Summer Bucket List
Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List 1. Go to the pool. 2. See Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3 3. Go to the zoo. 4. Get rid of neuroendocrine tumors in my liver. 5. Go to the aquarium. You know, just a typical bucket list for the summer to make sure we do all the fun things we want to before school sneaks up on us in the fall. I’m sure your summer list looks very similar. Well, maybe number 4 looks a little different. I mean, let’s hope everyone isn’t having to worry their pretty little heads […]

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Pausing a Chapter
Pausing a Chapter

I don’t really want to say that I’m closing a chapter because I’m not quite sure how long this work hiatus is going to last.  Today is a bit of a mix of emotions because it’s hard to imagine not being in the classroom teaching kids how to solve trig equations, but I know in my heart of hearts that making my focus my family and personal health is what’s best for me.  I’m SO excited to get to become a stay at home mom, but I’m so loyal to Mill Creek it’s hard to […]

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Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Mike is the researcher in our family.  I don’t want to read anything about cancer.  I feel like I just find it depressing.  I don’t know what applies to me, what is terrifying and what even makes sense.  All the medical mumbo-jumbo is hard to read, interpret, and it’s really hard to keep your spirits up when you’re reading about cancer.  Mike can sort it all out and he can relay information to me on a need to know basis.  Currently we are in a game of Whack-a-Mole.  Apparently, through all the blogs that Mike […]

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It Has Been a Hot Minute
It Has Been a Hot Minute

I just haven’t had time to write.  Being back at work has been good but tough and reassuring me that taking next year off is the right decision.  I find myself getting annoyed with cancer because it tries to control my life.  We mark on our family calendar what weeks I’m on chemo, and we tend to hesitate when we have something fun planned on that week because we’re not confident I’m going to feel up to doing it.  That’s annoying!  No, cancer!  You don’t win!  You aren’t going to control what I want to […]

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Don’t even know where to start…
Don’t even know where to start…

I need some balance up in here. I’ve been trying to find a moment to post an update this March, and I just haven’t found the time.  It’s been a lot.  I went back to work, I got recognized as Georgia’s Cheerleading Coach of the Year, I got back into the swing of teaching, I started a round of chemo (round 13), I had surgery to remove/shrink the lump on my face, and I got back to work (again) today.  It’s a lot.  I feel like I can’t get on my feet.  Last week was hard […]

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Guess Who’s Back?  Back Again.
Guess Who’s Back? Back Again.

Remember that Eminem song?  Guess who’s back?  Back again.  Shady’s back.  Tell a friend.  Well, I am back, ladies and gentlemen.  Back to work.  I have mixed feelings (if I’m being completely honest).  On the one hand, I am very thankful that I am healthy enough to be back to work.  This is good.  This is important.  On the other hand, I’m going to miss having the extra time with Baker (and Fischer, although Fischer was in Pre-K each day).  I love me some carpool.  Is that bizarre?!  I love having Baker with me and going to get […]

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Now You See It, Now You Don’t

In honor of the circus coming to town for the last time in the history of the circus, today I’m performing a disappearing act!  Now you see it; now you don’t!  I’m referring to that big lump on the side of my face.  Ugh!  Can a girl just catch a break, already?!  I do a darn good job of hiding this puppy by curling my hair, parting it a different way or just not pulling it back, but I’m sick of the darn thing!  I can hardly wear my glasses because this lump on the […]

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Priorities
Priorities

I firmly believe that if it’s a priority, then you will make it happen.  There are only so many hours in the day, but if something is important enough then you will find the time to get it done.  If you are not fully committed then it’s easy to make excuses why you can’t make it happen.  For example, working out.  Not everyone enjoys working out, but the truth is we all should include it in our weekly routine.  It’s good for you!  Walk.  Run.  Lift weights.  Dance.  Play.  Whatever.  Being active has always been […]

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Shout out to the hubs!
Shout out to the hubs!

When you are going through the muck with illness, there is someone that doesn’t get the credit they deserve…your caretaker.  In my case, this is Mike the Trainer, my hubby.  Yes, yes, I’m sure you’re thinking, “here we go…a sappy post about your husband…no one cares,” and you are…right!  Totally sappy post about my husband, and I’m just praying that someone cares.  I know Mike will at least read this; I know he reads my posts because in my stocking this year he put in an Elf Lip Tint!  Ain’t no way he knew what […]

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What good stuff can we brush off on our kids?
What good stuff can we brush off on our kids?

My mother claims that I came into the world saying, “hi world” happy and ready to go. It’s interesting to me how kids are hard wired. Siblings all cut from the same cloth but can all be so different. When kids turn out “happy” was that nature or nurture? When our kids behave or get praise from a teacher is that because we as parents did something right or because they are just hard wired that way? We all probably believe that it’s a combination of both. Wouldn’t it be great if we knew when […]

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Not Every Day…
Not Every Day…

So, it’s not every day that you get an opportunity to thank all the people all at once who helped save your life.  Well, let’s be honest, I hope NONE of you ever NEED that opportunity because we don’t need another “life saving” adventure in our community for a long while.  Last Thursday was just that for me.  I would have posted sooner, but when I’m wrapping up a chemo round all I want to do is sleep because I have the energy of a sloth.  People often ask me how I feel when I’m […]

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Just when you think you have it figured out
Just when you think you have it figured out

Round 11 of chemo began on Monday night; it’s funny that back in March I was thinking I’d only have to do 3 rounds of chemo.  Sneaky doctors didn’t say, “let’s do 3 months of chemo and then go from there.  We may have to do chemo for years though!”  Can’t say that I blame them on leaving that last part out…it’s pretty deflating!  I wonder if doctors have to take a class called “What to Say to Patients 101” or something?  This time last year I was a lost little puppy.  I was so […]

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Why Tampa?
Why Tampa?

I get asked “Why Tampa?” a lot.  Why would we want to travel all the way down to Tampa when we could just drive to Emory which is a much shorter 45 minute or 1 hour drive?  Reason #1, my doctor only sees neuroendocrine patients.  You have to have proof that you have a neuroendocrine tumor before he will even see you.  So my Emory oncologist specializes in gastrointestinal cancer, but my Tampa doctor specializes even more by only seeing my specific type of cancer.  That alone is reason enough, but reasons 2, 3, 4, […]

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See ya 2016!
See ya 2016!

So, let’s just say that 2016 was not my year.  It was a bit overwhelming with medical stress and issues.  I’d say spending 75% of the year dealing with chemotherapy, going into cardiac arrest, and then having to have 2 surgeries…1 to remove 6 hemangiomas and 1 lipoma…and 1 to have an ICD implanted.  I’d say that I maxed out my deductible pretty darn fast and it was not what anyone would dream of as a nice year.  All of that being said, I did enjoy the year- my boys are healthy and happy, and they […]

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A Peek Into the Life of a Stay at Home Mom
A Peek Into the Life of a Stay at Home Mom

What is the perfect life for a mom?  If you could figure this out, then bottle it up and sell it because I’m pretty sure you could become a millionaire.  From my experience, stay at home moms miss adult interaction, full time working moms feel like they miss out on stuff with their kids, and part time working moms feel like they are being pulled in too many directions and not doing anything with excellence.  I think when you’re a SAH (stay at home) mom, then you dream of the life of a working mom. […]

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