Contentment
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
1M ago
 Since beginning this journey, I have always felt a bit of unease.  I wanted to make sure Karley knew God.  She's now a camp counselor at Camp Connect in St. Simons for the summer.  She could've gone to summer school, or worked to save for money, but she chose to teach youth about God. She already feels like she's grown so much.  Every time she goes to this camp she comes out filled with the Holy Spirit.  My mind is at ease knowing her love of God, I am content.  I don't worry about anything anymore.  That was the important thing.  As a parent, I wo ..read more
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Living Beyond
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
5M ago
 Since I moved to Jacksonville, I've been working on my bookkeeping certification and getting my notary public.  Florida laws are so much different than Georgia.   So, everyone tells me I'm a miracle and should be happy to be alive.  I am happy, but no one understands the financial burden that it entails.  I've downgraded housing expenses.  So yay for that!  I've picked up small bookkeeping jobs here and there, but I can't seem to get out of debt. My dad and friends used to throw me fundraisers.  The last one was 2018.  He sadly passed away in ..read more
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Cliff Norton - Starting the day with God
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
6M ago
As I sit here and drink my morning coffee on this quiet peaceful Saturday morning, I watched a new day begin.  And it all came rushing back.  The reason I quit advocating,  I'm going to Cliff Norton's services next weekend. I talked to him last November 13, and since moving to Jacksonville, I wanted to meet up with him for lunch but while planning, he had to take a call.  He returned my call later that day and I forgot to call him back.  I thought I would wait on the Holidays to be over.  I thought I had TIME.  Don't we all? I, never in a million years, would ..read more
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UPDATE - Scan results and pics...(not what I hoped for but I'll take it)
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
1y ago
So, we dropped Karley off at Georgia Southern and then I came to Atlanta for scans.  I know I haven't posted in a while, but I'm still here.  I promise to let you all know if I start going downhill.  Nothing worse than reading a lung cancer friend died and you didn't get to say goodbye. My friend Jessie and I hung out Sunday.  It was super fun.  However, her medication has begun effecting her heart.  Therefore, she's decided to discontinue it at this time.  December will be 8 years of living with lung cancer for her. I had all of my scans yesterday in hopes t ..read more
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Lost
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
1y ago
 It's now March 2023.  Never, in my wildest dreams did I think I would survive this long.  It's somewhat of a catch 22 at this point.  I'm so blessed that I'm here and will get to see Karley graduate, then she'll be off to college. I didn't plan to make it this long.  What am I supposed to do now?  I get ssdi. in the amount of $2,000 a month.  I have good and bad days and I have to move this summer.  My former boss gave me some money to pay off any debts and I could not be more grateful for the time he has been in my life.  17 years, he's like a sec ..read more
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Fundraiser
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
1y ago
 https://gofund.me/0feed73e ..read more
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Catch Up, Cancerversary, and more
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
1y ago
 Today is my official 10 year Cancerversary.   The doctors gave me a year to live.   NEVER LISTEN TO THEIR PROJECTIONS.  Let me tell you why.   I was preparing for the past 10 years to die.  I saved money for Karley, but not myself.  I've planned for Karley's college, but not my future.  Of course I had somewhat of a plan beginning this year.  It was a plan that got me through until Thanksgiving.  That's when it completely fell apart.  So, it's just myself and the dogs, and I'm so lost.   My disability will not cov ..read more
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Sometimes, a grown up likes to play Fortnite -J. and Dad
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
2y ago
Just want to let you guys know, my name is Samantha Mixon, I was diagnosed with stage 4 NSCLC with an EGFR mutation in 2012.  Now, I'm assuming J's dad thinks I'm not the real Samantha Mixon...but come on.  Those that know me know I've loved playing video games when stuck in the house.  Right now, I'm stuck.  And I'm not ashamed.   We play Fortinite in this house.  It gives me an escape when I desperately need one. How do I prove you prove to someone you are who you say you are?  Well, I'm writing in now.....and Please, Facetime me J's dad.    ..read more
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She's fine. She's been alive so long and doesn't even look sick. -TRIGGER WARNING
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
2y ago
 I don't pay attention to social media anymore, so unless someone tells me, I rarely know what's going on.  I am not purposely insensitive.  And I don't expect people to stop their world because of me.  I always love prayers.  But I mainly keep to myself because I know others have so much going on.  Unless something drastic happens, I never post about my condition anymore.  I have heard this so much, that I can't begin to explain how I have to just sit there and listen to people who have never been in my shoes, or tried, to chastise me for not checking on the ..read more
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Overdue Update
Keeping my Faith
by Keeping the Faith
2y ago
 Well, I've been super busy lately.  Cancer Treatment side effects are driving me to wits end.  My nails have been curling under the skin making them painful. Both toenails and fingernails.  So many people have treated me like I'm a drug seeker for the past 10 years, including my own PCP.  With my targeted treatments I can only use narcotics, not any NSAIDS.  So, I've been breaking away from most social media because it's not real life.  And somtimes it makes me sad.  So, I'm living my real life through this blog.  It's n ..read more
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