COVID-19 & Cancer
- Tik Tok star Tia Stokes announces she has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Stokes has been battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML) for five months.
- Stokes has gained 1.8 million fans on Tik Tok due to her positivity and fun dances while undergoing treatment.
Stokes, 34, just announced she is in the hospital yet again, but this time for COVID-19. She says her immune system is at an all time low, and is asking for prayers as she faces this next challenge. Despite battling a dual diagnosis of cancer and COVID-19, she’s staying positive and relying on her faith.Read More
“Cancer now Covid…WE GOT THIS,” Stokes writes. “153 days fighting Cancer now Covid. The lord is definitely wanting to teach me something and trusting me with more opportunities. I hope I can make him proud. FAITH OVER FEAR.”
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Body is too weak to dance 😭♥️ Cancer now Covid…WE GOT THIS 153 days fighting Cancer now Covid. The lord is definitely wanting to teach me something and trusting me with more opportunities♥️ I hope I can make him proud. FAITH OVER FEAR. I hear him ✨ IF YOUR THE PRAYING TYPE…ID BE SO GRATEFUL.i have no immune system and we need to fight (Check last post for more details) Sharing more about this fight on my LIVE TONIGHT 8:30pm MST (link in bio) Love you all. SPREAD LOVE ALWAYS. HIM.YOU. ME. WE “We Got This” Xo Tia🐝 153 days fighting Leukemia
Stokes has gained a loyal and supportive following by chronicling her ongoing battle with AML — a cancer of the bone marrow. Instead of dwelling on the matter, Stokes decided to bring some positivity into her cancer fight, and posts dance videos on Tik Tok while she’s undergoing treatment, such as chemotherapy, in the hospital. Even though she’s suffered through fever, nausea, chills, and fatigue, her upbeat attitude has inspired many. So far, she’s attracted 300,000 followers to her Instagram page and 1.8 million fans on her Tik Tok channel.
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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🐝
What is AML?
AML is a generally rare cancer, but the most common leukemia in adults. This disease affects the bone marrow (the spongy tissue inside of your bones) and is caused by DNA damage to the cells in your bone marrow. This tissue consists of three types of cells: white, red, and platelets. White blood cells fight infections as part of the immune system, red blood cells carry oxygen to the tissue, and platelets help stop excessive bleeding. If these cells experience DNA damage, it causes an over production of white blood cells.
Symptoms of AML typically include shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, unexplained bruising, or infections. However, what makes AML a particularly tricky disease is that many of these symptoms can mirror just a common cold, or some patients may not exhibit symptoms at all.
“Most of the time, this comes as an unwelcome surprise diagnosis,” Dr. Gail Roboz, a medical oncologist at Weill Cornell Medicine with expertise in acute myeloid leukemia, tells SurvivorNet. “Often, patients have no idea that leukemia is even anywhere on the radar. Sometimes patients actually have no symptoms at all and may be diagnosed in the course of a completely routine evaluation.”
Relying on Faith During Cancer Treatment
Like Stokes, many survivors have said that their faith helped guide and encourage them through treatment. Even though it’s understandable that a person’s faith is tested after receiving a diagnosis, many were able to push through and reconnect with their higher power in order to cope.
For Danielle Ripley-Burgess, a second battle with colon cancer at the age of 25 really rattled her faith — something she relied heavily on during her first bout with the disease. As someone so young, she questioned why she was facing yet another bout with the disease, and initially felt like she was being punished. “The first time I was really strong in my faith,” Danielle tells SurvivorNet. “And after that second cancer, though, I felt like my faith was shattered. I didn’t know what to believe anymore.”
Despite feeling lost, Danielle was able to slowly stitch her faith back together piece by piece. She knew she needed it in order to push through yet another treatment process, and refused to give up.
“It’s really hard to cope with,” she says. “But overtime, I did begin to heal. I found words for my emotions. I had great support come into my life, and my faith was pieced together little by little. I didn’t give up on it and really it didn’t give up on me.”