Friday, April 29, 2011

Good for another 3 months!!!

Yes, finally some good news in my life! I have heard a lot of bad news lately (I'll discuss later) so I was so happy when I received the results of my latest CT scan! Clear! No changes! WOO HOO! Dr. Nabong wants to do another scan in 3 months since that will bring me up to a year post treatment (actually almost 14 months) and then after that I will be on the 6 month plan! I think I can handle that. I am just so relieved once again. I get to live my summer without a worry. I get to celebrate my birthday how I want to celebrate it, not how cancer wants me to. I can go on vacation and not have to worry about anything. It's simply great. Big smiles all over. :) :) :) Thank you all again for your continuing prayers and positive thoughts. I greatly appreciate it.

It's hard for me to be so happy about my news, but when I get sad I just think about how far I've come and really, just how lucky I am. When I was at the Doctor both Dr. Nabong and Scott told me that they have a similar patient (whom I remember them telling me about last year) who has a similar cancer as I did. She is a few years older than me too. Well, I took one path and she took the other. She is not doing good at all. She even had a bone marrow transplant and is 100 days post-transplant. They just got the call and really have no idea what they are going to do. It just goes to show you that cancer really has no rules and it's a beast. I really really really got lucky and I thank my lucky stars that I am able to come out of this ALIVE and healthy because there are a lot of people out there who aren't. It breaks my heart.

On Easter I was told very saddening news. An old friend of mine was diagnosed a few months after I was with terminal colon and I believe kidney or liver cancer. He is only 30 years old. I went to visit him in the hospital and told him to fight. I spread my positive attitude and it worked. He fought a good fight. Recently cancer started winning and just last night I find out that cancer won. My friend Jason Montoya has passed. Although it is so very sad, unfair, and flat out not right, he is in a happier place now. I just hate how cancer takes the lives of people so undeserving. It's just not right. So J my friend, may you rest in peace. You will be missed.

On Easter I was also told some other very saddening news. My friend of 12 years Dow's mom was diagnosed with a malignant non-operable brain tumor and was given 3 months to live. Here we go again. Why?!? I will never know the reason why and nor will anyone, but still. Cancer keeps taking people so underserving. Shirl is an amazing person and I know she will fight and live longer than 3 months. It just breaks my heart to see Dow go through this. I couldn't imagine losing a parent. We are too young to be parentless. Please keep Shirl and her family in your thoughts.

It just goes to show you that life truly is short. Please don't take things for granted and live life to the fullest because you never know when your time is up.

My Easter was a great day though because I got to spend it with my family (except my brother) but we went to a nice brunch and had a great time. Although I had to work and was told all this bad news I still had a good day! I sure hope you all had a great Easter as well.

That is the latest for now. Hope you all didn't stay up all night watching the Royal Wedding. I probably would have if I didn't have to work this morning!

Till the next time! Thanks again for all your positive thoughts!!

Love, Erin

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Is In the Air!

Hello all! I apologize for not updating this more often. I feel bad. I know you want to know everything that is going on in my life. Well, to be quite honest now that I'm CANCER FREE it's pretty much a normal life. This past month (March) was crazy busy. Work was insanely nuts with Spring Training and awesome weather. We actually had our first 100 degree day last Friday. That was a little too early. Thankfully it has cooled down and hopefully we can go another month or so without it being so dang hot already!!

I haven't had any doctor's appointments since January. I had a scare with an abnormal pap smear that came back with abnormal cells that tested at high risk for cancer. So I had a colposcopy done and for the time being everything is fine. Whew. I will just have to go back every 6 months instead of yearly until I am "normal" again. Fine by me given my history.

I still haven't gotten my port taken out. I honestly just haven't had time. I will have to take a few days off work so I can heal and I just haven't been able to. No big deal at all. The thing really doesn't bother me. I went and got it flushed last week so that it can still be used. I will be getting scanned the end of this month and God willing it will come back clean and I'll be on the 4-6 month scan program now! I like that idea. :)

Uncle Sam was really good to me this year and I used my refund money to get hardwood floors. My amazing Uncle installed them for me and slaved at my house for 3 days. I LOVE them and I actually did help and learn! If I had the appropriate tools I could probably add hardwood floor installation to my resume.

April is already shaping up to be a busy month. My childhood friend is coming to visit with her son and Mom. Michelle and Alden will be staying at my house (my first real house guests ever!!!) and her Mom Sandy will be staying with my Mom. I'm taking Friday, Saturday and Sunday off to do things with them. I'm excited to actually have a full weekend off! What a treat. We have lots of things planned; a trip down south to the Border to visit Ry, the Culinary Festival, a night out on the town, a BBQ and a trip to the Wildlife zoo. It will be a jam packed yet fun 6 days! I'm looking forward to it.

My Mom just celebrated her 4th year of being cancer free. I only know what it feels like to cross that one year hurdle, I couldn't imagine what it feels like to be 4 years in remission! She's only ONE year away from being technically CURED! I like the sounds of that!!! GO MOM!

There is still a lot of cancer looming around people I know, mainly my Mom's friends so please take time to pray for a cure, pray that it goes away and stops affecting the ones we love. Thank you.

An update on Lil Jack! He's DONE with his hospitalization for all procedures/treatments. That is beyond exciting. He is pretty much done with his immunotherapy. He was recently on the local news about his story and this Thursday (the 7th) the Morton family will be on "The Today Show." They are actually in NYC right now filming for the show. How amazing is that? So please set your DVR to see their amazing story. :)

So that is a little update from me! I PROMISE I will get better at writing in my blog. I really do enjoy it...I just keep forgetting to post!! Hope you all are enjoying Spring!

Stay healthy and happy my friends...love you all!

Love, Erin