Hi! Its been awhile, but lots has happened in that time!! I am done with radiation and of course chemo, and am now begining a lymphadema clinic and then I will be officially in recovery!! I am actually doing pretty well, although I do still suffer from long term side effects(from chemo)...severe bone pain and pretty nasty nuropethy but I'll take it over that horriffic chemo any day of the week!!Hope to be back to work maybe in September! Having the summer off sounds fun, but I'd much rather be working! And then I would be able to financially enjoy it!!! At this rate it should be a long ,hot,steamy broke summer!! Thats ok though...at least I'm here!Don forget to keep in touch and remember I think of you all daily! And boy oh boy I sure do miss everyone!! Hey I'm REALLY getting hair now..pretty cool!! MIss you all, Hugs & Loves, Mel
Thank you so much to my amazing family..each one of you are so special to me and I love you so very deeply. Truly, I would have not gotten this far in my recovery without you guys..Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! I love you, I love you,I love you!!!XOXOXO
Hello again! Hope this finds everyone doing well! Just wanted to share with you my REALLY good news..NO MORE TREATMENTS..none,zilch,nada,no more ever again!!!Pretty cool, huh? I will have lots of follow up stuff, but no more gruelling treatments!!Thank you to everyone for all the wonderful support you have bestowed on me!! Please keep those prayers active, I can use all the help I can get!!Much Love,Mel
Hello!! Happy Springtime (finally) I just want to thank everyone again for all of your generous support..it means so very much to me!! A special thank you to my three wonderful children!! Even when their times are tough they are still there for me..pretty amazing people,huh?! Well' I'm on the homeward strech now..really close to being done with all treatments!! There are 6 more radiation "boosts"..and thats it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The "boosts" are very close,long shots of radiation directly into the surgery site! Sounds scary,but its really a piece of cake...other than the few side effects, which are nothing compared to chemo!! I am so freaking happy that I might have to jump up and down!! Once that is done I will have the port removed, do some follow up testing, and by the Grace of God will be cancer FREE..forever!! Thank you all again...Loves & hugs Mel
Hello,how's all on this gloomy day? Well, just found out more extremley negative Bravo info..PLEASE DO NOT GIVE BRAVO YOUR MONEY!!!!!!They treat their people like sweatshop workers in a third world country...this is NO JOKE!! Not only was I fired for not recovering quickly enough..other employees are falsely accused of various things and are then FIRED!! Most of the people that work at Bravo cherish their jobs and work very hard..only to be treated poorly and paid much less than they are worth!! Please do not encourage this practice by giving them your hard earned money!! Yes, the food is good...but lets face it..there are MANY great restaurants in this city!! Remember, keep your money in locally owned business..its good for our economy!! Thank you..hey here comes the sun!! God Bless..Mel
Hello! Hope this finds everyone doing well!! Well, I now have 20 radiation treatments behind me..with only 13 to go...I can hardly wait!!! Softball season is gearing up, and both my amazing ball playing grandaughters are practicing like crazy!!My hats are off to their parents..it is very costly and time consuming...but boy oh boy is it worth it!! Take care of yourselves and eat healthy!! Oh I almost forgot..my hair is almost an inch long!! Hugs & Loves, Mel
Hello!! Wish I could say what great weather but.....! Anyway, daily radiation is starting to catch up, but it'll all be over soon. Celebrated a blessed birthday yesterday, and what a remarkable family I have, my kids got me a new computer for my big day!! I have always said I'd never make it thru this without each and every one of my children, and they make that more true every day! So, Samantha,Christine and Anthony, I thank you so much for being here every single day(good and bad) whether I am sick or healthy, happy or sad, nice or well..not nice, you three ARE my reasons for well, everything!! I Love You All so much I can't put it into words ( even when your irritated with ME!!) I can't begin to tell you all the wonderful things you do every minute of every day, the check-ins, the phone calls, the med drops,the food re-ups..the worries you all have..THANK YOU!!I Love You..don't worry too much, it'll all be behind us soon!!
Hello and Happy Springtime Weather to us all!! I'm sorry for the lack of communication!! Things have been well, and am becoming comfortable with this new DAILY radiation routine!Only 5 more weeks and then onto the highway back to normalicy..whatever that may be!!I miss everyone SO much and can't wait to see everyone!!!Oh my hair is almost 3/4 of an inch and there is no stopping it!!Hugs and kisses to all...Melissa
Well, time to get back to regular hospital visits!Tomorrow is tatooing for radiation and setting up a daily radiation schedule. I know it sounds crazy, after all the shit I've endured lately,but the tatooing part makes me nervous! I think its just that I'm tired of being poked,proded and poisened!!Like my family says..the worst is behind us now!! Thank God!! Thank you for being such a great listener..Love Mel
What a nice day it was today..see spring really is coming!! Hope everyone had a chance to get outside!! Well last week before radiation and then a clean bill of health! My hair is actually growing...its really light in color so its hard to see but it is there!! Sounds like everyone is making big summer plans..I can't wait either!! Once this is over and I can travel again my daughter Christine wants the whole all to go on vaca to a warm, private,sunny and secluded beach house for a cpl of wks...doesnt that sound PERFECT!?!?Anyway, enjoy these nice temps we are having cause they may not last!! Love you,Mel
Well,its time to say good-bye...to CHEMO!!!!No more,all done,never again,EVER!!!Thank you God,family,friends and medical staff!!You ARE my angels!!Thank you Robbie for turning me on to my new legal team...they are wonderful!!
Expect this to be a rough couple of weeks with my body being Maxed on toxin right now! That OK ..because NO MORE TOXINS! Radiation is ever day, but think it'll bve much easier than chemo....keep your fingers crossed cause its/different for everyone! Than thee real fight starts....DISABILITY
! For some reason they are fighting me on this...so other than my generous donations..I have collected no money since my $75 paycheck on August 7,2012....which was 6 months ago....how does our n gov let this happen. I have always paid in n never asked for help before. Now,I need some, help from my government and we will see what happems! Thanks for listening to carry on(even with chemo brain)Love you all,Melissa
I am sitting in the cancer center getting ready for my last chemo treatment, and am a little overwhelmed with joy! Oh, things are far from over, but boy oh boy, removing chemo from the mix will make life a little easier! Here comes the meds.....till next week! Enjoy every day like its your last! Love you!
I want to thank you all for being such an amazing support group to me...you have all had more of an impact on my life than any of you will ever know.The support group is what gets people like me thru tough times like this...THANK YOU for just being there!!Only one (1) more chemo treatment left to go...then on to radiation!
Been a rough week! See you next week,Love you
Hello everyone!! Hope this finds you all in high spirits and good karma!!Well today I did treatment #7, out of 8!!!!They say these last two will be rough,because now I'm coming towards the max of the toxins in my body!!So in about 5 weeks my hair will really start growing (keep your fingers crossed).However, after chemo I still have 6 to 8 weeks of radiation...which is every single day!!!!!I can actually begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel!!!I want to thank Becky and Amanda for getting me out ...I really enjoyed seeing you both..it really lifted my spirits! And the "spirits" were wonderful...I actually slept well that night!! It was so great to see all my Bravo family..I miss you all like crazy!!Thank you for keeping me in your hearts and prayers and not forgetting me..it means so much to me..Thank you!!Last but not least..Thank you to my amazing kids for helping me more than they will ever realize...the big things of course, but all those little things you all do for me every day are such wonderful acts of love..and boy do I feel it!! Thank you each of you are wonderful people and I love you very deeply!!Stay warm and LET IT SNOW!! All my love to you all,Melissa
Hello Everyone!! Sorry its been a while...one of those treatments!! Its almost impossible to believe, there are only 2 more chemo treatments!! I'm so happy I could just cry!!!There will still be DAILY radiation,but I think that will be a lot easier to take!!It will make a great deal of difference when it comes to recovery!! I want to thank everyone for all your prayers,love,support and donations!! I know I have said it before,but I'm going to say it again(and again)I would not have made it this far without you...THANK YOU!!!!! Love,Mel
Hello!! Alive again--YEA!!! I'm sure everyone had an amazing Christmas with LOTS of family time!!And here comes New Years Eve..finally! I don't know about you, but I'm ready to move past this year and all it's gloomy events..onto bigger and better days for everyone!!Thank you for all your donations,gifts,cards,well wishes and deeply spiritual prayers. I can not begin to tell you how much all these things have meant to me and my recovery!!Having good ,caring friends and family(who are amazing,by the way) IS the ticket to a healthy recovery!I would never have gotten this far without each and every one of you, and I Thank You!! So I have a whole week off from any kind of treatment,therapy,or ANY kind of doctors appt!! I know it sounds crazy...but I'm super excited!!For a whole week I can eat anything I want and don't have to worry about being stuck in bed!!!A WHOLE WEEK!!!!Happy New Year to all...have fun and be safe!! With Love,Mel
Well,its official,I'm at the halfway point of chemo,however am feeling very latharig already,because they've packed me full of chemo toxins!!!!!So its official...I will NOT be receiving my hair or eyelashes back for Christmas!!Just remember the most important gifts at CHRISTMAS AREN'T ONES YOU CAN SEE,FEEL,OR TOUCH,they are the feelings of love,compassine,caring for others,cherishing your health and the people in your life who generally share those feelings. Hug and kiss someone tioday and count all the blessings you really are surronded with I Love you...MERRY CHRISTMAS
I'm always so nervous the night before chemo,and I know there won't be much sleep tonight,so a few extra prayers are going out tonight! Thank you to all my kids for taking such great care of me...I love you all from the bottom of my heart...each one of you are wonderful!Thank you to ALL my friends...your support and prayers really help to keep me going...I thank God for bringing each of you into my life...I'm a better person because of it!! Happy Holidays Ho Ho Ho
Well,Monday is right around the corner,which means a chemo session...YUCK! I'm finally just feeling normal with a decent appetite and a little energy, and here we go again!! Hey, at least I'm alive!!In case I'm not up to writing ,everyone have a WONDERFUL Holiday!! Enjoy great food,high spirits,loud laughs,but mostly enjoy each other!!!MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
Don't forget to stop by Andersons this weekend and drop something into the red kettle...Andersons is doubling the buckets total...isn't that great! It really is the season for giving...and it really is a gift to yourself as well, because sharing makes you feel soooo good! Happy Holidays
Well, things are looking alot better today. The surgeon says the port is fine..it was a stitch that did not dissolve and worked its way thru the skin of my chest,so they PULLED it out! It hurt then,but feels better now..just a little tender!I'm good to go for another round on Monday!
You know, they say a good positive attitude is everything when your in a battle with cancer.I TRULY work very hard every single day to make sure I am positive, and I think I have a pretty good attitude in general anyway,which really does help!However,with some of the issues going on lately its hard to stay UP!! It really does SUCK not having hair,and this being sick for a whole week..YUCK..and now my port(the inserted device used to administer the chemo) is coming thru my skin and out of my chest!!!!! I'm mad,nervous,scared,and wondering whats next!! I just looked out the window and its snowing...I love the magic of the holidays!! I'm sorry for complaining when I should be Thanking God for wrapping His arms around me and holding me so tight to get me thru this!!No more feeling sorry for myself..off to the surgeons to fix this minor problem!! Thanks for being such great listeners..it really does help!! God Bless
well,I think I'm BEGINING to feel somewhat alive!!! I love it when the worst is behind me...at least till next week! I guess I have alot to enjoy in a week....ha ha!!Trying to get into the Christmas spirit....no shopping this year so maybe i can make some cool stuff for the little ones....I want this to be a very special Christmas for my family...theyve given so much without even a blink of an eye....its just important that this is a special Christmas for my kids and grandkids! Please the power of prayer is so strong and I appreciate every single one!! Yes!!! It feels good to feel alive!! I love you and God Bless You
Well,here it is Friday already...I feel like I missed the WHOLE week.That was a rough one this time.My head is now completely bald...and soft..ha ha!!Enjoy every minute of this holiday season..its a very special time of the year..in more ways than one!God BlessYou
well,each session is hitting me a little harder now...been down since Mon after chemo.There was an issue with my port and it was a painful session and I'm just so happy its over! gonna bea tough week but can only get better!!Thanks for your love and support!
Well,did that chemo yesterday..little rougher this time..and I go back for the nulasta shot in a few hours...sounds like torture just to go. The Doc gave new and some old meds yesterday...$343.00....and I want you all to know that without all of you and your generous givings I never would have been able to fill those scripts for this month...so in many ways each of you are literally saving my life! Thank You from the bottom of my heart and I truly LOVE YOU!!
Well,here we go again...off to chemo! I know its silly,but it always makes me a little nervous!!Only 2 more treatments until Christmas...then an extra week off--YES!!!!!Enjoy your Monday..I know I will!!
Thank you to everyone! Once again your tender,caring,acts of kindness have moved me to tears...Thank You from the bottom of my heart
Happy and safe Holidays To All
woke up feeling really nauseaed again. I dont have chemo till Monday and have felt crappy all week...hope thats not a sign of the upcoming week!!Oh, I'm sure it'll be fine...just being a worry wart I guess! I think the closer I get to a treatment I start getting a little anxious and nervous! Must be the kid in me! Happy Weekend to everyone! Be careful..lots of checkpoints this weekend have a D.D. ready!
Just want to Thank Everyone once again for your kindness and your generosity...it has made a great deal of difference...just being able to pay some of the monthly bills...I will always hold you close to my heart...what a difference a few good(great)people REALLY can make! God Bless You!
Hey,my hair is growing...a LITTLE!! I'm sure after Monday it'll be gone again,we shall see....maybe we should start a pool..ha ha!! Feeling that damn fatigue and its all but impossible to control!!I'm working on fiquring it out with diet,lightexercise and lots of rest...thats the part I hate!! I want to say Thank You to my kids for really being my rocks.Each one of you have been so special,loving,caring,giving and you all make me so proud! All I want you to know is how important and special each of theses moments have been..I LOVE YOUand THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU and I'll never forget howgood you have all been to me...Love You
Not one of my best days today...too bad looks really nice out!!I thunk I'll put on my shoes and force myself out for fresh -air...sure can't hurt I guess!God Bless You All...
Well,that lympedema clinic(massage) was a lifter rougher than I expected..but definitly brought some relief! That woman is like an angel sent from heaven!!The sun is shining and the day is beautiful! I heard Santa was spotted shopping in Kroger at Miracle Mile earlier this afternoon.I am told by a very reliable this was the REAL Santa...just not in his uniform!!My source says Santa had an "AIR OF CHRISTMAS"about him,proving him to be the real deal!! Oh,I LOVE this time of the year!!
starting a lympedema class today...lots of breast massage..oh la la!!It's a little scary since I'm still so swollen with a 2" gash still in my breast...but they know best!?! It can only get better.....
Count your lucky stars...today you woke up AND the sun is shining!
Bald IS beautiful....and its also COLD!!!ha ha
Thank you all for caring about others....it truly is why we are here...to care and love for one another...HAPPY HOLIDAYS....let it snow!!!Love You
Feeling so much better today! Thank you for all the wonderful support...it really means so much to me!All the neighbors are hanging Christmas lights and its so heartwarming...LOVE this time of year!
Well,my hair loss was(is)VERY difficult, but its just hair,I know!! Its ok,it really is just hair and it will come back...but now I'm cold..ha-ha!!Thank you for your kind comments,I love every single one of them!!Finally feeling close to normal again...hopefully for the rest of the week!! Enjoy those turkey leftovers! Love You
Went to the store today,but ....had to turn around and come home....this is fatique! Its a tired feeling I've never felt....but I know it"ll get better! Thank you for all your well wishes!! Happy Football Weekend~
Finally slept thru the night last night(at least till 5a.m.) I have a feeling today will be a good day and maybe I can actually function today!!I sure will miss the amazing football parties today but everyone tip on up for me please!!!!They say the easier I take it the faster I'll feel better....hope they are right!Taking it easy is one of the most difficult things for me....I have a hard time slowing down sometimes...ha ha!!! Have a GREAT and safe weekend! Love You
Be safe out there shopping during these crazy sale days....don't forget the less fortunate and drop something into the "Red Kettle"...Have Fun!
With the unexpected passing of a young beautiful friend,all this cancer seems so meaningless.Brittany,your a beautiful young Angel now!Watch closely over your family,they need you now!!Fly Free Pretty Angel..
Well,Thanksgiving was a tough one this year.Actually it just kind of came and went within a blink of an eye.I'm so grateful to my amazing family who not only took over Thanksgiving all together but also took care of me at the same time...I truly AM blessed. Just wanted to Thank eveyone for all of toyr support and well wishes and thank you for following along this fight with me...there truly is power in numbers!! Lets kick this horrible disease out of our liftimes!! Oh yea,I lost all my hair on Thanksgiving,its super sad yet somehow exhilerating at the same time!!! Thanks for hanging in there with me..I'll have it kicked before you know it ! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!