Do You Have An Illness Support System?


Zachary, Miranda, Me, and Trey-c. Part of my support system.

Zachary, Miranda, Me, and Trey-c. Part of my support system.

As a cancer patient or a caregiver, you will learn so much about a devastating disease that rarely leaves survivors. Everyone is hoping and praying for a cure to be found quickly, but more research is needed in order for this to happen. However, there are other ways, in which you can help yourself fight to live. This will be a spiritual, physical, emotional journey for everyone around you.

Laugh Everyday

Learning to laugh every day, no matter what you may be facing in the future is important for anyone touched by cancer. Start by finding a sense of hope, in the midst of an unsure future and pain beyond description. Cancer sucks, but we most make the most out of the time we have with our families. Don’t fret over the small things, instead go out and have a day of fun that your loved one will never forget.

Focus on You

Next, look for a hobby or spend the night dancing with someone you love. Spend time doing the things you love, like taking a vacation to the mountains or visit an amusement park. Always find new ways, to help you beat the cancer blues and the fear involved in the cancers. Current research shows that loneliness and sadness lead to a quicker death. So, go have fun, instead of feeling helpless and frustrated with your current situation.

Create Memories

Then, be sure to write a book about your life, as a keepsake for your family and their children. In addition, you could make a scrapbook for each of your children, but first you will need to gather up your favorite pictures. Try to forget your troubles and focus on pleasing yourself instead, since most doctors agree the laughter is the best medicine. Be sure to get your daily dose and pass it on to your loved one and friends.

Get Healthy

Research has show that changing old habits will help you live longer, so quit smoking and adopt a low fat diet. Remember to eat lots of veggie and fruits, in order to build up your body’s immune system. Exercise regularly, in order to maintain your physical strength and health. Start slowly and work your way up to 30 minutes of Cardio exercise a day. Then, you will want to add strength training into your daily routine.

Conclusion

Enjoy the precious gift of life that you were given, no matter what you are facing tomorrow or in the future. Furthermore, lean on your faith for spiritual comfort, while traveling on this bumpy road. It is necessary to make yourself happy and change your unhealthy habits, so you will begin thriving. Therefore, focus on learning to live and laugh, because it is another important step toward becoming a healthy survivor!

My Husband and my son. They are also part of my support system.

My Husband and my son. They are also part of my support system.

 

My husband Karl

My Husband Karl

Meet Author Crystal S. Kauffman


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About the Author

My name is Crystal S. Kauffman (Pen name: Imogen Rayne). I am a Freelance Author/Poet/Songwriter with 16 years of experience. I have published over 1000 articles online and offline, since I began my writing career. Additionally, I enjoy using my talent to help small business owners, who need help with their everyday business communications like press releases and articles. I also enjoy making fliers and brochures, as well many other forms of business communications. Most of all, I love reviews of books and products, so please email me for more information. Email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Glimpse Into My Life 

Currently, I live in Jacksonville, FL with my husband and my two beautiful children, who are my biggest fan and contributors for my new novels. Personally, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2 B survivor, who loves to create and write. Therefore, for the last 8 years, I have been using the talent God gave me to create and maintain a support community for those touched by cancer. The Laugh at Cancer Support Community is for patients and families touched by cancer, who has been touched directly or indirectly. Visit our support community, if you would like to help make a difference or if you are in need of support. Laugh At Cancer Support Community

My Published Work 

Rhymes of The Heart– This is an uplifting and inspirational collection of poems. These rhymes come from my heart, throughout the good and bad times I experienced. I believe many of my readers and fans can relate to the poems I have written. Additionally, ten percent of each purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community on Facebook.

Planting Seeds to GrowThis is a collection of short stories I previous published for children. I really hope that enjoy my work, because each story is fictionally based. However, you will know what stories are based on my own life. I believe that this book is wonderful read for you and your children. Ten percent of all purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community

*****New Novels Coming Soon*****

 Ana’s Stand-Available Soon

 Angel’s Tears-Mystery, Drama, and Crime

 The Birth of Veil-Fantasy Genre

My Reflections and Goals


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As a young girl, I always dreamed of writing novels or writing for my city’s local paper. Every day, I told my friends that someday, they would see my name in the newspaper on the front page. They would generally laugh or make comments about my head being in the clouds. After hitting a hurdle in high school, I thought I would never be an author, columnist, or journalist. I am so thankful for the opportunity to chase my educational goals while I was down, due to my cancer treatment and aftermath.

My Education Goals

However, I returned to high school and graduated in 2006. Next, I signed up to take a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. I earned my certificate for Writing for Teenagers and Children in late 2006. Now, I have earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts of Business in 2008, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2011. For the past 15 years, I have been writing short stories, poems, and have written several novels that I am working on now. I am also writing stories and articles for different magazines and books like Guideposts.

It is a Way of Life 

Journalism and columnist jobs require that the employee to be available on a moment’s notice, especially when news is breaking around town. However, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2B survivor, who had aggressive treatment to become cancer free. I am disabled, so I cannot chase stories to become a major journalist. So, I have two blogs that I am using as a column and publishing several articles and stories on different subject matter.

Writing is My Passion

I love writing, so now I write articles for my blogs or I write for magazines as well. Additionally, I am writing an articles and novels now full time. I am a new author when it comes to novels, but I am determined to continue writing. Thankfully, I am very versatile in my writing, so I have three novels coming out which are different genres. I have already publish two small books, a poetry collection and a short stories book for children.

It is a Career

I love meeting new readers and fans, especially as my writing grows and I continue writing things about this I love writing about. I love knowing that my fans and readers enjoy my work, so if you stop by my blogs. Take a moment to leave a comment or even just say HI. Each day is a new day to bring my readers new ideas, stories, and more. Thank you for supporting me in my career choice and I hope you enjoy my future writings.

Respectfully Yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman

XOXOXO

My Email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

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Author’s Note: I am a freelance author, who can help you with you next project. So, if you need anything, just email me.

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Who is Author Crystal S. Kauffman?


Who is Author Crystal S. Kauffman?

 Crystal’s Corner

=Author CSK 2015-bAuthor Crystal S. Kauffman (Imogen Rayne) is her online pen name since 1995, when she first adopted it. She enjoys spending time with her husband, her mother, my dogs, and my kitties. Mrs. Kauffman cherishes every moment she gets with her two beautiful children, who now following their own dreams. Mrs. Kauffman inspired each child to develop their talents with hard work. She taught them to use their imagination and create their own art. She knows that her teens have the most beautiful souls and they are her inspiration for writing. In addition, she lives in beautiful Jacksonville, FL. with her family. She is a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2B survivor; who is an advocate to get people talking about GYN Cancers. She also cares about many other causes, so keep checking my website/blog to see what I am up too.

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Author’s Corner    

Mrs. Crystal S. Kauffman writes something every day and keeping up her studies. She writes lyrics for songs, poetry, and short stories that are generally featured on her blog. She really enjoys studying ancient history, particularly the Bible era, which fascinates me. Sometimes, Mrs. Kauffman will write articles about news or whatever pops in her mind. She enjoys writing devotionals and has articles for sale as web content. Mrs. Kauffman is skilled in communications and she teaches new writers how to develop their story. Contact Author Crystal S. Kauffman for quotes by email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Support Your Local Author

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Advice Corner

I would like to teach others that there is an author in everyone. Everybody has a story to tell. My best advice for new writers is to just writing, but make a plan first. The story will lead you and you may touch someone with your words. The new writer will find out this is a journey of blood, sweat, and tears. However, when someone reads your book, you will still be humbled. Take a chance and show others all about your story or write an awesome fictional tale.

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For sixteen years, I have studied all aspects of writing and encourage others to use their skills or Talents given by God. She writes informational articles on most standard topics, how-to-articles, short stories for children, essays for college, and upcoming novels. My education consists of studying at the Institute of Writing for Children and Teenagers in 2006, University of Phoenix: Associate Degree in 2008, Bachelor in Communications in 2011. I enjoy helping to teaching people to learn how to express themselves through communication on the internet. I have published a song, poetry collection, and a novel…working on more! I love to do freelance projects, so on your next writing project…Contact Author Crystal S. Kauffman

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New Novel Corner:

Ana’s Stand’s by, Crystal S. Kauffman

Anas Stand Front CoverLet Ana inspire you to take your own stand against bullies, school violence, and violence period. This book is perfect for teens and adults. One Click Your Copy Today. READ Ana’s Stand ON KINDLE UNLIMITED! Follow this young girl’s journey to freedom from persecution. Crystal S. Kauffman is a new author, so tell me what you think on my reviews. This book is Christian Fiction, Drama, Urban Fiction, Romance, Inspirational, and Crime Fiction. This book gives a glimpse inside the violence that teens deal with everyday. See what your children maybe dealing with whenever they are at school. The school bullies, racists, and other types peer intimidations are not acceptable. Let Ana inspire you or your teen to stand up in your community and make a difference! Be the change you want to see and that one ripple you will make shall become a flowing river.

Buy or your own copyAna’s Stand!

Sharing Corner

Please take moment to share with your friends. This book is perfect for any home, school, or public libraries. I am looking for reviews as well, so contact me to review this amazing book. Thank you ZitrO Publications for taking a chance on publish my novel and allowing people to read it. If you have not got your copy yet, then take a moment to One Click Your Book Now!

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Thank you for stopping by,

XOXOXO

Author Crystal S. Kauffman

Ana’s Stand is Now Available


Learn More About Ana’s Stand

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Cover Designed By, Nikki Ortiz

Published by ZitrO Publications

 About Ana’s Stand:

This is an inspirational yet dramatic story about Ana, an African American teenage girl, who took a stand against school violence. Ana and her best friend Nikki felt completely helpless against the prejudice, racism, and bigotry that they were forced to endure. The teenagers reached out for help to stop the school violence, but the violence followed them home. Ana felt so helpless after she almost lost her best friend that day, as well as dealing with the emotional pain and the aftermath. Ana decided to take a stand against school violence in her school. Follow her journey to making a difference.

Let Ana inspire you to make your own stand against school violence!

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Have a blessed week,

Crystal S. Kauffman

Want YOUR Name in One of MY Short Stories?


Working a princess fairy story for “Planting Stories That Will Grow”!

Would you like your name is my story? Do you want a hero or villain? I need a male and female hero and male and female villain.

Enter the names you have chosen by Dec 6 or 7, 2014….

Next, I will chose the names I like. Additionally, I will place those names in the short story, which I am currently writing.

Some names may be kept for use in other stories, but I will let you know privately.

Please share this post as well, because I need more fans on my author page on Facebook.com

Also please go to Amazon.com and Like my Author Page, because new books coming out this fall.

Thank you and anyone who would like to review my poetry collection free and give an honest review, please email me at laughatcancer@gmail,com

Thank you for being a fan and friend!

New releases coming this year 2015.

Oh No…My Mommy Has Cancer!


 

This story is in this book.  Avaliable as an e-book on Amazon.

This story is in this book. Available as an e-book on Amazon.

 

“Shh!” Molly whispered to her little brother Drake, who is four-years-old.

“Don’t wake up Mommy! She just got home from the hospital.”Kevin reminded them.

Molly stated “Mommy is sick and seems to sleep a lot lately.”

“I know but your mother is very sick. Sleep helps her body to heal.” Kevin explained

Molly is seven-years-old with big beautiful brown eyes like her mom. However, her complexion was olive color like her father. As she grows, she has more of her mother’s personality coming out of her. Molly has shoulder length golden brown hair that matched her father’s eyes. She has her mother’s unruly hair, but Drake has his father’s oily hair type and he was blessed father’s eyes. Drake favored his father yet many people have told Chelsey that Drake looks just like her.  Nevertheless, he has chestnut brown hair, just like his mother and his sister.

Chesley has complained about a sharp throbbing pain in her lower abdomen, since she was twelve years old. However, most doctors diagnosed her with Gastritis and each doctor informed her to get gas pills. In September of 2002, she began working for a landscaping service and a small plant nursery. She cleaned up the weeds in the plant, while taking care of the plants and the office. All month long Chelsey had a horrible pain in her belly, but due to no health insurance, she couldn’t go to a doctor without paying upfront. Her monthly bills ate up her money like: rent, electricity, phone, gas, and car insurance

She had no choice but to visit local emergency room to get the help she needed. She ended up staying in the hospital for three days, while the doctors pumped antibiotics in to her system. Chelsey finally got better, but the pain never really went away and she was advised to see a specialist. Thankfully, her visit to the emergency room actually helped her to get approved for a state medical insurance plan. The OB/GYN doctor she was referred to by the hospital, needed to recheck her in order to see if the infection had responded to the antibiotics that were given to her at the hospital.

This specialist examined her and took a biopsy of her cervix, which is the removal of a tissue sample. He wanted to see if he could explain why Chelsey’s lower abdomen was still in severe pain. The doctor sent the biopsy to the hospital lab to be examined and tested. The specialist nurse called Chelsey on the phone and asked her to come to the doctor’s office that afternoon in Oct. 2002. Molly noticed that her mom was crying the next day when she got home from work.

           “Did something bad happen at work?” She asked as her mother hugged her tightly.

“Nothing for you to worry about sweetie, Mommy is having a bad day right now.” Chelsey replied trying to reassure Molly.

Molly began cleaning her mother’s office when she saw some information about cervical cancer on her desk. This made her worry, so Molly got very sad because she knew people that had died due to cancer.

“Do you have cancer Mommy? Are you going to die?” She asked her mother.

Molly’s eye began filling tears, as Drake crawled into her mother’s lap and began crying as well.

“Yes, I have cancer, but tomorrow my cancer doctor will decide the treatment I will need to take. Then, I’ll know more about what we can expect once I see the oncologist.”

“Will you die mommy?” Drake asked with tears streaming down his face.

“I don’t believe I will die, but I will get very sick due to chemotherapy and radiation. Plus, there will be some other changes around the house.” Chelsey answered cautiously.

“You both will have to help your mother more out around the house now, Molly.” Kevin stated.

Kevin works as the maintenance man of the small mobile home park, which they have lived in for about two years. Sometimes, if needed, he can come home and help Chelsey during the day.

“Do I have to help care for Drake too?” Molly attested.

“Yes, you will have to help me from time to time with your little brother, due to my illness and upcoming treatment.” Her mother answered.

Molly helped Drake get a bath and helped her mother dress him, whenever he finished his bath. Chelsey began gathering up information that Molly and Drake could read about my illness. Molly decided to take a shower, while her mother was using the computer. She finished her shower and dressed in her favorite pajama, which is pink thermal underwear set with tiny purple and green flowers on them.

“Listen Molly, here is some information I gathered for you to read. This way, you can ask me any questions that you may have once your done reading.” Her mom said while trying to help Molly understand her illness. The information she was able to read would ultimately help answer most of her questions she may have about the disease itself. Molly and her mother began reading the information together and she understood why her mother’s stomach hurt a lot.

Molly read that people with cancer most always lose their hair, so she asked her mom, “Are you going to lose your hair mom?”

“No, my doctor said the type of chemotherapy I need will not cause me to lose my hair.” Chelsey explained.

Molly fell asleep reading the information about cervical cancer that her mom gave her. Chelsey knew that she need to call a family meeting the next day, once everyone was home. The next day Kevin, Molly, and Drake were sitting on the old brown and brandy wine colored couch. They waited for Chelsey in the living room that has been decorated in NASCAR memorabilia hanging on each of the walls. Molly and her family began discussing Chelsey’s illness and the changes that will soon become reality.

Chelsey asked Molly, “Do you know what cancer is?”

Molly answered,” Yes, I learned that cancer isn’t just one disease, but it is rather a group of blood cells that keep growing out of control.”

Molly asked, “How did you get cancer mommy?”

“I do not know how I got this cancer, but you cannot catch cancer by hugging or kissing me. Also, you cannot catch it by sharing the bathroom with me or using my hairbrush.”  Her mommy assured her.

Molly asked reluctantly, “Will you die from cancer like your friend Vicky did?”

Chelsey responded with a tear in her eye, “I don’t believe that I will die, but I don’t want to promise you anything.”

Molly hugged her mom really tight and declared, “I have been asking God to help you! He promised he would help if I ask.”

“That’s true God did say to ask and you shall receive, if you have faith of a tiny mustard seed you can move a mountain out of your way.” Chelsey assured Molly.

“Does anyone have any questions about my illness?” Her mom asked.

“Will you have to stay in the hospital?” asked Molly

“Yes, Sweetie, I will have to stay in the hospital for three weeks off and on to receive the chemotherapy by IV. I will require two minor surgeries to put sedum implants into my Uterus to deliver the radiation where it needs to go.” Chelsey explained, “I will be radioactive once I have the surgery and they place the implants. You won’t be able to visit me during that time. However, you can visit anytime you want. I will also require Radiotherapy, which is like a photon laser hitting the tumor everyday for about fifteen minutes a day.”

“Will you quit smoking cigarettes?” Molly questioned.

“Yes, I am going to try really hard to quit smoking cigarettes, because if I don’t the cancer will come back or will not respond to treatment.”  Chelsey responded with an uncertain tone of voice.

“We will help you!” Kevin and Molly promised.

Drake yelled, “I will help you too mommy!”

Chelsey explained, “You both will be staying with your dad, until I finish treatment. He will bring you both to visit me at the hospital or at home.”

Chelsey’s treatment started on a Monday, which was the sixth day of January 2003. Thankfully, both children visited her every weekend, whether she was in the hospital or not. They would stay over at home, if their mother felt strong enough to keep them. Molly and Drake enjoyed every moment they were able visit with their mother. Chelsey was very sad, but she stayed focused on getting better and beating the deadly disease. She finally called her family to tell them about her diagnosis and each member handled the news in their own way. Some offered assistance to Chelsey and her family, just in case they needed help. Chelsey’s doctor is called an Oncologist/OB, which is a doctor that is trained to treat the many kinds of cancers that may occur in women.

He explained that cancer is blood cells that began to divide abnormally. Soon, these cells can form a tumor, which begins to cause pain while getting larger. Although not all cancers form tumors, some are found in the patient’s blood stream or the bones. The doctor explained that Chelsey’s cervical cancer was already at Stage 2B. This means that the cancer had already begun spreading on the right side of her body. The doctor explained that Metastasis is the process of cancer spreading to other organs in the body through the lymph nodes. Chelsey’s doctor elected not to do surgery and referred her to a new doctor who will take over her care.

The new Oncologist prepared Chelsey for Radiotherapy or Radiation, while the Chemotherapy nurse discussed the type of chemotherapy she will be receiving. Chelsey became close with the chemotherapy nurse and she felt like this nurse cared about her future. According to her doctor and chemotherapy nurse, the chemotherapy nurse, believe that Brach therapy or cesium implants and radiation are supposed to help shrink the tumor. Chelsey had chemotherapy, which helped to send the cancer into remission.

So far, the treatment was helping Chelsey to become cancer free. However, Molly’s mom will need to be checked every three months, in order to make sure the cancer does not come back. The healthcare team that was taking care of Molly’s mom is just people doing their job, but Molly and her family swears that they saved her mom’s life. Molly’s mom is now a cancer survivor thanks to the efforts of her special healthcare team.

 

(This is my family’s story, but the names were changed for the publication of this story.)