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In a nut shell : I'm a wife, a full time working mom, a teacher, a Star Wars geek, comic book nerd, Disney enthusiast, hockey Mom, a decade long breast cancer survivor, and oh let's not forget such a happy, sassy, southern mess!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Update





Good Morning Everyone!

I just wanted to give ya'll an update on how things are going here. I was in ICU last month but I am doing well. It was a very unexpected event, but I did recover and I am back up and on my feet.

I am still in remission, but there are some questions regarding if the cancer has spread right now. They are slightly concerned about the paralyses on the left side of my face. It is not terribly bad, but it seems to be more noticeable to the doctors than it was before. I also have two lumps on the back of my skull that are growing, and are becoming painful. They have also stared causing me intense painful headaches. I see an neurologist on June 2, 2008. I am not overly concerned but I am aware that this could be a problem as the doctors are behaving a bit more serious than usual. Just keep this in prayer and I am sure that all will be well.

As for my R.A. , it is getting worse, but I am managing. My arthritis is a direct result of my chemo and one I wish I could have done without. But I am all about living inspite of difficulties. I battle some days to get things done and I am tired a lot, but I am not about to give into it! My back and hands are in bad shape and that keeps me from getting on the computer as often as before. It has spread into my neck, shoulders, knees, hips, hands and spine. I am on too many meds to mention with the newest being an immune suppressant. My liver is also giving me some trouble as my functions are too high. I go back in to redo the blood work this week. Once that comes back we will figure out a treatment plan. My doctor has also put me on a med to raise my blood pressure since it is hanging out a bit too low. At my last and most recent visit last week he also thought he heard a heart murmur. That does not surprise me too much though since one of the side affects of my chemo was damage to the heart etc.

In all, I am well. Please bear with me as I try to get back up and running as usual? It may take me some time, but I will do it! I love all of you and I am so thankful for the support and love that I have received from all of my dear family and friends.

Love to all,
Christina

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Slaying the Beast

Slaying the Beast

Life is good at throwing curve balls, isn't it? One day the world is full of promise and the next it is full of hopelessness. Believe me I know! I have been living on this test track of insanity for over 2 years now. As soon as the car starts to slow down and I think I am going to catch a break, start to unbuckle and get out of the vehicle to stretch my legs, it starts again. Your head hits the back of the seat and you are off . Zero to sixty in 1.2 seconds! That is about how life goes whether you are dealing with an illness or not. Life is plain and simply a ride through the unknown.

Since being admitted to the ICU for 4 days last month I have tried to slow the pace down, catch my breath and keep my hands on the steering wheel, and for the most part I have succeeded. I have taken my meds, rested when I could and slowed my body down as best as I know how. But still I have had to deal with pain, my hands being the first on the list and all of these pushy, in your face deal with me now, we have to have your attention emotions.

I have come to the conclusion that strength and fear can both bring you hope, just as courage and faith can give you strength when you are speeding through life at 90 miles per hour. Still there are those times that anger throws a blow to your heart, and pain creeps into your spirit bruising your core. The internal struggle is never seen by others because this fight is fought within your soul. But still you can feel it and you know it quite well.

Even though life changes as quickly as the seasons, change is hard. You keep reminding yourself that you have slain the beast. You can come out and bask in the sun again, feel the wind not only on your face but through your hair. But the fear that the beast will rise up from the dead is a constant ringing voice in your ear. You fought hard, wielded your sword, physically carved the beast's claw from your body and then put your sword through what you believed to be the heart of the beast. You celebrated victory, walked hand and hand with those who fought by your side and reclaimed what the beast took from you. Still there are those days, those appointments that throw you for a loop. It's like riding the ocean's waves and then suddenly taken under by her currents.

Just as you have taken off your armor and laid your head down the beast rises. Finally after all this time, you are resting allowing your body and soul to heal, But the rotted remnants of the beast is moving and you awake to feel its' hot, boiling breath exhaling once more . Suddenly, yet not unexpectedly life has changed and so you rise to face this beast yet again. True the light may be dim but it is still enough to light the way. As you put your armor back on, grab your sword and run back onto the battlefield you realize that even with all your doubts, fears and anger that you are ready to step back into the fight. You can stare this beast in the eyes yet again you know that you have slain it once before. Even better the beast knows it as well.!

Christina