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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some Words Of Wisdom I've Learned Over The Years...

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.  
Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.
Stop making that face. It might freeze that way.
Don't believe everything you read/hear.
It takes one to know one.
There are two sides to every story.
Slippery when wet.
Nobody's perfect.
Count your blessings.
Never rub another man's rhubarb.
Karma's a bitch.
Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
Look both ways.
Patience is a virtue.
It takes two to tango.
Measure twice, saw once.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Rome wasn't built in a day.
Everyone makes mistakes.
Slow & steady wins the race.
Life isn't fair.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Actions speak louder than words.
Never ask "What next?"
Blood is thicker than water.
Take nothing for granted.
Don't bite off more than you can chew.
Stop and smell the roses.
Stupid is as stupid does.
Don't cry over spilled milk.
Curiosity killed the cat.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Haste makes waste.
Two's company, three's a crowd.
What goes around, comes around.
Practice makes perfect.
The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
A fool & his money are soon parted.
You don't know what you've got till it's gone.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
When it rains, it pours.
You are what you eat.
Honesty is the best policy.
We are not promised tomorrow.
You can't take it with you.
Give peace a chance.
Life ain't for sissies.
Never, ever give up.
If you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Don't sweat the small stuff.
Don't take life too seriously.  It's NOT permanent.
Buy the ticket, take the ride.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

These come to mind today.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Doncha just love a long weekend?  We sure do.  Especially after the week we've had.  Not gonna go into a bunch of details here, but let's just say, I'm ready to just relax & not think about certain stuff for awhile.  So, in honor of Memorial Day, I thought I'd share a video O & I produced for Amy Douglas.  We were so excited & honored to do this video for her.  And I always say this, when I share this video around: Regardless of your feelings about the war/our military actions, & whether or not you think our men & women in military service should or should not be over there, they are there.  I thought Amy wrote a really great song reminding us there are other "heros" we should remember.  Not just on Memorial Day & Fourth of July. 

So yeah, even though I'm lookin forward to a long weekend & barbecue & stuff, I still try to remember the meanings of the holidays we get.

BTS Hero at Home 2008

And just for fun, here's a Behind the Scenes pic of me helping with the video shoot.  I'm trying to reflect light onto her while she sings for the camera.  This location/outfit didn't make it into the video though.

So anyway, hope everyone has a nice weekend.  =)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

So, we did the Relay for Life again this year.  It was moved indoors due to stormy weather in the forcast.  It was a great event.  We didn't stay all night though.  Maybe next year.  

I liked the shirt for this one better than last year's too. 

Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

I still can't believe I own a Survivor shirt.

Sooooooo, I do have much to celebrate.  Especially over the next couple of months.  My birthday is comin up.  I didn't used to care about celebratin that, but I sure do now. I'm also finally takin a vacation trip back home to Savannah.  Should be tons of celebratin while we're there! ;)  My 2 Year "cancer-free", or rather, "No Evidence of Disease" (docs don't like to say you're ever "cancer free" anymore) is in July.  I'm told that's a major milestone in surviving breast cancer bs.  The docs all say that most of the time, if it's gonna come back, it will do it sooner rather than later...most times within 2 years. So yeah, might wanna have a bit of a celebration on that day.  

Yes, after talkin with Dr W, & after a very good chat with Dr V, I've decided to go ahead & move forward with the stupid ass Genetic Testing.  I really should know if I have the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene.  It's doubtful that I will test positive.  But yeah, kinda need to know.  Cause if I do, I will have to Fight Back in the form of more surgeries.  But then I will have reduced my chance of having to go through future treatments dramatically.  Of course it's no guarantee.  But if I'm positive & do nothing, chances are pretty certain that I'll get it again.  And I think I'd rather Fight Back with a preemptive strike.  Yeah.  Kinda don't wanna do the chemo/radiation thing again.  So gonna be lining that up to be done. 

So that's the plan for now.  Celebrate.  Remember. FIGHT BACK.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

*Insert Witty Title Here*

Yeah, been needin to do a "real" update for awhile.  And while I don't think I'm the greatest writer in the world, I just haven't felt very creative lately, even though there's been lots goin on to blog about.  So I'll just put it out there...the what's what with us lately.

First, Dr W said the blood looked fine.  And I finally learned what the tests he orders are, once & for all.  And the one I was most nervous about, isn't even being done.  So there.  No need to be skeered of the Oncologist check up appointment anymore.  It's the chest X-Ray I can now have the freak out over.  Which I'll need to get done before I see Dr W again in August.  Yep.  So every 6 months, for I dunno how long, I get the chest X-Ray & hope it remains clear. 

He also wanted to discuss genetic testing with me.  You know, to see if I test positive for the BRCA1 & BRCA2 genes.  I have mixed feelings about doing this.  I get that, since I have had breast cancer, it might be a good idea to get the test done.  A positive result would indicate that I'm at an increased risk of getting it again, or worse, getting ovarian cancer.  So then I could take steps to lessen that risk...double mastectomy, ovaries removed. But even then, it's not a 100% guarantee that I won't have to deal with cancer ever again.  Also, a positive result is not a 100% guarantee that I WILL get cancer again.  And then there's the family to consider.  A positive result would then behoove the women-folk in my family to undergo testing as well.  On the flip side, a negative result is not a 100% guarantee that I will not get cancer ever again.  

Soooooooooooooo, what to do, what to do?  I'm kinda leaning toward not doing it.  I'm thinking that, if the gene mutation was in my family, with all the women that are in my family, I really think there would be a suspicion by now.  But seeing as how none of these awesome women in my family have even had so much as a cancer scare, I seriously doubt the gene is there.  But then again, I did get breast cancer, with no family history of it.  So maybe I do have the gene.  I mean, can ya see how I'm goin round & round with this?  Other things....can I deal with the emotional stress if I do the test, come up positive for the gene, but opt to not do preventative surgery? Can I deal with more surgery?  Am I ready to say goodbye to my (for the moment) healthy boob-and-a-half & ovaries? Eh, I put a call in to my surgeon, Dr V, to see what he thinks.  Hope we can have a discussion about this soon.  Dr W wants me to do it I think, as apparently there are some guidelines that indicate people under 50, who have had a diagnosis, should be tested.  Lovely. 

Ok, next topic is my hair regrowth.  I'm about ready to get an honest-to-god HAIRDO cut. But the one criteria is: I must still be able to get a little ponytail.  

These are 17 months from last chemo. 
Last weekend, we went to an IMAX theater.  Those are SO fun.  Even though I get a bit of vertigo when I'm in there, it's still loads of fun.  We went to see the movie "Tornado Alley".  And I was cracking up that it was narrated by Bill Paxton!  Love that.  Anyway, it's impossible to get a good pic of what it's like inside an IMAX.  So these will just have to do. 

And here is a nice pic of part of a rainbow I took with my cell phone  after a very stormy afternoon.  
 And so, I think we're all caught up for the moment.  Oh, also, I apologize subscribers, for the weirdo notification emails you've gotten recently.  Blogger has been having some issues.  I think they've got it all fixed now.  So, thanks for not stopping your subscriptions.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Every Three Months On A Thursday....

Yep, it's that time again.  Time for the 3 month check with the Oncologist, Dr W.  Didn't used to be nervous about this appointment, but now that I know what the blood work tells him...yeah, I'm a bundle of nerves till I hear the magic words...."blood looks good/great/fine/beautiful."  Will be back to let you know how it goes.


Monday, May 2, 2011

It's A Great Day For America Everybody!

"It's a great day for America everybody, yes it is!" -Craig Ferguson

We saw Craig Ferguson's live standup show.  Very very funny.  Really enjoyed seeing him live.  No, I didn't get to meet him or anything.  It was enough just to have gone to the show. We had really nice box seats in a REALLY nice theater.

So then on the way home, I'm checkin the Tweety on my BlackBerry, & I see all these posts that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.  We picked up the pace & got home PDQ in time to catch the POTUS speech about it.  

And so, Craig is right.  In more ways than one.

I saw Craig. 

Bin Laden is dead.

Mission Accomplished.