Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"All the Small Things"

So tomorrow night I am attending a new member meeting at Gildas Club here in Nashville ( It's a cancer support group founded by Gene Wilder after Gilda Radner died of cancer! I almost didn't join because I just felt like my cancer wasn't the same as others - I almost felt...silly! But then I realized that if nothing else, I could be a support to others and I love volunteering and just being a viable part of society! I'll definitely keep an update on how that is going!
After the meeting, Chase and I are heading out to a cookout with my friend Cheri! I'm excited when we actually go out with other people! You'd think that after 1.5 years of living here, we'd have a much better social life than we do! Good thing we REALLY like eachother because we spend ALOT of time together! I was also looking into the Junior League of Nashville just to help out in the community and meet some people in the area, but that may have to wait a while!!

I (all by myself ) am taking a trip home (Port Neches) next weekend for my little brother's graduation! I CANNOT believe he is graduating and going off to college! He received a full scholarship to Lamar University to play football - can you tell I'm a proud big sister!!?!?! I'm just truly excited to see everyone and spend time with family and NOT running around doing wedding stuff like every other time I have been there!!! I am flying with a buddy pass, so pray that I get on a flight early enough to make it to the graduation...oh, and to get on a flight that gets me back here in time for work on Monday!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Stand By Me"

So I started my treatment last week and as I'm coming up on my 1 week, I thought I'd do a little update! I TOTALLY see how this could cause weight gain! I am hungry all the time! And not like "i'm bored" hungry, like my stomach is literally growling! I keep a big jug of water with me at work so I just chug it to suppress it a bit! Chase and I started running again yesterday to offset any splurges I may find myself in! I'm not sure if it's the medication, but I feel a bit more irritable and emotional! Yea, we'll just blame that on the medication! LOL! Otherwise, I feel great and I'm in good spirits about beating this thing! I'm also religiously taking my Mona Vie so at least I'm getting my fruit servings for the day!!!

I'm so excited that I keep getting feedback about the 5K/half marathon in DC! No hotel or flight info has been posted! Chase and I have both decided that we are 99% sure we are going! We've talked about taking a trip to DC, so what better time than now...and for a good cause! I'll let everyone know when we register! It's $30 to register and I'm sure we can find a hotel to share and cut down on costs! Has anyone ever flown to DC? I found (online) that flying into Maryland is bit cheaper!

I will be heading home to Texas in a couple of weeks for my brothes high school graduation! I cannot believe he's all grown up - and going to college! I keep a picture of him from when he was 6 years old on my fridge! OH goodness...I'm getting old!! :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" appointment was at 1pm today so Chase met me there to get the final say from the oncologist! After waiting close to an hour (we didn't actually see the dr. until about 2pm and both of us had to get back to work), we finally had a seat in his office and laid everything on the table. He showed us the 2 pathology reports done by 2 different doctors. Both had the same result...endometrial cancer grade 1-2. He said that because it was primarily grade 1, he would still leave the option for hormone treatment on the table. Of course, up to this point, I had really erased the "other" option from my mind, although deep down, I knew it could still happen! There are very little risks involved with the treatments. There is a 50-60% chance of the the treatment - Megace - working on this kind of case. To me, that sounded worth a try. The cancer is still slow growing, so there should be no devastating results for trying it for 3 months to see if it works. The biggest side effects include blood clots and an increased appetite! UGH! Seriously, the last thing I need is to gain weight! Anyway, he gave me the prescription and if I had my insurance card with me, I would be starting treatment tomorrow! So now it will start on Thursday or Friday!!! I take 4 pills, 4 times a day for 3 months and then I go back for a biopsy on August 6! In the mean time, we will be visiting some urologists to get some detailed information on the reversal situation. This way, WHEN the cancer is gone after 3 months we can get his surgery done and get started on this baby thing!!!

After the appointment Chase made a comment that has kinda stuck with me. It almost seems like he Megace treatment will "hold off" the cancer, assuming it will work, but eventually, I'll have to have a hysterectomy! I guess it's like with any cancer treatment though, it will help move the cancer to remission, but nothing guarantees it to go away forever! All I want is one...ok...maybe 3 kids...and then I'll be able to handle the hysterectomy idea a little better!!!!

I guess my next few updates will be focused on my reaction to the treatment and any information we find out about Chase!!! Til then....

Friday, May 1, 2009

"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"

Some of you may have recieved the email from me regarding the Gynocologic Cancer Foundation Half Marathon and 5K! I'm sooo excited that several of you responded saying that you would be interested!! It's still a little early, so the hotel and travel information hasn't been posted yet, but as soon as it becomes available, I'll be all over it!!!

Let me know if you wanna join! I thought it would not only be a great cause, but we could also have a great time in DC (and celebrate my mom's birthday too)!!!!