Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's Over!!

Today was my last day of radiation treatments. It feels soooo good to be over.

I will post one final post into my cancer blog. I want to put this year behind me and focus on living, not just surviving.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Yea! One more Day!

One more day fa,la,la,la!

I have to write about my son Boaz in all of this. Every morning I drop him off for school he asks me how many more days before I am done. I thought it was because he was happy for me to be done with my treatments. He told me he will be happy when he doesn't have to go with me to take his brother's to school and get out of the car and stand in the cold 10 minutes before he can go into school. LOL!! At least he doesn't have to walk!

Friday, January 23, 2009

I feel lucky to be Alive!

I have been trying to come up with something to write in a book they place out in the patient radiation area to be written in, on your last day of treatments. Something that will encourage other patients.

As I sit back and think about how all of this began over a year ago, I just can't believe that it is almost over. Oh, don't get me wrong, I will still be on hormonal treatments for the rest of my life and I have a lot of testing that will still have to be run over the next five years but the surgeries, Chemo, and Radiation treatments are almost done.

My life has changed so much! I know longer take my life for grated. A man (Barry Crandall) that used to be our Assistant Pastor would always say these words. "I am just happy to have air". I now know what he means. I no longer take things "like air" for grated.

This statement has been said to me or about my illness over and over again. "None of us know if we walk out the door today that it won't be our last". This statement is very true and I've used it many times myself but when you are going through cancer treatments, or any trial, things are much clearer, it hits much closer to home! I'm not going to live forever and I do have a life threatening disease. I'll be honest, if you haven't been through it, you really don't know how scary it is. When I write my departing comments in that book, I want it to be from my heart. How I got through each day of treatments and didn't lose my faith in God. I want to write how important it is to stay around positive uplifting people. People that really care about how you must be feeling.

I still have a few days and many hours to think about this. I feel so blessed to be alive and have another chance at living, breathing and being thankful for everything I have.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm feeling great again Today!

I feel so good! I just got done working-out for an hour. I can't believe it. Radiation went really well.

3 TREATMENTs and I'm done!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another update on My Treatments

I have so much to share but I don't know where to begin.

For starters, I only have 5 more radiation treatments to go. Yea!!! In know, I said I would be done on Monday January 26th but I called in cold on Friday. I know what you all are thinking. This woman does a motor route 365 days a year and -20 keeps her from getting her treatment! I want to be done by January 30th, my youngest boy's 12th birthday. When I found out I was going to be done Monday the 26th, I thought I would stay home with my kids on Friday. The schools were closed because of the weather.

The next exciting thing that is going on is, they are only doing treatment on one area now, instead of three. I'm in and out of the hospital in no time. Today, I was done at 8:10 a.m. my treatment was at 8:00 a.m. To cool huh!

Lastly, I'm feeling great! I'm getting my energy back already.

I'll know more about what I'll have to do next Tuesday. I have to sit down with the nurse and go over the Doctor's plans for the next year. I'll write more soon!

Thanks for praying!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Updated picture and great new about my Radiation treatments

I am so excited today! I found out I only have 7 more treatments instead of 11. Yea!! I'll be all done on January 26th, 2009.

I'm doing pretty good this week. I am really red where they are doing my treatments but that should go away soon. The next seven treatments will be done where Suzanne (My surgeon) removed the tumor.

If your going through radiation treatments, my suggestion to you would be, get lots of sleep, take naps, drink plenty of water, think moisture, moisture, moisture, on your radiated area: such as "Aveeno Baby Fragrance free Daily Moisture Lotion", make sure you try and stay away from people that are sick. I have picked up illnesses that I normally don't get and I am a person that doesn't get sick very easily.

Now what you all have been waiting for!! An updated picture of my hair. LOL! My eye lashes and eye brows have all grown back as well.

January 15th, 2009

Back curls
Top of my head
Back view
Last but not least, this is me! As you can see from this picture the spots that are being radiated are very red.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Radiation treatment Number 18

I hate to admit this to anyone but I'm really getting tired. I talked to the radiation techs today, as to why I am getting so tired. They said it was like doing aerobic. They are killing the cancer cells and my body is working over-time trying to make new cells. I still can't believe that I stayed in bed all day yesterday. If you know me, you know that never happens. We didn't even get to take the kids to a movie because mom was to tired. : { I know this will be over before I know it.