Friday, December 26, 2008
Unfortunately, we also found out today that David has had mono. When we asked him, "Who have you been kissing?" we were not prepared for his answer - "Just Emelia!" I also had chemo today. The doctor's orders for David are lots of fluids and rest and no roughhousing. Dawson has some trouble with this concept, because he and David do exactly the opposite. Dawson just informed me he is sick, also. We aren't sure yet if this is him wanting to be like David or not. He has been more reserved this afternoon. Never a dull moment!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
We came home last Monday and I realized it was only 10 more days before Christmas. We had Dawson's Christmas program at his preschool Friday night and my "Rudolph" and "Angel" was adorable. I officially finished all shopping/wrapping last night and only have some grocery shopping left. David wasn't feeling well last night and has a fever today. I am hoping he feels better tomorrow because he has his Christmas party at school and he is so excited about it. I pulled up at Happy Harry's this morning to get him some medicine and saw their countdown calendar - only 3 more days!! Lots of countdowns in our house - Christmas and chemo (only 2 more treatments left!)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Our heater broke on Thursday and we can't get the part to repair it until Monday. Through the kindness of neighbors, we have been able to keep the house warm enough with space heaters. We had already planned on the boys staying at Pop and Gam's for the weekend because of my chemo and Dave had a final to finish. He also had a meeting for school and we knew I couldn't handle the monkeys on my own. It has been a very quiet house!! They return tomorrow after church and I should be feeling better. This chemo wasn't as bad as we expected. It could be because I am actually resting!!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving and we wish you many blessings.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
So, I will be celebrating this Thanksgiving with a dose of chemo tomorrow. Thursday will be mostly spent in my pjs, watching the parade and football and also napping. We will then celebrate on Friday with the big feast at our house. It will be a small group - the 4 of us plus Dave's parents. This actually doesn't sound like too bad of a plan!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is one of my favorite baby pictures of David - not only because of the strategic placement of his arm but also because of his reflection in the mirror. (Every mom is supposed to have a bare butt baby picture of their kids, right?)
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
When the boys came home from school, it was pouring outside. So, we spent almost 2 hours working on crafts and coloring and just enjoying some time together. But, what is really amazing to me is that they never asked to watch TV. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon, as opposed to how I usually spend Thursday afternoons.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So, I volunteered at a local radio station to help with their Sharathon. The Reach FM is a Christian station that totally runs on the donations of its listeners. Every 6 months, they do this to raise the funds to operate for the next 6 months. I listen to the station all the time and I wanted to help out with their Sharathon. I couldn't believe how small their offices were and how they really only run on the necessities. I met some wonderful people in the few hours I was there and will listen to that station very differently. I really enjoyed doing something different than the norm.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The best part of it all - an extra hour of sleep tonight (in theory - it doesn't always work when you have kids.) And next is the presidential election . . . .
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Oh, I forgot something else. We received mail the first night from lots of friends, encouraging us in our journey and we had some friends come by the cheering stations on Friday and Saturday. we didn't expect anyone and were surprised to see familiar faces. It was a great taste of home.
One of the local cable talk shows kept showing clips from the 3-day last week and I never tired of seeing them. I kept spotting people we walked alongside and heard many of their stories. It really was an incredible experience and we want to thank all of you for supporting us, through financial support, encouraging words, or just reading about the experience. We have some photos to share.
Before the Opening Ceremony - this photo was taken at 5:46 a.m., way too early (and cold) to think about walking!
This was a safety guy - easy to spot! My only purchase during the walk.
Walking into the closing ceremonies. We did it!!!! 60 miles!!!!
Seeing our beautiful boys again! The closing ceremony - raising a flag that says "A World without Breast Cancer."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I hope to post more pics and stories about the 3 -day this weekend. We have just been trying to catch up on life since we got home and haven't had a chance to do it yet.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I was interviewed by CBS news yesterday about 2 minutes before we walked into the closing ceremony. Of course, the interview was much longer than the clip but they definitely picked the best part. There is also a shot of Dave and I walking in together. I have had my 13 seconds of fame!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
On a personal note, I ask for your prayers. Next week, I have a CT scan to see how the chemo is working. We don't know what that scan will show. We expect good news, but are prepared (as much as we can be) for other news.
12 hours from now, we will be on our way to Willow Grove and will begin walking by 7 a.m. When you wake up tomorrow, please think of us taking our first steps on this incredible journey. Dave asked me if there may be a few tears shed this weekend, and I said, "maybe a little." Ugh, I'm crying now and I haven't even started yet!
P.S. Pop will be filling in for me on the blog while we're gone and will give an update.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
My white blood cell count was low yesterday, almost the lowest it has been through these cycles, which means that nasty shot on Friday. Last cycle, the pain hit hard on the Sunday following the treatment and I am supposed to do the Wilmington Making Strides this Sunday. Dave talked about pushing me in a wheelchair or I could always kick my kids out of the stroller!
The chemo room was filled with some sad stories today - the volunteer dog who visits on Thursdays was hit by a car (it looks like he will be okay but how is that news supposed to lift our spirits? Lie to me next time!) , a woman younger than me was supposed to get married last weekend and is instead getting chemo when she should have been on her honeymoon, and another woman's cell counts have been too low for weeks to get chemo.
Before today, I was enjoying a good week - went out with some friends, got some new hats (which I am getting tons of compliments from them), got some new makeup that actually makes me look healthy, and just had some good times with my family. Tomorrow night, I am going with some friends to see Robin Roberts speak at the DuPont Theater. My joys will walk through the door with Dave within the next 30 minutes or so and give me big squeezes. I just love the look on their faces when they haven't seen me all day. It's one of those things I wish I could bottle up and keep forever.
BTW - 1 week from now, Dave and I will be packing the final supplies for our 3-day walk!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The time I spend with my kids now is different than before my original diagnosis. I do a lot less multi-tasking and just sit down and enjoy more. But, it never gets easier to say no to them when they want me and I can't be there because of something related to this disease. It makes me laugh when the boys say the reason why I can't do stuff - they call it "cancerd."
"Cancerd" has made me a different mom. One who doesn't look at asking for help as a weak thing but sees help as something to enable me to enjoy my good times better.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I have a link on the side of the page called the "Supporter's Guide." It gives some information about the details of the walk. Thank you again to everyone who has supported this cause - so many people have been involved in different ways and we couldn't do this without your help and support.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
MAKING STRIDES 2007
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thank you so much for all of your encouraging words and prayers. Sometimes, when I feel so physically exhausted, I can't help but think of how many more times I need to do this and that overwhelms me. But, I am back today and I have no intentions of driving to Christiana this week!
Monday, September 22, 2008
I have prayed for God to renew my spirit. I am feeling defeated and just sick and tired of doing this. We sang this Michael W. Smith song yesterday in church and I felt like I was crying out for His mercy. It is an incredible song.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thank you again for a fun night. We took over the restaurant! It was hours of socializing and good times. My mom told me to just look around and see all of the people that love me (and I know there are even more out there!)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We had our family celebration of lots of birthdays today. I recently looked back at last year's blog on my birthday and it basically talked about how I was feeling from the chemo. This year's birthday included a round of chemo. My birthday wish for 2009's blog entry, "Cancer? What cancer?"
Thursday, September 11, 2008
A friend walked David home from the bus stop today. I told how much I missed walking with him but the chemo really knocked me out today. He has played boxing on the Wii so he and I were imitating the boxing moves (and knockouts). He asked me if I fought back. I told him I will tomorrow when I walk 5-7 miles. That is my way of fighting back and telling this cancer that it won't keep me down!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Most of you know we are participating in the Breast Cancer 3-day Walk in Philadelphia this October. The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a remarkable journey designed to raise funds and awareness for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust.
We invite you to support us and join the global movement to end breast cancer forever.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
From 5-9 p.m.
The Friendly’s located at Brandywine Town Center, Route 202,
will donate 10% of the total bills to Dave & Barbara’s
fundraising efforts towards the Breast Cancer 3-Day.
Come and enjoy some dinner and ice cream
and support a friend at Friendly’s!
If you are interested in finding out more information, click on the links to our personal webpages.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
He had some trouble the day before. We were playing in a neighbor's backyard, when Dawson seemed to stumble on a yellowjacket nest and made them angry. He had 4 stings, 2 of them in the eyebrow. When he woke up yesterday, his eye was swollen - you can tell in some of the pictures. The good news is he isn't allergic! He kept clarifying that they were yellowjackets, not bluejackets.
I also picked up my new look yesterday while Dawson was at school. I picked him up with my new wig and he didn't seem too phased. He told me today that I have girl hair now, and don't look like a boy anymore. I think that is a compliment. When we got home, I asked him if he wanted to see a trick and pulled off my wig. (I wanted to make it something fun since he hasn't seen me to do that since last year.) He then wanted to show me his trick which was a tumble on the floor. Today, I ended up buzzing what hair was left.
When I visited my doctor yesterday, he told me we would do scans the end of October to see how I was progressing and my next question was how much more chemo after that. He suggested 6 rounds as long as the scan shows good progress. That means 18 weeks of chemo and today was the 4th week. Ugh! If all stays on track, I will continue until the end of January and then stay on a maintenance drug. That was hard to hear, but I have advised others not to think about how many more chemos you still have to do, just focus on today. I should take my own advice!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I am back on track with my training for the 3-day. Even had to buy new shows because I wore out the first pair.
We are beginning to get into a groove with our early mornings and getting on the bus. Some of our friends' children are just beginning this week. I am glad we started last week and are getting used to it all. Dawson begins school tomorrow and he is also very excited but keeps thinking he is riding a bus to school.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Our big plans for today were grocery shopping and going to a local circus later this afternoon. Since David begins school next week (still hard for me to say), we needed to get things for lunches, etc. Why don't they have benches inside grocery stores? My kids have a place to sit, but not me. I debated on leaving a full cart there to get home, but I had invested so much of my time already. I explained to my boys we were in, "Get the stuff and get out of here" mode. They did great!
Next problem, getting all of that stuff in the house. We have a split level and I have joked about moments when the stairs seem to multiply, like today. 2 of my wonderful neighbors and my boys helped me carry the things upstairs and helped me put the things away. Thank you so much, guys!
David already made me cry today when we were talking about him returning to school. I told him I was sad that he was going back but he has told me how excited he is. He told me that kids have to go back to school so they can learn, but I told him how much I will miss him. Who is the parent here?? Well, Dawson had his moment today too. He saw me with my head down and crying. He asked, in his way, "Sad cause cansird came back?" (Translation: "Are you sad because your cancer came back?" ) After I got over the shock of his words, I told him I wasn't sad, my body just hurt.
We still have plans for the circus later this afternoon. It should be easy because my job is to sit and enjoy the time with the boys.
Next week, I have off from chemo. I am so looking forward to the break. But, I think we will need to plan Dave's fishing trips on a different chemo week.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
So, we are washing our hands more frequently. Hopefully, my 2 petri dishes will keep their germs to themselves until this shot takes effect.
We are also preparing for the return to school. We timed our walk to the bus stop and it was actually quicker when Dawson was with us than when he wasn't! Now, we need to add a few minutes to the walk because I don't think any of us will have much spring to our step at 7:30 a.m. David begins his first full day of school on Tuesday and then Dawson begins preschool the next week. Next week is my week off from chemo and I am happy it fell on the first week of school. I won't have to be racing anywhere around drop off and pickup. David is very excited to go to a new school and ride the bus. Both boys are ready - but I am a different story . . .
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
David: "What's your name?"
David: "What's your phone number?"
Me: "David, what are you doing?"
David: "Mom, I like her!"
Me: "David, you need to be a little more subtle."
The problem with trying to pick up 5 year olds on the playground - some of them don't know their phone number yet.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I have been getting a lot of questions about the drug I will receive on this round of chemo. This 2005 article has been very helpful to me. It explains the difference from the drug I did receive last year and the one they will be giving me. I have been told that I may not have any hair loss this time or it will just thin. But, I have my hats and wigs ready. I was also told it shouldn't knock me out the way the last round of chemo did. I will experience some fatigue, but it should be more manageable. We'll see. I don't think the 2 balls of energy I have are usually considered in these talks of "fatigue!"
In the meantime, we are getting ready for David to go to Kindergarten and Dawson to enter preschool. Fortunately, I was able to schedule my chemos and doctor's appointments around their school times. We only have about 3 weeks of appointments where I will need help with the boys until they start school. My week off from chemo is also David's first week of school.
We have begun noticing some wheezing when I need to take deep breaths and some discomfort in my chest, so I am ready to begin this process so I can feel better again. We are also very thankful for the encouraging cards, emails and comments we have received. We appreciate your concern and prayers. I am now off for my walk!