Blogs to Love!

Blog Love

Woohoo!  It’s Friday again!  And I am ready for the weekend.  My teething 10 month old is not loving sleep right now so it is making for one tired momma.  She looks so cute with her baby teeth but the nights of being up and down are definitely getting to me.

Anyway, with it being Friday, that means I am linking up again with Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney.  This week, the theme is 5 blogs to love.  I am somewhat new to the blog world and follow some pages.  But the ones I do follow are pretty awesome!  And I hope you drop by and tell them I sent you!

1. Lauren @ runsaltrun

If you are looking for a blog to follow and learn from, this is it!  Lauren is awesome keeping you informed in her running world, what works for her, race recaps, reviews, and so much more!  She definitely keeps you wanting to come back for more!  She is a wonderful writer and does a great job connecting with her audience.  Lauren has been one lucky gal and has been able to review some great products.  I find it awesome that so many brands have reached out to her and have given her the opportunity to test out their products.  She also is awesome at what she does on her feet!  I love reading about her runs, what she does for strength training, and all the great classes she attends.  Make sure you stop by and visit her.  You will not regret it!

2. Angelica @ Helly On the Run

This wonderful lady has had the opportunity to run some pretty amazing races!  She ran the Marine Corp Marathon, ran through the Grand Canyon, and even ran in Spain!  How awesome is that?!  She is also a teacher like me.  I am amazed at how she is able to work, spend time with family, and still get in some run time.  I find it hard to balance everything.  She recently has posted runs that her precious daughter has participated in and I think it is amazing that her entire family is involved in running!  I hope my babies enjoy it and run with me one day.  But I need to get out there more often and show them how fun it can be!  Run on over to Helly’s blog and check it out!

3. Nora @ 2 Generations Running

I think the number one reason I love this blog is that it is about a mom and daughter running together.  It chronicles their runs that they share and I just love that they have each other to enjoy it with.  I think it is awesome to have someone to run with and think it is even more awesome to share that with your mom.  She recently worked at the Boston Marathon expo!  How cool is that?  She also set a new 5k PR!  Go on over and make sure to congratulate her on that!

Sara @ Life Between the Miles and Nona @ Running High are awesome too! Don’t forget to check them out and tell them Courtney sent you!

What are some blogs you follow?  Do you follow fitness blogs, health blogs, animal blogs?  What keeps you interested in the blogs you follow?

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Humph! One of these days…

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Since finding a Douglas Adams quote yesterday, I found myself searching his quotes and some are quite soul searching and others funny.

The one above has more to it but I chose to leave it at that. Feel free to search it out.

So to the results…not what I wanted, but not all bad.  There are three spots that increased in size. The increase was by 2-3 mm.  So not a large increase but not good. I had two spots that shrunk!  Yay!  So it’s not all bad and I have to remember that the chemo is working, just not for everything.

So the plan now is for me to continue for three more sessions with the chemo I am on. Today I also received a shot that is a hormone blocker. Dr B is hoping that in coordination with the other chemo, it will help.

In the mean time, I was referred to what she called Phase 1 which is a department within the cancer center that works with specific medicines to target certain tumors.  My tumor will get a molecular makeup and the doctors will see if there is another type of chemo that will get this cancer and squash it.  If so, I will be placed on that trial. Thing is, it probably hasn’t been tested on the type of cancer I have since it is rare.  It’s scary.  But I don’t allow myself to even think past that.  More on that later.

So now I have even more people on my team to help fight with me.  And one of these days, I will beat this.

Do you feel like you are fighting a never ending battle?  What gets you through it?  Who do you have on your team?

I Get Results Today!

imageI saw this quote while having my blood drawn yesterday and thought “this fits.”

No where in my wildest of nightmares would I have thought that I would be going through chemo treatments to fight a rare cancer at 33 years of age.

Not at anytime in my life did I think about what life would be like if I had cancer.

I don’t think anyone does.

But this is my life. A journey I didn’t intend to start but a journey I intend to continue, travel, and fight the battles along the way.

I had blood work and a ct scan yesterday to see if the new treatment that I have received over the past several months is working.  Right now, I’m just praying for there to be no new growth. I know that may seem a bit odd that I wouldn’t be praying for it to be gone. But I think cancer has to be looked at a little bit different. If the spots have shrunk or better yet, have gone away, praise Jesus!

I do have my last round of chemo today too!  Yay!  Like I mentioned before, this treatment is not nearly as bad as the treatment before. But I’m ready to be done.

Depending on the results will determine what the next step will be. I will be posting again today the results of the scan. So stay tuned!

Brands to Love! Brands to Buy!

This is absolutely beautiful!  This would be my dream closet.  Everything spread out, plenty of room for everything.  Even a nice little place to sit and put on my shoes.  Maybe one day….

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Today I am linking up with the DC Trifecta ladies.  Courtney at Eat Pray Run, DC; Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!.  This weeks topic is Brands to Love!  There is so much out there to love.  Now with two little ones, those top five have changed a bit.  Having to buy for myself and now my son and daughter make shopping so fun.  Kids clothes are too cute and there are so many options to choose from.  But there are also brands for food to love too!  And toys!  Oh my, the TOYS!  My dining room was turned into our playroom.  But somehow the toys always find a way back into the living room.  That is okay, the kids have fun and make a mess.  That is all that matter right?

So this list is composed of the brands I love for my children.  Oh, how times have changed.

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1. Jumping Beans

No, not the bean, but the clothing line Jumping Bean!  I have found this brand to be my favorite for both Mason and Miranda. The clothes are adorable and affordable. And the clothes have cute little sayings and pictures. Most of Masons and Miranda’s warddrob is from Jumping Bean. They fit great and run true to size. There are some brands that run too small or way to big. I haven’t found that with this brand.  And another thing to love about Jumping Bean is the price. I can get shirts, shorts or pants for about $5!  I have only seen this brand at Kohls and Kohls happens to be one of my favorite stores to shop at.  One last thing is this brand holds up to multiple wears. Usually clothes at this price fall apart.  Jumping Bean holds up against the wear and tear of a 3 year old and the crawling and climbing of a 10 month old.

2. Melissa and Doug

As a teacher, I love toys that children can learn from. Before kids I never noticed M&D products. Now we have puzzles, games, toys made by Melissa and Doug. Some of these are a little pricey but they are of good quality. I can rely on these toys to hold up against getting played with over and over again.  Mason loves their little house with keys.  He was obsessed with keys for a while so this toy was played with multiple times.

3. Beechnut and Earth’s Best

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Miranda has been on solids for about 5 months and she loves food!  If anyone is eating around her, they better be ready to share!  So when I was looking for puréed food to feed her, I was turned off from some other brands because they had so much other junk mixed in. So I turned to Earths Best and Beechnut. Both brands have just veggies, fruit, and water.  I also love that there are so many different flavors to choose from and some fruits and vegetables that I wouldn’t normally buy.  I could make her food but with everything else going on, this is the easiest thing to do. She now is eating things we eat but I still buy jarred food for those days when I need something quick, go out to eat, and just to have on hand in case.

4. Carter’s

What can I say?  These clothes are soft, look cute, and fit great!  There are so many great colors and patterns to dress both boys and girls!  They have soft colors like sky blue and light green, to bright pink and electric purple!  Although the price may not be as attractive as other clothing lines, they aren’t too bad.  I always try to buy them on sale anyway, as I do everything else.  This brand also holds together very well.

5. Scholastic

Books!  I love to read, although I haven’t set down with a book in a while, so it makes me happy that my son loves to be read to every night. Not all are Scholastic but this is a brand that most know. They hold yearly sales in their warehouse and I have bought some great books for both Mason and Miranda. I hope they both have a love for books and they allow their minds to drift off to wonderous places.  Mason loves to read the Little Blue Truck, The Tickle Tree, Cuddle, and books about trucks or trains.  Miranda does not have any favorites but I can’t wait until she falls in love with books.

What are some brands that you love for your children?  Where are some of your favorite places to shop?  Do you have a huge closet for your clothes?

Treatment Update

Just a quick update!

A week and a half ago, I finished my third treatment of chemo.  Everything has been going great and I am able to work while receiving chemo.  The only side effect I have seen is that my hands and feet sometimes feel numb or like I am stepping on needles.  The neuropathy comes and goes but it is managable.  It is better than what I experienced before with the other treatment I was receiving.

On April 23, I will go in to have bloodwork done as well as a ct scan.  I will get those results the following day and I am praying for some improvement.  I have come to terms that this cancer may be a battle for the rest of my life so any improvement will be great!  If there is little to no improvement, then there are some other options that can be discussed.  I have a wonderful doctor who knows this cancer and what is best.  I just need my body to do its thing and respond well to it.  This is update is short but I should have some more information soon.

Thank you all for praying with me, thinking about me, and following along in this journey.  It helps knowing so many people are pulling for me to get well!

 

April Goals

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Setting goals and keeping them is somewhat of a problem for me. I mean good and well to meet them but things get in the way and a lot of times, those goals are never met.  So I thought if I write them down where numerous people can see them and I make myself follow up at the end of the month on how I did, maybe that will help me meet the goals.  So each month or every other month I hope to make some goals to get accomplished.

So for April, I have come up with four goals that I need to work on. Several will be on going.  Okay, all of them.  But this at least gets me going in the right direction.

1. More Exercise

I have started an exercise routine so many times, I lost count.  Several days ago I started a new exercise plan to get myself ready for a 5k. I plan on registering for one in June. I think by doing that, I will force myself to walk/run and get the workouts in knowing I am working towards something. The plan is to walk/run every other day and on the days in between do some strength training or ride a bike.

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2. Eat Better

For me to say I have a sweet tooth is an understatement. It’s more like sweet teeth. If sweets are in the house, I devour them.  My will power stinks.  I try to eat healthy but I know I can do better.  I need to have snacks readily available and easy or else I browse the junk we have and eat that instead.  The temptation at my fingertips is hard to resist sometimes. I was given a NutraBullet for Christmas and have used it a handful of times to make smoothies. They just don’t turn out very good.  If I can get past the taste, that will be great.

3. Organize the Chaos

As is life, my house and desk at work (I am a teacher) are organized chaos. I know where everything is, it’s just not in an organized place. Clutter drives me crazy, yet it’s everywhere I look.  The only time at home that I feel I have time to pick up is in the morning when the kids are still asleep and at night after the kids have gone to bed.  I have the weekends too but who wants to spend the weekend cleaning?  Definitely not me but it needs to happen.  I like for things to have their place. Not for things to be piled everywhere. As for my desk at work, several students offered to straighten it up and I just about freaked out on them. So very sweet to offer to help but then I would have no idea where anything went. So getting to the point where everything has a place and its not in a pile is going to be somewhat of a chore.

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4. Do More Activities as a Family

We go out to eat, play outside, go to a family or friends house to enjoy time together but we haven’t taken the kids to many places for them to enjoy.  I’m not saying we even need to spend money but I want my children to experience life, the fun of a water park, picking fruit, going to the zoo, camping and so many other fun family activities just the four of us can enjoy. We have done a few mentioned above and had a great time.  I want even more for them.  Giving my children the opportunity to have an even better life than I did as a child is  a goal in itself. I had a wonderful life with two great parents that raised me right and taught the value of family and the importance of doing what is right. I want to pass those same values and opportunities to my children. And give them a childhood of fun. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest fun. It doesn’t have to cost a dime. As long as my children are smiling, it’s worth it.  Maybe having a goal of two outings a month would be a great place to start.

PS: We took a family trip to see the gorgeous bluebonnets this past weekend. It was a little early but we all still had fun.

What are some goals you would like to work towards?  What things do you enjoy doing with your family?  Where do you find the best recipes for smoothies and great food that’s healthy?

Everything That’s Good

Linking Up with the Friday Five ladies: Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney. With it being Good Friday, the topic this week is Things That Are Good. This was tough because there are so many good things in my life and in general that it was hard to narrow it down to just five. But I tried.

1. Brookside Chocolate

I was introduced to this chocolate thanks to a lovely friend who placed some in a care basket for me when I was going through chemo last year. These are amazing!!  I love dark chocolate and the little hint of fruit inside gives it a great taste. Something sweet and healthy….okay, not really.  But they are yummy!

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2. The Sound of Birds Chirping

As I’m writing this, I changed one of my five good things. Birds are chirping this morning and it reminds me that the world is waking up and I am here living on this wonderful Earth another day. I have been blessed to have more time to do what I love with the people I love. And the outdoors is something I love to be in.  Now if this were a rooster doing its cockadoodledo, I don’t think I would find it as appealing to listen to.

3. Days Off Of Work

Today is a holiday!  Woot! Woot!  As a teacher, I have today off and that means time to spend with my precious kiddos!  My husband still has to work but myself, Mason and Miranda are going to be out pretty much all day today. A friend of mine is having an Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter bunny. The weather is supposed to be nice today and I am hoping that it is so we can enjoy the time with friends and the kids can have fun!

4. Coupons

I started couponing around September of last year and I am hooked. I don’t know why I waited so long. Couponing is awesome!  Every Sunday I feel like a am getting a present because that’s when the coupons are delivered in the papers. Thanks to my mom and MIL, my coupon stash has grown and I have some great coupons to use. I even have a coupon binder that all my coupons are organized in by categories. I tried to buy things on sale before coupons but now I make sure that whatever I am buying is on sale AND I have a coupon for it. You get the most bang for your buck that way. It doesn’t always happen; there are instances where I have must need items and I don’t have a coupon but I try to shop around. I think the best shopping trip I had, I was able to save around 67% with coupons and my Kroger card. I love Kroger and that is the main place that I do my grocery shopping.

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5. Mason and Miranda

These two blessings have been two of the most awesome things that has happened to me. I always wanted to be a mom but could never have imagined the kind of love I have for my children. I smile everyday because they smile. I laugh everyday because they laugh. These two have a love for each other that any mom would dream for their children. Mason adores his sister and Miranda adores her brother. They laugh together, “play” together, enjoy each others company.  I hope they always stay this close and as they get older that their sibling love for each other grows.

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What things are good in your life? Do you like dark chocolate? Do you coupon?  What sound do you like to hear in the morning?

Happy Birthday To Me: New Shoes

Buying something for myself doesn’t happen very often. Especially spending, what I consider, a good amount of money on clothing or shoes. But today, I made an exception because

It’s My Birthday!!!!

I made a trip to Academy, since in my town there is not a running store and I wanted to buy some running shoes TODAY, and found these lovely shoes by Asics!  I did not research to the extent that I would have liked but I read a lot of good things about these shoes and hope I made a good choice.  They felt great on my feet and light weight as well.  I am excited to take the babies on a run!

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Asics Gel Cumulus 16

Still browsing the shoe aisle, I see little red stickers all over the place….SALE!!!  These Mizunos were on sale for $50!  Not bad for a running shoe.  I read up on these too and the reviews were mixed.  While some loved the new design (I have no clue what the change was), others did not like them.  Which is what I would find with any other shoe.  But with these, it was about half of those that tried them loved the new design and changes and the other half did not.  So again, I am hoping my decision pays off.

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Mizuno Wave Runner 17

The weather in the south where I live has been one rain storm after the next.  So probably no running today unless the sun comes out to dry everything out.  And I want to do the first run in my new shoes on the road and not the treadmill.  As of now, I don’t know if I would be comfortable running on a treadmill, especially since I would need to change my speed from walking to running to often.  Not running since September of 2013 puts a damper on the entire celebration of getting a good run in new shoes.  But I still am looking forward to trying them out.  Be looking for a review in the future on these shoes!!

Do you have either of these shoes?  How have they worked for you?  Have you ever bought running shoes on a whim?

Friday Five Link Up!

It’s Friday!!  One of my favorite days since it means the weekend is almost here.

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This also means that it is the Friday Five Link Up (my first Friday Five Link Up) and the theme for today is Spring. First I thought about writing about five things I like about spring, but I thought I would put a twist on it and write about five things that put a “spring” in my life everyday.

1. My 2 children

I have a 3 year old son and a 9 month old daughter. Everyday they make me smile. My son is smart, loving, funny (just like his daddy), and loves trucks and trains. He loves to be outside, especially if his daddy is outside. Mason also loves his little sister, Miranda. She is a chubby cheeked ball of energy. She pulls up on everything and will be walking in the next month it seems.  She loves table food, her doll, and her brothers toys. These two keep me on my toes everyday and I love them more and more each day.

2. Teaching

I teach 5th grade Science and Language Arts. I LOVE science, I received my Bachelor degree in the field of science with a minor in Criminal Justice (went to school with the thought of becoming a CSI but couldn’t stomach the sights).  So getting to teach science everyday makes me smile.  I get to perform experiments, work on projects, and see a child’s eyes light up when they learn something new or discuss something they are interested in.  Although teaching has its hard days, the great days make my job worth going to everyday.

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3. Family

I have a large extended family so birthday parties, holidays, and get togethers are always super fun.  I love seeing my in-laws and nephews.  We always have a blast!.  With all the cousins running around or crawling (3 boys and 1 girl) there is never a dull moment.  From the messes to the arguments to the giggles, family time is great!  I guess you could say there are 5 boys since my husband and BIL act like big kids too!  On the flip side, my moms family is big.  With four aunts and uncles and bamillion cousins, our Christmas gathering is quite a site.  This makes for lots and lots of good food to enjoy as well.   We see my parents fairly often since they don’t live very far. I have been blessed to have come from such a wonderful family and to have married into one as well.

4.  Exercising

So this “spring” is one that is a little rusted and not as bouncy.  While I love to run and exercise, I find myself making too many excuses.  When I do exercise or run, I feel amazing and so glad I did it.  My problem is making time for it and not excuses.  I know there will be times when it just can’t happen.  But on the days where I have at least 15 minutes, I need to make something happen whether it is a video, a short run outside, or just some push-ups and sit-ups.  I must make time for me and use it wisely.  With 2 kids, a house, a job, and everything else, time management is key.  Hopefully soon there will be a post on how my running went or this awesome workout video I did!

5. My husband

He is my other half, partner in laughter, person I go to when I need to vent, and best griller ever!  He is an awesome dad, which makes me love him even more, he works hard for our family so that we can have nice things and splurge every now and then, and he is great at making decisions.  This is key, since I tend to be a person that has a hard time doing that.  Although we do not agree on everything, he still makes me smile.  My husband may not be a “hallmark card” and I am okay with that.  The way he cares for us, his family, and everyone else is worth more to me than a card or roses could ever say.  We actually had a discussion about this not to long ago and when I realized some things he did that I didn’t realize before, I fell in love with him all over again.  I am so glad to have him in my life.  Love you babe!image

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So what are some things that put a “spring” in your step?  Do you have a large family? What type of workout do you enjoy besides running?

Where It All Started Part 2

Baby Miranda was two months old when my oncologist (Dr. B) said that surgery needed to be done in order to see exactly what is going on inside and to see where this cancer is.  Remember how I said this cancer can cause false positives on pregnancy tests?  During my pregnancy, I had no bloodwork done because the results would not be accurate.  I’m glad I didn’t.  It would have been difficult getting bad results and being pregnant.  So focusing on our baby was what we did.

The week leading up to surgery, my husband and I had discussed the future and discussed if there would be more kids in the future.  As much as I would have loved to have a third, it just wasn’t the best decision.  We needed to get this cancer under control and stop the growth.  If we would have opted to wait and see and try for a third, who knows where we would be now.  So, with that decision made, we also made the decision for me to have a complete hysterectomy.  If you would have told me that at the age of 32 I would have a complete hysterectomy, I would have laughed in your face.  But since my ovaries were the beginning to all of this, taking out the remaining ovary, along with everything else, was the best decision.  And Dr. B agreed.

I cried. Even though we were done and I knew that, it was still a hard decision to make.

After surgery, Dr B informed my husband that she saw very small spots on my diaphragm. The cells were sent off for testing and we would have to wait two weeks to get those test results back. The result of the surgery showed that the spots on my diaphragm were cancerous, meaning that the cells had found new growth and I would have to undergo chemotherapy.

This, obviously, was not what we wanted to hear.  Chemo was the last thing I wanted to deal with and the first thing I now had to come face to face with.  In September, I had a port put in to receive chemo. In the same month is when I started my treatment.

I had to go every three weeks for five days. As if five days weren’t bad enough, those days would be 6-10 hour days in a hospital bed.  I’m thankful though I was able to go home every night.

The first week of chemo, Monday through Friday, was ok. I don’t believe I had grown tired or weak from the treatment. I was handling it pretty well.  That is until Saturday came around.  I got up, gave Miranda a bottle and was hanging around the living room when this feeling of tiredness, rundown, no good hit me. I climbed in bed and that is where I stayed for two days. I couldn’t eat, drink, stand up, hold a conversation. It was the worst I had ever felt and a feeling that is extremely hard to describe. In two days I had lost ten pounds.

I had scared everyone around me without even knowing it.  This is not how I expected to react to the treatment.  I really don’t know what I expected but this wasn’t it.  I had texted my best friend and didn’t even remember doing that until we talked about it several weeks later.  I was curled up into a ball in bed and all I could do was lay there.  Doing the most simplest tasks seemed impossible.

When Monday came around, I felt a little bit better.  I had to get bloodwork done that day so my husband drove me there.  I still felt tired, weak, and run down.  I called the case worker that was working with me (I was part of a trial) and talked to her about what I was experiencing and she said everything was normal.  Over the next week, I would recover and get back to feeling somewhat normal.  I would have a week of normalcy then be hit again with chemo and feeling rundown.  The same conditions but not as severe.  We all knew what to expect and we were ready and prepared.

After my third round of chemo, I had bloodwork and ct scan performed.  This would show whether or not the treatment was working and if the tumors had decreased.  The appointment with my oncologist (different than Dr. B) did not go as I would have liked.  I was told that the tumor increased some and that the second spot had no change.  I was mad.  My exact thoughts were “so it’s not working.”  The doctor informed me that even though the tumer increased in size, since it wasn’t a significant increase, they labeled it stable.  Again, my thoughts were, it’s not working.  She again told me that stable is good, since there was not any significant growth.  That news did not sit well with me.  My dad had come to my appointment with me and I did everything I could not to breakdown in front of him after the appointment.  I held strong on the outside but was crying and breaking down on the inside.  How could the three weeks of treatment that I had endured over the last two months not show any improvement?  Why am I having to go through this for nothing?  The answers I received that day were not as clear as I wanted them to be.   My mind was muddled by heartbreak and I think everything the doctor was telling me was going in one ear and out the other.  As soon as I was told that the tumor increased, I was done listening.  They talked but I was tuning everything else out.  I didn’t want to hear it.

So I went on to have my fourth round of chemo that day feeling defeated.  I really thought that I would have received good news about the treatment.  Maybe not that the tumors were gone completely but that there was some improvement.  Anything would have been better than the news I received that day.

In mid January, I had another ct scan and bloodwork.  To get the results this round, I went to Dr. B.  This time, the tumor had decreased a little.  So we basically were back to where we started.  My doctor talked about three options: surgically remove the spots, put me on a pill, or do a different round/concoction of chemo.  She recommended the latter.  She was not ready to perform surgery.  Depending on the outcome of the treatment I am on now, she may later.  A pill would keep the tumors stable but she would like to see them gone or shrink.  The treatment I am on now is 100 times easier than the first.  I go every three weeks for 30 minutes one day.  That is it!!  The only side effect she told me to watch out for was high blood pressure.  I have never had issues with high blood pressure so she said that I probably would not need to worry about having it now.  The only symptom I do have is some numbing and tingling in my hands and feet.  This however is not a symptom of the chemo I am on now.  It was a symptom from my previous chemo.  So, I may be having a delayed reaction.  I was told to be mindful of it and to let her know if it gets any worse.  I am able to walk and carry on everyday chores so my life is not impacted with this treatment like it was before.  I was able to return to work.  I loved spending time with my little girl while I was home, but getting back into the routine of things was nice.  The support from my co-workers has been great!  My family has stepped up yet again to help take care of my daughter while I work.

So now I wait.  I have a ct scan scheduled for early April.  My prayers are that there are some changes to the size of the tumor and there is some improvement.  This type of chemo attacks the blood vessels that feed the tumor.  It cuts off the supply of blood and nutrients to the tumor.  If there is no improvement, I will be devastated yet again, but I am praying for better results this time.  Care to pray with me?

This journey will be long, as I will probably be dealing with this for the rest of my life.  From what I have learned from Dr. B, it will not affect my life.  I could be put on a pill for the rest of my life.  And that is okay with me.  If that is what it takes to keep this cancer from growing anymore or coming back, I will take it.  I have been more fortunate than others and thank God that He has allowed me to continue my life with my family and has allowed me to continue my life in a rather normal way.

So whatever journey you are on or whatever road you are going down, please don’t give up.  There will be bumps in the road, mountains you have to climb, oceans you need to swim through.  But you can do it.  Reach for you family, your friends, your co-workers for strength.  If you don’t have that, reach for someone much higher than all of us.  He will get you through the gaunlet, He will be there for you when it seems like there is no one else.  Live your life the best you can and do what you love to do with all you have.  No one knows how long we are here on the Earth, so live every moment to the fullest.

Who do you look to during hard times?  Is there someone that is always there for you?  What is something that gets you through the hard days of life?