Today: The day I was warned about…

6/21 …Really ain’t too bad. I was told that this would probably be the day I would feel the worst. Yet, I woke up feeling really good. I even went to swim laps. It was the first time my incision was healed enough for me to be able to swim since getting my port installed….

Rise and shine and give God the glory! 6/21

4am, wide awake, and full of energy. Red Bull gives me wings once again! Are the steroid meds too strong? Yesterday was the last day of them so I suppose they will be wearing off today. Seize the day: Had time to pray, get laundry done, have an early breakfast, and meet a friend for…

Quick update 6/20

So the red bull/vodka equivalent to my benadryl/steroids the nurse gave yesterday is still in my system so I’m feeling amazing today. Having a tough time keeping myself contained with all this energy! Red Bull gives you wings! She said it’s ok that I probably wouldn’t feel like sleeping last night, she was right. I…

1 down, 5 to go!

First treatment under my belt! Today was the polar opposite of what I expected…I was scheduled for 6 hours so I brought 3 bags of books and other things to do. Maybe high expectations, but I didn’t know what I would feel like doing for 6 hours and I wanted options. Yet I didn’t touch…

Attention: Women and A Pink Kick Off Party!

I just want to take a moment to address all women. I felt compelled to write this after bumping into a friend from church in a movie theater hallway. She knows my story and encouraged me by telling me she is praying me through this. (I know you’re reading this and I appreciate you so…

Where the rubber meets the road

I cannot drink any water or eat any food until after my port placement procedure at 11:30. Having trouble finding words to describe the finality I feel about this so-very-real first step. No denying it. I’m beginning this process. Also, got the results back from genetics that I tested negative. Which confuses me yet also…

First treatment date

So the doctor calls while I’m enjoying scenic Colorado mountains, on a training ride, getting ready for Ironman Boulder which is in 2 days. Excuse me riding friends, can we pull over? I should probably take this one. They schedule my first Chemo treatment. Which is going to be how long?!? 6 hours?! ….Sorry doc,…

❤️ these

So grateful for today’s little slice of normal with my absolute favorite people: The loveliest crew a girl could ask for. Started the day with breakfast of authentic Louisiana food including freshly squeezed orange juice and hot beignets, hit up beautiful Estes Park, explored around, dipped our toes in the icy river, succumbed to the…

Radioactive!

Just had nuclear something squirted into my veins! First part of a day filled with multiple tests. CT scan for my organs, eccho cardiogram for my heart, and a bone scan. The radiologist warned me that I would feel a strange warmth run through my body starting in my throat and then through my organs…

Let’s face it

It’s getting real now. 2 weeks away from beginning chemotherapy. I am adjusting to the idea. My kids are getting used to Nana watching them while I run out to doctor appointments. Beautiful flowers fill my home from friends and loved ones showing they care. Today I learned the whole enchilada of possible chemo side…

Words of long ago

“But now, this is what the Lord says- He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: Fear not; For I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep…

Hospital gown blue

Is not my color. I.V. port in my arm, waiting for my MRI. Hoping for happy results on Monday. We’re rooting for no signs of cancer in any other areas of my body. Patience in the meantime. Edit: Home now from having the MRI. Held really still while I was in the big white tube,…