Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Treatment update 9-30-09

Ok, since I posted last............finished chemo on August 28, radiation on Sept 4. Then a wait while the radiation finished it's work.

On September 21, I saw the surgeon. He ordered LOTS of tests.

This Monday, I saw the plastic surgeon. We are not planning any reconstruction at this time. However, I will need the plastic surgeon to do some work to ensure that the wound heals and closes properly.

On Tuesday, I had a MRM - a special MRI of the breast. It will show where the cancer is in the breast and it will show if there is any left in the chest wall muscles. If it is NOT in the chest wall, we will probably be able to do the surgery this time. We'll see.

On Wednesday, I get a bone scan. I'm waiting for that now.

On Thursday, I get a CT and a PET scan.

None of these scans are difficult. Mostly just lie still and rest while they do them!

Don't be in a hurry for results from any of these scans. I'll put out an update next Tuesday or Wednesday. Won't have any results before then.

We don't expect any surprises from the scans. I've been on chemo and radiation and it's done a good job of shrinking the cancer once again.

It's been a year in this battle. I'm doing well. I feel good, my strength is renewed, my hope is renewed. I'm not "dying".

Read your Bible!!!!!! It's promises are true for today. Read them, get them into your spirit again!

Salvation, healing, and deliverance are as sure for you today as they were for those whom Jesus touched while he walked the earth........the epileptic boy, the woman with the bleeding, the deaf, the blind the crippled. Many of them did not know Jesus, they did not believe, but he healed them because someone asked on their behalf! How exciting is that? I don't even have to know Him for Him to heal me! How much better for me that I believe!

family update 9/30/09

WOW! September has proven to be a busy month!

Sam's car has broken down weekly since we got the engine replaced! Can you say "money pit?" I'm not sure of it, but I think that we are gong to let it "lie in state" for a couple of weeks while we take a breather, spend $2 on somethng that is not that car, and figure out what to do about it. We are all mutually fed up with it.

Jon and Ben have started speech therapy again. Twice a week in the middle of the afternoon. It's demanding because it monopolizes the whole afternoon. But they are both making good progress and we are hoping that this will be Jon's last year.

Mike got a promotion to Director of Business Developement! We're so excited about that!

Chris finished Chiropractic school! He is now a doctor!

Drs. Chris and Stephanie Estes will be opening their practice in Loudon, TN within the next two months!!!!!!!

We met them in Lenoir City this past weekend to look the area over, look at houses and commercial rental property. We had a blast! We met a commercial contractor who was renovating an historic building in Loudon and he invited them to the Rotary Club lunch on Tuesday. They treated Chris and Steph like royalty and were so excited that they were planning to practice there! It's sooooo much fun to be treated well and recognized for the work that you want to do!

They are renting a parsonage to live in until they are on their feet enough to buy a house!!

Caleb and Ben and Jon are playing soccer. Three different teams, practicing on three different fields, three days a week with games EARLY on Saturday mornings. They are having a blast!!!! Caleb has taken Sam's training and is doing really well. They didn't play last fall and I was surprised at how much he has improved in this time off!

I'll do my update on a different post.
Love to you all!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Testosterone Strikes Again!!!!!

I'm wondering, do little boys start to feel a bit of testoterone around 4 and a half years old or is it just that they are aware that they are alive and can do what they want to do?

I keep thinking that it will be easier when Benny is five years old.........................hmmmmmm, is that a forgotten wisdom or is it wishful thinking??

Here's the scene....

On Wednesday night we have tickets to the Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville. Free tickets, nice weather, close by, lots of fun, so we go with all our ADULT friends. Boys, safe at home with babysitter.

We've been there for an hour and half and we get THE phone call.

Benny has jumped off the couch; Jon swiped Benny's foot on his way down; Benny stumbles and falls face first onto the fireplace! Screaming and bleeding ensue. Babysitter calls us, we rush home.

By the time we got home the bleeding was stopped, but it was easily evident that he needed stitches.

He was so brave.

Yesterday, he wore his Badge of Honor that Mr. Clay made for him. For Courage and Strength and Bravery! Well deserved Benny!!!!

Treatment update

Hello all!

Today is Saturday, September 5, 2009 and I am through with chemo and radiation!!!!!!!!!!

I went in Tuesday with the hope that it would be my last day of radiation and I got 3 more days.

So, as of yesterday, I am officially DONE!!!!!!!

My next appointment is with the oncologist on the 16th (I think) for a post chemo checkup. I see the surgeon on Sept 21. The effects of the radiation will peak in two weeks, then will start falling off, so my surgeon appointment is in two weeks.

So, today, I get to have my first good Saturday in 6 weeks!!!! Hooray! I sure do hope that we dont spend it cleaning, but I just might do that! I've not been able to do any cleaning in weeks!

Love to you all!