Last night while relaxing on the couch and scanning through stuff on my iphone, I ran across this post/picture from a very special young lady in our extended family. Natasha, "Tashi" is the niece of Brett's cousin Shelly, and Tashi has been fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma for many, many years now... since before I had cancer in 2008. We've met a couple of times at family gatherings, and have kept in touch via social media. She is an amazing, beautiful, vibrant young woman who always seems to remain so very positive and such a vigilant cancer fighter.
Tashi is in the midst of undergoing a stem cell/bone marrow transplant that could save her life. However, that fight is not without its risks. Last night, she posted an update that she has been fighting a fever of well over 103 and an ensuing rash for the last 5 days. This resonated with me as I remembered my own battle with fever and rash that nearly took my own life in June 2009.
My mantra during cancer was KCA - Kick Cancer's Ass. In June of 2009 we added KRA to that mantra, "Kick the rash's ass" or "Keep the Rash Away! As I look back at that post, and the photo .... it's just a horror I would not wish on any human being. Ever. I'm thankful that because of my state of mind during that time, I still do not remember much of the experience. Recently, more than three years later, Brett is beginning to share with me some of the horrific things that happened, and just how close I came to dying. I can only imagine what Tashi is going through, and that is very unsettling to say the least.
Please take a few minutes today. Think of Tashi. Say a prayer for Tashi. Pray that her white blood cell counts start to rise. Pray that she can beat this! KCA. KRA. We love you Tashi!