Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Belated Thanksgiving

So much to be thankful for...

My children and their health. My husband and his health and job. My parents and in-laws and their health. Our friends. Our home. Our church and school communities. Our football/cheer support system. My doctors. Our health insurance. Most of all, my faith, without which nothing makes sense.

Who knows what the next year brings for any of us? I, for one, am trying to treasure each day, each interaction with the people in my life. I am trying to worry less about how clean the house is and more about how I can please my family with little things, especially the most basic thing of all: my smile of delight when they walk in the house. I am appreciating the days I feel well and trying not to be frustrated and worried about the days I don't. (I am only experiencing marginal success with this one--I want to feel well NOW!)

My treatment plan going forward is relatively gentle, and I am also thankful for this. We are going to try Herceptin alone, both intrathecally (directly into my brain) and systemically (into my chest port) every three weeks. In addition, I will be taking Tykerb orally daily. If I continue to have trouble with nausea and vomiting, I will drop the Tykerb, but we are in the "see how it goes" period right now. I have had a lot of trouble with eating and hope that this will not continue for long. Imagine, ME, not finding food appealing! Unheard of. And unwelcome. Takes a lot of the fun out of life, let me tell you! At any rate, we will scan the brain again in February and see what things look like. Here's hoping there is nothing to be seen.

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. I am thankful, also, for all of you who read this blog!


Annie Bizzi said...

I might add to the list of "thanks" with the gift of your friendship--even though we now live so far from one another, I treasure being a part of you and your amazing family's lives. I can't wait to come down and see you soon--and you are right in that family and faith are such blessings...I thank God for that daily.
Thanks for your health reports and genuine honesty in your feelings--it helps me to understand and direct my prayers more effectively. I sure miss being there with you for all of to you, Suz.

sarah said...

I am thankful for you in my life!
Keep up the fight!
Sarah McCormick

Grandma Honey said...

"my smile of delight when they walk in the house" You are my inspiration.

Thank you for sharing your life with us. I need you.

Allaire said...

I am so hoping and praying and wishing and dreaming that you will be well my dear. And yes, I give thanks for every day- in every way....that you are here.

anna lisa said...

(sigh) Yes, so much to be Thankful for! Thank you for being such a faithful Catholic mama. Come lay on the beach with us again--one of those warm winter days--and we will contemplate the goodness of God.
Anna Lisa

Anonymous said...

Hey Suz! Thinking about you and glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Looking forward to seeing you soon and EATING A LOT!!!

Love to you and your Fam, hang in there XOXOXO

Love Jen (Terry/Johnson)