Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day Fun

This Labor Day my family traveled up to Idaho City and Robie Creek for some fun in the sun. We were planning to meet at my house and caravan up together. Becca said she would be at my house at 8:00, so I told everyone else to be at my house by 9:00. Everyone showed up by 8:30 and Becca and her family showed up around 10:15. (In all fairness, Becca had seven people to get out the door.) We arrived in Idaho City vistor center just in time for three people to ride up on horses. The owner of the horses offered to let the children ride the horses. All my neices and nephews, except Libby who's afraid of large animals, rode the horses around the parking lot.

After the horse ride we walked over to the park and enjoyed a potluck lunch. Much to the children's delight, there was a stage. After lunch the children entertained us with every motion song known to man since the beginning of time.

After the entertainment provided by the children we walked around the town taking in the sites. We even stopped to get ice cream at a local ice cream parlor.

Then we drove down to Robie Creek for a relaxing afternoon and dinner. It was a beautiful day and the water looked so inviting. Unfortunatly, none of us had thought to bring our swimsuits, so we had to be content with just wading up to our knees. After playing in the water some of us enjoyed walking around, taking in the scenery.

We had three dogs and eight children with us and we never lost track of one of them. One of my sisters did however lose her husband for a short while. A quick search found him taking a nap.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Great News

One of my many doctors called me on Friday with great news. My cancer has not metastasize or done any other nasty little things cancer can do. So I will not have to do Chemo or anything like that. I just have to be "carefully montored" for the rest of my life. The tumor itself was about the size of a walnut. The tumor ended up at Harvard Medical School. Hey, I finally made it to an Ivy League School, just not as a student. Right now some Medical student could be looking at my tumor. I feel so honored to helping the next generation of Doctors with their education.

I'm so grateful to finally get some good news. It seems that every time I went to the Doctors they would find something new wrong with me. The Tuesday before my surgery I was so frustated, I was ready to stop going to Doctors for the rest of my life. I was going to start going to witch doctors and other nuts for my healthcare needs. After having a total meltdown, I was able to pull myself together in time for my first class at BSU. It actually felt good to have an afternoon of stomping my feet and having a "poor me-pity party".

I'm not out of the woods,yet. I have a major surgery in a couple of months. I'm not looking forward to being down for the time required to recover. And the prep treatment for the surgery isn't any fun either. The Lupron shot they give me once a month are shrinking my fibriods, but are also have a side effect of giving me menopause symptoms for a few months. Between my mini-menopause and being anemic, I'm having a hard time maintaining a regular body temp. Its so much fun being hot and cold at the same time. I spend most of my time hugging my air conditioning while wearing warm socks and gloves.