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Posted 2018-09-04T02:16:33Z

August 22 post

Two weeks ago today I drove to and from Durham for my last treatment. Nine days before that I attended my last grandparent’s funeral and then drove to Durham for a treatment. Looking back at the last few weeks and months it all seems a blur.....daily trips to Durham while working (so thankful for a team that worked with me), surgery, moving Parker back to Raleigh, both girls starting back to school, ballgames, and so much more. So thankful and so blessed (ok, and so exhausted), but so glad to be back to life as usual and on the upswing of healing.[...]

Posted 2018-07-11T17:35:00Z

Another reminder that I am NOT in control and patience is important

So Peyton and I drove up to Durham yesterday afternoon and spent the night for my 8:30 radiation oncology appointment this morning. I was in a room by 8:20 thinking I’d be out of there by 9:00. I think God laughs at me every time I think I’m making some plans. At 11:20 I finally finished that appointment we went to lunch and now am back waiting for my 1:30 appointment. [...]

Posted 2018-06-21T00:46:00Z

Resting, healing, and waiting

Thankful that 2 days out from surgery I still haven't had to take anything stronger than Tylenol. I took my bandages off today and was shocked at how big the incisions were, but thankful they are only sore and don't really hurt. I'm just glad to have the cancer GONE. I've had a couple updates on the Duke MyChart today and of course, immediately logged in only to see that it wasn't anything I didn't already know. It was kind of cool reading about exactly how they put the wire in and the nuclear injection. Better reading it AFTER it was done than before. Neither were bad. Honestly, thinking about them was worse than the actual process. [...]

Posted 2018-06-19T15:00:00Z

Surgery is over!

I had my surgery yesterday morning. My morning consisted of  having a wire placed, nuclear shot to locate the lymph nodes, and then finally being put to sleep for a lumpectomy and to have lymph nodes removed. All went well and we are headed home now. I’m a little sore, but not in pain. I go back next week for post op and to set up my treatment plan. [...]

Posted 2018-06-06T00:13:00Z

Life is good!

We went back to Duke today. The biopsy that was done on May 25 was benign. Yay!!! They had called me at the end of last week and told me they felt sure enough to call to say it wasn’t cancer, but wanted to run a few more slides before the official report was written. We are now waiting on genetic testing results. I had that done last Wednesday. It was originally scheduled for May 25, but we missed the appointment because the MRI guided biopsy took so long. [...]

Posted 2018-05-25T19:32:00Z

Enjoy the sunshine!

May 22

We are sitting at the airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We just spent 4 nights away from reality at the beautiful Sandals Resort in Negril celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We honeymooned in Ocho Rio, Jamaica and thought it was only appropriate we go back to Jamaica. We only saw the sunshine a few hours yesterday, but were thankful it only rained a little. We spent many hours wandering around the resort, lounging by the ocean, kayaking, tubing, paddle boarding, riding water trikes, supporting the local economy with lots of purchases for the kiddos, and exploring Negril including the famous Rick’s Cafe where we DIDN’T jump off the cliff. We also had the opportunity to tour Beaches Negril and Grand Pineapple to sneak in a little travel agent time. [...]

Posted 2018-05-10T22:29:00Z

Just when I thought I had it all planned out, God reminded me He was in control.

So I thought I had it all planned out, but God reminded me yesterday that He is in control and my job is to trust Him and leave the planning to Him. So I THOUGHT I’d have a lumpectomy on May 31, heal for 4 week, go on vacation the week of July 4, and then have 33 days of radiation. I knew there were 3 things that could mean I would also need chemo and was prepared for that, but I NEVER anticipated what I would find out yesterday. [...]