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My New Life

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I am excited!

I have been making major changes in my life one step at a time. Next week I am going to camp for a career change. Yay!! I am not entirely sure if I am ready for eight hour days of activity. I have been working towards this goal and in the last month with no other changes other then taking care of life and staying moving I have lost ten pounds. I sleep a lot harder now and I am happier for it.

Yesterday, I listed 657 books on ebay. I am purging them out of my house and hoping the money will help pay for camp. What does not sell by the time I go to leave are getting donated. I am finally closing the door on the huge need to be surrounded by many, many books to read. My husband is tickled and a little apprensive. He is worried that in the future I will just replace them. I am not going to. I have realize what a money, time and happiness drain that is. Nope, I will get one or two at a time and if I can't check it out I will listed it to be sold as soon as I am done with it.

Two weeks ago I realized that I can't organize with a darn and asked my mother and husband to help. We have come a long way. It was disappointing when we took seven garbage bags of childrens clothing out to be donated and could not see any progress any where. We have realized that I own almost nothing that fits. So, I am taking the few that do fit and after camp, I am going to get a few outfits that do. The rest will be donated. I don't ever intend to wear that big of clothing again.

I have spent more time just enjoying the kids and they are just the cutest darlings!

I am seriously considering blocking most of my facebook games except for one or two that I like. I just haven't yet because I am worried that I will get bored. My willpower is awful.

Also, as far as my financial life goes we are okay just not great. Just stable. I am going to tackle the rest a little bit at a time. I am hoping that by doing that we can afford gas to take the kids to lakes and parks around here.

I still have hoards of stuff to get rid of and cleaning to get to. I am using camp as a good ending and start time for the house. The kids are taking the clothes that they want to keep to the various places they are staying and the rest of the house is going to be cleaned out...including the pantry and kitchen. My husband doesn't bake anyways.

So, I feel better and get more done now and yet I do get very tired some days. It is a start. This has been a very eventful year so far.

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TAMI1691 5/30/2011 5:26PM

    I hear you with the de cluttering. working all day and then not even a dent.
flylady has helped me overcome this, with routines and areas to focus on and making it easy. check her site out. it may help you.
good luck with your ebay sales. hope you have enough for your camp.
take care, Amy

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/30/2011 10:18AM

    Wow! It sounds like you have really been working hard! Way to go!!

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LERWIN1324 5/29/2011 3:52PM

    It sounds like you're making a major overhaul. Good for you!

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Cancellations and Health

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Well, I intended to Blog a long time ago. But, it just didn't happen. On the 12th my chemo got cancelled as my white cell was too low. I did get it on Monday the 19th. My White Cell was still low but, the doctor said that he would lower acceptable counts to 1,000. He upped my shots to five times after chemo. instead of three. He said he could continue to increase them if that is what it takes but, let's hope that five is the magic number. I did find out last week that 10 minutes of stairs is still too much for me so I am aiming for 6 minutes instead of five now. I will continue increasing gradually. Maybe, a minute of stairs a week. I am also increasing and including other exercises. I did learn that when my mouth sores are present after chemo. it is like that all the way down to the other end. So nutrition is a must, must. I did bake ahead and made progress on de-cluttering. I wanted to get my living room completely finished but that changed. I had kids home enjoyed time with them. Also, my lovely mother bought me the table that I have been saving for two years. I have a nook area instead of a true dining room and a round table was always being scooted different ways so that we could get past it. I have it and it fits perfectly and looks so nice. Also, she surprised me by doing my dishes for me after I went to bed last night. She came back after she sent me to bed. She has been coming to visit me while DH is in class. I have been enjoying her visits and getting to know my family better. Cancer outcome still looks like it can be cured and it slowed me down to realize who and what is important. I am enjoying more out of life now.

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ANTEEKER 2/5/2009 9:37AM

    Hi, How are you doing! Hope you can bring up you white counts, I was lucky mine stayed above the bad line, but my red counts kept going down.

Take care and keep us posted how you are doing.


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TAMI1691 1/22/2009 1:54AM

    That is great that your mother is there to support you and your family. emoticon

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Home, Home, Snow and Driving

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Well, tomorrow is chemo. and we are supposed to get hit with a blizzard. DH is getting the car ready for the drive. It usually takes an hour to get there so we are leaving two hours early. Just in case. All the kids went to my sisters tonight so they won't have to get out in the weather. I got some things accomplished between getting out of the hospital from the flu to today. I actually made a lot of progress in my clutter. Just doesn't feel like it as I keep thinking of the two weeks in between chemo. I have to stop doing that! I also spent some time catching up on the computer, something I wanted to do. I enjoyed myself today. I did get overly tired today from everything so I am going to cut this short and go to bed with a book.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic 2009.


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TAMI1691 1/12/2009 4:15AM

    Good luck tomorrow. Hope the weather holds out for you and you have a safe trip.

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The Flu and Yuck!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

I am home from the hospital. Yuck and Ick! I went to the ER because I was not keeping anything down and since I am a chemo. patient they want you to go in and get some medicine to settle the stomach. After a double dose of zofran and compezine it still wasn't settling so I got admitted to the hospital. The next morning I felt better...my tummy hurt but, I was ready to go. My doctor came in and was surprised. He said he was worried he was going to come in and find me sunken cheeked. He then prescribed some medicine for my mouth sores. So, next round of chemo. I should be able to keep up a healthy diet. I am up to three trip up and down our stairs. I am not sure how many stairs it is but it is two flights of stairs. It takes me about 5 minutes to go up them. When I started I barely get get up the stairs without getting breathless.

So, my 2009 goals are coming along and I am making progress and the Spark has started to spread around my home as well as my family and friends.


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ASMPP1 1/9/2009 9:55PM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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TAMI1691 1/9/2009 2:20AM

    Thinking of you. best wishes for 2009.

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INGODSLOVE 1/8/2009 6:51PM

    My daughter was dg with leukemia. I can sympathies with you and how you are doing!! She pretty much stayed on the couch for two years.....good for you to get moving and try to keep your self motivated and eating right. That is an wonderful. Be proud of yourself!

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Whew...I Can Handle This

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Well, I had chemo. yesterday. And, guess what I am feeling okay today. Not great but, good. I get my shots three times now after each chemo. My white count was good enough that my doctor okay me getting dental work done today. I am good to go and have my new teeth. (I lost my teeth because of a water skiing accident. Another story another time.) But, I talked with the dietician at the hospital during my chemo. and I was surprised and learned a few things. Doctor also okayed workouts as long as I do not lift over 25 pound weights. I have a port a cath in my chest that was his concern. Also, I get to eat raw fruits and veggies as long as I wash them well. So, I am heading off in the same direction I was a year ago with the little bump of chemo. and fatigue. Cancer Bites!!! But, I am feeling more positive about it and praying for a great four month CT scan when it comes. But as it stands barring no more hiccups I have 234 days left to go.

As with every other habit you take it day by day, little by little.


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GETFITMARK 1/11/2009 12:40PM

    First of all, yes, Cancer Bites! Now, that is out of the way!
Second, work hard at being you. You are still you, and that is what matters. Change the bad habits and stick with the good. DEFINITELY, keep the positive attitude, and when it slips a little, let others encourage you to get up again and fight!
Hiccups may come and go, but keep sight of your goals. (Lord knows I have lost mine from time to time!!)
Best to you and your fight, and to all of our fights to get healthier and beat this dreaded disease.
Mark (NHL dx'ed 2005)

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KIPPER_KID 1/8/2009 9:16AM

    Slightly belated wishes for a Happy New Year to you! May it be a year of successful treatment and as few side effects as possible


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BELTONWALKER67 12/31/2008 10:16AM

    So glad you posted an update and let us know how you are doing. Just keep that positive attitude aflowing and you will get through all these obstacles. Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2009!

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TAMI1691 12/31/2008 1:00AM

    sending warm wishes to you. have a happy new year.

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