“’No one fights alone’, ‘Let’s do this!’, and ‘I wish cancer would get cancer and die’”
Cedrik was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in June 2012. He has successfully defeated his disease and now works to inspire others. He is also a poet and published some of his masterpieces in the book ‘Womb’. He is also going to write his own book and launch it very soon.
“I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma cancer in June of 2012 after suffering a month-long severe pain in my lower back.”
“It was the compression fractures, symptoms of cancer, that caused the pain. Three days after my diagnosis I was admitted to the hospital with a bad case of pneumonia. This was a result of my immune system shutting down after being prescribed Dexamethasone.
During a month-long stay, I almost passed away while spending five days in ICU, hooked up to tubes and all. After my stint in ICU, I was transported multiple times by ambulance from one Kaiser hospital in Downey to another in Hollywood for my rounds of radiation. After my release from the hospital in early July, I couldn’t start my chemotherapy until the fluid in my lungs from pneumonia disappeared.
Chemo started in September and I was in remission by January 18, 2013. After missing nearly a year of work, I returned in April of 2013, when I continued to be an educator. I continued to live a new normal life, life after cancer, where a lot had changed. I do have my down days yet I have more good days than bad days. I’m on a maintenance treatment plan and continue to ‘live to inspire’ as I survive.
I have become a spiritual and emotional support provider for many friends, family, co-workers, and strangers through social media, who are dealing with or know of someone dealing with cancer. I have also contributed to a Cancer Club at my workplace (a high school). I write poetry and short writings inspired by my journey with cancer and post them through Instagram @poeticsoldier. I’m also in the process of writing my debut book, “WHY I CRY BURGUNDY TEARS”. An inspirational book of testimony and poetic writings about my journey with cancer. Burgundy is the colour of MM cancer. ”
Motivation to fight cancer
“My life. To live for myself. To live for my family. To live to inspire. I want to go on my own terms.”
The biggest hindrance
“Even though I didn’t work for a year, my new way of life during that year was very challenging. After the first month in a hospital, my days were filled with waking up early for appointments. When I did not have a doctor’s appointment… I had chemotherapy sessions, various specialist appointments, lungs/respiratory appointments, lab/blood work, X-rays/scans, various medical procedures/infusions, etc. I also had a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a nurse going to my home weekly. I had a lengthy process where I had my cells collected for harvesting in case I decide to have a bone marrow transplant.”
Message to other fighters
“Remember that you know your own mind & body better than anyone or any doctor. Follow it and know your own limits. However, follow the doctor’s orders in regards to particular treatments, etc. And stay as positive as you can throughout the entire journey.”