Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Life News!

My CA125 is down to 5!  

This last year has really been a long, long journey for me.  I am tired, but very happy.  I am working hard at staying healthy, continuing my Vitamin C infusions, taking all my vitamins and supplements and watching my diet.  I eat what I can when I am feeling nauseous and then eating the right things when I feel good. The coming of Spring has brought warmer days and I am getting out for a daily walk.  This is helping me get physically stronger and then I can fight the cancer even better. 

I go in to the hospital next Monday, March 8, for my eighth course of chemo. I don't know how many more I will have. The way I see it, I can continue like this for a while. I am sure I will have two more courses of chemo (Monday's and then my ninth) and beyond that I don't want to know.  I need to live the life I have right now.  If I live too far in the future, I might lose sight of what is right in front of me.  I am not prepared to do that.  So I am happy to keep going the way I am.  

Richie, M and C are doing pretty well, too. Richie continues to be very, very busy with work.  It seems they are just on the cusp of big things. This should be an exciting, but crazy year for him. M is leaving for her trip to Chicaco with her high school orchestra.  They are performing and studying with the Northwestern Univ. Orchestra in early March. She is also a finalist for the NSLI-Y Study Abroad Program.  We should know by the end of March if she was chosen to participate. If she gets her first choice program, she'll be in Russia for the summer. She'll have intensive language studies and live with a Russian family.  I hope she gets her dream, but oh, I will miss her so!  C is getting ready to start track. He's running distance and loves it.  He's doing well in school and still loving his music.  He started trumpet lessons this past fall.  The trumpet added to drums and piano makes for a lively (and noisy) household. I keep telling myself that one day I will miss hearing all the noise.  That makes it easy to listen to.

We're off to the mountains for Spring Break.  Richie and the kids will get to go downhill skiing.  I will get to visit yarn shops in the area.  We finally decided to actually go on that spring break skiing trip we've been talking about.  We'll be in Dillon, CO. This is a good, central area for some good, cheap skiing.  

I hope you're all doing well. I hope Spring gets here soon.  I think I will have the strength to get out in the yard more this year and that is a good feeling. Richie did some early Spring cleaning on the porch this past weekend and I can't wait to put all the cushions and pillows out there, plop my body down on the couch and enjoy the breezes.  Thanks again to everyone for all your help and for the prayers and caring.  I could not have made it this far without your help, I am positive of that, so keep all the good intentions coming my way for a while longer, if you could....I still need the help!

I can hear the geese heading north, time to get out for a walk!
Love and Hugs,


earl said...

Hey, Love,

So good to hear from you again, and such good news. Of course, if I'd been a good person I'd have called by now to see how you're doing. Seems like winter time I don't stay in touch with anyone. Anyhoo.......

See ya.

nat said...

Five is an EXCELLENT number! Congrats!!

Enjoy your trip and enjoy your health! :)

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Tracey said...

5 is brilliant...congratulations to you.. by the way i found you through l'Optimiste xx