This month has been an emotional roller coaster. On January 3rd, we found out that Kayla has a cyst on her one remaining ovary. However, her tumor markers are completely normal, so the oncologist feels that this is most likely a benign cyst and feels that Kayla can just continue to be observed every few… Continue reading Kayla Update
Kayla has been in remission for three years now. Most days our family can go through our daily lives on a normal basis. We get caught up in work, hobbies, the minor stresses of life, and right now, wedding planning. But cancer never goes away. It haunts Kayla and our family in memories and experiences… Continue reading Cancer, the ghost
Yesterday was an amazing Christmas day! I made David and me a delicious breakfast and then I counted down the minutes until the kids would arrive. We had a wonderful afternoon of opening presents, playing games, and eating yummy food. I love my family so much. They are my world. And then they left and the… Continue reading A bump in the road
This past week, I was sick with a cold. Seriously? A cold in August? It kicked my ass. I didn’t work out at all and it couldn’t have come at a worse time, as I started my new job and I had things planned for the weekend: an 18-mile run on Friday and a 37-mile… Continue reading 18 miles
I’ll never forget those words that the doctor said to Kayla: You have ovarian cancer. A year ago today, our lives completely changed. I knew the anniversary date was coming up, but I’ve tried not to think about it because I didn’t intend to acknowledge any kind of anniversary. The last year has been difficult… Continue reading One Year Anniversary
I watched a movie over the weekend called The 5th Wave. It’s about an alien invasion that happens in coordinated attacks; the first wave involves taking away all of the electricity, the second wave is a big tidal wave that wipes out much of the human population; and the third wave, which hits humans with… Continue reading Alien parasite
Guys, it’s official! My registration for the Chicago Marathon is complete! I guaranteed an entry by signing up with a charity group. I chose Imerman Angels, a group that provides one-on-one support for cancer victims and their families. Going through Kayla’s cancer was horrible, but we had a lot of support from family and friends.… Continue reading Chicago Marathon – I’m in!
I recently started doing yoga in the mornings. I’ve tried yoga in the past, but I didn’t like it. I found most of the moves difficult to do and it just wasn’t something I was excited about doing. Last week I was digging through some of my old workout DVDs, trying to find a short… Continue reading Yoga….namaste.
As I wrote earlier in the week, Kayla had her last scheduled chemotherapy treatment on Monday. You would have thought that it would have been a great week. We could go back to our normal routine until her next follow-up visit on December 3rd. We’d all be in a celebratory mood. Yay! Kayla is done… Continue reading In a funk
Kayla finished her last chemo treatment yesterday. We were blessed to have my dad and stepmom here with us. We were blessed to have a wonderful oncology nurse give Kayla her last treatment. The nurse was an older woman and we’d never had her before. She gave Kayla a hug and she talked to Kayla… Continue reading Last chemo treatment