move to another, so they denied her claim……..that left us with no money and two minutes from being homeless…needless to say, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, I still, however, had faith……

Eventually I found work and so did my daughter in October 2013 ……...So everything was going fine, until I went to the doctor because of a lump I found in my breast back in April 2013 before I had left Orlando, due to not having medical insurance, I was unable to have it looked at (and believe me I tried), but once I moving to Tampa, it was much easier going to a “free” clinic and being seen. I found out in December 2013, I had Stage III B Breast Cancer. Yes, I was completely devastated, not understanding “why me”?? I felt that I had already changed my paths so many times and again, “GOD” is punishing me!!!!! At that moment I just couldn’t take it anymore, but, my son said something to me that pissed me off royally but made sense… ……..he said……..”ma…it could be worse….it could be aggressive and kill you tomorrow, but it isn’t, so suck it up cupcake and do what you need to do to get better”…..I called him a “motherfuc$#r” and hung up on him…….and I sat on my bed and cried myself to sleep, when I got up I really thought about what he said and really took it to heart, and although he was right, he didn’t have to say that to me, I was his mother……lol…..that’s how I looked at in hindsight.

Sometimes we want things when we want them and we work hard to get them, others are born into what they have and never work for it, and some, let’s just say still don’t have a clue. My journey with Breast Cancer (I will never say battle) helped me to define my life to the point to where I knew from that day forward, how I was going to spend the rest of my life and how I was going to do it. I no longer complain about anything outside of not having a job. I am thankful each and every day for my family, for they have been there for me through this entire ordeal…. they have been through the meanness, the attitudes, the angriness, the woe is me attitude, and whatever else I have thrown their way and they really didn’t have to be………….I especially am thankful that the “Almighty” was in my life because he has held my hand, walked beside me and even carried me when I couldn’t go any further and for that I am truly thankful and last but not least I am just truly blessed beyond blessed because I am 28 weeks in remission, I am gainfully employed as of May 4th, I am slowly but surely getting my health back in order and I once again feel good about myself. This entire “Breast Cancer” ordeal has taken so much away from me and I allowed it for such a long time and then I literally had to make myself stop and see that GOD had a plan for me. So now I am taking this time to do things really differently with my life and live for the moment. I thought that I was, but I guess I wasn’t. This is a new and improved path I am on now, and until GOD decides that “HE” wants to change my destiny, I will continue on until further notice.

Member Since: 6/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 29,634

My Goals:
As of May 3, 2015 --

Is just to be me and to be the best in all I do..........I have my faults and only I am responsible for them.....I don't have to answer to anyone for them, period..........

My Program:
I do not have a program at this point-- I am getting back into the swing of things since Breast Cancer and I will take is slowly and easy, not to over do it -- I am not in the same shape I was prior to Breast Cancer -- the aftermath caused a lot of damage and now that I am older I must do things differently, so I am going at my own pace......

Personal Information:
I now reside in Tampa, Florida. I have two beautiful young adult children, a beautiful grandbaby boy name Messiah.... I have my AAS in Health Information Technology and it is my passport to view the world. I have graduated from my Medical Billing/Coding Specialist Program and now I am back to studying for my certification it was interrupted by Breast Cancer, however, I will have this completed by (December, 2015). My three loves are my babies, grandbaby, and my cooking/ baking (something that makes me really happy) and just being me--I have an outgoing personality, funny, romantic in nature and very user-friendly....If I were to be judged by my peers they would probably say, "she is a silly-butt, fun loving creature of habit.

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My favorite movies are in this order--Godfather (all 6 hours), Imitation of Life, the Green favorite author is James Patterson, Jackie Collins and I love jazz,

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