Updates from Nay {5/20/16}

Hi everyone. I'm Megan from Absolute Mommy, and Nay has asked me to update her blog today. I'm hoping going forward I'll be able to post updates on Nay and share lots of information with you. Nay is the type of person who is in the throws of life, in the real eye of the storm, but still wants to make sure that you all in blog-land know that she is thinking about you. That Nay, she's a stand up gal!

I've known Nay for five years. We met in blog-land and she has been the kindest, sweetest, most loving friend in my life. She is always the biggest cheerleader, no matter who you are or what you are doing. She is raw and real, and one of the bravest people I know. Bravery is what is going to get her through this new journey.

Today Nay sent me a text and wanted me to tell all of you that she hasn't abandoned you. That she is "fighting the fight". The fight being AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She wants you all to know that she started chemo a week ago today, and today is the last day of that seven day round. Nay says that treatment has had it's ups and downs, but her body has really been giving her a run for her money. She says that she has thrown up and been nauseous, running fevers (101-102) pretty much everyday, and that she's not eating much due to a swollen mouth. Jello and thin smoothies are what she's been enjoying these days.

Wednesday night Nay was transferred to City of Hope Hospital. City of Hope is a research hospital specializing in cancer. When I asked her how she felt about it, she said, "I feel awesome about it". She is now receiving specialized care and according to her text yesterday, they played Motown Hits for an hour yesterday. Her room opens up to the Nurse's station, and they play music for an hour a day to encourage the patients. Which is perfect since Nay loves music. Yesterday it was some Gladys Knight and the Pips. Nay will be at City of Hope until she is through her treatment with is roughly another thirty days or so.

Today, Nay cut her hair in preparation for losing it. This spoke volumes in Nay's ability to focus on what she can control, for now. She sent me a picture with the hashtag #chemohairdontcare. Classic Nay, still I cried, and I'm sure she did too.
Since her diagnosis last week, I've been racking my brain trying to find ways to help Nay and her family. What can I do so many miles away? That's the hardest part about meeting your tribe online and not in your own neighborhood. Today she asked me to write for her, and I hope I've done her voice justice. You dear readers, can help her too. You can tag her on Instagram with encouragement or funny memes, find her at @coffee-n-ink. You can post to her Coffee-N-Ink Facebook wall. Even better you can click the Go Fund Me link and help with every day expenses. Nay and her family would appreciate it.

Here is the last part of the text from Nay today. She is wearing her brave like a superhero cape. Still, she has words to encourage us all, to reassure us that she is okay. Thanks Nay.

"All in all though, I'm feeling well. 
I'm learning to live this new phase of my life as best I can. 
Yes, I still cry when I think about having cancer .
but I know this isn't my forever".

Dear Nay, 
We hear you. We pray for you. We love you. 
Your Friends in Blog-land.



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