Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Can’t sleep. .. how do you shut your mind off?

Ugh. . .what a day. I can't sleep. It's almost 1 am. . .and my mind won't shut off. I went to the oncologist today - I'm healing well. . .but - the pathology report - tells us that my cancer was a nuclear grade 2, rather than grade 1, as the biopsy had indicated. Why is that scaring me so?

She (oncologist) - put me on Aromasin, to help with the systemic elimination of estrogen (one of the side effects is mood swings! - joy joy). I'll have another MRI, CT and surgery in late May. . . .


Monday, March 17, 2008

Pass it on - Always

My fabulously talented sister in law (and mamma to 2 of my precious nieces) - is a great designer. She sells on Ebay - and is a member of a design group that is participating in a charity auction, that includes two of her pieces. All the proceeds go to the National Down Syndrome Congress. I will be posting the link tomorrow!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

This is what ONE is all about

My niece, Jane Christine, turned one on March 7. We celebrated her birthday on Sunday, March 9. My brother, her dad, says she eats cake like Cookie Monster (from Sesame Street) eats cookies. It's so fun and filled with joy. I had a great time with my family.

I went to Des Moines this week, for work with my new teams. I even gave a short presentation! I was nervous, as I hadn't met my co-workers before (I work remotely, from home). I worry to much if they judge because of my "fat chick"ness. I hope not.

Anyway - I present one of my lovely nieces, Jane. . .my heart.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Lazy Blog-Babe Is Moi

I've been a lazy blog-babe this week. I had the realization that I titled my blog "mixed media explorations" -- and have focused more on ME and my health than my art. One of my resolutions this year was to blog more. So – I started up with it. 10 days later – is when I found out I had cancer. It has consumed my thinking for a while. I've been doing some scrapbooking, which is a good way to relax after working all day on the computer (for my *real* job). I have that canvas I started – but haven't finished – I did buy some beeswax for it though – if you can count that as progress.

Louis and I had a move today, with our moving business. I had to leave 3 times to go pee!!!! I've been taking my supplements the CTCA naturopath prescribed, with lots of water and green tea – and one of the side effects – is pee'ing all the time. Aren't you glad I shared!?!?!?!

I'm headed to Des Moines for the *real* job this next week, just staying over Tuesday evening, due to travel budget constraints. Let's hope the weather is decent.

My good friend, Lesley – who has the most beautiful son in the world – sent me an email, sharing his 3rd birthday pictures. That made my morning. His eyes are so bright. So shining. So filled with love. Thanks, L. I MISS YOU!!!!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Mom’s Digi Pic From Our Trip to Zion, IL – No Horse’ing

While we were up at the CTCA in Zion, IL – I posted about my Mom's digital picture taking lesson, as we were driving the 550 miles there. . . .I finally uploaded one of those pictures. It makes me smile. My Mom ROCKS!!! It took a bit to convince her that it was ok to click away - that it was digital, and you didn't have to worry about wasting film! We were in eastern Iowa for this picture.