Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Good Morning

Why are eggs so good??
Why is coffee so wonderful!!??
Just thought I would update my blog while enjoying a delicious breakfast!

Mom is doing well!  We are looking forward to her getting her drains out very soon.  I will be touching base with her again later this afternoon in between my meetings at work.  Mom actually has updated her blog, so she must be out and about, which is good.

On another note...  work has been so time consuming.  We are reaching the end of the month and as always the pressure is on. I take one day at a time and know that my team and MNS is working hard to meet goals, help the students and have a successful center.  We are ranked in the "top 10" for our region, we were #5 yesterday.  As you know I am a competitor, I want to be in that #1 spot.  We have a healthy amount of amazing teachers and staff that I know we will make it to that spot sooner than later!

This upcoming weekend I will be moving my sister to ST. LOUIS, MO!  I am looking forward to the 14-15 hour trip with Eli, but also sad that I will be leaving her in another state when I fly home.  She has worked so hard to get to where she is.  The church that she is going to be working at is welcoming her with open arms and have been so very supportive of her decision to delay her trip to move, due to our mom's situation.  I know she will really bring great things to this community because she is smart, hard working and an amazing woman.  Stay posted because as you know, I WILL TAKE ROAD TRIP PHOTOS!!

Hope you all enjoy your morning like I have sippin' on my coffee and eating my......  EGGGS!!!


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Post Op Mom and Day 1

 Surgery went well!  Mom had two cancer tumors the size of ping-pong balls and three lymph-nodes removed.  One lymph node, sentinel, had cancer.  The surgeon was very optimistic and explained that chemo is definitely a high possibility in addition to radiation.  We will know more information in a few days after they examine the cells of the cancer a bit more.

This entry was taken from Mom's blog update that I wrote for her:

Greetings Family and Friends!

We are so thankful for all of your kindness!  Mom is doing very well today.  Eli and Bobby have been taking very good care of her since they are both at home.  "Mom slept like a baby," Eli shared with me this morning when I checked in.  Bobby has been giving her the medicines religiously, since Mom has a low tolerance for pain.  Bobby has been so smart with asking the doctors all the good questions like, "what should she not do?" and "when should I give her the medicine, before or after she has gone for a walk?"  He will get a gold metal for being the best husband in the world when everything is over!!

Mom needs a lot of support with day to day activities.  Eli has been so very patient and has not left Mom's side.  Eli helped mom with breakfast today and went on a few walks with her as well.  Mom is totally LOVING the fact that she can take showers, with assistance of course!!  (Breast Cancer Fact:  You can take a shower!  In previous years showers were frowned upon becasue of moisture seeping into the unwanted areas of this type of procedure).

During one of Eli's walks with Mom, Carol, a neighborhood friend, met up with them for additional company.  Mom is in wonderful spirits and I know that Cancer is not a word that will ever define my mom, bravery, courage and having the biggest heart, are words that define her.

Friends and family have been so supportive!  Neighborhood friends have provided their love and even some home cooked meals.  Plus, Mom is in a support group and they made enough meals for a little over a week for Mom, HOW SWEET!  Thank you again!

I will be visiting this evening for a little while, maybe Eli and I can get Mom in the mood for either Sex and The City movies and or Harry Potter!  If not, just being in her presence is enough for us!

With Love,

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Potomac Nationals

Yesterday I had the pleasure of throwing the first pitch at the Potomac Nationals game!  It was a blast!  I also had J. Smoker, one of the catchers, sign the ball I threw.  This was an event for work, we are one of the sponsors for the team this season.  Yesterday was a fantastic opportunity for us to promote my job since it was Middle School Science Day and over 3,000 students were in attendance.  I thnk the mascot had a thing for me...


Here I am getting ready to throw, but I had to get the crowd excited and cheering for me!!

I was glad to be a part of this!!  I had a blast and would totally do it again!

My Mama

As many of you know, my mom has recently been diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

My mom is a fighter and I know that everything will go well.  She has been very well informed of the process and the post operation goals.  She will be having a mastectomy and then followed by reconstructive surgery after a few months.  My mom is a very strong, strong woman and hearing her tell my sister and I about this whole situation was one of the hardest conversations she has ever had to have with us.  With my mom being so well informed about what breast cancer entails for her, makes both my sister and I very confident about being with her through this process knowing that everything will be just fine.

During these past few weeks everything has been so up in the air about when she will go in for surgery and finally we have the date, June 23rd.  My family, Eli, Bobby and I will be there the day of to support her.  Since we got the date my sister has canceled her move to St. Louis to be here for my mom post op, and to see her back on her feet.  Eli and I will be road trippin' the weekend of July 4th instead of this upcoming weekend.

I will keep you all posted, but in the meantime, please visit my mom's blog, where she goes into more details about her procedure.

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