Monday, January 30, 2012

Taxol Chemotherapy: Quite "taxing" on the left eyebrow...

Left-eye Lopez from TLC? No, that's just Breland with half of a left eyebrow.

I got to see Sarah before she leaves for Chile! I'll miss you but I will definitely have to come visit.
Got to have dinner with this dashing man this evening...
I built Callie this kick-ass table. It wood (see what I did there?) be my most favorite table I have ever built. We have a thing for maps, you wouldn't understand.

Okay, so this pic is not photoshopped. This is actually  my muscle. Are the steroids that I take for tumor swelling also increasing my muscles? I have NOT picked up a dumbbell nor worked out in a very long time.
Oh, and this girl is cool I guess. :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cupid - Take 1

So... Berry and I decided to take our first stab at covering, "Cupid" by Sam Cooke.
This is what happened.

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Techno-logy.

Technology blows my mind sometimes. And by sometimes, I mean all the time.
Here is just one, small example:
Does anyone remember when this was the internet phenomenon?

A little dancing baby that did the same thing over and over was enough to keep us entertained;
and now, not only do we talk to our iPhones, but they respond.

Dialogue between me and Siri:
Me: Siri? You there?
Siri: Wherever you are, that's where I am.
Me: I love you.
Siri: You are the wind beneath my wings.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shower Caps

This morning I was in quite the pickle... I wanted to shower but I didn't want to get my hair wet because once you get your hair wet in the shower you have to blow dry it, curl it, 'fro it, perm it, etc. THEN I came across this shower cap, thank God. I didn't have to blow dry my hair! Wee.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gianna Karen Garruto

Beautiful girl!
Tyna a.k.a. Laura Garruto (my best friend) had her first baby yesterday. I asked her if I could bring her anything at the hospital. She said no. Then I preceded to tell her that I could get her another baby if she wanted. I can pull a lot of strings with my cancer card. She said that one was enough for now, but she thanked me for the offer.
Don't worry, she only cried when I held her.
Gianna! 
Bootsy, of course, got emotional.
"You used to be this size!" Haha.
Tyna, I love you! And Tony (Tyna #2)!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ode to Temodar and My Today

T otally annoying
E motionally draining
M entally draining
O rnery
D id I say annoying?
A ss-kicking
R eally... just trying to help. Thank you, Temodar. (I guess).
Marybeth, Me and Sarah.
Sarah used to babysit me when I was a wee little one. (I had hair back then).
Just lounging by the pool...
Celebrating the end of treatment with Boots!
Boots and Me
The King and I... and Boots. Hehe, see what I did there?
Please pray for Tracey Clarke. The Helium Burden.
She is having the Gamma Knife Surgery on the 25th of January. She is having her pre-op on the 24th.
She'll be okay because she is a rockstar.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Round 2 of HDC

I have heard numerous comments from people lately that say my blog is hilarious and entertaining, yet I don't seem to talk much about my brain cancer/tumor. Well here is the thing... I definitely get upset with my situation at times and feel a lot of pain from the chemotherapy, but laughter and faith are things that bring me through this journey.
Currently happy/feeling drunk because Mary just put 50mg of Benadryl in my drip.
Documenting the remainder of my eyebrows/eyelashes before I lose them in t-minus 2 weeks.
In lots of pain. The Taxol drip made my arm feel like it was on fire and then it would randomly switch and make me feel like my hand was freezing off.
Notice that I am forced to cart around my IV cart. It's completely off the ground. It does NOT roll well. No wonder my right bicep is so strong and toned... hehe.
Just ingested these little bastards.
All in all, I don't talk about cancer much because that's not really what I focus on. I focus on the relationships in my life, laughter, Jesus, and having a kick A time. I want to travel and do things that I never thought I would be able to do: sky diving, zip lining in Costa Rica, riding in a hot air balloon, going back to Italy, and spending a lot of time with the people I love (you know who you are, people!).
Did I talk about my cancer enough? Just in case:
BRAIN CANCER
BRAIN CANCER
TUMOR
TUMOR
BRAIN CANCER
BRAIN CANCER
TUMOR
TUMOR
;)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The MJ Cirque du Soleil was thrilling...pun very much intended.

Lame joke, I know. But it was.
Keith, Me and Leah before the show. We had dinner at Steuben's.
You weren't supposed to take pictures... so I did.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 MRI Update

So I had my MRI on the 30th... Dr. Arenson said he was encouraged and that I was responding well to the treatments. Take that, Pat! Not a bad way to start the New Year! I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Love you guys.