My name is Ashlea Medina and being in my 20’s and having breast cancer never crossed my mind. Yes, I was aware that as I got older the risk went up, but as far as being that young, I didn’t really worry much about it. I have always been conscious of my health.
One of my childhood heroes was Rocky Balboa and in his most recent movie, Creed, he said:
“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.
The sweet, caring, funny, awesome Nainoa was diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma. Nainoa had been suffering from extreme back pain a month prior to being diagnosed and lost the feeling in his legs.
I was diagnosed in February of 2011 with a very rare type of renal cell cancer called Hereditary leiomyoma renal cell carcinoma. It is so very rare that I am one of 250 people that they know of in the world. I would not be here today if it wasn’t for God who has been by my side everyday.
Who would of thought by starting this blog and sharing the stories of these WARRIORS that it would inspire us to help so many others. Week after week we read so many stories. Our hearts cry for so many people. Each story we come across, we want to do more and more.
Monroe Okola was born on August 15th, 2011… she is 4 years old. Monroe is the daughter of Aaron and Leah Okola. She has a 15 year old brother named Jake and a 10 month old sister named Arden. Monroe is a beautiful, sweet, energetic and happy little girl who loves Disney princesses, riding her tricycle, going to pre-school, and buttered noodles.
The Pink Fireman wasn’t always pink. Wait, what? What do you mean he wasn’t always pink? No folks, The Pink Fireman didn’t get his bright pink colors until April 2011. Before then, The Pink Fireman was… well a fireman.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 will forever be the most painful day in my existence. One that I easily wanted to follow my daughter to an eternal ever after.
At 6:44 pm, our daughter, Desirae Ava Grace Cechin, was welcomed with open arms by her big brother, Devin, that she never had the chance to meet, up in Heaven.
February 4, 2016, Sami woke up and was complaining that her side hurt. Not thinking too much about it we sprayed some BioFreeze on it and had her lay down thinking I would take her to school late. As the day progressed the pain didn’t really let up so I took her to the walk in clinic at our Doctor’s office.