Tuesday, September 27, 2016

4 Different Types of Thyroid Cancer

Did you know there are 4 types of thyroid cancers? There isn't just one type that is easily cured with surgery or radioactive iodine. 

The 4 types are:

Papillary
Follicular 
Medullary
Anaplastic

Thyca.org is a great website! If you are interested in finding out more information on the different types go HERE. It has so much information for people with different type of thyroid cancer. This website has helped me find a great support group of people who have the same type of cancer I do. I am so grateful I was able to find these people. They understand what you are going through. Sometimes family or friends just don't understand. There are times it is hard for me to understand what in the world is going on. When I go to them it is reassuring to know I am not alone. 


Monday, September 26, 2016

Menu Monday

I am back at trying to make my menu for 2 weeks. I mostly just need to buy enough meat for 2 weeks. Then I can get my veggies at the farmers market on Saturdays. I don't buy much else from the grocery store than occasional meat or condiments we might need. 

Next week Art is going to start doing Whole 30. I don't feel there is really any difference between that and Paleo. I am going to cook what I normally eat but double the amount. That way he can have the leftovers for work. 

This week we are having the following:

Orange Chicken Thighs and Broccoli
Roast made in the InstaPot with sauteed kale - I need to make a whole blog post on the Instapot. A-mazing!!!
Lamb Kebabs - whatever veggie is left in the house we will eat with this
Garlic Honey Broccoli and Cauli Rice
Breakfast





Thursday, September 22, 2016

I Fight Strong!

I fight every day to stay ahead of this cancer! It is something I have to stay on top and fight every single day of my life. There are very few days where I don't think of it. There are times when I don't think I would fight so hard if it wasn't for G. He has given me a whole new fight. I just want to see him grow up, graduate high school, go to college and hopefully get married one day. 

There are times I get irritated because there is sooooo much breast cancer awareness stuff out there. The other day I thought wait why am I getting upset over that. People have got to be made aware of the different types of thyroid cancers.  It just takes a few people to raise awareness for different type of things in this world. 



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

George 2 Year Pictures!

A couple weeks ago we had George's 2 year old pictures taken. He had a lot of fun on the train car. How adorable is this little guy! 






My mom made George this adorable Two Shirt! He had a farm themed birthday party! 


Monday, September 19, 2016

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month!

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Statistic - about 40% of people will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. 1% of those people will have thyroid cancer. 1% of people with a thyroid cancer diagnosis will have Medullary Thyroid Cancer.
Right now there is no cure. Chemo and radiation don't cure us. We don't ever go into remission. MTC is a battle that is fought every day. Thyroid cancer is not the good cancer people get. There is no good cancer ever!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Grab a chair and enjoy the show! 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Latest Jamberry

It's been close to 2 years since I started using Jamberry. Lately I just love them! I need a set on all the time. I almost feel naked without my nails done. I do love polish. Essie is my favorite. I just feel like it doesn't last that long. Polish will last me 3-4 days. Jams last me anywhere from 7-14 days. The matte finish Jams last me 14+ days. They just stay on my nails the best. 

I have it down now where it only takes me about 15-20 minutes to do a full set. I have to wait that long for nail polish to dry, so I don't think that is too bad. The more I put Jams on the faster I get. 


Wearing Sunday Brunch

Have you looked at the new catalog to see all the new designs? I try to avoid the catalog because I always fine 10+ designs I love and want. I have put myself on restriction from buying more until I use what I have. I have A LOT. I probably have close to a year before I will need to buy anymore. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Traveling with a Toddler

I have traveled a lot with G alone on quick trips. I was a little nervous to make a 4+ hour flight alone. We had a 3 hour layover in the middle of the flight. I was mostly nervous how I would manage all of our stuff on and off the plane. I had a car seat, stroller, and 2 bags. I had plan to just take 1 bag on the way home, but G insisted we had to take his blankie. I shoved it in his little back pack to avoid getting it drug through the airport. Once we got off the plane he wanted me once my hands were free. 

It worked really good to just take one bag. The flight attendants and passengers were really nice about helping us too. I would wait until almost everyone got off the plane before I even attempted to get off. I had to wait for the stroller anyhow, so it made sense to just wait. 



Look who I ran into at the Bismarck airport! It's Josh!!!


Watching the planes! 


Playing with his farm animals. 

I pack a lot of new toys for G to play with on and off the plane. He loves opening new things to play with. On the way home I packed too much. He ended up sleeping for an entire flight. It worked out great! I think later flights are the best. Toys and snacks are the way to travel with a toddler. 


Just a little excited to go home to see Da Da! 


Here is my gypsy cart! It REALLY worked fabulous! For one person this works. The Bob stroller is a beast! It hauls everything so nicely. When I needed to push G I just set him in the car seat and away we would go. If he wanted to walk I set my bag in the car seat, so I could hold his hand. I was so glad I decided to take the Bob with us. It worked great on the farm too. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday George!!!

Happy 2nd Birthday to my amazing little boy! 

I have been able to spend about the past 6 months as a stay at home mom with G. It has been a change for both of us. I was use to going to work and G was use to going to day care. It took us a little bit to get use to staying home, but we have loved it! Our days at home, in pjs, playing and doing things around the house are our favorites. We try to go do some fun things each week. We like to go to the library for story time or fun toddler places. 

I love being there as G learns new things. He is starting to talk so much more. At times I just can't believe how smart he is. He is at the age now where I can tell him he has to do something before he gets what he wants. Pick up your toys if you want to watch that show. He picks them up. I love when he tells me he wants ice - that means he needs a drink of water. 

Instead of giving G a bunch of gifts we decided to take him Fairyland in Oakland and make some memories. We bought him a couple little things. He has everything he could ever need. He LOVED Fairyland. 




He wanted to eat his strawberries and wasn't into taking pictures. 


Fairyland has these boxes where you put a key in to play the fairytale. George LOVED this! He would ask for the key, so he could do it at each box. We listened to each box in English and Spanish. 




George calls all birds ducks. He had to touch this huge duck. 


We had to wait about 20 minutes to ride the train. As soon as he saw the train he kept asking to ride it. He waited very patiently for the 20 minutes until it was our turn. He didn't cry or whine once in line. As the train would come around he would wave and yell hi to all the people. 







He was done at this point. We were getting ready to leave. He was hungry and tired. He wasn't very into pictures. He wanted to have fun instead. I tried not to be a paparazzi taking a million pictures. We had so much fun. As we were walking around I felt so happy and blessed with my little family. I asked him if he had a great time and he shook his head yes.  

I can't wait to experience the next year with this little man. I love being his mommy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Texas

A couple months ago we went to Texas. We went to see if we liked the area and possibly move there. Lacey came with us to check things out. We are all hoping to make the big move in the next year. 





George LOVED the beach! He had so much fun walking around the beach, playing in the sand, chasing the birds and even going in the water. 


We visited a rain forest one day. 


I love this picture! It is so cute how George is looking at Auntie!


Hey, Momma look there is a bird!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Why?




The above statement really hit me!  Over the past few years I've wondered why in the world some things have happened in life. Why have people behaved so terribly or hurtful? Why have I've been dealt such a bad hand of health?  Why did we struggle so much to have a child? 

Our lives are a big canvas that God is painting. Have you ever painted a picture by numbers?  There are times it's awful and ugly. Once the picture is done it looks so much prettier.  That is our life. We don't see the whole picture at times. We will only see the ugliness. During these times we need to remind ourselves that we need to wait. The picture is going to turn out beautiful if we are trusting God. So often we make things ugly doing our own thing. 






Thursday, August 4, 2016

Throw Back Clothing

My mom kept some boxes of clothes from when we were growing up. I went through the boxes to find some stuff for George to wear. It was funny to see him in clothes I remember Bill wearing. Thankfully George could careless what he wears, so I can put him in any of these things. 


George wanted milk in the picture above. I told him if he smiled I would go get him some. This was the cheesy smile he gave me. Such a character. 






Monday, August 1, 2016

Dad

One evening I received a phone call from mom that dad was having chest pains and refused to go to the doctor. I called dad to find out what was going on. I told him it was probably a rib out of place and he should just go get checked.  I honestly didn't think it was anything. The next morning I called to check on him. He was getting ready to go to the urgent care. I asked him to call me once he heard. An hour and a half later nothing. I text mom to see if she knew what was up. I found out he was in the ER, mom was with him and Lacey was on her way. I feel it went down hill from there. 

That was such a hard day. I was scheduled to fly to ND in 2 days. Here I was in CA sitting on my couch in my pjs trying to take care of G while waiting for the news. The next day didn't get any easier. I got the phone call he would have to have open heart surgery. I was driving home from a doctor appointment just bawling. How does this happen? Dad has always been the one with good health. It is the rest of us that have health issues. I remember thinking that day I was so thankful he went in. If he had a heart attack he wouldn't be here. I just felt so numb the entire day. 

I wasn't sure if I was happy or not when surgery was pushed off until the day after we arrived. I kind of felt I just wanted the surgery to happen while we were on the plane, so when I arrived it would all be over. I am thankful now that we were all able to sit together in the waiting room. When he was out of surgery Lacey, mom and me were able to all go into ICU. I knew what to expect in ICU. It wasn't that long ago I was in there myself. I expected to see lots of drainage tubes, oxygen, etc. It was a whole didn't thing once I walked in. I lost it. I think it was the first time I let myself fall apart. I think for me it was relief he made it through surgery. I didn't cry too long because I didn't want that energy to be around my dad. I wanted him to get well, so I wanted lots of positive things around him. 

It is amazing how well he has done. He wasn't even in ICU a full day. The recovery is taking longer than he would like. He is not use to sitting around. Some days he gets stir crazy. Plus can you imagine spending most of your time alone and all of a sudden your grown daughter and toddler are now living with you. Your daughter is feeding you so many greens and "healthy" foods you are ready to throw up. lol I am staying with him for another couple more weeks. I told mom and Lacey to work while I am here. They may need to take time off once I go home. 

Lacey and I set up a Go Fund Me page for my dad. We want things to be easy for him as he recovers. We don't want him to worry about all the bills or farm things that need to be done. We also don't want him to worry about returning to work so quickly. He need to get well. 




Here is what we wrote for his Go Fund Me Page.

A couple weeks ago we received a dreaded phone call. Dad was in the ER waiting for follow up tests on his heart. After numerous tests it was determined he needed open heart surgery right away.  No one saw this coming at all. Thankfully it was caught before he had a heart attack because he probably wouldn't be here with us now.
The picture above was taken about 2 weeks after surgery. This is one of the tamest cows. She think she is a dog and loves to be scratched. We had to help dad fix some fences the day this picture was taken. Dad held on to his chest as we drove thru the pasture to fix a fence so his cows didn't get out. The rookie daughters set out to fix some fences with instructions from dad. Lacey hasn't ever fixed fence and it's been close to 20+ years since Becky has fixed fence. One of the first thing my dad worried about when they told him he had to have surgery was his cows. How would he take care of them, how would he make enough hay, and who would fix fence.
We (Lacey and Becky) have put together this Go Fund Me page to help out with medical expenses and to help with farm expenses. Our dad makes all his hay for the cows each summer. He isn't sure he will be able to do it all himself over the summer with recovering. Right now he can walk across the farm then needs to rest.  Recovery from a quadruple bypass is going to be a long slow process as we are all learning.