Wow! Time is flying faster and faster. I realized today that it's been a few weeks since I'm posted and I had wanted to make an effort to post more regularly.
Here's what I've been up to in the past month:
1) Mammogram (actually 2 of them)
2) Stereo tactic Needle Biopsy - turns out I have microcalcifications that will be watched but are now benign.
3) Started a new medication called Byetta and since beginning 4 weeks ago, have lost over 9 pounds. I do not have Type II but do have some problems with my liver processing glucose and this drug (done by injection) really targets the 2 hour post prandial effects with the liver. The downside is that insurance will not cover it because I do not have a Type 2 diagnosis and will not acknowledge the clinicals that have been done on this drug and situations similar to mine.
4) Put over 3000 miles on my new Mustang. This car is so sweeeeet! I feel like I'm riding around in a dream when I drive it. I feel young, free, proud and courageous all at the same time. My favorite time in this car has been while driving my friend around to her treatments and cancer support meetings. Those are memories I will hold dear to my heart forever.
5) Learned about living wills, power of attorney, brain cancer, being real with someone you love and just learning to live in the moment. I've learned that you can laugh and cry all at the same time and that hiding from emotion only prolongs what is coming. It's best to feel what you feel and keep on moving forward. laughter is ok when you are dying (in fact, it really is a requirement) and it does help to heal the soul.
6) Feeling thankful that the father of my older daughters was not killed 2 weeks ago when someone crossed the center line and hit him head on at 55 MPH. He's hurt but will be ok. I remember thinking back to a time when I wished him dead and how I have moved past that and through the path of forgiveness and how in contrast I am glad that he was not fatally injured. It's amazing how our relationship has changed in the past 24 months. I'm feeling thankful for that too :)
7) Marveling at how fast the school year has flown by and realizing that my boy is going to be 6 years old in less than 30 days. Yikes! He's reading and learning more and more everyday. This past year, he has also gone from daily therapy with the behavioral specialist to "consult only" which is impressive as can be!
8) Learning how to live and eat better. I've really been putting forth effort to have a more alkaline diet and less acidic. Bad cells can not live in an alkaline environment. Fat can not hang on to the body or inside of the colon in an alkaline environment. I have much more energy and am sleeping better. I am committed to taking responsibility of my health and making changes to my diet and exercise plan and having the necessary test/procedures to care for my body in the best way.
9) Getting ready for Madeline's junior prom. I hope she will loan me her dress when I go to Celebration in Dallas, TX in August. This dress (that my mother is designing/making for her) is jaw dropping beautiful. I cringe to think how much I would have had to fork out had I been forced to purchase it retail. I have been resteling with memories of mine and that is bitter sweet.
10) Loving my husband! I'll leave it at that :)
11) Spending hours each day in my flower gardens. I really should snap some pictures and do some before and afters from a year ago. I find it ultimately relaxing and rewarding to dig in the dirt and create beauty for not only me but neighbors to enjoy.
12) Being promoted and certified as a Sr. Trainer. This is a dream/goal realized and it is every bit as good as I imagined.
Here's what I've got coming in the next few days:
Tomorrow, I have a female procedure to take care of something that really needed taking care of a few years ago. Everything will go well, quick and I'll be good as new in a few days. The past 3 years since Kat was born have produced an ever increasing problem with that and I'm just getting older. Two weeks ago when the ultrasound found an endometrial lining almost 4 times the normal size.....my new Dr quickly suggested that we move to take care of that problem with the ablation. This is the first step (which she thinks will do the trick) to avoid a hysterectomy (which I really do not want). I do not want the down time that comes with major surgery like that. I'm having too much fun in my marriage, my life and my business to go through that when it's not required.
So....all is well. All is expected to be well. I'm traveling back to Savannah in a few weeks to spend some more time with my friend and grow my business a bit more.
A friend recently joked with me and said, "They say life begins at 40.....but they don't tell you how long it last." I just laughed at the truth in that. It seems like my body and my mind require so much more attention now than it used to. It's harder for me to remember things now with ease. I had to get reading glasses just to read the screen, magazines and the newspaper. One thing is for sure....I'm getting better (or so it seems) at learning to navigate those twist and turns.
Choose well everyone!