Farewell letter 10/8/19

Dear chemotherapy, Pack your bags Taxotere, Carboplatin, and Perjetta. Good riddance. I don’t appreciate how you make me feel and you’re not welcome back. Enough with the emotional roller coaster. So long, tiredness. Nice knowing ya, nauseousness. That’ll be all now, feelings of weakness. See you later, metal taste in my mouth. Sayonara, fingers hurting….

Look Ma, I’m on TV!

So many great things are happening in the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness! I’m so grateful that Shawnee Mission Medical Center partners with MD Anderson, allowing me to have the best care in the country. So when the opportunity arose to able to help them out by adding my personal thoughts to this…

Remembering Boulder Ironman

Boulder Ironman June 10, 2018 2 weeks before race day, despite feeling flawlessly fit, full of energy, and in the best shape of my life, I received a shocking, slap-in-the-face diagnosis: Stage 3 Breast cancer. Technically, I had an aggressive form of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) and Ductal Carcinoma (DC) in my left breast and…

Finally!

6 of 6 in the books!!! Good riddance chemo!! 10/2/18 I don’t even care how sick this round might make me. It’s the last one!!! Happy dances all around!!! Jumping for joy!!! I was clicking my heels all the way to treatment today. The emotions flow thick today as we all celebrate the end of…

Ain’t got no flash

Or dash. I’m more of a snail these days. Or a slug. I feel like a slug. I’ve been down in the dumps. So many ugly side effects are piling on and making me feel like a walking cesspool. I know this is to be expected, and I need to be fair to myself to…

Fall seven times, stand up eight

9/17/18 I’m almost there I’m almost there I’m… Staying positive! Only one more treatment to go! This hasn’t been a piece of cake, but at least I’ve finally turned the corner in this marathon and can hear the blessed sounds of the finish line. Indeed, I am almost there. Well, at least in regards to…

#5 and still alive!

Infusion #5 9/11/18* First off, please excuse any typos or run on sentences. It is 2 am. The steroids are keeping me up and I’m determined to finish this post in the meantime! Keep in mind I also slept a ton today while getting my treatment. Today was the 5th out of a total of…

Little joys

Cruising with my 3 munchkins! 8/28/18 The oppressively hot day turned into a beautiful evening. We took advantage of it and cruised around. I’m a lucky duck. These 3 are such treasures that I am grateful to have had the energy to hang with tonight. Gotta grab these moments when you can. My cancery junk:…

Round #4

8/21/18 Welcome to today’s infusion: Since I haven’t had any problems while receiving my first 3 rounds, today they were able speed up the drip going into my port. Sometimes if they administer it too quickly it can be too hard on the body, causing some immediate and scary adverse reactions. Slowing it down is…

All.The.Sweets.

Oh yes. If there were a time to indulge, to enjoy the finer things in life, this is my time now. And why not? I may as well ease up a little on myself in a time like this. I wouldn’t say I was a super strict calorie counting type of girl before, but as…

Round 3 day 5

8/5 Yesterday I felt dizzy and short of breath whenever I stood up, but at least I had an appetite. I was keeping food down and didn’t feel completely terrible, just really tired. So I rested all day. After thinking that maybe this round wasn’t going to be as bad as the last 2, I…

This is how I fight my battles

“The word says for the spirit of heaviness, put on the garment of praise.” This is how I fight my battles… Sometimes you don’t feel like praising him. But putting on a Garment of Praise is a choice. The feelings are not always there at first but when you choose to do it He delivers…