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Five on Good Friday (March 30, 2018)

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He Himself bore our sins on His body on the cross so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. -I Peter 2:24

1. Today marks 7 years since my cancer diagnosis and we celebrated with ice cream for breakfast as usual!


2. We also celebrated 14 years with Camden by eating at Kobe Fusion, a sushi restaurant - Camden's choice although trying sushi was one of Rory's resolutions for 2018. Actually, her only resolution.



3. Scan results are in with a small decrease this time to bring my total to 38% with a CA125 of 24. I am doing this current cycle and then have a 4-week break, and I could not be more ready. Brian went with me this week since he was on spring break (he generally tries to go with me for scan weeks but doesn't take off work for just regular chemo weeks). It was a looonnnggg day and we didn't make it home until after 8:00 p.m. Moving forward, my schedule is going to change slightly. I will have labs and see Dr. Crispen…

Five on Friday (March 23, 2018)

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1. Fourteen years ago today we flew to Chicago to become parents. Camden was the sweetest baby and we are just the luckiest to be his parents. Photo is from his first week home. I cannot look at it without crying.

2. We welcomed spring this week with temps in the 30's and snow/freezing rain, which sounds about right for Tennessee. Breaking records for heat one week, way too cold the next.

3. Sunday night we went to a Crowder concert to celebrate Family Day with the kids. After Brian and I went to see Crowder last fall and just had the best time, we knew that we wanted to give the kids the same experience. Unfortunately, the concert was managed by a church and not only did they oversell tickets, but the set up was horrible and we could not see a thing. Literally, I didn't even lay eyes on Crowder or his band because the set up was so awful. I couldn't even see the very small screen set up behind the stage. I was also sick as a dog (see next point). Anyway, the kids still h…

Five on Friday (March 16, 2018)

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I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharoah and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord. -Exodus 14:3-4
The week started out with cold and snow but we're on day number two of beautiful spring weather and even though I'm generally a cold-weather kind of girl, 70 degrees is about to win me over. We only have the good stuff planned for the weekend - guitar lesson for Camden, lunch date for the adults, church on Sunday, and a Crowder concert for the whole family Sunday night. And only one more week until spring break for Brian and the kids!

1. Speaking of breaks, I received permission for a 4-week chemo break. The break would have started immediately but I wanted to delay for a month for no other good reason that I wanted to enjoy the anticipation of a break. Wednesday was the last treatment for cycle 16 (hurray!). Mom and I went to lunch prior to my appointments and then I introduced her to Barista Parlor.

2. Brian experienced an…

Five on Friday (March 9, 2018)

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I'm posting late this weekend even though I actually had this written and ready to go. So here's Five on Friday on Sunday. ;)
1. Soccer began with a bang this week. First game (after only 1 practice) was against a much larger school accompanied by cold temps and rain. Camden came away pretty banged up with a swollen eye and missing contact. The team lost 5-0 but were expecting a much more significant loss so I guess it was a win? Kinda?

2. My cold piled on top of chemo had me pretty beat this week, but I'm feeling surprisingly well even after Wednesday's treatment (ETA: cold took a nose dive Sunday). The schedule was too full to do a good job of taking care of myself last weekend, but I have a better plan in place for now. I feel ridiculously proud of myself for taking a walk Thursday afternoon (and ridiculously happy to have felt well enough for a walk).

3. Since my last book update, I've finished up 3 books. Lilac Girls was devastating to read, but so good. The …

A Few Things

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After a much busier-than-usual weekend in which I had no time to recover from chemo last week, I have been in a funk. Finally caught Brian and Rory's cold from last week and just cannot kick it. I mean, it's only been 3 days, but it feels like forever. I'm headed to Vanderbilt in a couple of hours, and I just want to call in sick. Unfortunately, I have to be much sicker than this to call in sick to chemo. I know I should continue to be grateful for this drug, but mostly I'm just resenting that I need it week after week after week . . . 
Last week we celebrated Rory's 10th Family Day. How old does that make me feel? Very, very old. It's hard to count all the ways our lives have changed in these past 10 years. Here's a little video Brian put together 10 years ago, and it's still good. I 100% cried my way through it yet again. These little kiddos have grown up to be big kids and I didn't think I could love them more, but apparently, it's possible.