Instagram takeover with @elisebonder

March 17, 2016

The YACC community is filled with talented, enthusiastic, interesting people who share great photos and messages on Instagram, so we decided to let someone “take over” our account once a month to shed some light on how they are affected by young adult cancer. Since these stories are important and awesome, we are also posting a wrap-up here on our website once the takeover is complete.

Our third guest ‘grammer is Elise Bonder (@elisebonder). Elise’s takeover showed what her life is like as she deals with metastatic colon cancer in her early 30s.

1 face

TAKEOVER! Elise . stage 2 colon cancer at age 30 . metastatic at 32 . currently 34 and NED . married to @roblovestocook . dog lover . crossfitter . #getreadyformyday #dontblinkyouwillmissit #acolonoscopysavedmylife #ihadacolonresection #ididxelodachemo #ihadaliverwedgeresection #ididFOLFOXchemo #lookatmyprofileyoucanseemyscars #hangingwithYACCsince2013

 

2 crocs

Neuropathy pain from chemo? Crocs to the rescue. #colourmustbeobnoxious #almostputmycrocsbeforemyfaceshot #iblameoxaliplatinforthis #crocsworn247literally

 

3 pills

Pilling two of four. #secondpillingbeforebreakfast #pillingonewasat5aminthedark #mypillsonlysmileonsomedays

 

4 breakfast

Give myself an hour to wake up from the morning haze before I do anything drastic or useful. #itisabigasshaze #iwokeupat2am4am #stupidinsomnia #eggseveryday #noglassisbigenoughformyproteinshake #ridethebordercollie

 

5 dogs

Every day, no excuses, I go walking. My three dogs keep me honest!  #everydayexceptdaythreeofFOLFOXchemo #emilythemalinois #whispertheacd #ridethebordercollie

 

6 happy gym

Crossfit is simply my happy place. One of the only places I can turn off my brain from cancer and get a break. #makesmesleepbetter #makesmestronger #makesmehardertokill #makesmementallytougher #makesmetrustmybodyagain

 

7 gym

Courtesy of @karineshrum, we have some of today’s programming. #itisgonnahurt #nervousgiggles #iloveropeclimbs

 

#watchmesuffer #tinypartofthemetcon #usedthewrongweight #iblamechemobrain #tookfourteenminutes

 

#pushthethingthatweighsmorethanyouacrossthegymforfun #climbtheropefifteentimes #tookseventeenminutes #iampartmonkey

 

10 no limits

DONE! #seriouslyihavenotreachedmylimits #myfaveshirt

 

11 therapy

Off to therapy to work on my insides. #noshameintherapy #goodcoffeehelpsmotivateme #wishtherapywascoveredbyOHIP #thisisbetterthanmedicationforme

 

12 drive beauty

I stop a lot and stare. Simply because it’s beautiful. Try it. #thisisagiftfromcancer #lifeisbreathtaking #thislifeistooshort

 

13 hospital notice

I have a CT scan, an MRI, a colonoscopy, a colposcopy, blood work TWICE, doctor appointment, and a dentist apt this MONTH alone. #cancerismyfulltimejob #iamdisabledaccordingtothegovernment #itendtoagree #iammetastaticnoevidenceofdisease #thisisnotabnormalforme

 

A quick trip to the barn to play my fave game with my fave boy! This is the other place I forget about cancer <3 #ridethebordercollie #seriouslysomethingilove #makesmesmileonmyworstdays

 

15 walk

Just got bloodwork results by email. I’ve been fretting all day about it and clicking refresh a lot. Sigh.  Time for some fresh air to think it over. #someresultsarebetterthanbefore #someresultsareworse #medicationchangesagain #ifonlyalldoctorsworkedwithemail

 

16 tired snuggles

I’m home. I’ve hit the wall. It’s only 5 p.m. I am literally useless from now until bedtime at 9 p.m. #oftenicryfromexhaustionatthispoint #iamliterallyunabletofunction #onmykitchenfloor #emilythemalinois

 

17 dinner

My amazing husband, @roblovestocook, brings me dinner. Anti-inflammatory foods. My third meal of this exact food today. Perfect. #mealprepmeanslessthinking #dietishugeinmanagingmypain

 

18 pilling 4 of 4

Good night, world. Pilling four of four down the hatch (gulp). #thislifeisallwehave #iwanttogrowoldsobad #survivalisonmymindsixteenwakinghoursaday #wouldntitbecoolifiwonthisone

 

Big thanks to Elise for sharing a day in her life! Are you interested in hosting your own takeover? Get in touch with us at connect@youngadultcancer.ca!

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