Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Final Eight Countdown...

Good morning.

I am so excited that today we begin my final eight radiation treatments!! They will zero in on my scar, and I think these may not take as long as the others. Today will be a bit longer than normal because they have to do a "dry run" before they actually do the treatment.

I can't believe it has been five months since this crazy roller coaster started. Once I finish with radiation the Tamoxifen regimine starts. That will bring a new list of possible side effects, but warding off future cancers is worth the risks. I will post later about the Tamoxifen, but be warned...there will be many posts because I must take it for 3-5 years!!

Better run. Must have coffee.

Love you all,


Thursday, February 19, 2009

11 to go!

I come to you tonight a tired woman. Yes, I have to admit that the radiation did, in fact, make me tired and a bit achy! I hit my wall this week, but I do believe that it could have been much worse. All of my treatments could have been much worse, and I am truly thankful that they weren't. We should all remember that as bad as we may think we have it, there is someone else in a worse situation. They may not have the faith, family, and friends to help them along the way.

Last week was a difficult week. For me personally, I was in a great deal of pain and had to get a root canal. Once the root canal was performed my pain eased up and life got much better.

The worst part of the week occurred on Monday night. A former co-worker and friend, and her husband were involved in an accident. Rich Sims was killed and his wife, Judy, was hurt badly. Judy will be in the hospital for 12 weeks as she recovers. She isn't allowed to move her pelvis. She has what I call "rebar" coming out of her body which is attached to screws in her pelvis. Destiny and I spent Saturday with her while her children buried their father. She was not able to travel to Nashville for the burial. It was hard to be there knowing what she was going through and how much more she has to deal with. There was little we could really do except be there to be whatever she needed us to be. Judy is going to be fine. She has a great deal of faith, as did Rich. That will get her through her recovery and she will need it more once she returns home. I ask that everyone keep her in their prayers.

Life is a beautiful thing and it is my hope that everyone embraces it and makes the most of everyday. Enjoy your family and friends everyday. If you need to tell someone that you love them, do it! Don't wait.

Love you all,


Sunday, February 8, 2009

13 down and 19 to go!

I'm getting close. I have had 13 radiation treatments and have only 19 to go! If everything goes as planned, then I will finish on March 5th. So far I have experienced some tenderness and redness, itching, and I'm tired at the end of the day. I am usually done by 10 in the morning and then I start my work day. One thing I do plan to keep in place is going to the gym every morning. It has really helped me to keep my energy up and I don't plan to stop progress!

I am happy to say "Welcome Home Larry"! Larry is Destiny's husband and he came home from Iraq last week after six months away. Because of the job he has, he and Destiny can't webcam with each other, so they literally did not see one another for 6 months! I am glad she was able to talk to him.

It was beautiful here today in Clarksville, TN! We are so ready for spring, sunshine, and warm weather!!! After some of the really cold weather we had this year, I was more convinced than ever that I really like living without tons of snow, ice and subzero temps!

Not much more to say this evening. I haven't been very good at blogging lately and I do resolve to get better at it. My friend Courtney rocks when it comes to blogging and I need to take notes!

Love you all,


Going Bald My Way!