Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thankful for cancer.......REALLY?

It's the day after Veteran's Day...and Veteran's Day is almost always an EVENT in our house since my husband is a veteran. It was a great day...and I am thankful for all of our veteran's no matter what end of the earth they may be on...or if they gave their life for our country. God Bless them ALL!

I just finished writing my second children's book to sell for our Relay for Life team. Don't go and get all excited...now comes the hard part of illustrating and painting the pages before taking it to the printer. Irene Goes To The Beach is sure to be a hit......or atleast I think it will be.

My Dr in Effingham called yesterday evening about 7 p.m. This is my local oncologist that I still see on a monthly basis to keep in contact and get my blood drawn to check my Anti Xa and CA 19-9. It is still holding at 9 with my local lab. Dr. Dy said after my last visit, he had a meeting with many doctors about my case. I am talking about a Dr from Mayo Cinic, and a couple that he works with.  On the last scan at MD Anderson, it showed some nodules in the lungs which could indicate the beginning of metastasis. I have had SOME nodules for almost the whole time I have had CC, but they are just there....and of no concern. Well...they weren't until this last scan. Dr. Dy and the dr's he talked to believe the nodules could have a slight uptake from the radiation injected into me before the scan. My CA 19-9 is too stable for the cancer to be jumping to other places....or that is their assessment. And...if it really has metastasized, it REALLY is so slow growing, I could go another year without  treatment before we have to worry about doing anything new. It is STILL considered cholangiocarcinoma that has metastasized to the lungs and NOT lung cancer. So my CA 19-9 is still what they keep a close eye on with me.  Dr. Dy also talked to Dr. Javle about a company he works with (outside of MD Anderson) and they draw blood to do a more intense study of the genomic mutations in your body. So if Dr. Dy draws blood to send to a new company, they see  if there are more types of mutations that might have better results to a targeted therapy.  From the Foundation One test (where they sent a small hunk of my liver for genomic testing) I have only two mutations in total. They are P-Ten and FGFR2.  Both are hard to treat and not a lot of clinical trials out there for them. MD Anderson has one for the P-TEN but Dr. Javle does not think it is doing too well so he would rather not put me in it...and because I am so stable. .....he wants to wait as long as we possibly can so maybe a better option becomes available. Sounds good to me.......but it is also like a ticking time bomb in your body.  This is where I really have to lean on my faith and not on my own understanding. God hasn't kept me here on this earth for this long....in this good of shape....No, I believe with all my heart, God has a plan for me. It might not mean living until I am 80....but who'da thunk I'd still be here today!!!! Pardon my grammar....but it's so true.  I am thankful for Dr. Dy taking the time after our last visit to contact other doctors to "pick their brains" about my case and to also call Dr. Javle to discuss what his plan of action is for me.

I am thankful I can stay home, spend days with my grandchildren, take trips with my husband, exercise as much as possible at any time of day. I am thankful for friends....family....and most of all, God.  When I lay in bed at night, I pray for many people, I ask God why I am worthy to have this terrible TERRIBLE cancer and to be so stable. I have became friends with CC patients who were diagnosed after me and are no longer living. Dr. Dy says I am the longest living CC patient he has ever had as a patient. ME?  REALLY?  I know I am not worthy.......but as I lay there in bed, I ask God to forgive me of my sins. Believe me...I've had some whoppers!  But I 100% believe He forgives me or I would not be here. He is guiding me on this journey and without His guidance, I would be one lost person! Thank you God...Thank you!

I have been walking 2 1/2  miles a day or getting on the elliptical for 30 minutes since it has gotten cold the past few days. I am thankful I feel good enough to exercise at all. God is Good...ALL the time!

The Feeding to Heal Program at Richland Memorial Hospital is just running so smoothly. The patients we feed really do appreciate our hands preparing food for them as they get pumped full of toxins!  Right now, I have every week filled with businesses or families preparing food until the end of January. My goal is to get the month of February filled up and that covers all the vacation time I will be gone PLUS my checkup at MD Anderson in Texas the first week of February.

I am thankful for each and every person who takes the time to read my blog. To all the people who donate food for the Feeding to Heal program, and to all of the people who pray for me. Please don't stop...and let's pray for a cure for all cancers!!

In closing, yes, I am thankful for the way I have changed as a person since getting cancer. I am not thankful that I have cancer.....but I am thankful God is in my heart and in my soul. He is beside me every step in my day. For without Him, I am nothing. NOTHING.........

Peace be with all of you this Thanksgiving!

Patty Corcoran

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Journey Takes A Slight Curve.....

Why is it when you drive so far on the way to your destination, it seems much shorter than on the way home?  Pat and I had every intention of stopping overnight and then he boldly states we are driving home Tuesday night. Grrrr!  BUT, we did do exactly that and we made it to Suntone Road by 12:40. A couple of times he mentioned stopping and just getting a room but I at that point in the game was like "Nope, we're 4 hours from home...let's get it done!




On the day of my visit with Dr. Javle, we barely sat down when Ron (the nurse) called my name. We have known him so long we hug in the waiting room and everyone stares. Then he proceeds to flirt and say "Dang...you got it going on"....or "Boy, you are smelling fiiiiine this morning"! Tuesday, it was "Ohhh, I like the hair".....  He also works for a couple of surgeons that do resections when Dr. Javle has work in other buildings. So, to The Horn's....look for Ron. He just might be there for YOU!
No PA came in to this visit but after Ron asked a few questions in the room, the door was opened and it was Dr. Javle. We did the whole how are you feeling....any pain...blah...blah...blah...type of stuff. Then he asked if I had  any trouble breathing. NO, I don't.  He pulls up the scan....the GOOD news is there is nothing that lights up on the scan where my cholangiocarcinoma is...just a bit of scar tissue which is normal after radiation. Then he goes up to the lungs. Big GULP!  I have, since 2011 when I started this journey, had some nodules in my lungs but of no concern. Then in July of 2013, there were a couple that had gotten just a tad bit bigger and lit up a very low amount on the PET scan. We decided to just monitor it as it could be just from the radiation lingering. Tuesday, there were some new nodules of concern (although they were too small to even measure or biopsy....he is pretty sure they are cancerous). I mentioned my genomic testing and he said one of my mutations was a VERY slow growing mutation. That is why my Cholangio and maybe the nodules are SO slow growing. He would like to let things be until the next visit and see what the nodules do. They may be so slow growing that we let then "sit" another 3 months. If they are getting bigger, I will probably see a pulmonary specialist. Dr. Javle is going to speak to a specialist NOW to see if they want to go in now and just get them out OR let them be until the next visit to re-evaluate. I will e-mail Dr. Javle in a week or so to remind him he is to talk to a specialist and let them evaluate my scan. The good thing is that it's not a mass...they are just nodules and can be easily eradicated with chemo or sucked out....probably followed up with chemo to get any cells hiding from us.  DEEP BREATH~~~~~




As we finished the visit, he said to keep exercising (which I told him I had not been good at lately) and eat well. I told him I usually had fresh fruit smoothies with flax for breakfast and he said "good..good....good!  Eat well~~~


Betty Jean Horn, Moi, and Kristen Horn.
I was also able to meet a family I have been in contact with (for a couple months now) in the lobby of The MAIN Building at MD Anderson. Just as we were walking to the meeting place, they were coming through the doors and so we had a very nice but short meeting with "The Horn's" from Alabama. She is so blessed to be eligible for a resection and I ask that you keep the Horn's in your prayers as she recovers in the months ahead. Wonderful family.....and I believe I am one of the many "angels" they will meet on this journey!!  




If you didn't get a call yesterday about my results, I apologize. I called my daughters, my siblings, and my mother....that is almost it. I wanted to crawl in a hole and wallow in ....not self pity but more of a WHAT!  I have not smoked...this isn't fair....people who smoke those "people killers" should be the only people to get this. My father smoked from appr. 14 to about 5 days before he passed. He literally took off the oxygen to "toke on a cig" and then reposition his air tube of oxygen. He never got cancer in the lungs.....I just find it odd he ate fried foods, never exercised, and smoked Camel cigs my whole life and most of his...and never got the dreaded cancer except prostrate cancer which he beat many years before he passed.  My nodules have metastasized from the CC more than likely....so I don't really consider it LUNG CANCER.  I had a million things running through my head.....and some God winks along the way that put me in my place. At times, when I was thinking negative, I believe God stepped in and detoured my thinking to "YOU have no CC lighting up right now...NONE".  That is SO huge. THAT has always been what I have prayed for. These nodules are SO small they can't even measure them???? As Pat says, I am blessed and thankful there are no "wildfires in my body" there are just a few "sparks in there smoldering". SO, if I go back in 3 months and they are bigger and brighter or more of them, I will pull up my bootstraps and....you got it...."STOMP THE FIRE OUT AND FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!" 




As Dr. Javle  got up to leave, I said so this is a bad visit!?!???  He said NO, this is a good visit, You are STABLE. So stable we are going to sit tight and give me 3-4 months to keep running around enjoying life, praising God for my life, and doing good deeds for people I might not even know.


I am so beyond blessed.... as when I started this journey 3 years and 8 months ago, I wasn't given a lot of hope from the doctors. I have surpassed most patients who just receive chemo and radiation. I have stomped and spit on CC. So....again....I will march to the beat of the drum. I will exercise my heart out, breathe deep and enjoy this crisp air, and maybe even learn to like MORE healthy food out there. But most of all, as I woke up this morning, and as I lay in bed with a few tears rolling down my cheeks, my husband wrapped me in his arms and told me... "Its all going to be ok......you have slow mutations and you have FIGHT left in you, and you will... if and when the time comes...fight this with dignity, strength, and faith...just as you have in the past". 




My husband knows me well. Even though I feel like I have been beat up.....I have the most wonderful 5 daughters and one son who I will fight for more time with . I will fight for time with my grandchildren. I will fight my hardest to see Samantha's first child(it's not in the oven yet so back off :-)), I will fight for more time to praise and give thanks for the wonderful life I have had thus far. I have son in laws who I love like my own sons... I have friends who I can't bare to not be able to bug and pester :-) , There are too many harvest moons, double rainbows, autumn leaves, crocuses in the snow, country driving days, canoeing/kayaking on calm waters, lining up food for chemo patients at RMH, ......just living and loving my life.




So for now, we ALL pray. We give thanks every single day...many times over for my health so far. I have faith that God is not pushing me "out there" and thinking "let's see how she deals with this"....no....NO, I believe God is RIGHT beside me. He will hold my hand, he will carry me if needed, he will always be with me. He, along with my family, my friends, my blogger family, my church family, all my Christian friends, friends who pray for me and don't even know me, will be right beside me. Traveling this journey at every twist and turn....and we will keep this journey going as I am guided by God's light.




So...HUP-two-three-four, HUP-two-three-four....onward Christian Soldier.....a marching we all will go...until this cancer all throughout this world is put to death INSTEAD of all the people cancer is putting to death throughout this world is put into a pit and buried forever!!



Hugs and prayers~~


Patty

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Where have I been???



I am somewhat embarrassed it has been since mid August since I have posted. One thing you will learn about me is when all is good, I rarely post. When things are NOT so good, you will be kept up to date no matter what my status is. My stats are up to 108,544 hits on my blog.....crazy to me but also makes me embarrassed I have not been better about blogging.




Let's start with the wedding...Samantha (my daughter) and Chris Foust had the most perfect wedding as you can see from a few of the pics. They honeymooned off the coast of Aruba......and are now back to work and settling in as the cutest couple! See for yourself~~












AFTER things had settled from the wedding, I had an appointment with my oncologist from Effingham. Just to check my blood consistency and all of the normal bloodwork. I also requested a CA 19-9 to see what my cancer marker was. My platelets were in normal range which hasn't happened for over a year. My CA 19-9 (DRUM ROLL) was 9. Yes, I can sigh a little bit of relief but it doesn't mean everything is hunky dory inside me. Sometimes my intestines feel like they are just fighting inside of me. My dr thinks it could be a little bit from the radiation the first round that I had. Pain?  I don't have any in my liver area (except the night I went to the E-room when I found out I had cancer)......I never have....maybe if I did....I wouldn't be writing this boring blog.    So....as far as the bloodwork, it was kind of like cheating before I go to Houston to see Dr. Javle.


I used to take a "girls trip" every year until I got cancer. We have not taken one since.....but when I received the news last time I was in Houston, I decided after Samantha's wedding, it was time to get away. There were 4 of us....smaller than usual, but we had the best time in Gulf Shores. Pat was gone on a hunting trip with friends so it was perfect timing. Nothing lets you "let go" like the ocean does....or so that is how I feel.   It was a great trip and I thank God I was healthy enough to take it all in and enjoy every single moment. There was singing....everyone knows I like to sing outloud.............."What A Wonderful World" is one of my favs and has been for several years.  I tried to do a good deed every day on vacation....take an old lady's cart from her after putting her groceries in her car, telling a lady on the beach how great she looked in her bathing suit, scaring atleast one of the girls in our bunch ATLEAST once a day......I mean, it wouldn't be ME if I didn't do cannonballs into the pool just to drench a couple of my room mates. One set of ladies were very snobby and offended one person in our group...thinking they were rich old snobs. So....I went over and struck up a conversation and after a while, I was told where the best place was to eat. AND IT WAS SUPERB!  After that, they were very friendly. I refuse to believe that I can't get someone to talk if you just give them the chance. They were charming, nice old bats and had bought their stay at The Beach Club at a church auction.  I have truly missed The Beach Girls trip....and plan to do it more often.....maybe one in the spring for the right price!


My next visit to MD Anderson is October 6 &7. I have faith God is with me. There have been many "God-winks" and I have gave thanks over and over again for His graciousness! I am not perfect and I am not worthy....BUT....I also know I would be lost without Him. I pray for so many cancer patients going through alot right now......I pray for a patient getting ready for a resection....how blessed they are!!  I ask for prayers for my Uncle Dutch in NY getting ready for surgery......he's been through a lot and I pray God heals him soon!!  I pray for everyone from one corner of the world to the other. I pray for the many people who loved a lady so dearly in Olney. A lady with more grace, more inner beauty, more love for mankind than most of us can even dream of!  R.I.P. Laura~~  I ask God to be with this family as they try to put one foot in front of the other until some sort of inner peace comes along....if that's possible.


Hugs~~
Patty Corcoran


Here's a few pics of us "old bats" on vacation ;-)
















Tuesday, August 19, 2014

All Good Things Must Come To An End......

I was on vacation in Ft. Walton Beach near Destin a few weeks back. It was a family affair with 5 daughters, 3 son-in-laws, one son in law to be, 3 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 2 friends, and my husband Pat and I. That's 18 if you were not counting. This is our second year at "Coco Cabana" and we just love "our" house. It is kind of how I came up with the house for Irene and The Crooked Little House Book that I wrote and illustrated. It's NOT REALLY crooked but that's the fun of adding my own touch to the house.  I am planning a  second book with "Irene Goes To The Beach".   Our vacations basically consist of waking up....eating breakfast, beach time, suppertime, pool time, bedtime.....oh...I forgot about Outlet Mall shopping time. YES, we made a dent there also.  Everyone is home safe now and there really is no place like home!


While at the ocean, several times I would be in the ocean alone and it was so peaceful, so calming to the soul. While snorkeling, I could hear the ocean "talking" and I just thanked God for letting me be a part of this journey called life. The wildlife I saw when snorkeling..... the fish, a stingray, some saw a giant sea turtle, flying fish, small tuna while canoeing with Pat, and then the voices of small children running from the waves. It's all apart of MY life and I am just taking it all in. The best sound was my own grandchildren running along chasing waves....babbling under the shade....it doesn't get much better than "family time"!!


Yes, there were the occasional "snorts" and cries from the children...and some adults. :-)  But all in all, I would say it was a GREAT vacation. One I am ready to go on every year....and one I am ready to end every year!


Besides swimming and walking some with the grandchildren, I really did not get in enough exercise. Today I am back on track, juicing my breakfast, I had hot lemon water instead of coffee. Something new I am trying to continually do to take caffeine out of my diet.....slowly. Or atleast slow it down to an occasional cup in the future. I wish I had the strength to go all out cold turkey and eat nothing but fruits/veggies/nuts...and water. If anyone has an overabundance of garden produce, I am more than happy to take it off your hands......preferably as organic as possible.


I am doing well. I visited my local dr right before vacation. All labs look good....my platelets seem stubborn to crawl much (they went from 112,000 to 114,000). That is low but not too bothersome. Just goes along with the poison and radiation that I have received. My next visit to Houston is not until the first week or so of October.....it will be four months in between my checkup.  I must have faith that it will all work out in God's time....not mine.


My last biological daughter gets married in less than 1 week. I feel like I should be running around with my head cut off....but everything is in order. About 3 days before the wedding, things will pick up.....but until then-it's a sit back and wait time.....and that's all good with me!!


L.I.F.E.    Yes, life is good on Suntone Beach. Yes, I get an occasional pain in the stomach area and I just look at my belly and ask..."What are you doing?"   It doesn't answer (of course) but it is scary when you know there is a little monster inside your stomach. That is when I ask God to give me strength and my faith brings me back to reality. Besides taking good care of myself, exercising some, eating better, giving back to the community as much as I can, letting my faith carry me through on those days when the devil tries to get into my head and tell me how sick I am. NOPE......I will not, can not, have not listened to the devil....and that is why I am still here today. I have faith. I believe. God is right beside me all of the time. Amen!




God is GOOD ALL the time........ALL the time God is GOOD~~


Enjoy a few photo's from vacation :-)..........and Wedding Pics  to come SOON!


Pat & I

Bill &b Debbie Weiler

Rhett and Leslie Funk with McKenna and Kinnick  (Leslie is my daughter)

Rhett and Kinnick


Leslie and McKenna

Rhett  & Leslie Funk

Braeda Rusk and McKenna Funk after a trip to The Disney Store.

Debbie Weiler and I

Pat & I........I this is his mean "Cop smile"

The Future......Chris & Samantha Foust.   Wedding is Aug. 23!!  Samantha is my daughter
 

Rylan holding Madden & Amy holding Braeda Rusk.  Amy is my daughter.


Bartley Zuber & Jennifer Cummins-Zuber holding their daughter, Amity Zuber.  Jenn is my daughter.

One BIG Happy Family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ja~Ja and Madden Rusk (3 months old).

Samantha, Chris, and Niece Amity Zuber

Amity Zuber getting a little slobber kiss from Madden Rusk!

Amity always has time for a smile~~

A little pool time. 

Amy and Braeda Rusk with Jennifer Cummins Zuber and Amity Zuber.........just hanging out~

Bart entertaining the girls........Amity, McKenna & Braeda.





Wednesday, July 2, 2014

This is mainly for my CC friends.....

Somewhere....someone asked about Trametinib and I said I would ask my doctor about it. He said it is VERY promising. VERY.

Then I asked about Immunotherapy and he said "IT IS HUGE!  HUGE!"   and that it's going to do great things.

That's all I've got! Hope.......Pray......that a cure is on the horizon for all cancers!


Hugs~
Patty

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Life on Suntone Beach..............

This morning started out at my daughter Amy's, for coffee with her, my mom, Debbie Weiler, my daughter, Jenn....and three of the cutest grandbabies ever!  We have kind of started a Tuesday morning coffee group....or atleast until school starts and Amy has to go back to a real job....teaching!
This is our time to share what's going on in our lives, etc. After almost everyone was gone, I received a message from a girl from another state. Her mother also has IHCC. I am not going into details but I ask that everyone stop right NOW and say a prayer for Betty. That she fights and wins this CC battle. To Betty's family...I will continue to pray and please know you can contact me at any time.

I just checked the stats on my blog....I am at 101,855 hits. They come from several countries. People are looking at my blog from all over the U.S., Russia, Canada, U.K., Sweden, Germany, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and Estonia.   A couple of those places I couldn't even tell you where they are on a world globe!  ;-P

When I was diagnosed 3 years and 5 months ago, I prayed to God that he gave me time....time to see my girls all happily married, time to praise HIM for being so intertwined in my life after being diagnosed. I prayed to HIM that if He gave me more time with my daughters, I would praise His name every chance I got. I would "Pay It Forward" every chance I got. I would help any cancer patient who needed help...get help.             Life is....all about time.  

Well, speaking of time, my last daughter gets married August 23rd and I couldn't be happier with the man she has chosen to marry.  So, with less than 8 weeks to go, invitations are in the mail and our list of To Do's is getting smaller and smaller.  It's the 4th wedding after all...a piece of cake!  Heck, after this wedding, I wont even be able to afford a crumb off the cake!  ;-)

I visited my local oncologist, Dr. Dy (Dee) who was super excited with my reports from Houston. He said he is also amazed with my stability. He told me I was lucky and I corrected him and said "NO, I'M BLESSED"!  I believe God truly is working thru me to give people hope, to let them know there is life with CC......there are a lot of factors whether you have a giant struggle or maybe you don't. Some say I have had a big struggle....but I don't remember it being that much of a struggle. I may not be eligible for a transplant but I am ok with that. I may not be eligible for a resection....but I am ok with THAT, too!  I am A-OK with cooking that nasty big tumor in there so if it wakes up....we will cook it OR maybe do immunotherapy if it's approved. Wouldn't that be exciting.  I might not get to be the poster child for Immunotherapy but maybe I could be right beside Amity on a billboard!  I'm ok with that! For you who do not live close, you do not know that my granddaughter is on billboards in a few surrounding counties plus the county I live in for Richland Memorial Hospital.  It makes me smile every time I go by one.....I just want to wave at her like she can see me.....AND, if I am the only person in the car, I do wave and smile at her!!  Now the secrets out!

The RMH food program for chemo patients is still going great. Lots of greatful people who are hooked up to needles/tubes/I.V. poles and just enjoy some of Richland counties good food.

So, for now, life is good on Suntone Beach. I will be working a lot at the fair starting this weekend....and enjoying all the day lilies blooming, hosta's big as flying saucers, a momma raccoon in a tree hole with three babies...  L.I.F.E.   It is all around us.  I have learned the hard way to enjoy it and take it all in. Respect it and give thanks!!  These are my thoughts for today.....I am calm, I am blessed, I am thankful! I am a survivor!! Many hugs to my CC friends....and to the Cholangiocarcinoma.org website. The best place ....well...besides my Dr at MD Anderson, to get real and correct info on this terrible disease. I believe Wikipedia should be burned with the devil...because it can sure scare the H out of a person with cancer! Stay away from it......bad bad stuff!

That's it! Good night!!

Patty~~

Friday, June 20, 2014

Blessed~~~~~~

Greetings friends;

Last Sunday morning we set out for Houston, Texas as most of you already know. It had only been two months since my last visit but since I receive no treatment of any kind.....I wasn't complaining too much!  I got my blood work done on Sunday evening as soon as we got to Houston at The Rotary House (where they have a lab from like...3 to 8 pm.)....this saved me from being at MD Anderson at 6:45 Monday morning for blood work. Then I just had to be there at 8 a.m. the next morning. Kind of spoils a person....and it also meant after my scan, I could go to medical records and get a copy of my blood work. Kind of like cheating a little because it gives you a peek at your blood work and what you hope your scans will be the next day when you see the Dr. So....when I saw My CA 19-9 dropped to 9.2......I felt a sigh of relief!!  The rest of my blood work was good...even better than two months ago!
Dr. Javle stated I was just doing amazing and that I was doing great. He stated someone sent my Relay For Life speech to him and he got to see my speech!  He was impressed but who has his e-mail?? Not I!  I approached Dr. Javle about Immunotherapy and if he thought it would be approved for CC. AND, if it was, could I be one of the first lab rats (he laughed when I said that) when it was approved. He said I was stable and my cancer is not active. You would have to have an active tumor to be eligible. He stated he knew it didn't really make sense .....you would think it would be like the Measles shot....you get it before you get the measles.....but with Immunotherapy, you have to have an active tumor to get the therapy.....WHEN it gets approved. He states it has already been approved for melanomas and I think lung cancer. He thinks it will hopefully be no more than a year before it is approved and able to be used for CC. Dr. Javle totally agrees he thinks Immunotherapy WILL work for cholangiocarcinoma tumors. This is some of the most positive news I have heard in a long time. And to think the cure to cancer just might be right inside your own body!! Who'da thought!!

The "Feeding for Healing" Food Program that I played a key role in getting started (along with Eric Tolliver and Jennifer Emmons from RMH) at Richland Memorial Hospital that helps make it a little more easier for our chemo patients is going really good as far as I know. I wanted to be the first to take food (along with my mom's chocolate chip cookies). Roll With It Bakery was there for the next week of chemo. Right now, I am filling up August. I always went to Effingham for my chemo but it doesn't mean I can't do something right here in my own hometown!!  Some days...after you get home, you start losing your appetite for a few days so some mostly healthy food the day of chemo really means a lot!! Any one who wants to donate food, even if it's just muffins, cookies, fresh fruit....we can add it to a day that is little short on food...... You can even be a prayer group, 4-H group, a group of close friends, or maybe you had a family member who had cancer and want to give back. Donations go to buy food for a day and we post whoever donates money/food that day on the wall in the chemo room for everyone to give thanks to that person/group/business.  It may not seem like much....but it is a lot to a chemo patient!!  Feel free to call me at 618-843-5367 if you would like to Pay It Forward!!

Pat has some hunting trips planned throughout this summer/fall, I have planned a girls beach vacation with friends, we have Samantha (my daughter) and her fiancĂ© getting married in August. A family beach trip in late July....just three weeks before the wedding. And then there's the wedding planning!!!!!  I am not using my kayak as much as I would like but it IS getting used some and the kids got us a spiffy NICE lifejacket for Pats' Father's Day present. 

In closing, I  just ask that you breathe in this summer air, you enjoy the splashing of a grandchild in a pool, sip your coffee ever so slowly as you enjoy a morning cup with a friend. Life is so precious, so unpredictable, so underappreciated. Slow down and enjoy the special people in your life....and for the ones you might not know.....smile...!  Pay It Forward!! God is good...ALL the time!   


All the time.....God is good!!!!  


Hugs!
Patty