I love to sew

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Good afternoon, thank you for visiting and I hope each of you that are with cancer like me are finding a bit of sunshine and joy in your day.

I added another page to my blog this morning, ‘Sewing’!  I love to sew and I will be posting on that page as I progress along with my projects.

Do hope if you sew, you will stop by from time to time!

My current projects are going to be curtains.

Have a beautiful day.

Happy Easter

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I would like to wish everyone a very blessed and happy Easter.

Mom and myself will be having a nice and nutritious Easter dinner, dessert of course…never nutritious but always too good to say no to!

As for my treatments, I have had two chemo therapy treatments, one iron Iv on Thursday, and six days a week white blood cell shots.  Labs every Monday.

Last week I had to take Lasix for big baggy eyes just for three days, go to the lab on that Friday and then see the Dr. on Monday.  Dr.  told me sometimes that happens, maybe too much salt in my diet, but the swelling had gone down quite a bit.  They look normal now.

The only other thing I experience is sternum pain, and that travels around to the middle of my back, then back again.  That pain is caused from the shots.

Other then that, I still have hair, but it hasn’t grown, and no other discomforts.

I keep myself busy all of the time, I can’t help it!  I am always outside with the plants and have added so many since I last wrote to my garden.  I think I will do a post just on my potted flowers, and not put them in this post.

I hope those of you that have cancer are each doing well and I will be visiting your blogs over this Easter weekend.

As soon as I finish this post, I am going to do my laundry!  Yay!  I love it when it is all done.  I already had my shot at noon, mom and I had lunch, dishes are done up and put away so now ready for this task.

Have a wonderful weekend and ‘Happy Easter’

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Paracentesis appointment

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Good morning!

Yesterday, early evening I came down with a crashing headache and I felt like every part of my body ached!  I thought ‘what the heck is going on’!  So, took a 500 mg Tylenol and went to bed at 6 ish, still no relief so took another one at 9:00 and fell asleep finally.

I was happy I had cooked my mother and I’s dinner, did up and put away all dishes, the cats were fed and liter boxes done before lying down.  I can’t rest properly until my chores are completed…how I am!

I had received a call from the Oncologists office to go to the lab…off I went for a non fasting blood draw as a pre op for my paracentesis procedure earlier in the afternoon, and while I was driving to the lab the radiology dept had called me and I did pick up my cell phone while driving, pushed the speaker button and got all flustered looking for a safe place to pull over and talk….I think that is what gave me my headache to be honest.

Anyway, this morning it was still with me, but not as bad…I made myself a nice pot of coffee and ‘viola’!!  My headache is completely gone!  I remembered that yesterday I only took a sip or two before going in for my shot and when your a coffee drinker…I think it is just something your body is use to having and it along with become flustered with the phone call while driving….I got the headache!

Moving forward now…the radiology dept called me just a bit ago and I will be having my procedure on Monday at 10:00.  Transportation arrangements have been made, they will be picking me up between 8-8:30 as I need to go to admitting…out patient admitting at 9:00.

No Leukine shot today is scheduled, but Saturday and Sunday each at 9:00 AM I get one, and Monday I am scheduled for one so if radiology didn’t tell my Oncologists office already, I will let them know for the shot on Monday and the Lab on Monday…I won’t be there.

At least I know where I am headed this week!  I thought I was going to have to go in today for my procedure and was thrilled my headache is now gone so I can now have a normal day…no appointments to dash off to anyway!

Yes, stomach is big, as big as it was in January when I had my stomach drained of fluid and the diagnosis finally came about from EGD with biopsy results came through….cancer.

The procedure doesn’t hurt, they give you a little something so you are comfortable, so not afraid to have it done like I was the first time!

Yesterday when I went in for my shot, I met a very nice lady with bone cancer.  She has been up and down with her treatments overtime and had the most upbeat personality!  She got her pain Rx from the Dr. and stated she can’t live without her pain medication and was off to a casino to play the slots!!  Said life is too short not to have fun and she was absolutely precious to speak with.  I truly admired her for all she has been through.

I also noted in both of the facilities I have been to that they have little baskets setting on a table here and there with beanies that people have crocheted.  The baskets are over flowing, so will be putting crocheting any at this time on the back burner.  I also noted that those with extreme hair loss are not wearing them, they are wearing all cotton fabric hats that tie up in the back.  I think the cotton fabrics are far more comfortable to the scalp then all of the acrylic beanies I saw…but if I do decide to make them in the future, it will be with organic cotton and they will be individually wrapped and placed in the baskets.

So on with my day, I want to shower, and go visit with my sister and my nephew…home from school the rest of this week after his heart procedure.  My sister has a bad headache herself today and I want to see if there isn’t something she needs help with around the house.

I was thinking our weather has changed from Winter weather to sunny and warm out now weather…maybe too that is why we girls got headaches!  I just don’t know.  Both of us can get stressed out pretty much when things don’t go smoothly and perhaps that has a lot to do with it too.

Needless to say, I am going to enjoy my day, take my big stomach to the shower now and we shall go visit for a little bit!!

Have a wonderful day!!

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Oils and cancer Silver Pen Blog post

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a warning that palm oil can cause cancer due to contaminates introduced during the high temperatures used in manufacturing. The contaminates, glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE), 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD), and 2-monochloropropanediol (2-MCPD) are found in the highest concentration in palm oils but they can be found in other […]

via Nutella, Palm Oil, and Cancer — Silver Pen Blog

Authorized for treatment

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Good morning, and it just so happens that in spite of the chilly weather we are having the sun is shining nicely and I believe it will be a beautiful day!

Yesterday afternoon I received a call from my insurance company to advise me that my treatment has been authorized, a phone call with the authorization number was made to the Oncologists office and I will receive my written authorization in the mail.

The representative said the request was immediately authorized and she hoped that I would get well very soon.

This afternoon I will be visiting the lab for some additional lab tests.  I drove by the lab when I left the Dr’s yesterday, but the parking lot was full and that means sitting and waiting for too long so came home and made an appointment so I can get in and out without a long wait.

Monday I have a morning appointment with my PCP and will update him with all of the take home information about my treatment plan so copies can be made and placed into my file there.

I want to get my hair trimmed this next week…I just had it cut not too long ago, but it grows out fast and I thought if it is going to thin out with treatment, maybe it won’t be so noticeable.

I also want to go through my crochet patterns and and work on some cute cotton hats. I do love to crochet!  I will be meeting many different people during treatment.  Yesterday at my appointment, it was full of ladies getting their chemo therapy treatments.  It is also something I can work on during my treatments  or a good way to catch up on reading a good book if crocheting isn’t something I want to do on a day.  I thought that a cute hat with a crocheted flower wrapped in pretty tissue paper with an uplifting message on a little card would be nice to hand to those I meet during treatments.

Well on with my day, they seem to come and go so quickly anymore that I want to make the best of this one!   Have a wonderful day!

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Reiki energy

Years ago, I became interested in Reiki…so many years ago, I don’t even remember to be quite honest.

I also worked two full time jobs so I was always busy with my pets and keeping up with my house cleaning, laundry, errands during the work week and on my days off.

On one of my days off I drove to Palm Springs to attend a Reiki class held by a Reiki Master, and to this day I can’t remember her name and I don’t find her in Google.

The class was a couple of hours long and there were about 20 people there. At the end of the class we were lined up for our attunement (A Reiki attunement is the process by which a person receives the ability to give Reiki treatments. The attunement is administered by the Reiki Master during the Reiki class. … The attunement energies will flow through the Reiki Master and into the student)…as best described by The International Center For Reiki Training.

Each of us in this class experienced something different during this attunement process. Mine was a vision of Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist (You can read more about him by searching in Google), as well as a profound experience of peacefulness.

We were to practice our self healing exercises for 21 days, it is a cleansing period you go through and you can read more about that here

I did my exercises, I practiced on not only myself but my cats, plants, any foods I prepared. Since I was always on my feet with my two jobs my hips, knees and feet were important to me and I focused strongly on those areas which to my surprise helped me greatly.  I also use to get headaches from time to time and once again Reiki helped.

Work and time didn’t allow me to take a master attunement class with her, so a few years went by and I found someone on line actually that did attune me with a distant attunement to the master level.

My experience with this attunement was totally amazing.  The energy received was practically tangible, but I didn’t want to open my eyes and ruin this attunement.  I experienced a small pink rotating cloud right in front of my face and the energy was very strong yet gentle. (This is what I saw with my eyes closed).

Thereafter, it seemed as though my hearing was heightened considerably.  For instance, someone was walking by in a pair of flip flops from the mailbox and I could hear those flip flops walking clear around the building after this lady passed by my window as if she was still just passing past my window!  I thought ‘wow’!

Once again, work and an employment change, new training and hours got in the way of my interests outside of work so I never really did anything with it except for myself, cats, plants, foods…

Once you are attuned, it is with you for life however if over the years you haven’t used it, it can be a pretty weak self healing experience!

There is nothing that says you can not be re attuned and I have read from a few other Reiki practitioners that they have at one point had themselves re attuned as they too got side tracked and felt they were ineffective.

Therefore, I located someone to help me with this and I am going through the entire process from the beginning so I can use Reiki effectively with my cancer diagnosis. Starting all over is exactly what I wanted to do since so much time has passed.

There are many articles on it when you do a Google search, and of course Reiki is not going to remove cancer from your body, but it may be helpful to reduce some common symptoms cancer patients experience with their treatments. Some symptoms I may be experiencing myself.  I found this article here last night and if your interested, you can read about it too.

I personally do not want to stress myself out with anything at all…I dislike stress, drama, worry, pain and the like.  So I feel personally this will be helpful to me, especially since I am familiar with Reiki already.

Have a beautiful day.

My dad he had cancer

Last night when I went to bed, I got to thinking about my Dad and his cancer, how soon it took his life from him at 67 years young.

He was a good man, a loving husband to our Mother, a good father to his children.  I have two sisters.  He loved life, a people person and people loved him, the work he did and he loved all animals great and small. My Dad had also served in the Army at a young age and was a true patriot.

Neither one of my parents drank or did drugs. I also never heard my parents arguing.  If they did it must have been done in private.  While all children get reprimanded when they do something not acceptable, our upbringing and home was one of the best.

Dad had lung cancer.  He was a tool and die maker, tool grinder.  He drove back and forth to Los Angeles to work at his trade all of my young life and into my adult years.  I think in part his lungs were affected from his work.

His passing was difficult, over an hour while hospitalized with his family at his bedside.  I held my Dad’s hand that was warm when I arrived and became cold as he passed.

Dad had one functioning lung with just 20% capacity.

I miss him dearly and not a day goes by that I am not thinking of him, his busy life, zest for life.

While both my parents were my go to persons all through my life when I needed advice about anything, I always found my Dad to be the most understanding and without criticizing or passing judgement.  His answers to my questions were always given honestly and for my best interests.  He always had a positive attitude and I can’t recall him ever putting any of us girls down for our mistakes in life.

Below are just a few of the pictures I treasure.

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Above it a photo of my Dad and my Grandmother Gladys.  My Grandmother passed away with brain cancer.

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My Dad, home on leave at a very young age.  He remained a true patriot.

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A small photo of my young parents after they married and before I was ever thought about!

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Dad enjoying one of our neighbors parrots!  They loved him and they hung out with Dad frequently.  Our neighbor called upon him to watch over her parrots when she traveled.

This picture was taken about 5 years before his passing.

I love you Dad, I miss you and now with my own diagnosis I hope you are aware somehow and will continue to provide me with advice.  I want more than ever to have the strength and to keep my positive attitude as much as you had with my own journey.