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Short Update on my chemo and new grandbaby pics!

Friday, October 25, 2013

I'm back. Still weak but determined to get stronger as my immune system rebuilds itself.
My hair loss, which was a great big vanity issue for me, was minimal compared to what it could have been. I lost areas of hair, but never went anywhere near bald. My hair is very short now, but the bald areas are easy to spot even though there is growth there. It's like having a shag rug with astro turf interspersed throughout...not terribly attractive, I know, but again, so relieved it wasn't worse. I'm just now getting to where I will go outside without a scarf or hat to cover up the holes. My eyelashes and eyebrows fell out completely, though I am starting to see little eyelashes and I can feel stubble in the eyebrow area.

Still have to go out masked up to protect my immune system. This has been hard, because I'm so claustrophobic I can't stand being all bound up - or at least that is how it feels to me. I mostly stay home because it just is so uncomfortable to have to wear the mask. I don't see how motorcycle riders, doctors, nurses, Muslim women, or anyone who has to cover their face stands it. Not my favorite way to travel, for sure!

I'm excited to be back and ready to get my body built back up and feel strong again. I'm happy that there is a great new challenge designed by POOKASLUAGH starting on the San Antonio Spark Team soon. I need one!

One month ago yesterday my beautiful granddaughter Robyn Marie came into the world. My third grandbaby, but first granddaughter. She spent most of her first 9 days on Earth in the NICU for jaundice. She went home at 5 days but was readmitted the next day as the jaundice returned. She's fine now, healthy and robust and so gorgeous. My grandson David, her brother, just dotes on her and is so wonderful and loving with her. Here's a few pictures of them taken yesterday. David turns 4 on Sunday.

I've missed sparking. I've missed my local team. I'm so ready to be back and am excited as I start feeling more like myself again a little more each day. Just remember, as I always say - Never Give Up, Never Give In. As always, I love you all.

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    WoW MJ, Im so glad to see that you are doing better. I feel bad that I didn't know what was happening. So sorry to hear that you have had to endure chemo. Im a cancer survivor, so remember chemo well.
    You are a beautiful Lady inside and out, mask and turban or not! Do what cha gotta do, and heck with the rest! Yes, keep your humor.
    1960 days ago
  • GHK1962
    MJ ...we've missed you on here for sure. I'm glad you're starting to bounce back. Rest as you need ... and strengthen when you can.

    And ... the grands ... esp the new granddaughter ... has some pretty awesome shoes to fill as she grows...but I think you'd love having her fill them.
    1967 days ago
    I'm so happy you are getting better, and OMG those are such cute pics of Daand I can't wait to give you a hug in person.vid and Robyn!!! Glad to see you
    1969 days ago
    MJ; this is a little weird. I have been feeling very pressed/determined that I must reach out to you for the last few weeks. I had kinda dropped off the site and had no idea that you were taking chemo or anything new/challenging/healthwise was happening to you!

    I am so, so glad that it is going well. You are definitely one of my favorites and I want to see you well and happy!

    1970 days ago
  • NHES220
    Glad you are doing well and congratulations on your beautiful granddaughter!

    1970 days ago
    Welcome back,you have such enthusiasm! emoticon
    Your grandchildren are beautiful!

    Thanks for the blog! " Never give up" love it!
    1970 days ago
    I've missed the local team as well! I cant' wait until we get it up and running and sparking happy again! :)
    1970 days ago
    Welcome back!

    Remember Churchill: "Never, never, never, never, never, never give up!"

    Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

    emoticon Until Tomorrow!
    1970 days ago
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