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"Hey! My name is Tabby and I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. AML is a very quick and aggressive cancer. The treatment used is intense chemotherapy, radiation, or even stem cell transplants. Mine specifically was in its worst, doctors couldn’t believe I was living and thought I would die within hours, if not days. Glory to God, he kept me here and I underwent the intense treatments of chemo and followed with a stem cell transplant. Now I’m in remission but I never knew or expected what life after cancer would bring. The transplant left me with trying to overcome the side effects of GVHD or graft versus host disease. GVHD can be very dangerous and can cause death. I have been fighting through GVHD since December of 2018. The disease is literally a fight to the death against my cells, and my donors cells. We continually were hoping that my donor cells would win the fight. They did! I’m 100% donor cells. My cells were depleted and that left me with stage 4 GVHD of the gut and GVHD of many other organs to my body. I just recently found that I am now stage 1 GVHD. This is something I wish I would have been aware of and known more about. I want others to be AWARE that life after cancer is NOT a walk in the park. The joy of being in remission brings peace, but for some, the fight remains." @tabbymariejenkins

 

“On April 9, 2014 my beloved six year old son Elijah Lee lost his battle to A.M.L. (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) and was laid to rest. He fought so hard, we watched him grow weak and fragile. All the while he did it with a graceful smile on his face. As a mother you never imagine to bury your child, his absence has left a silent place in my life and a void in my heart. God blessed me with two beautiful gals, Zoey & Raelynn to push through the days. Zoey is a high functioning autistic child with the heart of gold and a smile like her brother. Life on a daily basis can be a struggle, but having been taught such a valuable lesson from my sons death has opened my eyes in unexplainable ways. I stand for all the grieving mothers who think they can’t see tomorrow, for the mothers who struggle to communicate with their child in the Autism world. I stand for my children. I am a mother. I am a woman. I am a warrior. I am Raquel Littrell.” @210latinafitness

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