Tuesday, June 26, 2007


I wanted to let you all know I got the results from my labs this week. Well, I got my CEA level back. I assume everything else is normal since the nurse practitioner didn't mention the other labs that I have drawn weekly. My CEA level was 6.9, before it was 7 something, so it has gone down a little bit. That is good, atleast it is not going up and is still going down some. Normal is around 4 so this is not bad! I meet with my doctor on Monday the 9th of July, after next week (4th of July week). I have lots to talk to him about and ask him, same old stuff, what is the plan, where do we go from here. I want to see if I can have "surgery" or a procedure to go in laproscopically to look to see what it looks like in there as far as the cancer goes, since nothing else is quite definitive. This would probably be after my next scans which I believe is in another month. Anyway, labs are good for now.
I was so excited today, Ella went pee pee on the potty for the first time. This morning as we were playing, she mentioned pee pee, so I took off her diaper and she sat on the little potty we borrowed from Andrea. She sat and read a book for awhile, then got off the potty, then she went back and sat down and went pee pee. It was sooo exciting. I hope she tries it again soon. I wanted to let you all know, this is an exciting moment. Yeaaaa Ella!!!
I have been having a little bit more pain the last day and night, I woke up last night hurting and had to take some pain medication. This morning it still hadn't subsided so I had to double up on my pain medication, which I haven't had to do in awhile. I am not sure why I am having more pain, maybe there is more stuff dying in there and that is why I hurt. This is what I hope anyway.
I have a big weekend ahead, my dad's side of the family has a family reunion around this time every other year. It will be great to see family we don't see much. We will play out at my Uncle's farm in Ottawa a day, then go to my parents lake house a day. It should be fun. Then there is the 4th, again at my parents lake house, always a great time with friends, family, fun and food!!! Again, one of my favorite times of year. I hope you all have fun plans for the 4th as well. Have a good hump day tomorrow! shawndra


Anonymous said...

Hi Shawndra!

Nice work on the test results! Congratulations! We'll keep praying for more and more good news! Way to go Ella! They grow up before your eyes don't they. Have a wonderful week, enjoy your family and friends. God is so good! Much Love!

Alaina said...

Congrats on the decreasing CEA...6.9 is great! Everyone's prayers are working.
Have a good weekend and a happy 4th of July.

Anonymous said...


Glad to hear your test results were good! That is so exciting about Ella going Potty! Our thoughts and prayers to continue to be with you and your family! Stay Strong! Have a Great Day! Take Care and Be Careful!

Lisa Mudge

Anonymous said...

Great news, both you and Ella! Take a whirl around the lake on a tube or a ski for me! Have a great rest of this week and fourth of July. Fireworks have a way of making you smile. Kelley

Anonymous said...

Hi Shawndra!

This morning, as I was working out and watching CMT (usually watch ESPN), the Craig Morgan video "Tough" was playing. I immediately thought of you.

Amy's Dad in Derby...

Kristi said...

That is great about the lab results. Keep up the good work.
And congrats to Ella for using the potty. After potty training my 2 boys, I certainly can relate to that exciting news!!!

Have a great weekend and 4th. You certainly deserve it!!!

Andrea said...

I'm so excited for you and for Ella! She may be potty trained even before Keaton is!! I want my magical potty back! Hee Hee Just kidding! I'm so glad for an even lower CEA for you. You are incredible and I look forward to spending another great 4th and family reunion with you and our families!
Love ya, Keep up the positive outlook,

Anonymous said...

Hey Shawndra,
What great news on your CEA. The chemo is doing it's job and you're doing yours by allowing it to work it's magic. Ella will need to come Peighton lessons. She accomplished it once, while Jen was still alive and we all rejoiced! Since then, she's not interested at all. (guess that once was for her mommy's benefit)
Have a wonderful 4th of July!
Much love,

Peggy said...

Dear Shawndra,
Congrats are in order for the two of you. You for the test results and Ella for her going on the potty. "GREAT WORK"
I hope you have a great 4th. It sounds like you will be having a great time. You and your family are still in my prayers as always. Peggy

jill r said...

Shawndra---thanks for sharing with us--- Hope your 4th is great! Ella is growing up so fast!

Anonymous said...

Thank you God for the good test results! The prayers, chemo, and your strong spirit are working. Have a great 4th!

sue said...


Today I made my first (colon cancer) blog. If you want to read my posts, please come here: (link above).
I am happy to hear your CEA level has gone done. Good job! Still praying for you here. Sue