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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day 1 of the New Year & commitments

This year is all about minimizing and organizing. It seems like simple and small areas to conquer, but – in fact – it can be quite detailed. With those words floating around in my head it’s fairly easy to accomplish them. Today, with laptop in place and a pile of papers that had made it from my office to the bedroom over the last few days, I was able to consolidate the papers by entering information into Microsoft Office OneNote and throwing away those that aren’t needed. I have a small pile that needs to be put away in the office and a little more to go through, but the organization and minimization is under way. image

My New Year commitments also include organizing and minimizing as far as physical and mental health. Instead of just saying I’m going to lose weight or workout; it is a matter of organizing my time to meet my physical and medical needs as well as filing paperwork and information that I need at hand.

I’m pleased that the first day of the new year (2011! Can you believe it?!) was a success as far as my commitments are concerned. May the rest of the year be as successful in one way or another.

How’d you do with your resolutions and commitments today?

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Happy New Year!!

Right now – Friday  night at 11:30 p.m.)  three of my children (Andre – 7, Amareah – 5 and Anna –3) are settled into bed fast asleep, and my teenager (I only have six more months that I can call her that) are relaxing in my king-sized bed. She’s snacking on Ritz and watching Hell’s Kitchen, and I’m doing a little work here and there.

We’re still awake because we’ve developed the tradition of staying up and watching the ball (and the peach for us Georgians!) drop. We hope that we’ll find it somewhere on the net because we’ve decided we’re a little too lazy comfortable to go into the living room.

As I enjoy my time with her it dawned on me that I wanted my first post of the New Year to be to you – my readers…

Happy New Year to you and yours.
May 2011 bring you happiness, love, peace and security!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My brain is full

I don’t even know where to begin. This has been a good day albeit a tiring one. What makes it good? Hmmm?? Spending time with my children. Getting some important health things accomplished and hearing news that didn’t make me crumble.

As you know I had bone marrow taken about two weeks ago and, let me tell you, it was even more painful than the first two times I had it done. I was badly bruised for quite some time afterward and I still feel some pain as a result. Thankfully, the bruising has started to fade.

The results of that test and the MRI were explained to me today. The MRI confirmed what the x-ray showed and picked up on a few small lesions that were under or overlapping the one that the bone survey detected. Because of this I will be getting a full-body MRI – from top of head to feet – to see if there are any other lesions present. If there are then I have “full-blown” multiple myeloma. My bone marrow shows that I am producing more plasma cells than I should be and I have already been diagnosed with plasmacytoma, which is cancer. Here’s a definition that I found on CancerAnswers.com: “Plasmacytoma is basically a cancer of the plasma cells, meaning that they are multiplying out of control.” In layman’s terms, and how the PA explained to me, my bone marrow is making plasma cells more than it should.

The exact treatment plan will not been determined until all the additional testing is done (further results will be received on February 1st), including another blood workup where they’re planning on taking a gallon of blood (okay, slight exaggeration). And, to top it off, mild osteoporosis is present. What I can tell you thus far is next week I begin infusions to treat the osteoporosis. And, as far as the cancer treatment: If it is multiple myeloma I will begin a serious treatment plan and be put on the list for a stem cell transplant.

This is the way I look at it: I’m fighting cancer. Period. I do not like to say I “have” cancer. It doesn’t have me; if you know what I mean. As I learn more about what is going on within my body I will do a better job of relaying it and understanding it. For now, I wanted to share with you what is going on “in this woman’s world!”

My instructions thus far are to get a lot of rest and eat healthily. I have a new addition to my medicine family to help with an absolutely, terrible and awful pain in my neck. Right now, even as I type, I’m dosing off. Although I will try to blog hop, comment and do all the things I normally do I suspect that resting is going to be at the top of my list for quite some time.

I really want to thank those who have sent well wishes, prayers and kind words my way. You’ll never know how very much it’s appreciated.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Let the countdown begin

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am truly amazed that another New Year is upon us. I know many people are making celebration plans or deciding on resolutions, and then there are some who are trying to finish some things before the last day of the year. I’m doing both.

Quite some  time ago I stopped making resolutions and began making personal commitments, which I think I’ve mentioned to you before. For some reason that word alone – commitment – made me more… uh, … committed. For 2011 I’ve committed to organize and minimize. Although I quite often purge our belongings by throwing and giving away or repurposing, I want to take it a new level. It just so happens that in the middle of my commitment there are some major changes coming.

Or I guess I should say a major change. I’ve alluded to that as well, but I’m still not ready for full disclosure. I’d like my plans to be in place and actions in motion before I come clean.

imageBut I can’t resist having a little fun with it:  Do you think you can guess what the change is? I’d love it if you’d leave your guess in the comments; it’ll be fun to see if anyone gets it right.

And while you’re in the mood for commenting, tell me what your New Year commitments (or resolutions) are. Before you decide, however, I challenge you to think of something that you can really commit to and achieve. For instance, if you say every year you’re going to lose 20 pounds and every year you don’t reach that goal then what can you do to make it a reachable goal? As a suggestion: Instead of saying you’re going to lose 20 pounds, how about committing to being active for 30 minutes, four times each week?

The reason why I use the phrase “being active” is because we don’t always consider the enjoyable things that can cause us to get moving and burn calories. Like dancing to your favorite upbeat song with your kids or playing tennis with your teen. Make a date with your husband or significant other to see who can clean their portion of the house the fastest. Get creative.

Now, that’s enough reading, go ahead and comment. Have a great week.

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