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Starting the BUCKET LIST

It’s been a while since I’ve added to my blog.  A lot has happened.  I’ve been on a couple trips, one of which was to Kauai with my kids and their families.  The scan before going to Kauai came out clear, but we had all decided that if the scan was not good we were still gonna go on the special trip anyway.  So, it was a big relief that it came out clear. [...]

MRI, Bucket List, and HAIR REVEAL!

Nettie’s little sister Susan here.  I was in Omaha recently, and the 3 Thompson Sisters had a couple of sleep-overs, which was terrific (well, the night my blow-up bed went flat wasn’t terrific, but that’s another story…).  While I was there Annette had an MRI and got the results.  She wanted to write about it, but instead of BLOG she VLOGed – a video log!  So here you have it – Nettie’s first VLOG.  She talks about her MRI, her dislike of being “poked”, her bucket list, and even reveals her HAIR! [...]

2018 Can Kiss My Mass

It has been a LONG time since I've written on my blog, and I have a LOT to say.

November 11th was the big Sketti for Nettie Benefit. It was a huge success. Sooo many people showed up - I was amazed. People I hadn't seen in years were there. I tried to talk to as many people as I could, but it was impossible to talk to everyone. I appreciate everyone who worked on the committee and put
everything together. The donations were overwhelming. The food was delicious. The prize baskets were outstanding. The music was perfect. And the MC was his usual silly self. I thank everyone who played a part in it. The "Be Brave" video was one of the highlights for me. I still watch it almost everyday, and it brings tears to my eyes almost every time. The video highlights special people in my life, including my family, my friends, my students, my co-workers, even my care givers. Here is a link to the video so you can see it:  Kick Some Mass Video .  The benefit really uplifted me and helped me get through to the end of the year.[...]

Showers Are Overrated

I have my 2nd round of chemo under my belt.  And round 2 kicked my mass!  I am so glad it was only for 5 days.  It was a double dose compared to what I took my first round.  I finished on Sunday night - thank goodness that was the last one because it nearly was a knock-out round.  I don't think I could have done another day.  Now I have 3 weeks off, and then I start all over again.  [...]

Time for a VACATION!

This morning when I woke up I was feeling soooo tired and exhausted. I could hardly get dressed. I could hardly fix my hair, the little hair that I have left, that I had to ask for help. The radiation has finally done a number on me. But I am proud to say today was my last day of treatment. I went through six weeks of radiation at the Buffett Cancer Center - Monday through Friday, and six weeks of chemotherapy - Monday through Sunday. I never missed a single treatment. I have been told not everyone makes it through all of their treatment - they have to stop because they can't handle it. It is a good thing it ended today, because I don't know if I could have handled another day. I get 3 weeks off and then start another chemo pill, which is a stronger dose. I hope I can handle this one like I handled the last one.[...]

A Light At The End Of The Tunnel

After today I have ONE WEEK left of radiation, and I couldn't be happier.  Looking back on it now, it has gone pretty quickly.  But on that first day it felt like it was going to be an eternity until it ended.  On the last day I get to RING THAT BELL, and I hope someone videos it so you all can see it, too.  Cuz I'm gonna RING THAT BELL like I've never rung a bell before.  [...]

Tattoos Are For Brave Girls, Too

It has been a BUSY 17 days since my last blog!  My house was for sale, sold, and is up for sale again. I have 2 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy under my belt without many side effects except for fatigue and a little bit of hair loss.  I am getting ready to move in with my daughter Ashlee and her family.  I have done so well in Physical Therapy that they are talking about me driving again and lowering my PT hours.  And I even have my first tattoo.[...]

C Day

D Day has been re-named C DAY.

The night before C Day and I keep thinking about getting zapped in the head in my Anthony Hopkins helmet.  It is not a pleasant thought.  I hope I can sleep tonight...  I am not expecting any side effects after my first treatment tomorrow.  I am expecting side effects to come a few weeks later.  That is what i have heard from other people.[...]

Treatment Countdown Is On

My first entry on my new lap top! Bear with me! Apparently, unbeknownst to me, my sister Susan sent out a plea asking if anyone had an old lap top they were not using and would be willing to donate to me to continue my blog.It's harder than heck to try to write it on my phone and I am a stickler when it comes to proper spelling. It has been driving me bonkers seeing all my spelling errors and just errors in general, and on top of all that i just traded my old phone in for a newer version. And that same day I got the newer phone, i was admitted into the hospital.So needless to say - my family and friends were getting some texts that were waaaaaay out there. Let's just say sometimes I couldn't even decipher them myself. When they would say, "NETTIE, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?", my reply would have to be honest and I'd have to say foolishly, "I HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE" or "YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE". So please be patient as I learn to use a lap top now This is my first time using a lap top. I'm one those girls who is perfectly fine without too many changes in my life.Thank you so much for the person who donated this wonderful laptop. I promise to practice on it and just keep getting better and better. Soon there will be minimal errors.[...]