I can’t help but think of the hope we have in Jesus as the Advent season is about to begin. Here's one of my favorite versions of this song, click here. What does hopeful anticipation look like when you’re worn out and weary? As we approach this year’s season of advent, the ultimate season of… Continue reading The thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices.
I officially started my cancer treatment on January 2nd. I am taking Tamoxifen (an estrogen blocker) everyday for the next 10 years. Because my cancer was low risk, I did not have to have chemo or any other invasive treatment. Also my cancer was hormone fed (estrogen and progesterone positive at 99 and 100%), tamoxifen… Continue reading Cancer Treatment and (almost) NO Side Effects.
Nope, I'm not going to say... it pours. While I certainly have felt that way lately, I refuse to buy into the saying "when it rains, it pours."Let me explain.Disclaimer: its late and I have surgery at 11:00 tomorrow morning (Monday, Aug 14th). It should be a quick 1-2 hour surgery with (hopefully) minimal pain… Continue reading When it rains…
The waiting period for getting the last test result in was hard. I waited for 6 weeks, should have been 12-14 days, but I know that the delay was not by chance. The Lord truly had His hand in all of this. Deuteronomy 31:8 - The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;… Continue reading Waiting and Knowing.
Surgery is now a distant memory... well... kinda. I started back work on Tuesday, got the clear to go swimming and do more with John on Wednesday, and played my first tennis match since surgery on Thursday. This has been a great week! Getting to do my normal weekly activities now has made a huge… Continue reading Post surgery – 6 weeks-ish.
First of all, one of my room moms from when I taught kindergarten and who quickly became a friend sent me a Mastectomy Kit from Pinked Perspective (a really awesome non-profit) and it was AWESOME! I am so very thankful. It had everything that I really needed post surgery. The only thing it didn't have were… Continue reading My Cancer: Post-surgery Home List of Things You May Need
When I went for my first doctor's appointment when I was diagnosed to discuss the cancer and options, I was given a Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook - literally like a textbook. I am so thankful that they gave me this. it has been invaluable whenever I didn't understand something or had a question. I had… Continue reading My Cancer: Pre-Surgery To Do List
This is the first of a few posts. I'm labeling it "My Cancer." My hope is to make a few posts of information about my initial cancer experience, decisions we had to make, and things that have been useful pre-during-post surgery and what happens next now that surgery is over. My Family History and How I… Continue reading My Cancer: Diagnosis and Surgery Decisions.
Friends, Family, Neighbors, AMAZING PEOPLE in my life... y'all really deserve all the virtual thank yous and hugs and kisses that I could send you right now! Your words of encouragement, support, comfort and validation that it's OK how I'm feeling when I've been very honest with how I'm doing the past week or so has… Continue reading Doctor love, anxiety, and being a little crunchy.
*I wrote this post last night after a rough and emotional day, but I'm posting it a day later - for reference while you're reading. 😉 Today was a hard day. We've had help for the past two weeks since my surgery and it has been so very nice. Tomorrow is officially the two week… Continue reading Transparent Thoughts.