Friday, February 20, 2009

Good News

I thought I would add another photo of Kurt. Here he is enjoying some coconut milk. This photo was taken in Consuelo. This security guard had a machete and just hacked the top off for the Elders to enjoy.
Austin & Rakel made this cute "Get Well" arrangement for Grandma! It was so fun to get it and I had to get a photo. Anyway, I am better today!! I had a doctor appointment yesterday and found out I am not neutropenic anymore! I was at the doctor's office for 2 hours and when I left I headed straight to pick up Brent and made him take me to lunch so I could eat a big 'ol huge salad! It tasted so good! I will enjoy life as long as I can until it knocks me down again!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Catching up

Brent, Neil & Cade went up to the Draper Temple Open House with the Ward young men and young women. For some reason Brent didn't take any photos at the temple, but he did take one of his granddaughter Mikell because they came over to meet them when they were eating lunch at Chuck-A-Rama. Mikell went right to Cade but wasn't quite sure about Neil or Brent. They did have a great trip and they enjoyed seeing the new temple (and of course Chad, Melinda & Mikell). The drive home was a little dicey when they drove through a blizzard in the Cedar City area.
Here we are posing in front of the Universal Studios sign. We took the boys down for a quick trip to California for New Year's. We decided to have a little vacation before we were tied down for long with all of my cancer treatments. The weather was a little cold our 2 days in L.A. but by the time we got to Palm Springs it turned really nice and warm.

This is a photo from our little trip to Palm Springs...and yes the kids (this is Neil) were swimming the first part of January. The weather was great while we were there.

I haven't put a photo of Kurt on my blog for a while and here is one of Kurt for one of his baptisms. He is doing great and was just transferred to an area called Los Molinos in the D.R.
Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my blog. I had a blood test today and should find out soon the results. I have my 4th Chemo treatment and my first Radiation Treatment on Monday, February 23rd. Then I have radiation treatments every weekday for 6 weeks. Fun & Games!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I Hate Cancer

Okay! It has been like almost 4 months since I posted. When I learned about my Cancer diagnosis I told a lot of people to check out my blog and I would keep you all updated on what was going on...well, I didn't do it! Sorry! I think I am in a bit of denial. If I have to talk about it or write about it then it is true, and I really don't want it to be true and so I guess I like living in my happy little world called "Denial". I started chemo treatments in December the week before Christmas and just finished my third treatment as of Jan. 31st. I have been tolerating it fairly well, I have a few bad days and then after about a week I feel almost back to normal, so then I have 2 good weeks. I started losing my hair about 2 weeks after my first treatment. My sister Marilyn shaved my head while we were on a trip to Palm Springs (I guess I will be brave and add a photo of it). Then my daughter-in-law Melinda shaved it even closer the next week. So I have been bald since the middle of January (I wear lots of warm beanies). I did purchase a wig however I don't even think I have a photo of me with it on. I really have been able to just carry on with a fairly normal life.

I found out today that I am neutropenic (my white blood cell count is too low). That means I have to stay away from crowds and anyone who is sick. I am not allowed to eat raw fresh fruits or vegetables (I am not happy about that!!!!!). So...I figured now is the time to catch up on my blog because I basically will really be stuck at home (unless I want to walk around wearing a funny looking mask). I also guess that I can now do some much needed deep house cleaning (that is if I have the energy). We shall see about that!

I wish I had great and amazing inspirational thoughts to add to this post, but I really don't get those in my weak brain very often! Anyway, I am not really feeling very inspired tonight! So, I will write more at a later time when I feel a little more positive.
However, I do want to thank all of you for your cards, letters, kind words, food, flowers, plants, prayers, fasting, and faith in my behalf! You don't know how much I appreciate it because I can't express my feelings sufficiently! Please know that I feel your love and support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Love - Kristine