I was told early summer that I am now in remission. My family went to Disney World to celebrate. It was a great time and I didn't get worn out more than what is normal for Disney World, anyway.
In October, I walked in the American Cancer Society's Breast Cancer walk and walked the whole three miles with my team! Not at a fast pace mind you, but I did it! I am a survivor!
Now, I have just had my six month check up and all is well. Yea! Bloodwork and all looked good. I was given my calcium drip and a flu shot. I go back again in three months.
I am so thankful to be here and healthy again. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. It is through His love and grace that I can say I am alive and well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I am an official survivor! I attended East Central's Relay for Life and it was awesome! First, Alana and Tori sang Jesus Take the Wheel and then at the opening ceremonies handed the torch off to me and some others while my friend Tammy's poem was read. Very emotional! Then, I walked the survivor lap, caregiver's lap with my family and friends, and then the relay. It was a beautiful night and $115,900 was raised to fight cancer just in our community. That is so awesome! I am so blessed to live in such a wonderful community. I won the quilt that my school raffled and then came home and slept a good bit of the next day. I started back to work this past Thursday and was glad to get back. I still tire easily but that should get better with time. Take care and come see me. I am so blessed! Love you all!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I completed radiation yesterday and saw my whole care team including both doctors. I asked when would I be cancer free and was told that I am and have been cancer free since surgery but had to go through treatments in case of any undetected cells. I am so excited and so blessed. God really took care of me, of which I had no doubt. God is so good! Say a prayer of thanksgiving for our prayers being answered. Talk to you soon!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Well, I am down to five treatments left. I have done well. My skin is just now looking brown and over exposed to the sun. It rubs under my arm but I'm greatful it isn't any worse than it could have been. I am tired. I guess fatigue has finally set in. I get up, take the kids to school, and come home and lay down for a while so I can go to radiation later. This should pass shortly after radiation is complete. I am ready to get back to work. I miss my students and coworkers! I am so blessed to be able to say, "I had it, fought it, and survived it!" (A phrase that I pirated from another survivor.) Come see me or call when you can. God is so good!
Monday, March 24, 2008
I am so blessed! I am a little over half way finished with radiation and doing fine. I have had 18 treatments and all is well so far. I am starting to turn pinkish red and itchy some but not much. I am somewhat tired but I don't know if that is from not resting during chemo, from the radiation, or the pace that I have kept up through all of this or a combination of all. When I finally sit down at the end of the day, that is it for the day and I usually don't get back up except to go to bed. My hair is coming in really fast and really white. I don't remember it being so light before. And I have eyelashes again! Yeah! It's funny how little things like that can make your day. I never paid too much attention to them until I didn't have them. Come see me when you can or call or email me. I check the computer often. Take care!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I have started radiation. It went well yesterday and today. I can't really tell that anything was done, yet. I am told that it will build up and I will gradually get more tired and more tired. On the other hand, it is supposed to be much easier than chemo so I should have it pretty good. My hair is really coming in with a lot of gray and some dark. Can't wait to see if its going to be curly like my kids or straight like I always wanted. I am still so blessed and thankful to be doing so well. Call or email when you can!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I can now say that I am a true survivor. I completed chemotherapy today and I am alive! I feel fine other than being tired but excited to be at the end of this treatment. I meet with the radiation oncologist tomorrow to see when I start radiation. I pray it will be soon and get it over and done with as well. I am so thankful that all went well with minor side effects. My family and friends are so precious to me and I couldn't have made it this far without them/you! Take care and come see me! Love you all!