I know it has been forever since I've updated my blog! Sorry about that for all my blog followers.. In the time since I last updated I have been continuing chemo treatments almost every week. But when ever I've had a break I've been fortunate enough to be able to pass the time by going somewhere away from home. I went to St. George and spent time with my friends there and then went again with the fam. We were bad at taking pictures so I don't have any to show. Then my oldest sister Michelle let me go with her and the American Fork High School cheerleaders to their National Competition in California. We got to go to Disney Land and with me in a wheelchair we got to the front of the lines which was awesome:) I definitely recommend it haha. In the middle of my last two treatments my sister Jackie and I decided to go visit one of my other sisters in Arizona for the first time( I've got lots of sisters:)haha) Luckily Kimber and Jackie were good at taking pictures so I actually have proof of our trip! It was about 85-95 degrees the whole time we were there and my goal was to come back the tannest cancer patient at PCMC:) When I told my doctor my goal she said.. "oh so having cancer twice already isn't enough for you yet? Your going to try and get skin cancer too??" haha good point.. so I was really good about wearing sunscreen for the first time in my life haha.. enjoy the pics:)
Friday, December 11, 2009
I don't have many pictures of treatment so I figure I'll just write a bit to get everyone caught up on whats going on. Treatment has been going good.. no complaining here! I actually was really lucky because over Thanksgiving I had my first week off of chemo to get ready for scans. So since I had a break with nothing to do, I decided to throw a surgery in there haha. On Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I had surgery on my mouth. Lets just say... chemo has a way of screwing up just about everything! The surgery went good and I was even able to eat on Thanksgiving:) I just had and MRI, CT Scan, and PET Scan done this last week and the results from all of them were positive! My doctors can't see anything in them to worry about which is great to hear. This week I just started Irinotechan for my 3rd time. I get this chemo 5 days in a row and its a little bit tougher on me than the usual but its going good so far. The picture of my swollen arms above is from the MRI. The nurse put the I.V. for the contrast on the side of my wrist after 2 other tries in my arm. Once she put it in my wrist she kept shoving the needle in further and further and I could feel her popping the vein. I got in to do the MRI and the guy injected the contrast into the I.V. and it literally brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't figure out what the pain was but by the time I sat through a 45 minute MRI with my arm feeling like it was going to explode I kinda freaked out haha. So we went to get the I.V. out and I looked down at my arm and it was HUGE! The nurse had infiltrated my muscle tissue with the IV contrast! Anyways.. long story short, we won't be going back to that hospital! haha the other pictures are just some random ones. Me, Cam, and Crew are showing the manicans at Forever 21 what we are made of... The smiley face in pills is just the amount of pills I take at one time on a normal day:) I've learned you have to find happiness in small things! love you all!!
Well it's official.... I'm a horrible blogger! haha After getting chemo every week and the same things happen, you don't feel the need to keep blogging about it haha... but since Halloween there have been some fun things that happened. I got to go to St. George again to see all my friends and watch the Rebelettes dance:) It was a blast, my family and I feel like it's some dang good medicine for me to get to go down every now and then!! While I was in St. George this last time the only thing stopping me from having a good time was this massive radiation burn! I did radiation for 6 weeks every day and about half way through treatment you could start to tell that it was getting some serious damage to the area. But of course we had to keep going... it started out as a little blister but once it popped the skin just kept peeling back more and more. Everyday I would get radiation another layer of skin would just disinigrate. So in the end it was this massive burn about 6 inches long by 5 inches wide.. and it didn't start getting better till about 2 weeks after I was done with radiation. I was hobbling around like a 95 year old woman for quite sometime! Here are some pics of St. George and the burn. Sorry if the burn pictures are a bit explicit haha parent supervision is advised:)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Halloween this year was the bomb haha! I usually don't get all into Halloween but with a bald head I decided to milk it for all its worth:) my brother-in-law Matt is an artist.... ( his blog is on my page.. go check it out!)..... and so I asked him if he would draw a sleeve of tatoos on my HEAD :) It turned out so good that when I went out people actually thought they were real. I had to correct them that they were fake and no I did not shave my head for Halloween haha. My family is so awesome when Halloween comes around because the all dress up.. even my 2 day old niece Jane had her princes costume on:)
Sooo what happened was I was really sick for like 2 weeks and so they figured out that I needed more blood... Before I got the blood I could not even walk in the hospital without stopping every few steps to sit down. It was amazing to me how weak I got. So the possibility of going to St. George was looking very slim. I got the blood and I literally got up and walked out of the hospital without taking a break. It was so crazy! I also hadn't eaten hardly anything for the whole time I was sick.. and after I got a bit of a threat from my nutritionist (saying she was going to feed me out of a tube if I didn't start eating haha) I decided to give it a try. So long story short I ate a whole Jimmy Johns sandwich hahaha its amazing what a little blood can do!! So since I was feeling great, my mom, me, Michelle, Jackie, and baby Olivia loaded up and drove to St. George for Mallory's wedding, to see all my besties, and to get away ... far away from the hospital:)