Helene the Fighting Machine!!!

Hope 4 Helene

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday 4-22-10

It is so nice to feel "normal." The last 2 days have just been regular days, but I was feeling ok and realize how lucky I am to have some normal days. I worked at COD and am fortunate to have friends there (and some retired- like Karen and Paula) that keep my spirits up. Judy and Barbra cheer on my students' successes with me and realize how important it is that I continue to work. I only have 2 more weeks this semester, a month off and then I am working on Wed. for 8 weeks. What a schedule!

Tomorrow Denise and I head out to Rush in Chicago to meet with another doctor to determine if I am on the right treatment regime. It has taken this long to get an appt. for a second opinion. Then Friday.....double whammy chemo- another 4-5 hour day. Thankfully Linda is still able to take me- yet I know I have many others that have volunteered to go with me.

Next Tue. I go in for a port and then a week from tomorrow I go in for a CAT scan to hopefully see that the tumors are shrinking. I can feel the one in my neck has gotten smaller...I swear!

Tried to go to Tyler's baseball game tonight but it was just too cold and I left after the 3rd inning. I did get to see him pitch and he did very well. I am questionable whether I can go to his tournament this weekend- depends on how I feel and what the weather is doing. I do enjoy seeing Tyler play and want to go to as many games as I can.

Once again, thanks to everyone for all of the support, prayers and positive energy.

"Thank You" Thank You

Hi Helene,
Thought about you a lot today while I was getting my walking in. Then I get home and see a card in my mailbox from you. I couldn't wait to read it because I had no idea what it was for...I should be sending YOU cards!! So I open it to see that it is a thank you for the chemo goodies and company from a couple of weeks ago. You really made my day because I really feel like "what comes around, goes around". I remember very vividly how much it meant to me when friends and neighbors did the smallest things to help me out when Scott was sick. I truly feel like this is a full-circle moment for me and I couldn't be more humbled to be a part of your life.

For those of you who don't know me: my husband, Scott was diagnosed with a non-hodgkins lymphona exactly 10 years ago this month. My daughter was 4 weeks old and my son was 3 years old at the time we found out. Needless to say, it was an extremely trying time for my family and every ounce of help was greatly appreciated. My family did not live close by so I truly counted on others to help when they could.

You are so inspirational and strong and I absolutely adore you. Hope you are finding today a GREAT DAY!