Monday, May 21, 2007

Round 8

Well 4 months down! It went well today, I was tired most of the day, even before the chemo but no other major problems. My general labs (CBC) looked fine. They didn't draw the CEA or tumor marker this week. I was a bit sad this morning before chemo. I have felt so good the last week and a half that it was hard to know that I was going to be knocked down a bit again. I hope to bounce back as quickly as last time. I really can't complain, I think I have had it easy, my side effects mostly consist of a few nose bleeds, tingly fingers when touching cold things for a few days and having to avoid ice cream or anything cold to eat for the first few days. I still have some blood in my urine but no infection so I need to go check with my urologist to make sure everything is okay there. I saw my Gyn last week because I was having a few symptoms, I wanted to make sure everything was okay. It turns out I am just going through menopause, duh. But it is a relief that everything is okay otherwise.

We had a great weekend had dinner with a couple friday night as well as another couple sunday evening which were both terrific company. Saturday Doug had a college friend in town so he got to spend a little bit of time with him and went to his old stomping grounds, Baker University for an fraternity alumni event. Sunday we took Ella to our pool, she was a bit apprehensive but finally was okay with the water as long as she got to walk up and down the stairs into the pool. I went to a baby shower in our old 'hood. It was great to see all our old, wonderful neighbors. They were so good to us, we miss them even though we were blessed with equally wonderful new neighbors. We are so blessed!

I better get to bed, I have trouble getting to sleep at night these days, I sometimes have to take medicine to fall asleep. Last night Doug and I were talking and all of a sudden he looked really strange to me, he seems to think i might have been hallucinating. It was very strange! I haven't done that before. anyway, i hope you all are doing well! Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me. I try to get back to each of you! It is amazing how news travels!

Have a great week. Oh, welcome home Greg (my sister's husband). They are all finally "home". I have my whole immediate family home.

Oh, Ella says "no" to you all. That is her new favorite word, much to my shagrin. Once again, stairs are her favorite, going forward this time holding on to the railing, ugh! She is still so fun though, and so loving. What would I do without her, I don't ever want to find out! I love being her mommy.

until next time... shawndra


Alaina said...

I'm sure you will bounce rigyht back from the chemo...I will keep you in my prayers.

Children are great! Parent's draw such amazing strength from them and they have no idea. I know my girls would be my main source of strength if I were ever put in your situation.

Hope your week is going to be a good one! You will be in my thoughts!

Melony said...


I stumbled upon your site through Jennifer's and I spent one evening reading your entire blog.. I am amazed by your courage and I love that you have the ability to laugh your way through this terrible disease. I want you to know that you have prayers coming your way from Knoxville, TN. I hope that your strength comes back quickly after this round of chemo and that you are able to enjoy this great season with your family.

Melodie Chrisman said...


I am so pleased to see that you have gotten through this round of chemo. You go girl. I read your blog everyday checking on your progress. I love the pictures of the crawl and my husband is in the background of one of them. We had such a wonderful time and loved meeting you and Doug and all of your family and friends. The prayers and support everyone had for Jen was so amazing and I am sure you are overwhelmed by all the love coming your way. The human spirit has shown me there is hope, love, laughter, tears, and compassion through these past few years and no one deserves more love and support than your family. Ella is so adorable. Hang in there and know that Blue Springs is here for you.

Pete said...


You are one tough lady! Erin and I have been thinking about you. We are sending a million good vibes from NY! Stay strong and I know you'll get through this. We will be out to KS to visit sometime in August and play with little Ella (who's not so little anymore! ;-)

All our love,

Erin and Pete

Jill Watt said...

Shawndra: You are truly amazing!
I hope you have a great weekend!
Jill Watt

Kristi said...

I hope everything is going well for you Shawdra! Have a great weekend!!

Tim Beauchamp, Dallas said...

Hope your weekend was awesome! Full of rest and family time. We can't wait to see you soon.


Tim Beauchamp, Dallas said...

Hope your weekend was restful...full of great family time. We can't wait to see you soon.