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Articles by Adriana Lombardo

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Coming Back to Reality

I find that now, as a “survivor” (I’ll explain the use of quotes later on), I seem to lose touch with reality more often than I’d like to admit. My definition of reality is much different than the average person – reality to me is CANCER.

June 20, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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I Got It from My Mama

With May being the month of celebrating Mothers (although it should be all year round), this blog is dedicated to the woman who held the table I leaned on for me during lumbar punctures; the woman who would run over to me while I threw up even when I wanted her nowhere near me; the woman who knew how not to treat me differently; the woman who kept it all together even when it felt impossible – I am PROUD to call her my Mom.

May 23, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Survivor’s Guilt Part 2: Learning to Move Forward with My Past

Survivor’s guilt comes with a lot of emotions (as per my last blog). What I’ve learned to do this past month is to feel. Feel every emotion that comes moment-by-moment. It’s not easy because most of the time the feelings are unrecognizable – in the sense that I don’t know why they come when they come. I’m learning to slow down my thoughts so that I am able to recognize what triggers these emotions, if there even are triggers.

 

April 22, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Survivor's Guilt: The guilt of letting go after cancer

As sad as this may be, or as weird as it may come across, I miss having cancer. Let me explain...

March 20, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Why it's important to capture the 'not-so-good' moments

Through my years of treatment, I learned how important it is to capture those “not so good” days.

Feb. 13, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Life After Leukemia: My struggle with possible infertility

While undergoing treatment, one of my biggest worries was my capability to have children.

Jan. 19, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Three years later: Reflecting on friends made and lost from cancer

One thing that I’m trying to accept is that the friendships made during my two years of cancer treatment are not guaranteed.

Dec. 12, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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My experience as a Mirror Ball 2017 ambassador

Flashbacks of my time at a workshop appeared in my head as I looked around the room where we were graciously given a standing ovation.

Nov. 24, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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What would happen if we redefined 'brave?'

Yes, I always found a reason to smile, but knowing that each breath that I took from the moment that I woke up until the moment I went to sleep was a fighting breath, made things a little scary for a 17-year-old.

Oct. 18, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Keeping the promise I made to myself for life after cancer

The first time I sat in the chemo chair as an outpatient I told myself aloud, “The first thing I am going to do when I’m all finished treatment is put my feet in warm sand on a beach somewhere.”

Sept. 8, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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