Slaying the dragon....   |   Wednesday, November 2, 2011

We often see children playing either video games or in a pretend situation, imagining dragons and being often being victorious over the giant, fictitious creatures...
Trina's dragon ISN'T fictitious... It's a real demon, living inside her, that she battles every day. The "Purple Dragon" she's named her cancer... a rare thing, as are dragons.... Leiomyosacroma, a soft tissue sarcoma.
Originally diagnosed in August of 2010, she underwent surgery to remove her uterus and underwent 6 long months of chemotherapy, thinking all of this would be behind her. BUT, no, the dragon reared it's ugly head and again in July of 2011, not even a year later another tumor was discovered in and around her bladder. Doctors tried to remove it all, but in the end, were forced to leave two tumors behind, tucked in her intestines. Again, she's undergoing chemo, and I'm sure wondering all the time, when and where will the next tumor appear?
She's literally and figuratively slaying this dragon with surgery, chemo and positive thoughts! She's learned alot about herself and would like to share the most important things with us.
1. Learn when to say 'yes' and when to say 'no.'
2. Not to push herself
3. How friends and family WILL rally to help.... if you ask for help.
4. Ask for help.
5. Enjoy the little things.
6. 'FACE IT".... and she is, with determination, courage, knowledge, confidence and a really giant sword!
"Get as much information as you can and trust your instincts!", Trina K. age 53

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trina, the Awesome Dragon Slayer. Love you, girl. Dawn

November 2, 2011 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Karen Barnes said...

Trina, your beauty as a person is shining through your pictures. Through my friendship with you I continue to learn a lot about kindness, strength and perserverance. Keep fighting that dragon, and never forget that you have many Knights and Knightess behind you. Karen

November 2, 2011 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'm so proud to say that this beautiful warrior is my sister. Thanks for being such an amazing example of strength, Trina. Thanks Oldham Project for helping her to show her strength in photographs!

November 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The power in your photos tells your story without words. But your true insight and wisdom from our Almighty is where you get your power. I thank you for being honest and brave, you touch so many with your love of life, but your love of God is just....POWERFUL! Annie

November 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What beautiful photos. I see a strong spirit and much life in your eyes. That dragon is going down! Colette

November 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM  
Anonymous LInda Appicelli said...

I love how these pictures turned out Trina!! Especially the one that shows the sword. VERY powerful - just like your spirit!! LOve to you Trina!

November 3, 2011 at 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

Trina, the pictures are awesome, just like you! God will enable you to fight the dragon, and I will hold you before Him in prayer!

December 4, 2011 at 3:17 PM  

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