Sunday, November 11, 2012
* My Journal * I have said this before and I will say it again....my dad is my hero. He is my hero for simply being my dad. He is my hero because he was truly an honest man on this earth. He is my hero because he took care of us...my family. And very importantly towards the end of his life, he fought so hard and stayed so faithful in the care of my mother as he was very ill himself. He was so wise and still is. What I mean is he has been gone for five years now, yet he is still taking care of Mom because of the way he financially planned his last years. Dad made sure Mom with her Alzheimer's condition would be cared for in the nursing home. He knew this is what he needed to do...for her and for the family. What a blessing. I thank him for that. I always had a good relationship with my dad. In his last years, Dad and I developed an even closer bond during all the struggles with Mom and his own health. It was truly special. I miss you Dad.
As I look at him as my hero...my dad...he is also a hero of our country. My dad served the Navy in World War II. He never talked about it much until he wrote his memoir late in his life. It was astonishing to read, but more astonishing to me that he never spoke about it. I had no idea Dad was inches from losing his life when his ship was hit.... there were more disturbing stories.
Today, I salute my hero...my dad...but I also salute our many countless heroes of our country...those who have passed and those still with us. Thank you for your service. God bless you all. Let's celebrate all our military heroes on this Veteran's Day. That's a good thing.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
* My Journal * It has been a year since my little hair ball in my life began and unraveled with the news of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Finally, after months of not being inspired to write, I'm back. I must say my emotions have taken on many twists and turns that at times seemed uncontrollable. I still don't quite understand my brain, but at this point my brain seems to be thinking in a better light....all the while being blessed with continued good news of my personal health. I am a lucky patient in this "arena" for the fact that my continued care and treatment for cancer is all for preventative measures, as I "kicked" the "big C" early on. I still get frustrated at myself for not completely diving into this good news and dwelling on it. But as I say that, I am not going to completely blame myself for continued times of feeling depressed or anxious. First of all....I am HUMAN....then there's the "thing" about being a WOMAN and throwing in that..ugh..."AGE FACTOR". Yep...I do believe my hormones have gone completely "out of whack". Adding fuel to the fire is the medication, Tamoxifen in which I am taking every day for approximately five years. My cancer was classified as estrogen receptor-positive (also know as hormone sensitive), which means that they have a protein to which estrogen will bind. These breast cancer cells need estrogen to grow. Tamoxifen works against the effects of estrogen on these cells. Continued studies have shown successful results.
So here I am...one year later. I recently went for my annual mammogram. I have been getting mammograms every 3 months but only for the breast treated for cancer. This time I had the pancake flattening test for "both"....Yeehaw! and Whalaaa......It's official! I passed....I have a "clean slate". Cheers to one year later!...and how 'bout a margarita and "toast" to a better summer!
And obviously, that's a good fun thing.