Thursday, September 20, 2007

Birthday celebration!

Hi there!

I just celebrated my 32nd birthday Tuesday! I am so thankful for another year to play with my precious and beautiful girls, go on trips with my family, celebrate holidays, absolutely love each day with my husband, grow closer to my friends, and so much more!! Some of the girls in our family went to the Gaylord Hotel over the weekend to celebrate. I loved relaxing, having great meals, and spending time together. On my actual birthday, Jadyn (Kinder.) came home from school saying we just had to go to CICi's pizza for dinner--it was a school fundraiser. "It helps give money to the school, Mom!" How could I resist! So, CiCi's it was. It was a great day, too!

A few days ago Bryn and I were driving in the car around lunchtime. Have I mentioned I love having her all to myself for half the week when she is not in school? Being number 3, Bryn usually does not get this one-on-one time. Next year she will be in school full time, so I am relishing this year! Anyway, she asked me what we were eating for dinner. I told her that I did not know, but we would worry about lunch before we worried about dinner. She shot right back, "Mom! Why would I worry about lunch and dinner?" When I tried to explain, it just got funnier, "Mom! First you say to worry about dinner and now not to worry about dinner??"

I should have learned this lesson from Bible Study Fellowship, which is about Matthew this year... "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:31-34

Since I last blogged, I have had a week of radiation to help ease the pain in my clavicle. I think it is helping already. Starting tomorrow, I will start a new chemo regime. I will have one round every three weeks of two drugs: adriamyocin and cytoxan. My doctors have decided hitting it strong will be the best line of attack. Honestly, a few weeks ago, I was not ready. I had been a little down and did not want to go through this crud again. But, last week I have really had a mental and physical shift. I have been feeling a lot better, and have enjoyed being with my family and friends. I have settled into the routine of the girl's school and my job. I guess things have just been getting easier. I feel like I can handle tomorrow and whatever comes after that... But, I really would be lying to myself to think that I don't need your prayers and support more than ever. I do! I also know that although today I feel good, in a few days I will feel crummy. That is when I need you too!

Jake or I will update you on how things are going in the coming days.
Thanks for hanging in there with me!



Anonymous said...

It is good to hear from you! I am so glad you had a nice birthday and are feeling better right now. I will be praying for you to have strength in the upcoming treatments.


Amy said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I'm glad it was a good one. Know that we continue to pray every day for you and your family.
And one more thing...isn't the study of Matthew rad? :-)
Amy and co.

Anonymous said...

Oh Jess, I hate that you are going through 'that crud' also, and in NY, we say it a very different way! Please know that our thoughts and prayers are always with you. I don't think there is anyone more special to us right now then you, we are fighting this as a team and are here to hold you up. Give my love to all, and will be thinking of you tomorrow. Another step closer to being healthy.

All my love,

Anonymous said...

P.S. Every once in a while Mark asks me 'If I can have one thing, what would it be', of course I say for Jessica not to have cancer. On Tuesday when I told him it was your birthday, he started singing happy birthday to you, and after the usual song instead of singing the usual 'how old are you now' he started with 'I wish you were cured, I wish you were cured, happy birthday Aunt Jessica, I wish you were cured'.

All our love - Janette, MARK, Ryan and Gene