Monday, January 30, 2012

~ Please meet Heather, a survivor of Mesothelioma ~

I want to introduce you to an incredible young lady by the name of Heather.  She is a mom and a survivor of Mesothelioma.  If you have any family or friends affected by this dread disease, please refer them to Heather's blog. She has been through so much and would like to help those diagnosed.

Isn't she gorgeous?

A few words from her:

The reason I have reached out to you is because of your blog! I myself am a mother to a quirky little 6 year old, Lily. She is my only child, and my whole world (I’m sure you know the feeling!)
The very beginning of Lily’s life was a little more turbulent than I would have hoped for. When Lily was just 31/2 months old, I was diagnosed with Mesothelioma; a type of cancer that kills 90-95% of those who have it.  As I’m sure you can imagine, the first thing that came to mind when I was diagnosed was my baby girl and how I wasn’t going to be able to watch her grow up.

After all that, I’m still here 6 years later and cancer free! I'd like to turn my pain into purpose and become someone that other parents can look to for guidance, inspiration, and hope in situations like my own. I contacted you because I feel that your website would be an excellent place for me to share my story.  Your visitors are the exact type of people I'm trying to reach out to; these are all the types of people who could gain something from my story.

I've been a volunteer with Chemo Angels  since 2003 and miracles are wrought every day in the treatment of cancer. Awareness is a HUGE concern though as many people do not see their Drs for annual physicals, have mammograms or even contact their physician when symptoms are evident.  As a typical female, Heather felt she was just overly tired from work, being a new mother, etc.  Even when you receive a diagnosis that might be questionable, it's imperative to push for more tests, information, second or third opinions, etc.  Cancer is not selective to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference or belief system. 

Please take a look at Heather's blog.  She's dynamite and you'll be so glad you did!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

~ An Update and Stepping Stones ~

I've missed everyone so much!  It's been so crazy around here and I've felt so yucky, just didn't feel I had anything of value to share. I read something today about "stepping stones" and thought perhaps that's what I'm experiencing...stepping stones, although rough & jagged at times, can lead to wonderful, exciting things!

I mentioned eons ago, a couple months ago about having the cabinets in the kitchen and both bathrooms painted white. Well, I lost count of how many times the painters were here...4 for sure!  Then the maintenance guys here had to take alllllll the doors off and apply new hinges and then reinstall the doors...and then retouch the paint where needed.  Electricians were here one day when I was gone...had to have Forrester out of here plus my car was in the shop so I literally was gone from 8:30a.m. to 6p.m.  When I returned, totally exhausted and minus a LOT of money for car repairs, I found holes left in the ceilings and walls where they had wired new ceiling fans in my bedroom and the living room. Oh, and they also broke the key off in the lock of the front door and a new lock had to be installed. I received a phone call about that and had to go to my neighbor's to pick up the new keys as the office would be closed when I got home. :-(    I cannot stand for any type of spider, bug or varmint to have a way into my home so I keep a close watch for repairs that might need to be made to window or door seals and  I came home to actual HOLES!  I'm not supposed to use stairs due to my knees, however, I had to use the step stool to climb up and stuff the holes with plastic bags. There was sheet rock dropped where it landed, debris everywhere, books & photos knocked over in a bookcase and a total mess left. I called the office and left a very *angry* message!  Then we have the repairs and clean up for all of that with me threatening everyone that entered with their life.  The repairs were made the next day and I have to say the painters did a wonderful job of repairing, HOWEVER, they did NOT  use the proper texture technique and painted the ceiling areas the same color as the walls. The ceilings are off-white and all the walls are a pale khaki color. guessed it, another hissy fit was pitched or thrown, either way you call it, I did it!  Then....these guys had to return. This is a *brief* synopsis of all that's occurred. I know it's boring enough to read just this so I will not elaborate.

I am still going to physical therapy 3x a week and trying to do all the exercises at home....when a crew of dingbats have not been here.  I am honestly at my wit's end with these knees and muscles too. I'm in such pain at times that I'm near tears. I do take the RX for pain although it's just a high dose of Tylenol. I don't even like to take it but have to.  The therapist is a bit perplexed I think as the left patella will not stay in place. She taped both knees last Friday and it did help some. I honestly have a high tolerance for pain but this is very unusual....the muscles hurt so much that I can hardly even think and cannot do much until it stops. When I feel good, I have all these ideas about things I want to do around here, new recipes to try, you name it. I get very little done and my mood is "not me" at all. I see the orthopedic Dr again on the 6th. I really hope that he can offer some help if things have not drastically improved by then.

It's sad to even complain when my friends are going through so much with their daughter, Candace. She is improving and that's a miracle from God!  She's a young adult, early 20's, that didn't feel she needed health insurance. She needs to be in a Neuro Rehab facility, however, she must have a scholarship now. They have had the interviews and completed all the paperwork, including disability, Medicaid, etc.  They cleaned out their office and made room there for Candace and her needs. Someone has to be with her 24/7 as she has horrendous headaches and behavior problems. Two relatives are RN's and they are helping so much. Eric, Candace's boyfriend, has not left her side even though he was injured too. God's grace has brought them this far and your continued prayers are so very much appreciated! It's heartbreaking to see all of them going through this.

This probably sounds like a total Debbie Downer post and for that, I apologize. I do know that when we experience these valleys, there's an incredible, joyful mountain top in the future! These stepping stones will lead to the top and I can hardly wait!  I hope to be able to start visiting you and commenting. I know everyone's probably doing some amazing things and I'm missing out.

Have a glorious weekend!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

~ Just FYI ~

There were probably many, many times last year when I

Disturbed You, 
Troubled You, 
Pestered You, 
Irritated You, 
Bugged You, 
Or got on your Nerves!
So today, I just wanted to tell you:


Suck it up, Cupcake! 
Cause there 
Planned for 2012
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous
New Year

I have no idea how a lot of you are already into projects, photography, etc., already!  I'm doing well to just make it through each day. ;-)

I mentioned earlier in December that all the cabinets here, kitchen and both bathrooms, were painted white. Well, yes ~ 3 times a painter was here!  I think they finally got it right. However, the maintenance guys here still have to come and install all new hinges. I've had a lot going on personally so haven't had the energy to have them come yet...but I need to get it done.  Due to having to move EVERYTHING out of all the cabinets and all the decor too, I damaged my knees. Yuck!  Found out last year when I moved that I have arthritis in both knees and I felt that was the problem. Just continued to have severe pain and also in my legs...some days I've been close to tears and barely able to walk. Saw an orthopedic Dr last week and he is wonderful!  X-rays revealed that yes, there is fact, it's bone on bone. However, my knee caps are out of place and that's the source of all the pain. I'm now going to physical therapy 3x a week as well as doing exercises/stretching at home, icing them 4x a day and taking heavy duty Tylenol. It is better at the moment so I'm hoping this does the trick!  Such a waste of time as well as unpleasantly painful. I feel silly even mentioning this as there are so many more important issues, including this one:

A dear friend's daughter was critically injured in a motorcycle accident NYE. She's a beautiful young lady and in the Neuro Critical Care Unit at a Dallas hospital with a traumatic brain injury. She's on a ventilator but one lung collapsed Monday night and antibiotics are given for the lung infection. She survived one surgery and an MRI last evening shows damage to the frontal lobes and an indication of a stroke. She has responded to Dr's commands but has not opened her eyes yet.  One thing that makes this situation even more horrid is that her sister, Melanie, was murdered near UNT a couple of years ago. You may have seen it on TV and Paula Zahn covered it too and interviewed the parents. One wonders just how much a family can take... God has the Master Plan and we don't so therefore, it is difficult to understand these things, at least for me.

If you would be so kind to pray for Candace and her parents, it would be so appreciated!