Survivor Spotlight

Christina Simpkins

Survivor Christina Simpkins

“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.”
~ Marianne Williamson

After living with metastatic neuroendocrine cancer for several years, I finally came to Tower’s office for Flori’s awe inspiring Expressions of Hope and Healing class and knew I had found my home away from home. After the first class I spent a good half hour, in the hallways and then in the basement by our cars, dishing and adoring our fellow students and our beloved, no nonsense but ALL love, Miss Flori! A Sisterhood like no other… a quick but solid bond and a safety net … a place in the middle of a maze for ones spirit to soar again!  It was so powerful and real. I finally made it to my car and before my car door closed my face was drenched with happy tears.. tears of surrender.. tears of great great gratitude, ‘everything is going to be OK’ tears!

Within a short time everything was NOT OK. I was very sick again BUT it was only my physical state that wasn’t ok … I was stronger emotionally thanks to just a few short classes with Flori! I had been through this a few times now but THIS TIME it was different because I had Flori’s voice in my head and the encouraging smiles from LA CanSurvive /TCRF and the newly formed Sisterhood and Brotherhood bond with my fellow cancer warriors in my heart.

This time I had a vision of what my life could be LIVING with cancer rather than dying, fading, crumbling, isolating, fearing, shaming, guilt tripping with cancer. But rather LIVING and THRIVING and even celebrating life with this little sissy side kick cancer. And THIS TIME I knew I could get over this hump and one day I would return to your wonderful 3rd floor Mana (spirit , aloha and goodness).

Please know that what you have done and continue to do truly makes a very meaningful difference in the lives of many… and it makes us all feel as though we are in a safe place that has a feeling of home it certainly did for me.

Survivor Christina Simpkins

Neuroendocrine Cancer 101

According to the Mayo clinic, neuroendocrine tumors are abnormal growths that begin in specialized cells that have traits similar to nerve and hormone-producing cells. Most neuroendocrine tumors occur in the lungs, appendix, small intestine, rectum and pancreas. Multidisciplinary research efforts continue to try to improve treatments and therapies for this rare and complex disease.

Survivor Christina Simpkins

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