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Kristen Fay
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  • Calabasas, CA
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Mara Leary left a comment for Kristen Fay
"My dearest beautiful Angel, Although my sadness is overwhelming, I want you to know that I sense you everywhere - in the robin that flies by - in the bumble bee - in the beautiful sky.  Your spirit is free to soar, you are no longer in…"
Apr 25, 2011
Jane Ali left a comment for Kristen Fay
"Happy Birthday Kristen! Have a wonderful day!"
Dec 16, 2009
Laurie left a comment for Kristen Fay
"Dear Kristen, Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, with many blessings! "
Dec 15, 2009
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Aug 25, 2009
Mara Leary left a comment for Kristen Fay
"Well my buddy, I just called your Mom...unfortunately she wasn't home, but I left her a message. Told her to call me anytime - and we'd just pick up where we left off. I just wanted to let you know. XOXO Mara"
Aug 14, 2009
Mara Leary left a comment for Kristen Fay
"Oh Kristen, Anxiety sucks...but I (as best I can) totally understand because I have a huge problem with "fear" and "what if" - I can remember being so scared (almost paralyzed with fear) everytime Jerry had a check-up.…"
Aug 14, 2009
Kristen Fay left a comment for Mara Leary
"Hello! So I wrote you this long response, and my page expired and I lost everything. So the summary of my message was that my wedding was amazing and the best day of my life. I will have to show you pictures! Mom wanted to know if it would be okay…"
Aug 14, 2009
Mara Leary left a comment for Kristen Fay
"Hi Kristen, I've been thinking about you since our last communication - hope your wedding was wonderful...marriage is great! I want to mail you something - should I send it to Mom's? Since this weekend is the 40th anniversary of…"
Aug 14, 2009
Kristen Fay is now friends with Laurie and Sharon Hoehner
Jun 22, 2009
Kristen Fay left a comment for Sharon Hoehner
"Hi Sharon, I actually went to a clinic in Santa Barbara for treatments. I did a 3 week program which consisted of detoxifying my body and boosting my immune system. The clinic I attended is called Issels. In addition to the 3 week program, I have…"
Jun 22, 2009
Sharon Hoehner left a comment for Kristen Fay
"Hi Kristen, I think it's great that you chose to not do chemo and radiation. I'm sure it will go a long way to prevent a relapse in the future. How about sharing with the rest of the group what you're doing? I love to hear success…"
Jun 21, 2009
Alex left a comment for Kristen Fay
"Hey Kristen! No worries--even if it weren't your wedding and honeymoon week I would say take your time responding! Life gets crazy and busy, and I totally understand--I'm just happy to hear from you! :) I cannot believe you're already…"
May 20, 2009
Kristen Fay left a comment for Alex
"Hi Alex, so sorry i never responed to your message. Its been crazy lately between work and the wedding, and ofcourse now my health. Thank you for the message I appreciate it. I will kick cancers little booty, thats for sure! I hope you are doing…"
May 19, 2009
Kristen Fay left a comment for Mara Leary
"I do remember all of those fun times. I remember the cats like it was yesterday! I especially remember the park across the street from you with the tire swing ang jungle gym. I used to love playing there! I agree that life is too short to lose…"
May 19, 2009
Mara Leary left a comment for Kristen Fay
"Dear Kris, Thanks for your message. I was thinking about you this morning and remembering your sense of humor and your energy - you were like a little "energizer bunny" and always cracked me up and cheered me up. Then I started to…"
May 19, 2009
Kristen Fay left a comment for Mara Leary
"Hi Mara, I just wanted to say thank you for your kind message. We too think of you often and remember all of the good times we have shared with you. I was pleasantly surprised to see a message from you tonight. It has been a very long time since we…"
May 18, 2009

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Survivor Status:
Survivor (In treatment or post treatment)
About Me:
I am 25 years old and have recently opened my own business in Calabasas, called The Little Gym. In January I was diagnosed with a very rare type of cervical cancer. My family and I were shocked by the news. I am getting married at the end of May and this was not the type of news I was expecting before my wedding day. I had to have a radical hysterectomy, but was fortunate enough to save my ovaries. My surgeon recommended light radiation and chemotherapy, immediately following my surgery, as my treatment. After doing a lot of research I decided to go an alternate route. It has been about 3 months since my surgery and I feel great and am very comfortable and happy with my decision to not go through with chemotherapy and radiation. Some doctors may think im crazy for not doing the treatments, but I have been fortunate enough to find a doctor that is comfortable with my decision. My lifestyle has been changed drastically due to my alternative treatment but each day I am getting more and more used to it. I still plan on getting married at the end of May and I have gotten the okay to go on my honeymoon. It has been a short, but what seems to be very long, roller coaster ride and I know I will look back on this one day and realize how much I've learned from this whole experience.

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At 7:16pm on April 25, 2011, Mara Leary said…

My dearest beautiful Angel,

Although my sadness is overwhelming, I want you to know that I sense you everywhere - in the robin that flies by - in the bumble bee - in the beautiful sky.  Your spirit is free to soar, you are no longer in pain, but selfishly I want you here with those who love you.  I will never forget your beautiful spirit, the twinkle in your eye and your voice.  Until we meet again, dearest energizer bunny, as I told you last year when you were in NY...I love you.  Mara+

At 12:39pm on December 16, 2009, Jane Ali said…
Happy Birthday Kristen!
Have a wonderful day!
At 8:48pm on December 15, 2009, Laurie said…
Dear Kristen,
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, with many blessings!

At 6:51pm on August 14, 2009, Mara Leary said…
I added this pic 'cause it looks so much like my cat but now I don't like it and can't figure out how to delete it. I asked A.J. for help - hope he gets back to me.
At 4:11pm on August 14, 2009, Mara Leary said…
Well my buddy,

I just called your Mom...unfortunately she wasn't home, but I left her a message. Told her to call me anytime - and we'd just pick up where we left off. I just wanted to let you know.

XOXO
Mara
At 2:07pm on August 14, 2009, Mara Leary said…
Oh Kristen,

Anxiety sucks...but I (as best I can) totally understand because I have a huge problem with "fear" and "what if" -

I can remember being so scared (almost paralyzed with fear) everytime Jerry had a check-up. Remember, he got sick at 22 years old. At that time he had conventional treatment - which did a number on him 20 years later.

YOU, on the other hand are YOUNG, STRONG, YOU ARE STRENGTHENING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND YOUR ENTIRE BODY WITH THE RIGHT FOODS, USING HOLISTIC/ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT. MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY LOVE - SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE YOU (INCLUDING ME)! Keep thanking God for your healing, pray for wisdom and ask archangel Raphael for healing and archangel Michael for protection. I'll be praying along with you and thanking God for the good news you WILL RECEIVE.

What you're going through must be really tough at times.

I accidentally stumbled upon a book entitled Physic Self Defense yesterday and actually went to the library to get it - but it's only available in Canada. It spoke all about the Archangels and how we should call upon them to help us. It seems really interesting - Here's the link for the book.

http://books.google.com/books?id=fGWo3urwxJEC&dq=%22Samantha+stevens%22%22Psychic%22&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=2Q2-M7hUHI&sig=3tFpBly3gC9dUXuiELUcEZrt6IY&hl=en&ei=esuFSqvqGInllAepi_CCBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2#v=onepage&q=&f=false

The best I can say is to stand on God's word - literally if you must. My friend Milagros (her name means miracle in Spanish) actually has writen down scriptures such as the following and put them in her shoe!!! Write down a couple of scriptures i.e. "By His stripes I am healed", "God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind", "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".

Also, Jesus taught us how to pray by giving us the The Our Father. It's short and at the end it says "deliver us from evil" Amen.

Please tell Mom she can certainly call me...I may actually call her first!

Peace, love and blessings,

Mara
At 7:12am on August 14, 2009, Mara Leary said…
Hi Kristen,

I've been thinking about you since our last communication - hope your wedding was wonderful...marriage is great! I want to mail you something - should I send it to Mom's?

Since this weekend is the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, I'll wish you...

Peace and Love,
Mara
At 9:18pm on June 21, 2009, Sharon Hoehner said…
Hi Kristen, I think it's great that you chose to not do chemo and radiation. I'm sure it will go a long way to prevent a relapse in the future. How about sharing with the rest of the group what you're doing? I love to hear success stories!
At 6:58pm on May 20, 2009, Alex said…
Hey Kristen! No worries--even if it weren't your wedding and honeymoon week I would say take your time responding! Life gets crazy and busy, and I totally understand--I'm just happy to hear from you! :) I cannot believe you're already getting married (well, I mean, clearly I can, since it's this weekend, but wow!). Congratulations!!! I hope it is as restful, enjoyable, and relaxing as possible!!

If you get a free moment in the future, let me know how TLG is going and how the wedding and honeymoon go! Oh, and I don't know if you've already come across this book and movie, but check out Crazy Sexy Cancer. I saw it when the movie first came out on TV my junior year in the fall...so realtime wise, that would be fall 2007. I just moved out of Malibu today otherwise I would just try to get my copy to you. I think you would enjoy it--especially after reading the fact that you are trying an alternative treatment route--I know I wish I had had the book/DVD a little bit earlier!

Congrats again--on both the cancer butt kicking and the wedding! :) I still remember how happy you were just right after the engagement--I have no doubt you two will continue to be extremely happy together.
At 7:20am on May 19, 2009, Mara Leary said…
Dear Kris,

Thanks for your message. I was thinking about you this morning and remembering your sense of humor and your energy - you were like a little "energizer bunny" and always cracked me up and cheered me up. Then I started to reminisce and remember little things like bringing "Fred the praying mantis" to your house to visit...remember the cat who had kittens that we tried to rescue -we put the mother cat in a laundry basket with a barbeque grill cover over it and she burst through the top like Supercat and ran back to her babies – such a lot of good memories.

I’m sorry we lost touch with each other for so many years. Life is too short and old friends are precious. Then you guys moved to CA, time passed, life went on and here we are in 2009. I agree that we should move forward and keep in touch from now on.

I hope your wedding and honeymoon are perfect in every way and I’d love to see some pics. Your future husband is a lucky man and I wish you both a long, happy and healthy life together.

Please give Mom a hug from me – I‘ll be thinking about her - tell her we'll talk soon and catch up on all the years. God Bless!

Love, Mara

P.S. I'll understand if you're too busy to respond
 
 
 

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