Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A New Year Approaches...

Sully and I were out running errands this morning when he shared that he was glad that I got my cancer now. Because he said now that I have had it and the doctors know that I have had it they have given me medicine to ensure that I will never have it again. And if they hadn't caught it when they did it could have been a much worse stage.

I can say on behalf of all of us we are truly happy to be able to bid 2008 a final farewell. Never has the adage out with the old and in the with new meant so much. We're hopeful that the new year will be filled with good health, abundant happiness and magical moments for all those we are fortunate enough to have in our lives.

Ancora Imparo
Marla, Mike and Sully

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays...

The festival of lights began last night and we were reminded about how truly lucky we are. We have been so blessed as a family to have so many people who have been a source of light to us. May the beauty of the holiday season be filled with joy and peace and may the new year be filled with health and happiness.

Ancora Imparo
Marla, Mike and Sully

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It Makes So Much Sense...

In my post treatment group yesterday we were talking about the fatigue that we are all experiencing and someone shared it was as if we no longer get a second wind. That simple statement makes so much sense and completely describes the fatigue. Someone else shared that in time the fatigue will pass which pleased me greatly.

Ancora Imparo

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Put it on poster...

At the weSpark creative writing session this week several people suggested that the following should be put on a poster. I was deeply flattered and touched by their suggestion. Our prompt was When I Open My Eyes.

When I open my eyes I see how fragile life can be.
When I open my heart I feel how deeply I can love.
When I open my mind I awake my spirit.
When I open my spirit I embrace my body and vow to heal it fully.
And when I open my life I accept my limitations
and continue to strive for the highest and most honorable.
I maintain hope.
I pray for courage.
I teach peace and acceptance.
I let go and close my eyes surrendering to the darkness
knowing light will come on a new day.

Ancora Imparo

Friday, December 5, 2008

You Know What I Really Need...

This was a prompt in creative writing this past week.

How can I tell you what I really need if I don't know myself?
I am working on identifying wants from needs.
Focusing on what is truly important.
The want for those around me to not have to suffer and face life's uncertainties and the need for everyone to understand that we do possess inner strength and the ability to call upon it when presented with our own personal challenges.

Ancora Imparo

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Had to Share...

Hi Folks,

I thought this shirt said it best.

Ancora Imparo

Monday, December 1, 2008

Not so Fast...

Two posts in one day.


It seems that the previously mentioned rash looks like contact dermatitis -- according to my ONC and the ONC Nurse. So, I will continue on all prescribed meds / vitamins until further notice and keep an eye on the area. I can also use a topical cream to help relieve the strong urge to scratch. Pretty exciting huh?!

Ancora Imparo

A Little Experiment...

Fortunately the little rash on my leg has remained on my leg for the last several weeks. Unfortunately it has grown a bit in size and has become itchy. It turns out that it may in fact be a side effect from my new BFF Arimidex. So the plan is to stop taking the Arimidex and all vitamins for the next two weeks to see if the rash decreases in size and goes away.

I'll keep you posted. In the meantime I am successfully resisting the urge to scratch.
Ancora Imparo