Tia Stokes, 34, has been dancing all her life – so the hip-hop teacher who once backed Beyonce is not about to let cancer change that. Isolated in a Salt Lake City hospital for 30 days of treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, she’s endured fever, nausea, chills, and headaches — all without the comfort of visits from family.Read More
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Chemo Day 5: “IF IM GOING TO HAVE CANCER YOU BETTER BELIEVE ITS GONNA BE DANCING FUN CANCER” -Tia 🐝 I’ve decided I may not have been able to choose the music my life is playing but you better believe I get to CHOOSE how I dance to it!!! Right?! That’s my choice right now is my attitude… So I’m gonna dance as long as I can And make this experience a FUN ONE When my days allow me I know I haven’t even hit my hardest time yet I know this is going to be a long road But I refuse to let this ruin my LIFE. Or change who I AM So I’m mentally preparing and Doing as much prep I can now for the Upcoming journey Sooo I need your help!! My goals right now: • EAT• REST• MOVE (not like 2015 Tia but 2020 Tia and that’s ok!!!👌🏽👊🏽🤟🏽 Cancer likes no oxygen Soo work the LUNGS BABY! I’ll be moving 💃🏻 for only 15 min everyday LIVE ON IG @ 10am MST so come JOIN ME & keep me motivated, accountable healthy!! It’s Easier when you got “your people” ya know? Love you guys soooo stinkin much for reals! “WE GOT THE PRAYERS” 🙏🏽 “WE GOT THE FAITH” 🧡 “WE GOT THIS” 👊🏽 • 📹 LIVE DAILY UPDATES STILL HAPPENING just will be on my YOUTUBE CHANNEL every night 8:30pm along with My Life with leukemia at the hospital if you want to stay updated every day! •• I want to continue to keep this space fun, full of inspiration, family and stories just not all cancer updates, ya feel meh?? Xo Tia🐝
So far, she’s blown up on TikTok and racked up 120,000 followers on Instagram.
A Choice: “Dancing Fun Cancer”
Her upbeat attitude hasn’t come easily. To fuel her positivity, Stokes invites social media followers to join her dance sessions and hold her accountable. On Chemo Day 5, Tia Stokes invited followers to join her on Instagram live for 15-minutes each day: “IF IM GOING TO HAVE CANCER YOU BETTER BELIEVE ITS GONNA BE DANCING FUN CANCER,” she wrote.
“I may not have been able to choose the music my life is playing but you better believe I get to CHOOSE how I dance to it!!! … I know this is going to be a long road But I refuse to let this ruin my LIFE. Or change who I AM. Cancer likes no oxygen Soo work the LUNGS BABY!”
Diagnosing Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
When Stokes was just 15, she donated blood through a Red Cross drive and received a surprising follow-up message: Due to her heritage — her father was Chinese/Hawaiian and her mother is Samoan — she could develop leukemia in the next decade or more. Her cancer, AML, is an extremely rare form of leukemia that can emerge with flu-like symptoms including fever, fatigue
With AML, cancer grows in a confined space in the bone marrow, says Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, Director of the Leukemia Program at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center
bruising, and infection. Dr. Gail Roboz, a medical oncologist at Weill Cornell Medicine, tells SurvivorNet in a previous interview that many people aren’t even aware that an AML diagnosis is on the radar. A wave of new treatment options and combination drug therapies are bringing hope AML patients.
What’s My Subgroup? Determining Treatment
Once patients are given an AML diagnosis, Dr. Roboz says that it’s important to understand which subgroup of AML you fall into. Studying cytogenetics, which looks at a patient’s DNA structure, is crucial in determining the best treatment they should receive. “This is something that’s actually becoming very well known to patients,” says Dr. Roboz who says anyone diagnosed
Tia Stokes with husband, Andy, a former NFL player turned high-school football coach, and their 5 children — boys, ages 11, 9, 6, 2 and baby, Rose.
with AML can advocate for themselves by asking, “‘well, what is my subgroup of AML? What kind of AML do I have?’” Dr. Roboz says.
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2️⃣1️⃣ days Fighting Leukemia🥊 I remember this night like it was yesterday this was actually probably about 3 weeks before before my diagnosis the last time I Danced and I was so sick, yellow, I could barely breathe as you can see I slowed down in the routine🤪but I’m so grateful for this moment that I have to look back on of doing what I love even if it was at my worst. Thank you body! Grateful for my body that allowed me to continue to keep doing what I love inspite of the last 7 months and still today even if it’s for a 15 second TikTok dance!!🤪 Our bodies are incredible! Right??? Thank you Body for carrying me through The hardest battle of my life. Thank you body for allowing me to fight. Every day our bodies carry us through Hard days Good days So so days Our Bodies & Spirit are the only Things with us through out it all All the opportunities life gives Along with our Heavenly Father! So if you haven’t thanked your Body today….DO IT!! ✨ When we love and show gratitude For our bodies we are showing him We are grateful And we love him!! I can’t wait till I’m back doing this again…. Until then..! PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR BODY?????????⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ Love you all more than you know “WE GOT THIS” You, Me, HIM, WE”WE GOT THIS” See ya tonight 8:30pm (link in bio) 😗 Xo Tia🐝 @justinbieber #amlleukemia #mamawarrior #cancerwarrior #leukemia #momof5 #togetherfortia #tiastribe
“Hardest Battle of My Life”
In the weeks prior to treatment, Stokes thought she had a cold or pneumonia — but, as the video above shows — she danced through it. Now, as she looks back on that time, she feels grateful for “for my body that allowed me to continue to keep doing what I love.”
“This was actually probably about 3 weeks before my diagnosis,” she explains. “The last time I Danced and I was so sick, yellow, I could barely breathe,” Now, as she looks back on that time, she feels grateful for “for my body that allowed me to continue to keep doing what I love… and still today, even if it’s for a 15 second TikTok dance!!🤪 Our bodies are incredible! Right??? Thank you Body for carrying me through The hardest battle of my life. If you haven’t thanked your Body today….DO IT!! ✨”