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

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I feel Joy in my heart!!!

After reading your post and Linda's, I feel Joy in my heart!!! I am so glad you have your second opinion and can now feel better. It also makes me feel joyful for Denise, Linda and all the other friends who are taking great care of you, and supporting you!!! God Bless them all!!!

ps from 4-22-10

Yikes- I just deleted all that I had written. I am such a dork!

Sharon came over this am to drop off a beautiful bracelet that she had Paula make for some of us that have healing powers- much like the one Paula originally made for me when I was first diagnosed. It has a friendship clasp with different stones that are suppose to help promote healing. I am hoping Paula gets her web site going....Sharon is also trying to get Paula a "gig" at Occasions a store in N'ville. The bracelet is "tataly" cool!

After our appt at Rush, Denise and I went to visit Zarha, her 2 year old granddaughter that I wanted to take home with me! Chuck- Denise's husband- babysits Zahra 2 days a week. Chuck knows me only too well! He brought me this to die for chocolate mousse from thier favorite bakary that of course I had to eat right away! Zahra is so darn cute and fun to play with and just loves her grandma! I am the "auntie" as much as Chuck likes to call me a grandma.


Second Opinion 4-22-10

Hey there,

I think people read this thing- either way it is somewhat therapeutic for me to write on this blog. Maybe I should be more aware of my grammar or something...

Denise and I went to Rush in Chicago today. We met with Dr. Lincoln who we both really felt comfortable with. She agrees that I am on the right chemo regime, but feels that specific radiation to 2-3 tumors may help to eliminate some back pain and help with the hoarseness of my vocal cords. She thought that I should possibly be on steroids (here I go Tia!) to help with the hoarseness until radiation occurs. Dr. Lincoln does not think that I will become a drug addict taking so many vicodin a day to control pain (up to 8!). She also agrees with what Dr. Kash- my oncologist says about the following:

I will always be on some form of chemo for as long as I can tolerate it- to reduce the size of the tumors or control them or others from growing. There might be another type of chemo drug (s) to use later on if what I am having now doesn't work. There is also the possibility of taking some form of hormone treatment down the road if I need to take a relief from chemo. (I was on hormore drugs for the past 8 years.) She would like me to check in with her in the future when I need to change the chemo drugs in case they have a study going and other drugs are available to the patients in the study at Rush.

re: my tongue and the nasty burning sensation- I may need to get my vitamin B levels checked and possibly take vitamin B supplements- or I just have to live with this side effect if vit. B is ok.

Linda and I are on for tomorrow for the 4-5 hour chemo trip that is 5 min. least we get a good laugh at things and bring lots of treats!

No bb game tonight but Tyler has a tournament this weekend- but rain is in the forecast. I want to go -but the tournament is in Crestwood- way south of here. All depends on how I feel.


Yea Yea Yea! I can post!

I'm getting my treats ready for our day at the chemo factory tomorrow. I was so surprised to find out there is a pharmacist right there at the treatment center that makes up the chemo right before the nurse gives it to you.

Since they're making Nurse Ratchett stay as far away from us as possible, the other two nurses we have are really nice. If you're nice to people they'll (most of the time) be nice backe to you. Helene is extremely nice to them. She has treated everyone she has come across during this time exceptionally. Always a thankyou and a smile. I think I will make the nurses some milkyway rice krispy treats for tomorrow. Like Tia says, what comes around goes around.

Will be thinking about my sister all day while she has her second opinion. Feeling very guilty I'm not with her but she is in very good hands with her bff Denise. It's a good thing I wasn't scheduled for this one since I have my 10 year old home for the second day with the runs......

Thankyou Tia for scheduling all the dinners that our incredible neighbors have been supplying. You don't even know how helpful and so very much appreciated they are.

One more thing..for those of you who haven't seen Tatianna, Helene looks awesome in her. Even without Tatianna on, Helene looks great. I am full of pride for my sister Helene with the way she is handling this journey she is on.