Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Year in Review, on the path to Healing

May 2009 bring many joys & much healing.

Here's a brief as I can be, overview of the last year.

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2007, a mastectomy on my right breast was done on 
Dec. 12, 2007. (With reconstructive surgery at the same time..called a Tram Flap) 

 It was determined I was in Stage 4 , had 39 Lymph nodes removed.
  I was given chemotherapy in February 2008 along with Herceptin and Zometa
every three weeks for 6 chemos. 
Lost my hair...teeehhheee

 Then I did chest radiation, every week day for 28 days.
During my chest radiation , it was discovered I had 5 brain tumors.  These were removed with 
Gamma Knife surgery.   A follow up MRI was done in August and 8 more tumors were discovered...Now I am done with chest radiation and on to whole brain radiation. Every week day for 20 treatments  UGH
Lost my hair again...not so funny this time

My father passed away Aug 4th  ...and my step mom passed away on Nov 5th.

I completed my brain radiation Oct 20th.  I will have another Brain MRI on 1/26/09 to see if the brain tumors are gone.

A Pet/CT scan the first of Dec. 2008 shows no cancer in my body..Praying for great results in January with the brain MRI.

 The Herception and Zometa continued until my heart function decreased  and my Oncologist decided to stop the Herceptin.
I have two more Zometa IV's and I should be done with all my treatments

Through all of this we have continued to see joy and miracles. God has helped me
to survive this and to forgive others. I have prayed to help others on this
journey and to share what I experienced


being here

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to All

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008


For those of you who missed my smile
here it is 12/23/2008

Tiss snowing and blowing and slick again today

Sunday, December 21, 2008


We woke to this on Friday. Some of the trees around have just given out and split.  The more days go by as cold as it is and windy..the more I worry about our trees.  My poor Paper Birch out front is at the ground.  I pray in holds out..would be awful to lose it. 
The evergreens bend down instead of up now
and it's 4 below real temperature.

I'm staying in and safe. 
Click on the pics for more detail

Friday, December 19, 2008

Still NO Hair

I have to tell you, that brain radiation sure did a number on ME
and my hair..Not a lick of hair in site
I wanted hair for Christmas, but I guess I've been naughty!!

(and yes!! I know I have BIG ears)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tis Sharing Christmas Delights Day

We don't live in should be IL tried to change, cannot figure it out..too tired

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

A little more Pink

I have a bit more pink on my tree
isn't it lovely??? The Pink..the tree frankly needs work

I did go to the Cardiologist. Had a couple of tests.. heart seems to be
functioning just fine.  I will do again for an echo at the end of February and
then back to the cardiologist in early March.

Sorry I've not been posting..I just don't have much energy and still ill most days....I am sure
that will go away eventually.  My lil ole bod had been through alot.

I continue to appreciate each friend's comment..even if I can't get around to visit.
It's almost 11 AM and I need to rest.. us your pink and get signed up