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Inspiration, Survivor, Miracle: An Amazing Life

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The Bucket List Trot Around the Globe
During those long eight months of “house arrest,” Alyssa and her husband began thinking about what they wanted to do when it was all over. “Where can I take you?” he asked. “You name it. Anywhere.” Not knowing if she would even survive the transplant treatments, they needed a goal, a plan for the future, something to hold on to and work toward. “Santorini,” came the reply.

Thoughts of the trip to Greece kept Alyssa’s spirits up. Even in the darkness of night, she would whisper, “I’m coming … I’m coming … I’m coming …” Something to hold on to.

In 2010, while recovering from the final transplant, a friend invited her to Spain. After redoing all the vaccinations that had been effectively wiped out by the transplants, it was off to Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid. When friends held their wedding in Costa Rica, she wasn’t about to miss that either. And she threw in a little extra action of her own there, repelling down a waterfall, zip lining through the jungle, and relaxing in the natural hot springs of an active volcano.

Then it was off to the magical Maldives … Santorini, Greece … and Istanbul, Turkey, rounding out eight months of travel. Eight months of “house arrest” followed by eight months of travel. Now that’s balance. And that’s how you go through a bucket list … and when you get through it, you start a new one.

“There’s nothing like thinking you might die to really want to live, and I’ve been so blessed to be able to really do that,” says Alyssa. “The gift of something like this is that you no longer say “well, maybe one day.” Instead you say, “how about now?” I joke that I truly am the luckiest girl alive, for so many reasons.”

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9:43PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Wow!!!

8:06PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

That's great, I'm so happy for her.

2:11PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Hi Everyone! Thank you all for your comments and well wishes! And a BIG THANK YOU to Ann and Care2 for posting my story. This whole journey has been so humbling and your kind words and thoughts mean more than you know. My only intention is to help others with what I've been through. In regards to the question about how my husband and I were able to afforded to go all of those places AND go through my extensive treatments, I feel that I should clarify a few things as I can completely understand why that would be a question. The short answer is, by the grace of God! Seriously, I am so blessed just to still be here, let alone be living the life I am now. But, as Ann put so well, that's the whole point. I believe the challenges of our lives are a call to truly come alive and dare to live our dreams. Miraculously, due to the rarity of my diagnosis, all of my medical treatments were covered through my insurance. Honestly, the bulk the financial expenses were from the "other" non-traditional things I incorporated. Also, my husband worked not only throughout my treatments, which was very difficult for him, but also in between them (and often on) our trips as well. Our travels were individual ones over a 8 month period of time, not for 8 months continuously. There are other details as well but I think the point is the rainbow after the storm. We all have our struggles (physical, financial, spiritual) and we all have our blessings. My intention is to help others by sharing both.

9:11AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Life is a miracle!

8:05AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Great article, thanks.

6:31AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

What a great article

6:29AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Some time ago, I wrote an article about a woman with MS who is a mountain climber. That article also resulted in comments about her financial status. As a person with both MS and cancer -- and an individual insurance policy -- I am intimately acquainted with the financial reality of it all. We can't all afford to be mountain climbers or world travelers. However these women come to do what they do is not the issue. If not mountain climbing or traveling, it would be something else. The point is that, despite overwhelming odds, they don't let allow obstacles to stop them. It's about attitude and graciousness under fire. It's about a lack of self-pity or anger. It's about inner strength and perseverance and living each day to its fullest potential, whatever that may be. It's about sharing their journey with others in the spirit of support. I find that inspiring.

4:38AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

I know a number of people who cured advanced cancer just with meditation. Therefor I have no doubt that what Alyssa did was effective in saving her life.

2:28AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

It is beautiful on this way to advise with one destiny but it is needed to have got the money for it.
I am glad I can join the members of Care2 because the local inhabitants in our Brno's region are saying: "... and it will be worse," but I am saying with you: "Make the world a better place."
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10:24PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

great article!

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