Monday, May 7, 2007

Thursday Night Movie Premiere

Ladies get your fancy dresses out, or use this as a great excuse to go buy a new dress and make your husbands dress up for a change. Make it a date, get a babysitter, you don't want to miss this event. I have posted about the movie premiere before on my blog. It is this Thursday. Details are on Jennifer Ireland's Blog. Chris Ireland and the board of the Jennifer Ireland foundation have worked extremely hard to make this a success in honor of Jennifer's life! The proceeds go to young men and women fighting for their lives with cancer. They have asked me to be the first recipient and will be honoring me at Thursday's event. I am extremely honored and hope this brings awareness to her foundation so it can help many people.

I know it is last minute but please consider purchasing tickets and attending this Thursday's premiere. It is organized to be similiar to a Hollywood Movie Premier. I am going to buy a dress so I can look famous, hehe. It will be so much fun to feel like I am in Hollywood for a night. Don't we all dream about that, well, maybe not all of us. You can purchase your tickets by going to There is a link to get tickets. They are $100 of well spent money and I believe tax deductible. Thank you all for your wonderful support of Jennifer and me. (Again Bartles and James statement, ha)

Thank you Chris Ireland and the board for considering and choosing me for this honor. I only hope that it will bring awareness and help many others.

I had my 7th round of chemo today. It was a bit more difficult. I had a few more waves of nausea today than in the past. I am doing fairly well now though. It just didn't go quite as smoothly as the past several have been. I met with my oncologist today. I have a urinary infection, evident with blood in my urine (you already know about my BM's, I might as well not be shy now). I will be taking antibiotics for a few days. Otherwise things are pretty good, we are sticking with the same regimen for as long as I can tolerate it and/or until we notice that the cancer cells have shrunk or have disappeared. Thank you mom for being with me, and having a small break down moment together. Thank you dad for being Mr. Mom and taking care of Ella. You are an incredible grandfather to her as well as Keaton and Avery (my sister's kids). I love you both so much.

I noticed two younger girls in the treatment center today. One, I already met, has the same cancer I do and is only 38 years old. The other girl I haven't met. It was the first time I saw her. My nurse stated that there seems to be many more younger patients in there lately. I don't know what is going on, but nobody is safe. Not to scare the bejesus out of you all. It is just shocking and not fair! Please pray for all these people, they need it as much as I do. Also please continue to keep my family including my husband, parents, sister and family, in laws, etc. in your prayers, they are going through this with me and suffer sometimes just as much. My husband often bares the brunt and I do feel guilty that I am putting him through this. It isn't fair to him but he sticks by me and unconditionally cares and loves me. I am blessed.

click for larger photoHere are a few recent photos of Ella, Mommy and Daddy. As you can tell, she loves her daddy. Mommy got a new haircut. (Still all mine, yeah!)

click for larger photoEveryone have a great work week. I hope the weather improves so we can all get back outside and get some sun and Vitamin D to perk us up. I hope to see you all Thursday evening and of course some of you for the pub crawl which is coming up this Saturday (I will get details out to you all later this week when I get more info). Live life to the fullest! Shawndra


Anonymous said...

I wish Rick and I could be there Thursday for the movie premier and YOUR well deserved award. You were in my prayers every day of my trips to San Diego and Santa Fe (will tell you more later). Hope to see you this Friday. Have you tried any chamomille tea?? Might help. Love, Gail Ezell

Bahama Mama said...

Look at those sexy new haircuts!! :)
I'm sorry to hear this round of chemo hasn't been great. I am praying that the bad stuff will disappear quickly. You've got a big night ahead of you later this week! I wish I was still there to go dress shopping with you. I'm sure you look beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful evening.
Feel better. Love, d

Anonymous said...

I haven't commented yet but I have been following your blogs since Chris Ireland posted your site on Jen's. You have also been an inspiration to everyone. It is people like you who remind us to love and cherish every day with loveones. I hope everyone has a wonderful time at thursdays event and them honoring you is perfect. Have a great week! My family is praying for yours.
Take care,
Marcie Mason

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your evening of glamour and accolades Thursday. It sounds so fun! My daughter has a piano recital or else I would be there! Sending you prayers, hugs and love from CMH.
Dee Smith

Melodie Chrisman said...

Shawndra, I have read your blog for some time now and started doing so because I am a close friend of Jennifer's family. I have felt compelled to look at your blog each day to see how you are. I have been through this journey with my Mom (who had Brain cancer) and Jennifer. You have just touched my heart with your precious family. I just knew Chris would pick you for an honor as it is fitting. I will be on the Crawl this weekend and cannot wait to meet you. Your enormous strength and faith moves me with every blog and every thought of how you must concur each day. I will hold you and your wonderful family in my heart now and pray for all of you daily. See you on the Crawl.

Molly said...

Prayers to you and your family!


Anonymous said...


Really enjoyed the pictures of you, Doug, and Ella. Please know we are here for you! Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all! Have a Great Day! Take Care and Be Careful!

Lisa Mudge

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear this round of chemo has hit you a little harder. I won't be able to make it to the movie premier, but will be thinking of you and want to see pictures! Continued prayers from my family and I to you and yours'. See you at the crawl.
Love, Julie

Cori said...

Hi Shawndra! I think about you and your whole family often. You are a true inspiration. Your strength amazes me.

We are having a baby shower for the Cure's Saturday the 19th. Lisa Circle is sending out the invites. We would love to see you guys. Do you have anyone doing fundraising for you? I sell Silpada jewelry and some reps have raised money for causes that are important to them. I would love to do something for you. Let me know! Thinking of you...Cori Chambers

Anonymous said...

Dear Shawndra,
I'm so glad you have graciously accepted to be our first recipient from the Jennifer Ireland Foundation. As I have told you on our email exchanges, you and Jen would have been fast friends. You are so similar in your love for your family and your friends. I love that your best friend is your mom, just like Jen and I were best friends. I look forward to meeting you and your family! It will be a wonderful evening, honoring not only my daughter Jen, but you as well.
You and your family are in my constant prayers.
~Jan Velander~

Angie said...

Have fun tonight! I hope you are feeling good. I know you'll look beautiful!! Can't wait to see the pics!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shawndra, Doug & Ella!

We hope you have a wonderful time tonight! We are so bummed that we cannot be there. We'll be thinking about you!
Beth, Paul & the boys!

Kristi said...

Have a great time tonight. I wish my husband and I could be there. We will also be thinking about you on Sat. Hope things are going well and you are having a great time with your sister. :)

Kristi said...

Hope last night was a great time. Good luck tomorrow and have a happy Mother's Day! :)