Tuesday, March 31, 2009

End of Chemo Party

What a great time we all had on Saturday.  It was so wonderful to get together with many who have given me great support on this journey.  Thank you all for being my family.  I love you.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My Last Chemo!!!

Woohoo!!! almost at the finish line. 24 more hours, my pump will be removed and I will be done!!! Yeah!!!!! It's been a long six months and I can't thank you enough for all your prayers. It'll be fun trying at the party Saturday.

My friend Denise stopped by the chemo center and brought me flowers yesterday. Aren't they beautiful??

Saturday, March 14, 2009

My first trip to the ER.....

Yesterday morning (Friday the 13th!) I was on my way to go to the oncologist for terrible pain in my right arm, and my chest. I was short of breath and taking a deep breath hurts a LOT! I could barely move my right arm without pain shooting down my arm, up my neck and into my jaw.  Owie!  I called the oncologist and they told me to come in at 11.  Mark came home from work and took me.  The onc examined me and was afraid that I had a blood clot in my lung.  Doesn't that sound fun.  So he sent me across the street to the ER to have tests run.  They did an EKG and a heart enzyme test to rule out heart problems.  Those both came back normal.  Although when I checked into the ER my BP was 145/100.  They then did a chest CT scan and took an x-ray to see if there were clots in my lungs. Both showed my lungs were clear!  Yeah! 

The ER doc, who seemed to be very thourough, came to the conclusion that I had pinched a nerve and that was causing my pain.  They gave me really good drugs at the ER and by then I had no pain :)  The only problem was the nausea.  So they gave me nausea medicine that made me throw up twice!  Have to remember that one so they don't give it to me again! 

So they sent me home.  Yeah!  I was sure that morning they would admit me.  That's the last thing I wanted.  Mark made me homemade pizza for dinner.  Yum.  Then I took a hot bath watched the end of Space Chimps (what a funny movie!) and went to bed.  I slept pretty good except for twice when I made the mistake of rolling over on my right arm. 

This morning my chest still hurts when I take a deep breath, but the right arm is doing much better.  I just have to be careful not to overdo it today.  But this cold rainy day is a good day to stay home and not do much of anything.

Thank you to all y'all that prayed for me yesterday!  Prayers are making all the difference in my life! 

Monday, March 9, 2009

11 Down, 1 to go!

God is so good!  Only one more to go.  I'm sitting here in awe over a beautiful card with two beautiful handmade bookmarks today.  I will try to remember to post a picture tomorrow.  My friend does beautiful work. 

I'm sitting here in awe though over the note on the card saying I saved her life.  Wow.  She pushed her doctor for answers and they found the cancer in time because of my story.  That made everything I have gone through worth it.  Praise God!  God is so good to bring something beautiful out of this. 

God is good.  Thank you all for your continuted prayers, cards and email. 

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Number 11

Please pray for me tomorrow, March 9th as it is my 11th out of 12 treatments.  Please pray for peace for my husband who is very stressed out even though he will not admit it. 

hey Rick - you gonna make a copy of the new joe bonnamasa cd so i can decide if i wanna buy it?

I really could use cards and notes this week.  or flowers....or presents....or stuff.....:)

Hair - or lack of it.

Just thought I'd let you know that my hair is really falling out now.  I will no longer go out in public without something covering my head.  Any one have any fun hats they want to loan me?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Answered Prayer

I want to thank all of you that prayed for me when I asked for it the other day.  By 4:00 that afternoon I was in the best mood I've been in in months.  God was so good in answering all your prayers.  I no longer am dreading the last two treatments, and have been able to look at all the blessings I have and praising God for them.  Ok, so I'm not looking forward to the last two treatments, but they are no longer something that I would rather be shot than have to endure. 

The difference in my attitude has been amazing.  I feel peace again.  I know that the Lord is healing me.  Thank you all.  I would not be here if not for the prayers of all my friend.  I love you all. 

Most of all Praise to the Lord Jesus for answered prayers.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

2 to go....

Just 2 more chemos.  At least I pray there's only two.  Let's pray that by the time they do the last two treatments that if there's anything left they can remove it with surgery and I will be done with this.  Although I ahve to say at this point I don't even know how I"m going to get through two more times of them filling me full of poison.  Less than a month to go, but right now that seems like a very big mountain to climb.  In some ways this is much worse than when I started.  The effects of chemo accumulate and each treatment is just a bit worse than the last.  Gets discouraging to feel good now and to know that I'll be sick all next week.  So lets keep those cards and letters coming my friends.  I need all the encouragement I can get for the next 4 weeks. 

I love you all!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

chemo 10

The drug they didn't give me this week was Avastin.  High blood pressure and nosebleeds are side effects of it and my blood pressure was too high for comfort.  He put me on blood pressure meds and will decide on the 9th if they are going to do the Avastin the last 2 rounds.  I have been taking it from the beginning. 

Less than a month until no more chemo!  Woohoo!