New hat pattern great for those quick holiday gifts. Knit with Cascade's Baby Alpaca Chunky makes it lovely knit and it will be happily received by the recipient. Knit with size 11 in a just a couple of hours.
Beautiful garden this year. Zucchini, Swiss Chard, Kale, Potatoes, Strawberries, Summer Squash, Pumpkin, Winter Squash, Artichoke, Blueberries, Carrots, and Beets. We have had perfect weather and I used organic fish compost. ,
I was so excited to complete my radiation treaments and get back to work full time. I was up and at "em early this morning. My excitement was contagious. Everyone was happy. I was feeling good and ready to tackle the day.
Well, evidently my husband and doctor are wiser than I am. I hit rock bottom tonight. I AM SO TIRED.
My plans to work a nine hour day tomorrow are gone by the way side. I will go in later, so I can make it until eight tomorrow evening.
I finished my last dose of radiation yesterday. I was emotional a good portion of the day. It felt like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I am so happy that I can now start getting my stamina back. I am thankful for the caring staff at the Cancer Care Center and to my wonderful family and friends for their support.
I had the idea to celebrate, but after a few errands we decided to wait a few days for the celebration. I ran of of steam quickly.
The most difficult of radiation is the lost of energy, burning and pain. I had a total of 33 treatments.
My sister, Tacey surprised me these beautiful carnations. 33 of them and the center seven are for the heavy contracted doses I received to last seven days.
Cancer is a funny disease. It is an emotional and physical roller coaster ride, but through this journey, I have been given a gift! I don’t know if it is because you have the fear of dying and leaving your loved ones and life that you love so dearly or what, but it has given me a new perspective about life. I value every little thing that before I took for granted. If something irritated you before, it now becomes a blessing. You love everything from a rainy day to a smile. If someone is sad you want to touch their heart to bring them gladness. I am coming to the end of my treatment and feel joy that I can share this experience and I can do something to touch those around me with the gift of life.
Doctor appts today! Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay test ordered! This test will basically tell me if they need to do Chemo. Result consultation appt is Oct 9th 4:30pm.
I am praying for it to come back low= no chemo.
It is wonderful test and it will let us know if the cancer will return. Radiology appt. next Monday along with Ortho. Did I say I feel like I am falling apart? I hardly needed to go to the doctor except for my yearly physical! In fact, I don't even get colds! What's up with this mess?
Dressing removed. I am covered in a painful red rash on the left side of my upper body. Possibly from the tape or the cleanser they used in surgery. I have been up and around the last two days. I feel lightheaded at times. I have quit taking my pain pills. It just feels uncomfortable and pressure in my breast. Refusing to take any pain pills. I dislike the way they make me feel when I take them.
I slept well last night! No pain pills needed. Ice pack is definitely the way to keep the pain under control. No temp or drainage on dressing! I will be able to remove dressing this evening and take a shower. :-)
I was up and around yesterday getting stronger day by day.
"She out of surgery, it went well, she is in recovery right now. Now 5 to 7 days to see if surrounding tissue and lymph gland come back negative. Looks good though."
a post on facebook posted yesterday 08-25-14
Step one of this journey is complete and I am so happy. My anxiety of surgery and flying is that I have is fear of dying in surgery or the plane will crash. I admit I couldn't tell anyone how afriad I was, especially my family because I didn't them to fret. I cried alot this last week and said lots of prayers. Thousands of people fly daily and have surgery and make it through just fine.
I am drinking lots of fluid to get ride of this blue urine. It is from the radioactive dye they use to check out the sentinel lymph gland. I will get the results in 5-7 days. Praying they are negative. It will make a difference if I have to do Chemo or just radiation , or do another surgery to remove more.
In the photo it looks green today, but last night it was a bright blue.
I imagine a tatoo will be a piece of cake after this! Eight needles were inserted ito my nipple and areola and a needle to insert the marking wire into my tumor, They do this procedures for lumpectomy. But at this time I choose conservation instead of mastecomy. I am just waiting to go into surgery.
What an emotional roller coaster ride this last couple of weeks have been! Some days I sobbed almost the entire day. Me, of all people should never have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I eat well, no junk food, or fast food. I am a very a positive and happy person with lots of love for others and receiving love from others.
I spent a lot of time researching decisions mastectomy vs lumpectomy. I want to make the right decision because I love life, family, and friends. I want to conquer this cancer for myself and for others in my life.
I want to thank all of you that belong to our sisterhood that no one wants to join! But we are here, darn it! We share our stories and positive encouragement and move on with a appreciation of our birthdays, a simple flower, every beautiful day.(sunshine or rain). I thank you for all the insight and encouragement you give me to deal with and heal from this cancer. Tomorrow is my surgery day and I am frightened, but determined to win. I also thank my other sisters, family and friends for the hugs, positive encouragement and love that they give me. Just ready for the next step? I want to get this terrible cancer out of my body and I will do what it takes,
I thought I would share the technique how to swatch a gauge for Fair Isle in the round. Fair isle knitting usually knits up at a smaller gauge, but hopefully this will save some of you the headache of your beautiful projects turning out the wrong size. You want to make sure and knit the first two stitches and the last two stitches on each round together with both strands to secure the edges.
I am a little better today! Still lots of chest congestion, but I at least feel like knitting. Starting a new fair isle project to take to Stitches West in Feb. I got an email regarding our rooms. I am finding that the Stitches events are very organized, which I really appreciate.
New year's resolution is to blog more. :-)
It seems easy to write 2014 for some reason, maybe it is because I am so ready to leave 2013. It was a sad year, after losing our 20 year old niece. She was so you g and full of life. It doesn't seem fair for someone like her to be taken so soon.
I have a call into the doctor this morning. I need to be seen before the weekend. I spent most of the night coughing to the point, I was afraid I was going to crack a rib. The wheezing and shortness of breath is driving me crazy. I won't be going to work today, except to do the banking.
I haven't had a cold like this in probably 15 years. I just don't get sick very often.