Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Eat, drink, and be merry, for today there shall be NO chemo!!!

OK, so this morning, I geared up, got up, and went to the clinic ready to take my medicine like a good girl.  My numbers all came back good except my platelets.  They are pretty low.  Too low, in fact, that the doctor wants to give my body another week to build back up again before they shoot me full of more poison.  "WHAT did you say??"  I couldn't believe my ears.  I was so excited to have a reprieve for a week.  A week to feel somewhat normal, a week to do other things than work my life around side effects...WAHOO!  The nausea I was feeling immediately turned to hunger.  It was lunchtime, so Reid took me to Magelby's Fresh for a slice of my favorite halibut.  It was absolutely delicious.  Life is good!  Freedom is going to mean just a little bit more to me this Independence Day, so Happy 4th of July to me, my family, you and yours, and the whole wonderful United States of America!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Music heals the soul...

I have always been blessed with good family and good friends.  Often the line between the two disappears.  I consider many many people in my life to be family, even though we are not technically related.  If you are reading this, you are most likely in that group. :)  Since I've "taken to my sick bed" (as my southern belle grandmother would say), I've experienced some remarkable things. I've been overwhelmed by the capacity of my loved ones to strengthen me.  Each person has something to share that lifts me and comforts me.  My dear friend Linda Hale has taken it upon herself to make me laugh every day, how awesome is that?!  I could (and probably will) go on and on with other tales of compassion and support, but today I want to share what my honorary son-in-law did for me a week ago.  Scott Peterson (Erin Robert's hubby) is quite a wonderful guy.   What you might not know to about him is that he is an artist.  He plays the violin so beautifully it brings me to tears each time I hear him play, which isn't often enough for me because they live in Idaho.  Scott and Erin and their kids came down to visit Lance and Terry over Father's Day weekend.  They came over so Scott could  play his violin for me.  I was so touched.  After a very hard week with chemo side effects, my strength and courage were almost gone and then Scott arrived.  Here are a few of the hymns he played.  Excuse the background noise and the chatter.  Also, I apologize for the quality of the video, that's my computer. Thank you Scott, for sharing your God given gift with me.  I love you!