Friday, May 14, 2010

Keeping Up With Blogging

Well, I just reread my January 1 posting, and realize it is now Spring-May 14th to be exact, and my desire to blog a lot in this new year was postponed by many events.
I am still journeying on a cancer free life...
My young son, teaching career, treatments, and everyday living keep me so busy.
Taking the time to write on a blog just isn't happening...
I live life a day at a time now.
I am feeling the side effects daily from the study drug, but feel soooooooooo much better the further away I get from the last heavy artillery chemo treatment of this past September.
I am continuing on the 5-step health plan, but it has become the 4 -step and it continues to be:
1. prayer
2. nutrition
3. exercise
4. rest
I need to be more disciplined about the exercise, but it's progress-not perfection!
I well up with gratitude towards God for saving my life and for my hair.
It's back, and I now wear a sassy short "do". It's the new me, and I love it.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 A New Year-A New Day-A New Life

I am planning to blog more this year, and disclose more of my 2009 journey with the cancer diagnosis. I want to tell my story.
Chemo is complete. I am recovering everyday from its effects. As my nurse reminded me recently, the chemo drugs assaulted my body. However, the same drugs that did that also were used by God Almighty to kill the cancer cells.
So, I reframe the experience, and am actually grateful for the time I had treatments.
When I began 2009 last year-little did I know what was to come that Spring...
Last night, I looked over a scripture calendar I bought at the end of 2008, and was reminded how close God has been to my heart, my condition, my life in this past year.
January- Blessed are those who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:12
February-But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift my head. Psalm 3:3
March-O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1
April-and the ovarian cancer diagnosis came early in the month, and I was in surgery at MGH by April 17 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. Psalm 18:30
May-Chemo treatment began..To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul...Psalm 25:1
June-finished school year, and ended well, but bald...The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. Psalm 28:7
July-was able to work part-time the whole month with high school was tough, but so worthwhile...I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1
August-extremely challenging-it had two chemo treatments in it- For this is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14
September-back to school and 6th of 6th chemo treatment! Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name...Psalm 105:1
October-I sensed that God used the chemo drug to eradicate ALL cancer cells from my "bruised" body...and my hair started coming back almost immediately post treatment-Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them, Psalm 111:2
November-Gaining strength, but battling much fear. The LORD will keep you from all harm-he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore, Psalm 121:7-8
December-I was able to travel to see my family! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
January 2010 Reads: He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God... Psalm 40:3
So, I journey into this new year with that on my heart. A New Song.