About Me

I wear many hats. I’m a soccer mom, a gymnastics mom, PTA mom, Girl Scout mom, not to mention a businesswoman. However, among those many hats (as it obviously shows), being mom comes first for me.

Recently, I became a cancer teen mom. A few days ago, my 15-year-old daughter, Ri, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, Nodular sclerosis, Stage IIIA. This blog was initially created for the selfish reason of my catharsis and for hopefully getting information and input from people. This is dedicated to Ri’s cancer journey and Hodgkin Disease awareness. Hence, the Hodgegirl chronicles.

Just so you know, the cancer awareness color for Hodgkin is purple which is, incidentally, Ri’s favorite color.


Design Courtesy of Hodgegirl

Read about her story in How It All Began…

Note: For lack of terms, I just coined:

1. “cancer teen mom” (meaning: mom of a teen with cancer

2. “hodgegirl” (meaning: a girl with Hodgkin)


11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Joyce (Chelsea's mom) says:

    Hi. We got the pink loomband made by Rianna for Chels. Thank you for making it pink and stretchy! We are praying for your healing, Rianna. See you again!

  2. Kavita Pillay says:

    Dearest Rianna and mum

    I just received this news from Annushia. I still remember you sitting on my lap in our third grade class at AISJ. You’re in my thoughts and prayers sweet heart.
    Lots of strength and love to you all!
    Mrs Kavita Pillay

  3. Michelle Hall says:

    I read all the blogs. I am not supposed to say strong, but Lilac…. other than myself, you are the strongest person I know. We are stronger than most men we know. Who needed security in Africa when I had you around ? OMG…. the market in Johannesburg that you took me to in search of some thing to make filipino food, there were people were selling Osama Bin Laden t-shirts….I was scared, your response was Michelle just don’t talk and we will be fine. No speaking America. I’ve never been so quiet in my life ! I miss those days. Remember at the gym when the lady asked us if we were sisters, yep… we sure are ! You will always have a special place in my heart. Michelle…. you can’t wear that shirt it makes your boobs look too big, only you tell me the truth. I know inside you are a big marshmallow, who can’t fall apart for the sake of everyone around you. The whole situation really sucks, but if anyone can get Ri through this, it’s you !! Cry, pray, buy eggs, be mad, celebrate the little things, I am a Mom… I understand. We all pray everyday for your sweet hodgegirl. I hope my trip down memory lane made you smile. xxx

    • Oh, Michelle. Your trip down memory lane did make me smile. It reminded me of those times when I was fearless! Thanks for reminding me who I was and who I can be. Obviously, I have a lot more worries these days which have made me doubt myself at times. But thank you for the vote of confidence. xo

  4. Kellie Schell says:

    I doubt you’ll remember who I am, but Rianna was one of my best friends in South Africa. I believe it was 3rd grade? Maybe? I’m not 100% sure when, but I definitely remember Rianna’s bubbly personality. I know I’m really late to discover this, but I have to say after reading her story, I was definitely shocked to find this out. My thoughts and prayers with you and Rianna, stay strong beautiful! ❤

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