Friday, November 7, 2014

And life goes on!

Worth the read, especially for you courageous young mother's out there!!

Here is my reply:

I sit here with tears in my eyes, reading about this young mother's outing to Chick Fil A for lunch. I remember those days oh so well. I made it a point to "make memories" when my children were young, because I knew some day, that's all I would have left. I remember so many hours, days, years of self sacrifice and wondering, "When will it be my time?" I use to be envious of my husband "getting to run off to work at a job he dearly loved" because he didn't have to stay home with the babies all day. I remember staying up till all hours of the night, just to make sure they had clean clothing, matching socks, their favorite breakfast food. And sometimes I found myself resenting the constant tugging at my time, my attention, me. I felt I had to do it all. Someone coined the term "Supermom", but that didn't apply to me. Because all the work and sacrifice in raising my children wasn't because someone else thought I should do it. It was because, being a stay at home mother was my job at that point in time, and I was gonna do it better than anyone ever had before!!
Now, 34 years later, two children with happy marriages, five grandchildren and I still sometimes wonder how I did it all. I no longer ask, when it will be "my time", for a bout with breast cancer three years ago taught me that NOW IS MY TIME. 34 years ago was MY TIME. I had the honor of staying home and raising my babies, safely, lovingly, with our family values. My husband had the luxury of knowing his children were well cared for, and so loved.
I have had the chance to meet the young man and woman I asked God for; my children's spouses. I have seen them love and care for my children. I have watched the miracle as their four beautiful babies were brought into this world - they call me Nana. And again, I find myself juggling drinks at Chick Fil A, wiping little hands and faces. I am so blessed to be part of my children and grandchildren's lives. They love me and appreciate me in so many ways. And now I see, it's my time. Time to make precious memories and share the love and laughter with you!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Understanding Radiation Therapy: What To Know About External Beam Radiation Therapy


Before treatment starts:
You will meet with a doctor or nurse before
your first treatment. He or she will tell you how
the treatment works and how it can help you.
You will also learn about any side effects to
expect. Be sure to ask any questions you have.
Your first meeting:
■ You will get a checkup (physical exam).
You and your doctor will talk about your
health and medical history.
■ You might get tests, such as x-rays or
CT scans.
Follow-up meeting:
■ Your radiation therapist will put small
marks (tattoos or dots of colored ink) on
your skin. These marks show where to
aim the radiation.
■ A body mold or mask might be made at
this meeting. It will help you stay still
during your treatment sessions.

During your treatment:
■ You will probably lie down on a
treatment table.
■ Your radiation therapist will be in the
next room to control the machine. He or
she will be able to see, hear, and talk with
you through a speaker at all times.
■ You will need to stay very still, but you
won’t have to hold your breath.
■ You may see lights pointed at you. They
are safe and show the therapist where to
aim the radiation.
When you go for treatment:
■ Don’t have powder, deodorant, Band-Aids®,
or jewelry near your treatment area.
■ Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes.
Ask your doctor or nurse about side
effects from this treatment.
The side effects you may have depend
on where you are getting radiation.
There are fact sheets to help you learn
how to manage side effects.
Free Services To Learn More
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Information Service
Phone: 1-800-422-6237
TTY: 1-800-332-8615
Chat Online:
NIH Publication No. 10-6111
Reprinted April

Healthy breakfast smoothie recipe

From my friend Ava! Can't wait to try it!

My smoothie is different each morning depending on fruit I have in the freezer but I start with 1 cup of almond milk, a ripe banana, 1/2 cup either vanilla or chocolate protein powder, 1/2 of cup of frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup fruit..... add mango, pineapple, strawberries or mixed berries. I add 1/2 cup ice and 1/2 cup water. In the winter I added 2 Cuties and sometimes an apple. Ed and I have a smoothie every morning and this past winter we did not have 1 cold between us.This makes a large smoothie and sometimes I put what I can't eat in refrigerator for mid morning.