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Life is Good- Simple as That!
Since it had been quite a while since I have posted on this blog I figured I would change things up seeing how that is all I have done this past year is see changes in my body & my life. I hope to be a little more punctual at posting and checking back her, feel free to leave me comments! You know how fun it is to get mail- :-) Anyway, I hope you enjoy what you see & read.

Monday, February 28, 2011

2 more to go!

As usual when I got to the cancer center for my chemo today they took some blood to see if my cell count was up- I should say so! 10,000 is good, last week I was down to 1900.  Today my count was at 13,000! WooHoo! I received my chemo today and only have 2 more to go; then it's on to radiation for 6-8 weeks. I do get a brief respite tho', for a couple of weeks before the radiation starts. I am still fighting like a girl and feel as tho' I am ahead of the game, let's hope so!
   Today I am adding a bit to my blog for a friend. She had a new baby in January and seems to be feeling a bit blue these days. you may remember, not doing all she should for two children- we all know better if we are mamas. Her story reminded me tho' of my sister and her little T-bone who would get rather cranky every afternoon before his daddy got home. Cry for hours, or so it seemed. Whether it just stopped when he did arrive or he had to hold him to quiet him, it helped peace be restored to the household.  Well, it seems that my friend has this same situation going on., and as I read her story, I remembered my wonderful mother cross-stitching a beautiful poem for my dear sis. Maybe just to ease her mind maybe just out of the love she so willing gave and still does to her girls, no actually to everyone she meets. Ok, I am rambling a bit- anyway here is the poem; I hope it helps others in this "new mom " stage of their lives.
This one is as old as the hills (and me)! It is the last refrain from "Song for a 5th Child" by Ruth Hamilton.
"Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth, Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."
So, my dear friends with new babies, love them and rock them and let those dust-bunnies sleep and tell those cobwebs to quiet down as well, you to your loved ones have songs to sing and stories to tell. sweet dreams everyone, love ya, Kathy

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Well, no chemo today, again not for snow this time tho'

- my blood count was way low. So now I get to have a shot each day for 3 days that will make my bones hurt, but is supposed to boost those cells up, THEN I can go back to work on Thursday and all the other things I enjoy, but for now I am on house arrest for the next two days :(

No reason I can't pay some much needed to a few things around here tho! I believe that I will work on my journal that I am creating for this cancer- it's also a book safe to keep the cards and trinkets that I have received from family & friends. I will post a few pics after I get some more work done on it.

Taxes need attention too- guess there is no better time than now to get everything collected and get that fun job taken care of and maybe, just maybe I can find time to scrap a page or two.

Sooo, bottom line is that outside of this rotten bronchitus that I haven't been able to shake thusfar, I do feel good and am glad to say that I am still kickin' cancer's ass!

Monday, February 14, 2011

3rd time was a charm!

Well, I finally got my chemo last Friday after attempting Monday & Wednesday with no help from the weather for success at either day. Monday I didn't even make it home from work- I ended up staying at a friend's house in town! I am soooooo sick of snow! I even drove up to Paducah on Wednesday and it came so fast and heavy that I didn't dare stay; as it turned out, I made the right decision! I made it almost home before ever even sliding or slipping but I did manage to get the truck stuck and had to walk the last road home. ugh!

I began the next regimen of my chemo last Friday, I am now receiving Taxotere. I am told that the fatigue could be worse so not to be surprised at it. So far so good! I went back to school today- thanks to a week of snow days that will be made up! and still feel fairly human, but for this rotten congestion and cough that I have been fighting for a week now.
This first picture was taken when I left home Wednesday morning, the next about 3 hours later while I was driving home- keep in mind now that we don't get this kind of snow around here. Did I mention how I really do not like this nasty white stuff!

Wish me some luck and say a prayer that this chemo doesn't knock me on my butt! Talk at you again soon-love ya, Kathy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I like it HOT!!!

Well, my dear friends, not that life is bad, but it certainly has been better! I missed chemo on Monday- thank yo snow, again. I rescheduled for today, got up there and by the time I got to the cancer center the SNOW was coming down so fast & the roads were already covered and getting slick. I decided it was definitely i my best interest to forgo the treatment, reschedule AGAIN for Friday this time an see where we get this time.
     As if that wasn't enough, Monday, by the time our little friends got on buses or into their cars, the road was already enough that I didn't want to try driving home so I stayed at a friends house. Tonight Chris will be staying in Clarksville for the same reason. He had an all day training down there and decided he was better off to stay there-

And people wonder why I HATE SNOW! I have yet to have a good experience with the blasted white stuff! oh yea, side note, it only took me 2+ hours to get home from Paducah- yup, I'm lovin' it!

TTFN, hope your day and week is going nicer than mine has- love ya, Kathy

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Life is Good

This has become my new way of answering when I am asked how I am doing- I really can't explain it but that is just how I feel about things. When I think of how this whole journey of my cancer treatment could be and how easy I have it compared to most everyone else, well, my life really is good. It's all relative I guess. Sure I have to go through chemo every other week and bloodwork in between that. I get more tired than I used to and don't do quite all of the things I used to, or more like want to but all in all, Life is Good! I have prayers being said for my well being across the country and support from everyone around me and talk about feelin' the love! well, I certainly do-  YOU are why my Life is Good-It's nice to be so well loved.  Thank you everyone.

Now, if I could only figure out how to get summer here ...FAST!