I’ve been struggling with what to blog all day. This was definitely not the way I would have written my life story for the beginning of my 39th year, but maybe that’s why God doesn’t let us see what’s ahead – cuz He knows we’d go running for the hills! 🙂
I am so thankful for all the wonderful birthday wishes from family, friends, and so many others! I was given fun balloons & an inspirational piece of artwork from the Bussell’s, a dozen roses and cupcakes from the Poff’s, a super fun birthday card & pizza from the Haile’s, multiple birthday cards from others…the list goes on enough that I’d better stop before I forget someone. Oh, I did! Grandma Gerig gave me a pretty china dish as well.
Overall, I had a good day, and I know it’s a direct result of you – all of you who are praying for me & lifting me up. Thank you. I appreciate each & every one of you. Now my goal before I turn 40? BEAT CANCER!
Apparently chemo makes me cranky. I didn’t think it made that much of a difference in me, but I think what happens is I just can’t handle multiple things happening at a time, especially conflicts. While a bunch of things were going on, Tom said, “Here comes the Chemo Monster!” We all had a good laugh over it, and it makes me try harder to not be grouchy. 🙂
Interestingly enough, I have felt pretty good as far as post-chemo blech is concerned. Yesterday morning, I didn’t even feel like I’d had chemo the day before! I had enough energy to strip the bed and clean the kitchen since it was a disaster. I could tell that I did need to rest myself a bit though, so for the afternoon, I stuck in a movie – “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” – and just hung out in the living room.
As I was looking around on Facebook, I came across a group called, “Lymphoma and Hodgkin’s Disease Awareness and Survivor’s Club”. I’ve found it to be really helpful, as a lot of questions that I have had about this are already answered on there. Plus, I’ve found others who have just recently been diagnosed as well. But the coolest thing I found was a photo that someone took of a cancer survivor looking in the mirror. I’m not going to give you the details yet, because when I saw it, I emailed it to my brother-in-law, Mark Ylen (who happens to be a professional photographer) and told him I wanted to do this picture, but didn’t have the technology to do it, and did he want to? His answer was, “Wow! I think I have to. I had a dream about taking cancer pictures just last night.” So after they got back from my niece Maija’s softball game, we had a photo shoot. 🙂 I’ll post the picture later – it’s definitely not ready yet.
This morning, Andrea came over and we had coffee on the deck. It was nice just sitting and visiting with her. I’ve now decided it’s time to camp out on the couch for the rest of the day – I can feel the steroids wearing off and the yuckiness starting – it’s weird to feel good yet know that I’ll head downhill again soon.
I just wanted to update you all with more specifics on items to be auctioned off. This came from Scott Schuler – DJ for KRKT radio station 99.9 in Albany, OR.
1. 2 Sunday passes to the Oregon Jamboree
2. “Autographed items are en route from some of Nashville’s biggest stars for auction”
3. 2 single person, bottom fishing trips with Cap’n Dan Zimmerman on board the Mariner out of Depoe Bay
And then he says…more to come! So stay tuned, it’s gonna be fun!
More info to come, but on Thursday, June 28th, 2012, Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette is putting on a Fundraising BBQ and Auction. It will be a come and go as you want, from 11:00 (for business lunchers) all the way to 7:30 pm. Scott Schuler with country radio station KRKT will be there providing entertainment and so far auction items include a pass to one of the country music festivals this summer, and an autographed guitar!!!
I am blessed beyond measure!