Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Surgery Scheduled!

Hello all! Hope your Labor Day was fun filled. I actually labored on Labor Day. Boo...but duty calls. I am now on a Monday-Friday work schedule at work now and I'm ecstatic about it. I took a leap of faith and "gave up" my Saturday bartending shift. There are various reasons, but the biggest being I have been yearning for 2 days off in a row for quite sometime so I was presented with an opportunity that would make this possible and I jumped on it! So, yesterday started my "real" work week. Who would have thought it would be possible to be a M-F'er in a bar?! Ha! I just can't wait till 5 o'clock Friday...ahhh...a weekend...ahhh....2 days off in a row....I'm giddy.

So my surgery got scheduled for port removal. It's in 3 weeks today. Tuesday, September 27th at 12:30pm. The same man who put it in will take it out. Dr. Schuster. He asked in my consultation if I was squeamish. I said, well what you do you mean? He said, well I can take it out here in the office but it hurts or we could go to surgery. I about lost my lunch just thinking about it. Are you kidding?? I know I am tough, but really, I don't think I'm that tough. The port is inches from my eyes...I can see everything. I opted for the happy gas...smart decision I feel on my part!! Ha! So, think good thoughts for the 27th as the last piece of "cancer" will exit my body!!!

Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Month? We all know cancer isn't fair, but it's really not fair in these poor kids who are stricken with it. I have become close to the Morton family and their son Jack just beat Neuroblastoma. They are very active in raising awareness in Childhood Cancer because it is more common than you think. Here are a few stats (taken from Jack's website: thejackmortonfoundation.org

Childhood Cancer Stats

13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States
1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will die.

Everyday, 46 school children will be diagnosed with cancer.

One in 300 boys will develop cancer before the age of 20.

One in 333 girls will develop cancer before the age of 20.

The incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up to 29% in the past 20 years.

Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among US children ages 1-14.

In 2009, only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget was used for pediatric funding.

Young cancer patients often have a more advanced stage of cancer when first diagnosed.

The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8.

In 20 years the FDA has initially approved only one drug for any childhood cancer. Half of all chemotherapies used for children’s cancers are 25 years old.

Physical and neurocognitive disabilities resulting from treatment may prevent childhood cancer survivors from fully participating in school, social acitivities and eventually work.

Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.

Source: PAC2 & CureSearch

Scary, sad and yet very, very real.

So just remember to count your blessings, be thankful for what you have and please don't relish in the petty stuff. Someone out there is suffering and fighting for their life.

Happy September. I'll update again soon!!

Love you all--Erin

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