Monday, October 30, 2006

Bad news - more cancer in my family

My papa has been diagnosed with lung cancer. It is amazing how much harder it is to think about someone you love going through cancer than it is yourself. He is such an amazing man and I am devestated for my family and my Nana.
Please keep him in your prayers.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Email - Checking in on day 81+

I hope this note finds you and your families happy and healthy preparing for what I am sure is going to be a hectic holiday season.

Thought I would send a quick note and check in with you all. Since I have been back at work I have been able to catch up with a few of you. It is great to be back in the working world and out of the house. I am feeling better everyday and counting down the days until day 100 (19 days left) when all bets are off and the fun begins! I am also looking forward to my hair growing out so I can have a scarf burning party.

I don’t have much to report on the health front. I met with my Dr today and have my 1st set of scans on 11/6. Once we have the results from those scans we will do one of 2 things. 1 – If the scans are clear I will start 28 days of radiation. This is no big deal, 15 mins a day for 28 days. It doesn’t hurt and there are no weird side effects. 2- If the scans show some irregularities then we go back to the drawing board. My doctors and I are positive things will continue heading in a positive direction so, no worries.

On a serious note my grandfather has been diagnosed with lung cancer so if you would all please keep him in your prayers as he begins this journey I would appreciate it.

If I haven’t said it enough – thanks to each of you for your constant support,

Monday, October 23, 2006

Day 80 - Life...right around the corner

So today is 80 days since my transplant and I can honestly say.....I knew I would make it, it just felt like I wouldn't everyday for the last 80 days. Although my mind is has caught up, minus the few 'chemo brain' moments my body is not being as thoughtful. I am looking into begining some rehab via pilates over the next couple months to regain my pre-cancer strength and figure (who am I kidding right?).
I am trying to keep tabs on all my transplant buddies. Everyone seems to be experiencing the same 'my body is a daily science experiment' tribulations as I am so that is fun to chat about. I have also met a new friend, Sandra who is 24 and just relapsed Hodgkin's. She is about to enter mobilization and our instant bond has been healing for us both. It has really helped me to watch her and keep my perspective on how far 80 days really is and I think seeing me at 80 days is helping her see the end of the road (at least I hope).
That is all for now...hope this finds you all happy and healthy.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Day 68...Back to work....seemed like a good idea

I am not doing a good job at being 'work girl' and 'sick girl'. I feel fine so the stay clear of life orders are hard to stick to. I am doing my best but have to admit - I have stopped being the good patient. Don't tell!
Updated picture of me and my roommate (aka: my sister)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Day 62 and back to life...back to reality

So today is day 62 (since my transplant). I am feeling good! I started back to work this week and the adjustment back into 'normal' life is mentally a nice break from the world of sickness. I am slowly trying to find my place back here but it all seems so much less important.
I am having trouble turning my brain off now that I am in survivorship mode. I think it is beacuse last time I started to live life again is when it all hit the fan for the second time. I am just trying to hang on, enjoy life and keep reassuring everyone around me that I FEEL FINE!!!!