Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hi friends! Wanted to take a minute and wish you all a very merry Christmas.  I am slowly recovering from my last round of chemo (Dr. says it takes about 12 weeks post chemo to feel "normal" again).  I'm two weeks out and so very tired.  Not exactly what I wanted for Christmas but you know what?  I'm here.  Here to celebrate with my family and be with the ones I love.  That is the most precious gift I could have been given.  This year is not at all what I had expected.  My world got rocked.  I've been through something that I never imagined I could get through.  Through it all, I'm thankful.  Not thankful that I got cancer but just thankful.  This journey has shown me how many amazing people I have in my life.  It's what life is really all about.  I'm more appreciative than ever of the people I am blessed to have by my side.  So this Christmas, I am praising Him for the love that surrounds me.  I've never felt so loved in my entire life.  My prayer is that you are surrounded this Christmas by the people you love!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Last day of chemo!!!

I had my 6th and last chemo treatment today.  Hallelujah and Amen!  I can't even explain how good it feels to be done with this part of my journey!  When I was told that I had to have chemo I was devastated.  I didn't know what to expect and was scared beyond belief.  I didn't even know if I could do it.  Would I have the strength?  Would I be able to keep up with my responsibilities?  Could I do it without the girls knowing something was wrong?  All of those questions went through my head a thousand times a day.  There were horrible moments and days during chemo and the after effects of it.  But I did it.  I'm stronger than I thought I was.  The girls have asked questions about me not feeling well but overall, I think life stayed fairly normal for them which is a huge praise!  So, this is it.  My last day of chemo.  I will still continue to go for my Herceptin but that is not bad and has minimal side effects.  I will continue that every 3 weeks until August of 2014. That means more time at the cancer center which I don't love but I know it will go by so fast.  

On the way to chemo this morning
 Noting the date!!!
This is my sweet friend Laurie who came by for a bit today.  She and her husband lead our Sunday school class and she has been a huge blessing to me.
 Kelly came by too.  I just love her.  Such a gracious and sweet heart she has.  She is the real deal.
 This is my Marianne.  This girl has come to every single treatment with me and almost all of my Dr. appointments.  She came not only on chemo days but every single Thursday for my Herceptin treatments as well.  She is amazing.  I'm so thankful for her and her friendship.  She has been the kind of friend that everyone would wish to have (especially at a time like this).
 This is Marianne's husband Mike.  He came by for a few minutes too.  He is seriously one of the most genuine, sweet, kind-hearted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
 This is Lenette.  She is a friend from church and has come to a few of my treatments.  She is kind and sweet and I just love her.  
 This is Dina.  Her youngest daughter and Julianne are the same age and were in the same class last year and have been in dance together for 2 years.  She's been so great to me and brought us the most amazing meal last week (during a snow storm).  She came by today and brought sparkling cider to celebrate! 

I'm so blessed with the friends that I have.  I'm so thankful for all of them!  I don't think I could have made it through this journey without their love and support.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snow days!

Round 5 was pretty decent.  I made it through my low count days without getting a cold too!  First round I have not got a cold!  Woot!  Now that this round is over and I'm feeling better, I can say it.  Just one more! One more!  I can hardly believe it.

In other news, Northwest Arkansas got hit with a winter storm (when it's not technically winter yet).  Moving here from Cleveland, we were used to our fair share of snow.  The south is NOT.  This place shuts down when there is snow.  We got about 10 inches over 2 days and it caused all kinds of problems (like school being cancelled for 4 days)!  The girls were dying to go out and play in it when I realized that I didn't have any snow clothes for them.  We used the southern technique called "use what you have and layer."  I have since ordered snow pants as they are predicting we will have alot of snow this winter.  For now, we made do with what we had.  I put tights on the girls with jeans over them and snow boots.  I knew since it was about 12 degrees outside that they wouldn't last long.  They didn't.

Julianne next to her snow angel she made
 A snow tunnel Shaun made for the girls.
 Claire shivering.  She lasted a little longer than Julianne but only by a few minutes.

While others were held up in their houses for a week not wanting to leave and drive on the icy roads, we were out and about.  I am experienced driving in the ice and snow so I felt comfortable.  We went over to a friend's for a play date and I ran my normal errands.  We took the girls to see Santa which was great because there was absolutely no line because no one was out!  We had a fun few days being off of school and hanging out but this momma is ready to get back into a routine.  I hope the roads clear up in time for my friends to be able to come to my last treatment on Thursday.  Last one!  It's time to be done with this chemo and get my regular energy back!   Stay warm friends!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Check out my sprouts!

It's just the weirdest thing.  Chemo takes your hair out but it starts to grow back before you're done with chemo.  My hair is like "uh, no you didn't chemo...I'll show you".  I'm growing it back like a boss before chemo is even over!  Grow hair, grow!  
P.S.  I need botox for my forehead wrinkles!  :)
P.P.S.  I look like a chia pet in it's beginning stages!