Thursday, August 26, 2010

Summer is almost over

Well the tests came back. I have another lesion in my liver. I am back on the chemo, unfortunately with the side effects slowing me down. I have hand and feet syndrome where my hands and feet get red and very sore. I am unable to walk. I also get nauseous a lot more often. Because of the side effects, I have to go off the chemo for 3-5 days and then start over. The Dr. would like me to be on the meds for 2 weeks straight and then off 1 week. I'm lucky if I make it 5 days in a row.
I have been very busy this summer. I went to Ct. to visit my friend Alice. My cousin Carrie went with me. We had so much fun. I visited New York, it was wonderful, and surprising to many of my friends. the people were very friendly. In 3 weeks I will be joining my cousins, Vicki and Sue, for a trip to Hawaii. Vicki has time share she needs to use or loose. We can't let that happen now can we.
Jack started 1st grade. Its been difficult so far, he cries for mom. It just breaks my heart.
Ok, Friends and family, I need more prayers . 1st my son, Alex. I want him to change the facility he resides at. I am not happy with them. I cry when I see Alex, he looks so skinny. He shakes constantly. They don't return my calls. I want him out. Unfortunately, he is ready to leave but there are no facilities with openings. I would like him to be a resident of Clearbrook.
2nd, my friend and neighbor was surprised to be diagnosed with breast cancer 3 weeks ago. She is getting ready to begin treatment. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed yesterday with lung cancer. She is very scared. I want her to know her faith can carry her through the difficult days. Once she accepts the disease she will find it easier to cope. She needs to believe and be positive. She is only 30. Please pray for her to get the guidance she needs to believe she can beat this. I also pray that her family gives her the hope and care she will need during the coming months. I know all the prayers I've received from you all over the years has got me through some of the worse days and I thank you.
Enjoy the last month or so of summer and enjoy fall.
Love you all, Cathy

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 2010

Happy Summer Everyone
I am doing OK. I joined a new church and I am very excited about it. I am on the Chemo for the cancer in my Liver. It has alot more side effects than the IV. I am on it for 2 weeks and off 1 week. The week I am off the chemo I still feel the effects. To me, I feel, that means it has to be working or I wouldn't feel anything. I will have a cat scan on Thursday of this week to see if the meds are working or we need to switch to something else. Doctors say we have lots of options, so that's promising. I have been so busy this summer, I can't believe its July already. Jack and I haven't even been to the pool yet. He will begin school in one month, 1st grade. I will keep everyone posted.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31, 2010

Well, Mark and I just got home from a visit to my parents home up north. They kept Jack for an extra day and will bring him home on Friday. He loves it up there. I am going to enjoy the quiet at some point. We got home about 2 hours ago and I already picked up the land mines in the yard, painted 1/2 the shed and now I am doing laundry. I can't seem to stop. I will see the Dr. tomorrow afternoon. My glucose levels are all over the place. I will have a pet scan because some other levels are up there. (I can't remember which ones) They also something is in my hip. We are not too concerned as I have no symthoms or pains. I guess I am a candidate for hip surgery. Oh well we'll worry about that another day. Overall I feel pretty good. I appreciate all the prayers. But could I ask for a favor. Could you please pray for Alex. I had a hard time taking him home on Sunday. He cried like I never saw him cry. It broke my heart. I have been unable to cry since my diagnosis and yet when I left Alex's I cried like a baby all the way home. He didn't want me to leave and kept saying mama. omg was it hard. Thank you all. Hugs and Kisses, Cath

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March 16, 2010

Well I had another blood test. Results show my cholestrol is still high so I am still on medicine. My gluclose was high so they sent me home with a diabetes blood check kit. I test it everyday and it's still high. My mamo was good. My numbness in my right side and back is back. The cat scan showed nothing. I also had 4 MRI's, 3 were good, 1 showed my herniated disk in the top part of my spine is worse. I also have another lesion. That's about it. I feel great. The lympadema in my left arm is better and I hardly ever wear my sleeve. I will talk to the Dr this week and find out what they have in store for me. I've been busy with Jack. He just turned 6and is playing soccer. I'm looking forward to spring. Thank you for the prayers.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

February 2010

Tuesday I went to my GP and had blood drawn for several tests. On Friday, I went for my physical. I have high cholesterol so I'm on medication. In 4 week I will go back and get it drawn again and they will check my liver (?). The MRI test looked ok to him. He didn't say good but he didn't say bad either. I'm stable.
As a person who believes so much in prayer I was hoping I could ask for another favor. Could you pray for my son Alex. He was placed into an adult facility in Skokie on Sept. 1st. He had issues with other residents and was placed in a different home, in Skokie. Only about 10 days later he was moved again and is living in a different home in Des Plaines. Alex needs things to be routine. He is not having much time to settle in and he is moved again. Please pray that Alex settles down, relaxes, and accepts his new home as much as he loved RocVale. I really need him to be happy. Your prayers worked for me, I pray they will help Alex. Love you all, Cath

Friday, January 29, 2010


I had a MRI on Wednesday, and the results came in today. I have not talked to the Dr. yet but did have them fax me a copy of the report. To me, it basically says they are focusing on the cerebellum and right tonsil which is very vague in enhancement. There are no new lesions and the ones I have are not growing. It says I'm stable. I'm OK with that. I know they will never disappear so if they just stay the same that's ok. Now if you ask my husband if I'm stable, he may question that. I go in 2 weeks for a physical exam and blood work for any other cancers. If that's good I may go for Reconstruction. And baby, I will not waste the Dr. time on little ones, I want them BIG!!!! No I'm only joking I don't want to hurt my back now. I don't know what I'm gonna do. Thanks again for the prayers. Love you all. Cath

Friday, January 1, 2010