Thursday, February 26, 2009
My visit with Dr. Citrin went as planned and he reduced my meds to one week on/one week off instead of 2 and 1. Hopefully this will help my side effects and i will start feeling better. I also spoke with the mind/body person who helped me realize what i was feeling was grief. I have been grieving my old self and not sure what to do with the future. She helped me figure a few things out and hopefully i can reinvent myself since i mostly likely will not be marathon/ironman Laura anymore. I also started taking about 20 more vitamins a day and that should help my immune system, fatigue, and bouts of nausea. Love my natural path. I also had a Raki treatment. It may be the most relaxing thing i have ever done in my entire life. I think Travis needs to try it. I was also able to get my nails done for $5.00. Not bad for a medical manicure.
Wednesday came and i have been dreading it for a week. I had an appointment to see the podiatrist. Turns out his wife is a breast cancer survivor and he is funny as hell. He shot me up with Novocaine and cut out my nails. The pain really didn't hit until 3 hours later, but he gave me Vicodin and all was good, for the most part. I was so worried someone would step on my feel especially Gavin. Although i could barely walk i did manage to get myself together and see Cirque du Soleil with my babysitter and her family (thanks for taking me). Travis is taking Sammy Saturday night for her 9th birthday, it was that good.
Back to Sammy's birthday...I cant believe my baby is going to be 9. Time is going by way to fast.
Hope all is well with everyone
Love the X-Ironman Laura
PS The Dr said i couldn't get my Ironman tattoo until my immune system improved. I just cant do anything these days.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I am headed to Chicago on Saturday and am looking forward to see what they have to say. Hopefully i can reduce my meds and that will also decrease my side effects. I have to see a podiatrist on Wednesday due to an infection i have in my toes. I wont go into detail cause it is so gross, but i am having trouble just walking. This is due to my immune system being shot and a previous chemo that messed up my nail bed. Not looking forward to the pain that will occur, so i will need lots of prayers and meds that day.
I am looking forward to seeing a lot of you in April and am overwhelmed by every ones generosity. The Crofts have organized this entire thing and i am just amazed. I have said it before, but i cant stop saying thank you. You guys are just amazing.
My friends from Cali sent me an incredible gift and i was able to get an iphone to organize all my Dr. appointments, keep med records on it, and feel more in control of my life. Funny how something so simple can make me happy and organized. Thanks to everyone who donated to my iphone happiness. Love all you guys.
Also i want to thank all the Fcup boys for being such great friends to Travis. He was really struggling over what to do about the golf tournament and you guys made the decision for him. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. He gets over looked in the support department since i suck it all up and he greatly needs a boys trip. Love you guys too.
Thanks to my book club for the house cleaner. She came today and changed the sheets. That is a task that really takes all my energy and a privilege i have so greatly missed. Love my girls
I am hoping to have a great time in Chicago and get some much needed R and R.
Love to you all,
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Happy Valentines and thank you all for your generosity
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This is Travis. I had to share some wonderful news from my client whose wife is the reason we are doing all we can to make sure Laura has treatment at CTCA in Chicago.
As you all know, Kathy has been battling a nasty form of cancer in her lungs for over 2 years now. She has been through 4 rounds of cancer therapy as well as an experimental mega dose induction of vitamin C.
When last we heard, she had just finished some very promising direct radiation that had all but eliminated the original 3 tumors that two other hospitals had deemed inoperable and untreatable only to discover a new aggressive tumor in her other lung and another on her rib.
She finished 6 weeks ago treatment for these new tumors and just had her verification scan yesterday to learn that these tumors as well have been destroyed.
Needless to say Dick and Kathy are euphoric. All of the tumors are completely gone and the rib has totally re-grown. There is one spot in her lung on the scan that remains and they think that it is either scar tissue or that it is the reduced tumor encapsulated.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Here is the link http://rayofliferace.com/
BTW - Things are going well here on the home front. Sammy seems to have digested what is going on, i am having more good days than bad, Gavin still keeps us laughing and Travis is the glue that keeps us all together. Hope all is well with y'all.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Besides the 5K fun run that will be held in my honor on April 25th in Atlanta, more details to come, a friend is doing the 3 day walk to benefit breast cancer. If you would like to contribute to her walk the link is above.
Thanks Michelle for the support.
Monday, February 2, 2009
On a better note, Dr. Citrin called and the path report that he performed at CTCA indicates that i am her2 + and er/pr +. This doesn't change anything as of yet, but may in the future. I guess i am relieved that they didn't treat me incorrectly at Emory, but am still interested in finding out what happened to my first path report.
I met with the counselor at the doctors office and she gave me several ideas on how to reinvent myself, exercise options since running seems to be very challenging at the moment, and some mind tricks when i cant sleep.
Please keep travis in your prayers, this economy is just one more stresser the poor guy doesn't need.