We all need some inspiration from time to time! So I decided to dedicate the month of April to “Overcoming Circumstances” on my blog.
Ladies and gentlemen, I would love to introduce you to Alicia Bowling!
The following week I received the news that the Beast Melanoma had spread to my pelvic lymph nodes and I would have to endure a year of toxic chemotherapy. Yes, an Entire YEAR and studies show it only helps 15% of patients who take the drug. The first month was high dose treatments Monday thru Friday (5 days per week) and then 3 days per week for the next eleven months. I started the chemo just one week after my baby girl had serious kidney surgery to repair her blocked ureter and re-implant into her bladder. Needless to say it was a difficult time but looking back I felt light. I know God was carrying us the entire time.
I won’t go into great detail about the entire year of chemo but I’ll tell you it was the hardest thing I have ever physically had to endure. Imagine having the flu for an entire year. For an entire year I ran a fever, had vomiting/diarrhea, bone pain, and the worst part is the memory loss. I don’t remember my baby girls first year of life. I remember being angry at times because of not being able to do things I normally could do on my own. If I’m being completely honest it was hard for me to see others out there living their lives and I felt like mine was at a standstill or a living hell.