Today is the first day of school around here.
I have four going today.
From left to right, Gracyn is going to kindergarten, Kennedy is going to 2nd grade, and Michael is going to half day preschool.
Madison is headed out for her first day of her Junior year.
I know they will all have a great day!!
I can’t wait to hear all about it!
We have had some birthday celebrations around here lately.
Gracyn came up from Arkansas to stay a week last month, so we celebrated her 5th birthday while she was here.
We had a cookout and birthday cake and ice cream at her Aunt Kayli’s house.
All her cousins were there!!
The picture above on the right is Gracyn with her great grandparents.
I also threw a surprise 50th birthday party for Big Ran.
We had a Miami Dolphin cake and Mountain Dew cupcakes on the desert table.
I made a 50 sign with pictures of him on it.
He received some great old man gifts!!!
I don’t know if you have noticed or not , but Big Ran has grown a “Soul Patch” on his chin since he has retired from the Army Reserve.
He is very proud!
He joined the Army Reserve when he was 18, so this is the first time he has had to grow facial hair.
So to honor his “Soul Patch”, I bought those stick on mustaches and cut them to look like soul patches for everyone to wear.
I wish I had taken more pictures!!!
My cousin, Joni and her son, Dakota on the right and Big Ran’s coach from high school, Gerald Bond on the left.
We all had a great time!
I added a new blog post to my other blog, http://www.justrestingup-home.blogspot.com last night. Go check it out if you have a little extra time this evening. I hope you enjoy it!
Today I had my last chemotherapy session.
It feels great to finally be done.
I will continue to do treatments every week until November to block the cancer from coming back.
Hopefully, this means I will start getting some energy back and feel like my old self again.
Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes.
And yes, as a lot of you told me it would, my hair has come back in curly!
I want to start this blog by saying, “Thank you” to all the generous people in my life and in my family’s life.
We are still receiving cards, prayers, emails, texts, Snapchats, Facebook messages, phone calls, and the yummy food from the great cooks around.
The last time I blogged about my breast cancer journey, I told you that I only had three more rounds of chemotherapy left.
I finished that.
Along with the chemo I was taking 200 milligrams of a cancer blocker called Herceptin.
The Herceptin is given for a total of a year.
My year is over in November.
Normally when you finish with the chemo you continue with the Herceptin until your year is up.
Instead of going in to the cancer center every week, they triple up the dose and you go every three weeks.
In 8% of patients that have gone through this whole scenario you swell up everywhere including your joints and this causes some terrible joint pain.
I happen to be in the lucky 8%!!!
So I am off from work for now until this subsides.
I am not supposed to be on my feet for more than 30 minutes at a time or lift more than 5 pounds.
So, this little fella and I have done a lot of hanging out!
Isn’t he sweet!
I’m not complaining about this, just an update.
Since I am off work and not making any money, I am selling some extra goodies that we have lying around the house that we don’t want to move to the new house in a few weeks.
I will be adding a bunch of stuff every day for the next few days.
Okay, on to the rest of the story, as I have mentioned before, I have two different kinds of breast cancer.
One is called HER2-positive metastic breast cancer.
They have just come out with a new chemotherapy for this cancer that also has a blocker with it.
It is called Perjeta.
It has been used for stage 4 cancer patients for a while now and has recently been approved for stage 3 breast cancer patients, which is what I am considered.
My doctor has recommended that I do 4 rounds of this every three weeks.
Back on the chemo……………………..
I have had one round of this so far.
I can not express to anyone how hard this is on the family of a cancer patient.
It has to be way worse than anything that I could go through.
I love you all!!