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    Oh No (My mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer Nov. 2011): Here is where a WHOLE new journey began. The roles switched. I was and still am my mom's rock. I haven't missed one chemo treatment or surgery. I am her caregiver and I give her the strength and hope that she gave me 14 years ago. She has had two of my nurses when I had cancer. They are beyond wonderful nurses and we were lucky to have them again. God sent his angels. She should be finished with treatments in 2 months. Scans show that she is cancer free as of now (: We both have pretty amazing stories. Thank God for giving us the strength to pull through.

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    Side Effects (Hair loss (alopecia)): Losing my hair was the hardest thing about the chemo. I remember the first long day of chemo I knew I was going to lose my hair. That same night my mom had thought she could help with the reaction I may have and put a hair net on my hair when I slept so that I wouldn't wake up with my hair all over my pillow. Instead, it made the situation worse. I woke up and the hair net was all tangled up in the little hair that I still had on my head. The same night of my first chemo treatment I lost most of my hair. It was a hard time for me.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): I finished treatment and was able to get my line out (: I was looking forward to being able to do things that my friends could do and being able to say I AM CANCER FREE!!! I could get my hair back and be normal. I was so thrilled! I had the BEST support system. My mom was my rock and my doctors, nurses, therapists, and child life specialist were all amazing and played a huge role in who I am today. Thank you guys! I am proud to be a cancer survivor. I would LOVE to help others, if anyone has any questions or just wants someone to talk to, feel free to ask me. (:

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    Celebration (Cancer is shrinking): I would have tons of follow-up scans to make sure that the chemo was working. I started to feel like Kosair was my second home. I didn't mind going to the hospital anymore. I would still get nervous before any procedures and would turn to my mom and ask "Mommy, is this going to hurt." and she ALWAYS would answer as honestly as she could. With the support I had through this journey I got through it.

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    Decision Point (Longer Chemo or Radiation): My doctor sat and talked with my family and I about what we needed to do next after I was diagnosed. He had discussed with us that I may need Chemo and Radiation or just a longer term of Chemo. This was a tough decision for us to make. I remember my mom asking advice from several doctors and parents. She was scared. She ended up asking one of my doctors, 'If this was your child, what would you do?" He said, "No, radiation." The reason he told us this is because of my young age the radiation would have an effect on my growth sense I would be getting direct radiation to my spinal cord. So, we took his advice and stuck with Chemo.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): The chemotherapy given through my line (in the office) and the drugs I took by mouth at home made me sick and tired. I was only 7 and wasn't able to do what all my friends were doing. I wasn't able to stay in school long without feeling tired, weak, or sick. I started to home school because of the side effects.