Posted by Mikayla On June 18th, 2014
Hey y’all! So a lot has gone on recently. I had my 20th birthday it was wonderful! I got to go with Kyle and his mom and niece to Sea World, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica. We also went with my parents to Disney. It was the best birthday yet I’m on my way to Mayo now. They neurologist thinks I may have temporal love seizures. Today at 9:30 I have an EEG (which I am exhausted for! Lol) and an MRI at 1:00. Prayers and definitely appreciated. I know it’s all in God’s hands however, part of me is still nervous. I will be keeping you all posted! I will find out the results on July 1. Thank you all for your love and support!
Posted by Mikayla On May 16th, 2014
I figured I should introduce you to some important people in my life. I know I’m going to talk about them in my posts so you might as well know who I’m talking about haha.
This is Stephanie, my wonderful mom (who’s going to beat me for putting this picture up haha). She is a beautiful, amazing, strong woman of God. She holds our family together and has always been a friend and a mom to me. She has been there with me through everything. I could not have asked God to bless me with someone better! I love her so much and I hope to grow to be a lot like her.
And this is my crazy dad, Brian, with his spear and magic helmet (and if you don’t know where that’s from, then you weren’t raised right). He always keeps us all laughing. He was a youth pastor when I was young and has done a fantastic job at instilling sound doctrine into my life. He has been a great leader of our family and I love him very much!
This is my dog, Ella. She’s sunbathing haha. She is hyper and crazy and eats anything except McDonald’s french fries. She is very sweet and protective. I got Ella a few weeks after my surgery. My parents were always against getting a dog but hey what’s a girl to do right? We named her Rafaela because it means God heals and we call her Ella for short.
This is me and my best friend in the entire world! Ashley used to live three doors down from me until a few months ago. We grew up together and have been through more than things than I can remember. She is sweet and strong willed. We often got confused as sisters haha but that was probably a good thing. She currently engaged to Adam whom she’s been with for four years. And its ok because I approved lol plus I’m the maid of honor hah. We will always be best friends!
And this is my boyfriend, Kyle. He’s crazy…really crazy! We’ve been together for a little over a year now. He’s super sweet and takes very good care of me. He loves God and it has been wonderful to see him grow and to grow with him. He has helped me through a lot and I love him very much! Plus he plays guitar and DJ’s so he’s pretty awesome to be around haha I’m training him to love Disney just as much as I do…we’re still working on the roller coaster part.
Well those are just a few of the most important people in my life. They are all so great in their own ways and I love them all more than anything else!
Posted by Mikayla On May 16th, 2014
So I’m heading to work in about an hour so I figured I give y’all a quick update. I just had my first appointment at Mayo yesterday. Nemours is kicking me out since I’m no longer a child haha. My new doctor wants more blood work done on May 29 and he’s going to look over the images from my last ultrasound and we will go from there. From the way it sounds though, everything is looking good :-). And guess what?!?!
I LEAVE FOR DISNEY IN 5 DAYS!!!
I can’t wait! This is a much needed vacation. Between dealing with demanding people at work (I’m a server) and school and doctors, I am so ready for a break. Don’t worry y’all, I’ll post pictures Disney is open for 24 hours on the 23rd and I can’t wait! We are staying at the Fort Wilderness camp ground. I love camping there! Between the late night movies, boat parade, and horse stables, its like paradise! Well, I better go finish getting ready for work y’all have a great day!
Posted by Mikayla On May 16th, 2014
Thanks for dropping by! My name is Mikayla Let me just tell you a little about myself. I’m 19 almost 20 (yay!). I love horseback riding, kids, and God. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when I was 16 and continue my journey through it. I’m an only child and love my parents very much! Disney is my home away from home and I’m probably a little more obsessed with it than I should be haha but who can blame me? I live in Jacksonville, Fl but I’m originally from North Carolina and I miss it like crazy! I’m an elementary education major in college. God is my priority in my life and I try to become more like Him everyday.
I grew up in church. You know how some people say they were in church nine months before they were born? Haha yeah well that was me. I can’t say that I understood everything at a young age but when I was 6 I knew enough to make a decision that would change my life forever. I knew a few basic facts:
1. We were all sinners. We all do things we shouldn’t do.
2. Because of our imperfections, we deserved death as a punishment.
3. God sent Jesus to take the punishment of the whole world.
4. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and died a horrible gruesome death in my place.
5. Jesus didn’t stay dead. 3 days after being buried, He conquered death and was raised from the dead.
and 6. If all this was for me how could I not give my life back to Him?
So on a September Sunday, I walked down a church isle and prayed to God. I confessed about my sin and acknowledged that I was less than perfect. I gave my life to Him to work on me and continually make me more like God. This may seem a little confusing to some people. To be honest with you I didn’t really know exactly what it meant myself. But I knew one thing was for certain, giving my life to God was the most important and best decision I ever made. I had a lot of growing and learning to do and some of it was going to be painful but it would be worth it in the end.
One of the biggest obstacles of my life came when I was 16. I found out that I had a hypoactive thyroid when I was 14. This means that the thyroid wasn’t working and pumping out hormones as fast as it should. I had an ultrasound in 2009 and again in 2010. The last ultrasound revealed that some nodules had increased in size. I then had a biopsy, which was not fun! They put this cream on your neck and then put a giant band aide type thing over it and you leave it on over night. This is supposed to numb the skin, which it did, but it didn’t numb the inside :-|. My doctor called us a few days later to come in. It was January 6, 2011. That was the day I found out that I had thyroid cancer. The prognosis with this cancer is extremely well but when your faced with cancer at all, it’s a scary thing. We walked straight down to the surgeon’s office who scheduled my surgery for the next day. One day to tell everyone?!?! I spent the rest of the day with my parents and then that night with my best friends. My aunt drove down from South Carolina to be with me and people from our church stopped by all day off and on once we got to the hospital. My surgery took 4 1/2 hours and they removed my thyroid along with a few lymph nodes (don’t ask me what those do I’m still not entirely sure). I spent the night in the hospital and went home the next day I followed with 3 rounds of radiation, which was the worst part in my opinion but thank God I’m still cancer free to this day!!
Well that’s my story. Feel free to comment if you have any questions I’m all ears!