Denise Tam

Moments in Life


Moving Forward and Looking Back

Posted by Denise on September 6, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Sorry for the extended silence.


Silence (on my end) usually means I'm busy with things and life in general is going well. But don't fret, this post doesn't contain any bad news, just wanted to update you on life after my initial chemo treatments.


The consecutive rounds of chemo ended in January. For my maintenance I went back on a target chemo (Rituximab) in April and had a second round in June and another one in August. In between I was fortunate to take a spontaneous trip to the Philippines, reunite with one of my besties in Bali and get back into work which also translates into - spreading health and joy to those around me.


My reactions to the target drug is next to none and I've been bouncing back quicker each time. I'm attributing this to a stronger body now that I'm back at the gym and also to less toxins being in my body. I'm juicing my greens, making my green smoothies and mainly eating my home cooked food (I find myself staying up late looking through delicious and healthy recipes to make for my lunch the next day), but I know that this is only part of the recipe to stay healthy.


The other part- my stress levels, is what I've been trying to work on with the help of a doctor. I've only started seeing him recently but there's a lot of truth to what he says and so I will be working more closely with him in the coming months. Our minds can be just as big of a contributor to our health or illness as eating well and being active so I'm now on another quest to learn how to destress, to learn how to handle stress, and to learn how to avoid it. I hope to be able to share more with you as I discover more.


In the meantime, I'll leave you with my most recent Huff Post article that I forgot to post when it came out. After having just read it over again, I can list out more reasons why God chose to spare me, at least for the time being. Just in the past two months God has uniquly placed me and used me to encounter and encourage many who are struggling with cancer, whether it's through working at our health shop, friends with recently diagnosed family members or even through articles like the Huffington Post. He had blessed me with so much love, knowledge and genuine care from angels around me and now it's my turn to bless others in return. I'm looking forward to living, working and walking in God's plans and to look back another two months from now to see how He will change lives.


FYI...Doc wants me to now have chemo every 8-10 weeks (saying that I'm 'high risk") as opposed to 12 weeks so I'm compromising and doing it every 11 which makes my next treatment to be on October 2.

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Reply BLT
4:50 AM on September 6, 2013 
Dee, I have to say I'm so encouraged by your faith, and His restoration of you physically. I'm also, encouraged to see how He is using you to bring many into the Kingdom. Continue to fight the good fight.

Broken, but amazingly BLESSED,

Reply Richard Choy
12:53 PM on September 8, 2013 
Soooo good to hear from you. God has certainly put you in a unique place to encounter and encourage others. Hope you don't mind that I find negotiating an 11-week chemo plan with your doc really humorous! rc