Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Muppets

Josh thinks I need to get a job at the Franklin Theater, because I do love it there. Last weekend they were showing the new Muppet Movie and  we took the girls and it was fabulous! At one point in the movie, they are talking about how everyone has moved on with their lives and forgotten about the Muppets and Anna Belle leaned over to me and said, "It wasn't us -we never forgot about them, we still watch the Muppet show on those tapes (VHS)". She's right, we do still have lots of Muppet Show VHS tapes that we still watch. Today I went out and bought us a DVD copy, so we can continue that tradition.

If you haven't seen the new Muppet Movie - I highly recommend it! It will definitely make you smile, and it might even make you tear up a little. Chassi and I were pretty misty eyed toward the end.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Little sis...

This morning I got a call that made my heart skip a beat. My little sister Lisa called to tell me she had found a lump and they wanted her to come in right away for a diagnostic mammogram. I could tell she was nervous, and I headed down to Baptist to meet her. Everyone we encountered from the admitting clerk to the ultrasound technician and radiologist were helpful and kind. After a few films, followed by an ultrasound it was determined that what she had was a fluid filled cyst. They used to drain these, but often they go away on their own, so the new treatment is to watch and see if they do. You could tell everyone was relieved to be able to give Lisa good news, and we were ecstatic to hear it!

We went out for a burger and soda after to celebrate! What a relief to get good news!!

What would you do?

My friend Amy, was sitting in a room, waiting on her turn for radiation treatment. Amy advanced cancer and is a wonderful example to all of us to live each day to the fullest. While she was patiently wating, she  put this post on her facebook wall: "What would you do if today was your last day?"

At last count she had 17 replies, and guess what? Not one of them mentioned work! Every person talked about being with people they loved, enjoying God's creations and expressing thanks for all their blessings. Also campfires and smores came up several times. This made me smile, because I do love campfires...and smores!

Just to be clear, I am not trying to say that work is not important. Unless you are independently wealthy, work is a big part of our lives. Let me say that again - work is a part of our lives, it should not be our whole life and we should never put it before those we love. At the present moment I have a job that allows me to travel the state of Tennessee, and this has been a blessing for me because I have people I love all over Tennessee. This job has allowed me to do my job during business hours, and spend time with friends and family in the evening. I am thankful to have a job that allows me to balance life and work, and I pray that it continues.

If you are reading this, please stop and say a prayer for my friends Amy and Amber tonight. After your prayer, ponder this question - If today was my last day, how would I spend it?

Not old...just older

Sometimes it annoys me when my doctors use phrases like, this can be expected at your age. Then I stop and remind myself how lucky I am to be here.

This song came on the radio as I was leaving the eye doctor, and I felt like it was very appropriate.

I like the bed I'm sleeping in
It's just like me, it's broken in
It's not old - just older
Like a favorite pair of torn blue jeans
This skin I'm in it's alright with me
It's not old - just older

                ~Written by Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Falcon

Please pray for my friend

My friend Amber's cancer has reared it's ugly head again. It's back in her liver and now there is a spot in her lung too. I was hoping and praying she would remain clear and wouldn't have to battle this again - the whole thing makes my heart hurt.

Amber knows I love her and I will be here with her every step of this journey. Please pray for my friend!

Ablation

My chemotherapy treatments sent me into menopause and took away my monthly cycle for over a year. I was hoping that was the end of that and I wouldn't have to worry about it ever again, and then...it returned with a vengance! I've been battling feeling pretty awful for several days each month for over a year now. My doctor has been working with me and trying to see what could be done (meds, etc..) to make it a little more bearable until menopause completes again. Last Friday I took yet another step and  chose to have an endometrial ablation. For most women, this stops the monthly cycle. I am hoping and praying I will be one of most women!
Linda took me, and the whole procedure took about 15 minutes, and only 2 minutes of it was uncomfortable. I had plenty of meds on board, and a very nice nurse to take care of me. Linda brought me home afterwards and put me to bed and I stayed there for about 24 hours. So far the side effects haven't been bad, just a little cramping.

Oncology check up

I had my routine 6 month check at Dr. Peacock's office and she said my blood work and exam looked great. If all goes well at my visit in August I will graduate to yearly visits!

Thank you God, for good health!