Thursday, February 25, 2010

California or BUST!

Life has been a chaotic whirl the past couple of weeks...but now we are going to go and have some fun!  We are headed to Disneyland, Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and Universal Studios within the next couple of days and my girls are SO excited!  We have had the classic paper chain counting down the days...and it is finally here!

On a side note, I took my wedding ring in to get the prongs fixed and got a call last night that the jeweler had somehow CRACKED my diamond.   I have the best luck! :)  He is replacing it...and it is just a ring.  (I am glad my marriage isn't as brittle as the diamond we bought to symbolize it!)

I am getting very nervous about my is almost here, but I CAN DO THIS!!!  And I will do it with a smile...because, why not?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Please pray...

I have been SO grateful for the prayers and support of so many of you...and I can truly say that I have seen miracles in my life.  I know the power of prayer and ask you at this time to pray for another friend of mine.  This blog allowed me to get to know a couple where the husband has the exact type of cancer that I have and he is going in for that same surgery I will be having on March 8th....but his is THIS FRIDAY (and it is his 3rd time!)  He and his wife have been so supportive and have helped me so much in this process...with information and support.  This surgery is a BIG one, and is critical for our diagnosis.  Please keep him in your families prayers...his name is Randy and he is amazing man. 
 Randy...please know that you are in my prayers, and you are an INSPIRATION to me!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

And now...

Larry is in the hospital and will be having surgery in the morning to put a stint in his kidney as and a laser to blast his stone.  He is actually on the same floor and area where I have been hospitalized 3 times recently, so now there are getting to know the whole family.  He has had two of my same nurses so far...

I swear, we ARE healthy!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

This too shall pass... (yes, pun intended!)

As a way to truly celebrate our Anniversary, Larry ended up in the ER last night with what he KNEW was kidney stones again.  He has had them twice before...once in the Canary Islands and once while we lived in Cleveland.  It was the middle of the night and I couldn't leave the girls to go with him, but he had an xray and verified that it is another one.  (and that he has several more hanging on his kidneys.)  I just remember the last time the doctor told him it wasn't very large and that it should pass fairly quick...and he said, well, is it sharper than usual, or hooked...or jagged.  We laughed!

And yes...this, too shall pass!  Good luck Larry!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Has it been that long already?

Today is our anniversary and Larry and I celebrate 9 years of being married! 
It is amazing how much has happened in such a relatively short time.  Together we have experienced the most amazing joys, fantastic memories, tons of laughter, and much more.  
Here's to 60 more years...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The countdown begins...

11 1/2 days until Disneyland with the kids...and 18 1/2 days until my huge surgery!
(...but who's counting?)


It is coincidental that today was Valentines day because the last couple of weeks mind has been centered on the theme of "LOVE"...and I will try to express some of my thoughts.   Never in my life have I felt so much of an outpouring of love on my behalf...and it has left an imprint on my heart that will forever remain.  I can't even begin to describe how full my heart is...

I am not sure if you (all of you reading this) will ever know how much the littlest things you do for others matter.  Gestures like phone calls, emails, blog comments, sending a card, and keeping our family in your prayers... those things mean the world to us right now.  I have been diagnosed with cancer for 41 days, and during that time we have received quite a bit of "bad news," but you all have shared such kindness, love, faith, and compassion...and our spirits have been bouyed up because of it.  This trial has taught me much about charity...empathy...real friendship...and genuine compassion.  I have never before seen such creative and caring ways of showing someone that you are thinking about them.  Each of you individually has so much to share that brightens the just your unique way, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing some of that with me.  My family has been blessed by all of you!!!  Today I celebrate shared love of all kinds....

My life is not perfect and I have burdens and trials just as we ALL do, but I can genuinely say that I am so blessed!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The decision is made!

After a TON of research, several appointments, talking to several patients, a million prayers, and a lot of deliberation... I feel peace about my decision.

I have chosen my doctor and have scheduled the "mother of all surgeries" (as the oncologists call it) for March 8th.  That gives me time to prepare my body and heal from the two recent well as some time to spend with my children and family before I am laid up and sick for so long.  It is exactly the timing that I hoped for and this doctor fit ALL of my criteria, so I am grateful.  I don't have control over much in this situation, but I can control two attitude about having cancer and my doctor.   When I am done with that surgery, the heated chemo, and 6 months or so of systemic chemo, I will KNOW I have done everything in my power to beat this.

A miracle worker surprised me and organized my pantry while I was in spokane yesterday and I finished a couple of other projects up it feel good to mark some things off my "to do" list.   As I sit here, I can see the girls playing kick ball out in the back yard.  The sun is out...and it is a good day!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Today I meet with one of the TOP doctors that specializes in the Heated Chemo treatment and surgery.  I have been counting down the days until I meet with this doctor in particular, because I am hopeful that he will be IT...the doctor to help me BEAT this!  I have so many questions for him and I have heard that he is just a fountain of knowledge.  They say he is also amazingly compassionate and patient focused as well as being one of the top in his field.  I'll post more tomorrow to let you know how it goes.

I bought a digital voice recorder and it has been amazing because I have recorded all of my appointments and can come home and upload them to my Itunes and put them on my ipod.  There is so much information that doctors is just hard to digest all of it at once.  It has also been nice to be able to email my family so that they can listen and understand what I am facing!!

Today I love Mondays...because I am hopeful that this is an important day in my journey!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I can Harldy believe that today...

BOTH 7 years ago AND 3 years ago, I was giving birth to my two beautiful daughters. 
They were both born at 8 lbs 8 oz...on February 7th. 
Today is a very special day for our family!! 
I feel so lucky to be the mother of such special spirits...
(pictures will follow)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Consultations and Hats!

Monday I drove to Spokane for a consultation with a well respected Oncologist and Tuesday I drove to Seattle to see a surgical oncologist.  I have learned a lot and have had some questions answered, but there are still many more that will be unanswered until I finish meeting with all of the Doctors I have appointments set up with...and choose a team for my treatment.

One thing that has come up from both appointments is that they both recommend doing the HIPEC (heated chemo surgery and procedure) as well as 6 months of regular chemo as a follow up, so I am trying to preprare myself accordingly.  The key here is doing everything I can to give myself the LOWEST chance of reoccurrence, no matter how challenging it is. 

It is ironic, that I have never liked hats, they never looked good on me...but I think I will very soon change my mind on that.  I am grateful that these options exist and I am really focusing on that...not the side effects or possible complications. (but I admit that they do cross my mind...)  And now when I go to stores, I will stop and look at HATS!

Monday, February 1, 2010

I keep telling myself...

I figure positive thinking can't hurt...these and other positive thoughts are now posted ALL over my house.  I can and will do all that I have beat this!