Well, I’ve started a five day break from my pill cycle (20 days on - 5 days off) this past Saturday - it’s like a little vacation. This five day break I was scheduled to do a Juice Fast (detox) for two of the five days. It involves drinking carrot, celery and apple juice (from my juicer) six times a day... and nothing else to eat during that time. I am on my second day of the fast... must say that I greatly underestimated the power of the Juice Fast. Going into this I thought no problem, probably won’t have any side effects, etc.. Guess my body had more toxins (and cancer) to dump than I thought, because I have really been in detox mode. I have experienced headaches and chills for the last 28 hours. I am talking the kind where I have a sweatshirt and jeans on inside a house that the thermostat is set on 80. This afternoon I even crawled under the down-comforter for an afternoon nap and it was 98 degrees outside. So needless to say it is working and not the cake walk that I expected.
Also, thought I would share something interesting that happened last night... Julia crawled in my bed about 3:00AM and proceeded to talk for another hour and a half. Do you know what she wanted to discuss.... Jesus! She starts off “Mommy, does God have a Son?” And I said -yes, remember Jesus is His Son. Then “What was his mommy’s name?” - Mary... “Where does Jesus and God live?” - Heaven... “Why did the bad men put Jesus on the cross?” This conversation went on for over an hour. I was amazed at what her little mind was thinking and obviously how Jesus had touched her life. This morning the first thing she said when she woke up was “Mommy, I want to see that picture in the bible (children’s bible) of Jesus as a baby and on the cross” . She was so interested in learning more that we spent part of the afternoon picking out more books at the Christian bookstore. She was still talking about it tonight at bedtime. It made me realize how much more I should be nourishing their little souls.
my little Juju
(her nickname, a.k.a - juju bean)
I adore those cheeks and nibble on them every chance I get
My lab results came back today and they looked GOOD. The program is working and we are moving in the right direction.... as you can imagine we are on cloud 9. Overjoyed!!! Prayers are being answered... so please continue lift up all those in your life that are battling cancer and join me in a prayer of thanksgiving for my good report... and for Dr. Gonzalez, he is truly doing God’s work.
A few pictures from Anna Grace's 6th Birthday in June. A small slumber party and a visit to the butterfly atrium.
Here are some pictures of her the day she was born. It was love at first sight, I never knew you could love someone so much. She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
AG on her first birthday.
She starts first grade next week... my how time flies. She's sweet and sassy all wrapped in one little package...... and I love her to the moon and back.
Our conversation a few days ago: "(AG) Mom, I'm going to go watch the news, is that okay? (Me) Not sure I'm comfortable with you watching the news. (AG) But mom nothing bad is on - they just talked about the oil spill, lighting hitting someone's house, and a car accident. Plus it's supposed to rain today - there are clouds all over Florida."
Apparently, she had already turned on the the tv and watched the morning news. Such a big girl!
We returned late last night from our trip to Rochester. My MRI came back normal , my blood work looked good, and my liver and kidneys are clear. The CT Scan of my lungs had changed a bit, but was to be expected since there was more than a month between my April scan and when I started on my new protocol in May. Our game plan is the same and I will continue to work on ridding my body of this disease through the diet, detox and enzyme program. I have a renewed drive and am looking forward to seeing the results of my hair sample I sent to Dr. Gonzalez this past Saturday. We should know something within the next 2 weeks or so. Keep you posted as always.
Many thanks for your prayers (and cards, calls, emails, text sending love and support)... You all continue to lift me up and I am so grateful for each and everyone of you.
On another note, I have just downloaded the pictures I took this summer and there were just shy of 1200 pictures taken in June and July. Is that normal? Pretty sure it’s not. So with that said, here is a teaser.... many more to come.
Miss Julia - such a trip...she's the comedian in the family. And she loves her sunglasses! Fun fact about this little lady, she has a Jersey accent. Not all the time, but enough of one that I've been asked on more than one occasion where she picked up the New Jersey accent when she was born and raised in the South. She's such a doll - LOVE her to pieces!
Okay, lots going on here. Last night around 4:30 AM we woke to someone frantically ringing our door bell... you know it can’t be good when someone comes knocking at that hour. We come down stairs to find two police officers on the front step, another out in the street and Chris’ car parked sideways in the middle of the street - driver door open and the engine running. Turns out someone tried to steal his car last night... along with a couple of others in the neighborhood that had been left unlocked (they found a spare key that must have fallen between the seats - we were completely unaware there was an extra key in the car). The funny thing is, his car had zero gas. Our elderly neighbor across the street woke and called the police when his dog went crazy and noticed our car in the middle of the road. So I was up at 2:30AM with Julia, then again at 3:30AM to take my pills, and 4:30-6:00AM filling out police reports and fingerprinting the car. Good times :o)
As for the month of July, it was great! We spent a lot of time together as a family, and honestly just took it easy. Anna Grace lost two more bottom teeth, both girls have for the first time (ever) slept through the night in their own beds... we are still working on it, but they are doing really well with the “new rules”. Miss Julia has also learned to swim, she can even do a back flip in the water with no assistance - so cute - she’s very proud of herself. That’s pretty much the highlights for the month of July.
Now that August has arrived it is time for my 3 month visit to Mayo. Chris and I fly to Rochester in the morning and will return Wednesday night. My blood work, CT Scans and MRI are on Tuesday (starting at 8:00 AM) and then we meet with my doctors on Wednesday morning to review everything. I must say that I am very optimistic that everything is going to go well. I really think we are going to see clear scans - or at the very least see that we have this disease under control. I will be sure to update you all on Thursday when we return home (I will also post summer pictures of the girls next week).
Please keep our family in your prayers as we face another visit to Mayo. Also, I ask you to continue to lift up sweet Ava - that she may be completely healed.
Happy Moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.
Here are some pictures of Mayo in Rochester, MN...I must say I have a very special place in my heart for the Mayo Clinic, the doctors and nurses are amazing. It's crazy to think this medical marvel is located in the middle of corn fields.These are pictures of the Gonda Building where I have my doctor visits and CT Scans.