I posted this on a AAU team thread and realized my many friends on other teams would like an update too...so
For those who don't know the story, here is a short recap. During a routine gall bladder surgery, Laurie was diagnosed with a rare ovarian type cancer. Since than she has had surgery to remove abdominal cancer cells along with a small section of her small intestine.
She needed to wait approximately 28 days (to let her small intestine heal a bit) before starting chemo. This Thursday she will be starting her chemo regiment. The stats for this type of cancer is a 50% for 5 years. We know she can beat these odds.....God willing. Please keep Laurie in your prayers for a successful recovery.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Sunday and hug the ones you love.
Now that it's getting colder outside I'm remembering how difficult it was for me that first winter on SP. Trying to get in 8+ glasses of water (it's easy when it's hot outside), having to change my breakfasts (cold cereal with fruit) and my lunches (sandwich, salad, fruit). I made these changes: drank 16 oz of water with each meal and snack; made oatmeal or English muffin & egg plus fruit for breakfast; and lunches were comforting soups (with lots of veggies) plus fruit.
It's time to get back to those old "new" habits for me to stay on track this winter. Because I have adapted to moderation for everything and portion control the holidays no longer "scare" me. I hope to embrace my healthy eating habits and make sure I spend more time with family and friends not just eating with them. There is always someone to share a dessert with :) Now that DH is on board with getting healthier and doing a great job I might add.....his almost too tight winter jacket is loose on him this year. I think he will be in on sharing those desserts.
For those of you following my niece Laurie's cancer story: she had a good week. Learning how to eat 5-6 mini healthy meals. She had her staples (42) out yesterday without too much pain. They discussed her options for her chemo treatments which will start in a few more weeks as they want her small intestine to heal a bit more. She is staying strong and positive.
Thanks for stopping by with your comments. Hope you all have a great week and remember to hug the ones you love. ((HUGS))
The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster, but I am a survivor so I am doing just fine. Had quite a few days of not tracking anything....of not keeping in touch with YOU my spark friends. I know you all understand, but I want you all to know without your on going support with comments and goodies my days would have been much more bleak. I did check in everyday, but at the end of the day I was just emotionally drained. I am getting back to some "me" time and getting ready for what will be coming.
On a lighter side. It is getting colder here and I am loving it. I like oven meals and pots of chili and soups. Today we (DH and I) went to a favorite soup restaurant for lunch. It's a small place but everything is organic and home made. I had a cup of "pizza soup" (tomato bisque with added veggies) while DH stayed with the old stand by chicken noodle soup. They serve their soups with a roll. And I have to say their whole wheat rolls are the best.
I was playing with the new "Start" page and I kind of like it. I especially like the area where you can put in your personal goals and accomplishments. A good reminder of where I was and where I will be going from here.
Laurie is doing good. Her boys went back to Arizona today to continue their education.
She is looking into any and all of her options for the next step in fighting this cancer.
So proud of her and her determination to beat this. A friend of hers is getting a fund raiser together to raise money for the family....she is not getting paid for her leave of absence. I will be working on this probably making up some gift baskets to raffle off.
I have a few ideas, but if you have any I sure would like to hear from you.
Than Halloween is just around the corner....or should I say "trick or treating"....haven't brought any goodies into the house as of yet.....both DH and I think it just would be too tempting to snack on them.
Well thanks for stopping by. I had a good day and I hope YOU did too. ((HUGS))
Just got home from the hospital. Laurie's surgery which was rescheduled from Sunday to today went better than expected. Because of an emergency her 2 o'clock surgery didn't get started until 5:30. Once it got started it went very well. The doctor said with confidence that they got 99% of the disease. He never uses 100% because you just don't know....but he is looking at a good recovery. They took out everything they said they would including a small section of her small intestine, which they sewed back together right away. Originally they thought it would be a temporary "bag" that would be needed, but that didn't happen. Originally they were going to put a portal going directly into her abdomen for an aggressive chemo treatment....that didn't happen either. She still will have some follow up chemo. They also removed her ovaries and tubes, which they knew they would be doing. So all in all the outcome is very good.
Thank you for all your prayers and ongoing support. The power of prayer is truly miraculous. We still have a ways to go, but with our support system in place we know we will get through this. I will rest a little bit easier tonight. Good night! ((HUGS))
As some of you know my niece was diagnosed with cancer (found when having her gall bladder removed). Originally we were told it was a non aggressive slow growing type of cancer, but there are numerous tumors. Because this is a "rare" type of cancer the doctors here sent her test results to John Hopkins for a consult. They apparently have dealt with this type of cancer. Yesterday we found out that although this type of cancer is "rare" it has been classified as an aggressive ovarian related cancer. Her ovaries show no sign of disease.
On October 13th she will go in for extensive surgery to remove what they can of the cancer, followed by a very aggressive chemo plan.
Needless to say, we are still working through this news and coping as well as we can.
We could use all the prayers, good thoughts and strong positive vibes you can muster up. I personally need to stay strong not only for my niece but my BFF is her Mom.
My BFF and I have been friends for 40+ years and have "survivor" blood running through our veins. Not for any medical reasons, but for the lemons life has thrown at us over the years. Right now I will admit that I am feeling helpless. But I will turn to my faith and the medical advances made over the years.
Thanks for stopping by (and letting me vent a bit)
Hope everyone has a good, healthy, happy weekend. Don't forget to hug the ones you love....((HUGS))