I thought about starting this blog up again, in one form or another, but have decided to close the chapter on 9moonsago, although I hope it will remain here, archived, for as long as possible. Between facebook and flickr, and now etsy, I feel like I have more than enough website time happening…. Thanks to any and all who visit these pages. They are only part of who I was, and yet, are still very much part of who I am, today. Not a goodbye, just …see ya around!
I do want to someday re-do my about page and re-design this site somewhat. But I just don’t update like I used to when I was living overseas and this blog was a great way one-place spot to stay in touch with everyone.
But I don’t want it to die either…. just to morph. When it’s ready.
My health? Getting better all the time. No side effects from the meds. If my semantic cognition is changed, I’m now too stupid to know it, anyway. :-)
I’ve also been going to aqua aerobics. I love it. The workout changes all the time and my instructor does a xena war cry from time to time. She’s crazy in a very good way. Right now I am hating that I’m missing a class tonight due to a bad cold. Blah. But, I’m signed up for the Summer sessions…
Due to more exercise, better eating habits and a couple of meds for my thyroid and other stuff (I really do hate talking about medical stuff, feeling like an old lady going on and on, but want to keep people in the loop just the same) I’ve lost 20 pounds since the start of the year. And I’ll keep at it!
I spend more time doing artwork and in the garden..planting some veggies as well as flowers this year. Planted a dogwood tree for Mom as a Mother’s day gift. She’s always wanted one, and her Mother always did too, but never had one. All of her kids chipped in to get it, and a gardenia plant.
I’ve been enjoying time with the nephews so much. They are my buddies. And my Sister and her husband have not only been a tireless support for me, but dearest friends. We all went to the local ball park on Sunday and heard my Sister-in-Law’s music students sing the National Anthem and it was beautiful. The game was fun. I can get a little bored with sports, but baseball is fun, especially with the right people! We’re all proud of my brother who has been busting his butt and getting A’s in his graduate work. He decided to take the Summer off from studies this year and that’s so good..
Some new art ideas in the works…portraits, fundraising for a cause or two, etc. Going to set up something..probably an Etsy site (after wanting to for years) so I can start selling my artwork again. I will update the progress once I figure out, when, where, how, etc.
Have some art done that hasn’t been scanned yet. Sometimes scanning/photographing art is a chore to me so I put it off..and sometimes I’m just spending more time outside.
I’m done rambling. Now you know where I’ve been. Thrilling, ain’t it? :-)
I’m still in awe over the no chemo thing. I was gearing up for it for almost a year!
Much love to all who care enough to help me along the way.
Your thoughts/energy/prayers have been heard, loud and clear. And a special thanks to any and all who have emailed/talked me with specific thoughts and their own experiences. I’m amazed at it all. “Your support means the world to me.”
It’s a cliche for a reason.
Online, I catch up with people on facebook now and then, but mainly I hang out on flickr, so that’s where you can find me.
Here’s a favorite recent post of mine:
Off to pick up a prescription at the drugstore in a moment.
Just had to tell you all that I’ve appreciated the incredible support and encouragement.
Found out on Wed, after being told by several doctors, since June of last year, that I’d have to have chemo… that I won’t be having chemo at all!
My oncologist reviewed the results of my surgery and explained that because of factors such as early detection, tumor size, my age, my gene test results, and surgery results, that chemo would not be beneficial and only add severe side effects.
So I will be on a daily drug, Tamoxifen, in pill form, that has side effects, which don’t sound pleasant, but nothing anywhere near the effect that chemo would have had. Plus it has a few good attributes, and if you are curious about all the pros and cons, I’ll just say to research it online. I am not going to list them, since I have no idea how, or if, they will manifest in my case.. but one thing is possibly reduced semantic memory and/or cognition.. so if I seem to have an extra case of the dumbs in the near future, you’ll know why! :-D
Whew. I was staying at Kathy’s the whole week, and the few days after my appointment, I slept long and hard and took several naps during the day. My sister suggested that I must have been anxious beforehand, and after the relief of my visit, I could actually relax. I think she must be right.
Feeling pretty good these days. Taking pictures, but haven’t posted those on flickr yet. So much fun with my sis, her husband and my nephews at their place, and in the snow. I was touched that Isaac, age 6, knew I was leaving yesterday and was so upset by it that he cried a lttle. But we reassured him that it wouldn’t be too long till the next visit, and that he had lots of other fun things to look forward to this week.
Then last night there was a nice visit with good friend Christina and her daughter Maddie. Lots of laughs.
Tomorrow those extremely belated Holiday/New Years letters WILL be getting mailed!
And my father is finally having his knee surgery tomorrow. He’ll be in the hospital for a couple of days.
We’ll have to find some things to entertain him (besides his new flat screen tv) while he’s recovering here, back at home. I’m betting he’s anxious right about now.. he hates the hospital. So, everybody can ease up on thoughts of me for now..and direct them towards “Pop Pop”! :-D Thanks, all!
O my. Well, thanks to those of you who are wanting a report, but patient enough to wait for me to get around to it.
December was sort of a low point. Feeling run-down and low. And not ready for the holiday.
But, true to form, Christmas Eve was beautiful, peaceful, lively and fun as it always has been. My favorite night of the year. Always. Caught up with good friends I hadn’t seen in years.
The rest of the holidays: smashingly good fun!
The Christmas/Holiday cards are ALL still in progress. Some were written last month and have a stamp and everything. I am mailing them at one time to avoid mix-ups, as I already started writing to someone twice. Almost finished, and my goal is to mail them BEFORE February of this year.
As for my health these days, I am feeling happy and fit. Have been making great strides in eating healthier and getting more exercise.
The start of Chemo was set back about a month due to a cold that developed into bronchitis. SO, after a course of antibiotics and an inhaler, I’m now feeling better than I have in a long long while. Ready for my initial appt at the oncologist this Wednesday. Will start the treatment after that.
Depending on the frequency and type of regimen, I will be living with Kathy and her family for part of each week. Can’t thank my Sister and her family enough for all the support they’ve provided, dropping anything and everything to get me to where I need to be. The kids are nothing but pure joy for me. We have good times together.
And thanks to the rest of my family, immediate and extended, and all my good friends.. without you, it’d be an uphill battle. The latest fun has been a few birthday celebrations and hanging out with large parties of Green Bay Packers enthusiasts. How fitting that I should happen to be a daughter of a Cheesehead from the 60s, who has managed to sweep us all up in the fervor, over the years.
Yes, the official’s daughter, who has had a love/hate relationship with sports after being dragged to all kinds of games growing up, when my it was Dad’s turn to watch us. Sure, I played with my Barbies on the gym mats or in the press box those days and ignored the games, but I actually know and care who Bart Starr is…. do you?!
I feel blessed and content and ready to face this next step in my treatment!
Lacing up my boots and kicking down the doors!