Feeling Thankful

There are moments where despite this absolutely crazy journey, I feel blessed. Blessed to have been given the support that I have been throughout the past three and a half months. From the moment of diagnosis, to my 5 weeks of chemo at the cancer centre, to my current round of treatment…

I don’t take any of it lightly.

I know I have had and continue to have so many people praying for me and it means so much to me. The prayers, the cards, the well-wishes, the kind words, the flowers, the gifts, the baked goods and treats. They all mean so much to me and I am thankful.

It overwhelms my heart (in such a wonderful way) when thinking about the love I have been shown throughout this insanely difficult time from my friends and family friends. My parents and I have been so blessed with support from our friends which we are so thankful for. My parents have been so amazing throughout all of this, and I will never be able to thank them enough for their love and sacrifices and for taking care of me.

In light of all of this, I have also learned who hasn’t been there for me and I’ve learned who is not around to support me, but I’m thankful for that as well. Having friends and family abandon me during my struggle has been hurtful and a hard lesson to learn, but I’m glad I did. Being sick really shows who cares about you and who doesn’t.

I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. My cancer didn’t spread anywhere else in my body. I am lucky (which feels so weird to say), in terms of the fact that it could have spread everywhere. I don’t take that lightly, either. Being aware of this fact is such an amazing example of God’s grace and how He protected me and was watching out for me and I pray that this cancer treatment rescues me even further and that God continues to do the same.

I still have no idea why I was diagnosed with cancer. I’m in no way happy about it, or thankful for it. My heart is still very angry. But I’m coming to the realization that I never will know why this happened to me. My hope is that I can be a positive light to others and spread my story and I’m thankful that I get to share it with you. Thank you for the support and for reading. Please feel free to share with your family and friends!

I am currently in my third week of my second round of cancer treatments and on Monday, I did my injection all by myself which was a big step. It’s important to be proud of yourself and to celebrate everything in this life. It’s too short not to.

Have a blessed weekend,

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9 thoughts on “Feeling Thankful

  1. You should be very proud of yourself and how you have handled this. You inspire me to be more grateful and accepting of the challenges I face in my life. I don’t know how you do it!
    You know where I am if you need anything or just want a change of scenery. Love you 💖💞💝

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  2. Good morning Mikayla, my name is Wendy & I know your mom although I have not seen her in years. We are FB friends & that is how I found out about your blog. I took some time to read some of your entries, you are a beautiful writer & have so much courage to blog about your life & what you are going through. Cancer sure does suck, no other way to describe it. Sounds like you have a wonderful support system. I wish you all the best as you continue your treatments & whatever happens beyond that. You may not want to be but you are an inspiration to others out there. Take care😊

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  3. Every Friday as I drive to Guelph to attend to my mom, I pray for “wisdom, strength and courage”. Mikayla, you live these qualities. I want to be just like you when I grow up!


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  4. I knew you could do it!!!!!! You are so brave and spiritual. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer.It has helped me through some very tough times. So I will keep those prayers coming my brave sweet Mikayla. Love you lots!!!!! Julie

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  5. Way to go Mikayla!! We are happy to hear that your treatment is going ok. I’m glad you were able to give yourself the injections. Well done. You are, and will continue to be on our prayer list. We know only too well, the power of prayer and positive thoughts. Dave celebrated his 3 year anniversary July 6th. He was given 21/2-3 years to live on July 6/12. So this was a wonderful day. I am confident that his journey will help make this wonderful drug available to people like yourself by this fall. I hope and pray that you will not need it, but it will still be there. Please take care and keep writing. You do such a beautiful job.

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    1. Thank you so much Maureen! I really appreciate all of the information that you shared with my mom and I – it was so helpful in preparing for these injections and knowing what to expect. That is amazing to hear about Dave, definitely a huge celebration! Thank you again for reading 🙂


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