Gracias a Dr. Flores

Hello from Tulum, Mexico.  I just sent Dr. Flores an email, and I wanted to share it with all of you.  While it may have been influenced by some amazing tropical happy hour drinks, the sentiments are real.  I am so grateful for all of you, and most especially, Dr. Flores.

Dr. Flores –

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It was slow-going, but I made it!

I just wanted to let you know that today in Coba, Mexico, I climbed 10+ stories to the top of a Mayan ruin. It was, in a word, incredible. I’m tearing up just thinking of it, since this is such a milestone.

We rented bicycles to get from ruin to ruin, which in and of itself, in the hot temperatures and high humidity, was difficult enough. Then to be able to climb to the top of that pyramid…to be honest, I couldn’t be prouder.

Thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for a chance at this life. Thank you for hope.

MUCH love.

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23 thoughts on “Gracias a Dr. Flores

  1. Emily and Miles,
    I am friends of Mike and Colleen. I have watched your journey and am blown away by the strength the two of you generate.

  2. What a perfect metaphor for what you have endured, fought, and conquered. You earned that vantage point, Em and Miles. Have another umbrella drink and know I am toasting you both. To Life!

  3. Emily and Miles, we’re friends of your parents in Memphis. If there were a cartoon cloud above you in any of these pictures, it would say “wheee!” Keeping the faith and hope for your long and vivid love story, your friends in Memphis, Susan Best and Rick Gualandi.

  4. Reading that….seeing the pictures….made my night!…..Yes,Thank you, Dr. Flores…for not giving up …for giving Emily and Miles their lives back….and Emily…you worked hard to get to this point…Pat yourself on the back,girl!…you are beyond “Normal”….

  5. Emily, how wonderful! I could not have made it and I have BOTH my lungs! The funny thing is David was hiking Brass Town Bald about 2 months before he was diagnosed with a 12 cm in the top if his left lung and he appeared to be the picture of health. He always was. He was NEVER short of breath until hours before he died. THANK YOU for all you do and continue to do to put a face to this disease that lung cancer is not just a “bedridden disease” EVERYONE needs early detection when possible. We need funding—mutation testing and not just for a “Select few” and research needs to be more spread and more target drugs for all—THANK YOU!!!

    Davstar—In Memory of F. David Ellis Who This Earth on 8/28/2014 Renee’ Ellis

  6. Dang, girl, I was just Facetiming with you and you put that post together in between mosquito bites. You’re not only an awesome lung cancer survivor, but now you’re an awesome blogger! Just connected with two more surgical patients who want to meet you when you get home. Your story is an inspiration to so many. Love you, and could not be prouder or happier.
    XO Mama Taylor

  7. You are awesome. Miles is awesome. Dr. Flores, you are AWESOME!!! And, you are officially part of the family now.
    (Thanksgiving’s at your house – let us know what we can bring.)

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