Honors' Story- PCOS, Cancer and a Warrior Bond!

I met Honor, November 2019. We met at a local Relay for Life event that The Warrior Movement had a booth for. We instantly connected! Let me tell you a little about how incredible and awe-inspiring this girl and her family are. 
 
She is a Warrior in every single kind of way!
At 11 years old she lost her brother Eric to stage 4 Gliobastomas. In her early 20s she was diagnosed with PCOS.

(Polycystic ovary syndrome is a disorder involving infrequent, irregular or prolonged menstrual periods, and often excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries develop numerous small collections of fluid — called follicles — and may fail to regularly release eggs.) 

In 2016, 2017 and 2018 she had the greatest joy that quickly turned into unbelievable sadness because of the PCOS when she became pregnant. One of those pregnancies being twin boys. She became a momma to 4 angel babies who are in heaven looking after their loved ones. This in it on its own is unbelievably heartbreaking. 

She married the love of her life, Micheal, in September 2018. Almost a year later, in August 2019 she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer. The first choice that was given to her was removing her fallopian tube and ovaries. This was not an option for her. She wanted to someday have more babies. A week after she was diagnosed, she began an oral chemo treatment, which soon after turned into IV infused chemotherapy. Doctors used a different type of approach for her, she would receive chemo injected straight into the tumor through her back. Insane right?!
The hardest side effect for her to endure was having short term memory loss and forgetting simple things that seem so easy. For example she would call her mom and dad "Lorraine and Greg" although she is fully aware that those are her parents. She would also have the scariest nightmares. The most recurring one being, that she wouldn't wake back up and she would watch her family mourn her own death. If that isn't terrifying, I don't know what is. She has tried staying up for days just to avoid the awful feeling she wakes up with.
 
When she was close to being done with her treatment the doctors had to pause her chemo treatments due to being diagnosed with Bronchitis. She had to be on antibiotics and just pray her white blood cell count got back up. Once that occured she then resumed the chemo treatments.
 
While interviewing Honor, I also got to meet her mom Lorraine. She is a Warrior momma, supporter and caregiver. Not only did Honor inspire me but Lorraines' strength in supporting her daughter through this journey is truly breathtaking! It reminded me how much my mom was there for me. And how moms are so important. 
I was able to witness the way she speaks of her faith, the strength she has through God, and her willingness to do anything to make her daughter laugh.
With Lorraine, Michael (her husband) and the rest of her family they helped Honor with doctors appointments, picking up medication and everything in between. 
 
I am so thankful that they allowed me to speak to them and to showcase their story. 
 
 I shared this story on our Warrior pages in early February of 2020, she was able to get back on Chemo and after just a couple of weeks they completed a couple of tests/scans and on February 18th 2020 we received the news that Honor was CANCER FREE and in remission!  
 
I will leave you with some words that Honor said about her mom. 
 
 '’𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝. 𝐈 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐝𝐚𝐲'' ~𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫 

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