My Journey with Teal

By on March 1, 2011

By Ceekay Krupnik-

My journey with Teal began unexpectedly in 2006.  It is a journey I did not plan, nor do I desire, to be taking.  But it is my journey to take none the less.

My husband and I both worked full time and had decided to sell our home and build a new one.  This made for an extremely busy year, but we finally moved into our new home in August.  I had felt a little more tired than usual and had some minor back discomfort which I attributed to all the excitement and the move.  However, I did promise my husband as soon as we got settled I would see a doctor.  I knew I was going through menopause and thought possibly I could get relief for some of my symptoms.

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I went in one October afternoon and was told by the doctor that I could possibly have some relief with an oblation procedure.  He would perform my annual check-up and, if all was well, he would schedule the procedure.  During that examination I heard a soft “hmmm.”

My life changed at that moment.  The next two weeks was a whirlwind of tests, x-rays and, finally, major surgery.  The diagnosis:  Ovarian Cancer.

I was in shock.  One year earlier my exams were fine.  I was angry.  How could this happen to me?  I was frightened.  What was going to happen to me, to my family?  Am I dying?


These past four plus years have been difficult.  Yes, there has been chemo…and then chemo again.  Tomotherapy… and now clinical trials.  Nausea, aches, brain freeze and baldness.

Cancer is ugly.  It is mean and it does not discriminate.

But the years have also been wonderful.  I have learned to slow down, enjoy the weather, smell the flowers, and play with the grandchildren.  I use the good glasses and the fancy towels!  I enjoy a visit with a girlfriend, chatting about…nothing!

Am I glad I got cancer?  NO… I still in shock, angry, and frightened?  Yes, sometimes.  But my Lord has been with me each day, in each moment, when I didn’t think I could survive the next breath.

I have a loving and supportive husband.  He brings joy and normalcy into our days.

I have dear friends who will listen to my fears and frustrations in the middle of the night and encourage me to continue.

I live each day as best I can, enjoying it to its fullest. I try not to worry about what the future may or may not hold.

And so I continue on this unplanned journey….My Journey with Teal.

Ceekay Krupnik is the author of two blogs: and


About CeeKay

I am a wife of 37 years, mom of two, and grandma to two enjoying life in Buckeye, AZ. We have a dog named Bentley, or he has us! I have always enjoyed decorating my home. Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, we are enjoying being able to "fix things" the way we want them! I enjoy reading decorating magazines, going shopping, and rearranging things in my home. I worked outside the home as a legal secretary and continued working until I was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in October 2006. Currently, I am fighting the battle of and for my life. Life is wonderful, but at times, difficult. The Lord has been faithful to me through all stages in my life. I pray to be faithful to Him. I love being home and enjoying time with my wonderful husband. Together we enjoy eating out at restaurants (my cooking of choice!) and cruising.


  1. Terra

    March 19, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I enjoy your blog and HAD to come here to read you. This is very helpful and strong, and kudos to you for writing this.

  2. Rose

    March 19, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Having watched you go through each step of this journey, you’ve been an inspiration and I know you will impact other lives as well.
    Always praying for you!

  3. Mary

    March 19, 2011 at 5:52 am


    What a beautiful testimony of the beautiful heart that I have come to know in you- beautiful friend! You have been an inspiration to so many during this time of your life. Thank you!

    bee blessed

  4. Bernie

    March 19, 2011 at 5:57 am

    A post written from your heart and I find it very inspirational.
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers always….:-) Hugs

  5. Liz

    March 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    CeeKay, You are a wonder and inspiration. I’m so glad I know you!


  6. Marty

    March 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Ceekay, I am so proud to have you for a friend. I think you cope better than most and you always inspire. Very well done. Hugs, Marty

  7. Celestina Marie

    March 21, 2011 at 2:51 am

    You are an amazing women and an inspiration to all. Your courage in the face of such hard times makes you a hero to me. I am proud to call you my friend.
    Congrats on this feature. It is a story needed to be shared. Great job!
    Hugs and blessings always, Celestina Marie

  8. Laurie

    March 24, 2011 at 1:35 am

    A well-told, honest and wonderful story of an amazing woman! Thank you so much for sharing this. laurie

  9. Jan

    April 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I am so glad that you have allowed God to take you through things that you couldn’t have possibly done on your own. And I’m glad that you’re here to tell about it. PTL!!! You, indeed are, an inspiration!

  10. Mace'

    April 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and your story is a true inspiration to me. Your story is very similar to mine, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. Stay strong and courageous on your journey! Thank you for sharing your story.

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