Saturday, November 3, 2007

Down days

First I want to acknowledge Shanna's post about Megan Rooker, my thoughts and prayer go out to her and her family. I also got another email about another young woman who passed away from Cancer. Again my heart goes out to the family. I pray for all the people suffering from this horrible disease. It just isn't fair and no one is immune. We can do all the right things, eat right, exercise, not smoke, etc. but you can still get cancer. I am the perfect example of this. We are making strides to try to catch cancer early but it appears that cancer is affecting people younger and younger. We can't rely on the statistics and when they say we should start being screened. We need to rely on ourselves listening to our bodies and reacting when it is telling us something. I truly hope that we can cure cancer someday and I will try to do what I can to help make this happen. Awareness is the first step... Oprah!!!! Okay, I will step off the soap box now, hehe.
Well, I think I got through my down days. Chemo was okay, no vomiting this time. A bit of nausea but it was kept under control. Not a huge appetite for a few days and extreme fatigue on Thursday and Friday. Thankfully I made it through Halloween. We had about 20 people over, family, for trick or treating. It was a lot of fun. Ella is a bit under the weather too with a nasty cough so we carried her a lot of the way around the neighborhood. But she did wear her Strawberry Shortcake hat, which I really thought she wasn't going to do. So she was adorable! Again, pictures will come soon, hopefully. After Wednesday night, the extreme fatigue hit. Thursday I couldn't keep my eyes open. I am so thankful to have Angie here, she watched Ella all day while I slept. Then my mom came over to help on Friday, which was a bit better, but I felt like I had a hangover all day, tired and a headache. So again, I slept a lot on Friday. I don't like those days. I get so emotionally upset because I can't do what I want to do, and especially I can't be the mommy I want to be or the wife I want to be. I can't do anything and I hate it!! Today I am feeling better. We switched Ella's gymnastics class to saturday's because I am just too tired on Thursday's to take her on chemo weeks. I am glad Doug was with me today because about half way through I got a bit faint feeling, clammy, sweaty, light headed. I think that was just that I hadn't eaten in awhile and I had coffee this morning, so my bloodsugar dropped. So Doug got to do gymnastics with Ella. Grandpa came to watch too and helped me when I wasn't feeling well, thanks Grandpa Turner.
Soon, we are going to be heading to the mall to find the Oprah outfit for Andrea and I. Very important! I am looking forward to this week. I can not thank Diane and her family enough for giving me these tickets and making one of my dreams come true!!! That is truly an unbelievable gesture and I am so grateful to her and her family!!! Thank you Diane.
The weather is gorgeous, so I hope all of you in KC are enjoying it while we have it.
Ella's birthday is next weekend, she will be two on November 11th, yaaaa! The terrible two's. We have actually already started that I think.
Have a great weekend. Thank you for all your prayers this past week. You got me through it. Enjoy your weekend, Shawndra


Kelley said...

Not feeling well stinks.....jsut remember Oprah is SOON! That should help perk you up. the comments on cancer affecting younger and younger is so true...and scary. It seems that each day we hear of yet another. It is hard to understand why. I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy this beautiful day, I don't think we will get too many more like it for awhile. Can you believe thanksgiving will be hear in just a few weeks!!! Peace and Love to all.

Jess in Nebraska said...

I was thinking of you yesterday, I saw on Oprah one day the month of November is her "Favorite Things" show. Wouldn't that be fun to be there for that?
I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend. What a great friend you have to give you her tickets. You guys will have a BLAST!
God bless...

Anonymous said...


I am glad that you are feeling better and it sounds like you have an exciting weekend planned. I hope that you find the perfect outfit for Oprah. I am sure that you and your sister will have a fabulous time. Have fun next weekend celebrating Ella's birthday - it is my birthday too, so there will be lots of celebrating in KC. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and you and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers daily!

Jennifer Teegarden MD

Brigette Green said...

Shawndra~ Sorry to hear how drained you feel on your chemo's got to be hard to keep up with a family and a two year old, but you somehow seem to look through all of that, and make the best of it......YOU GO GIRL! Hope you have an awesome time with your sister seeing sounds like so much fun. YOU of all people deserve to enjoy yourself and take it all have been through so much. Keep your chin up, and I hope that you continue to keep those fighting gloves on......we are all out there cheering you on.
Have a great week, and our prayers are with you always.

Brigette :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Shwandra,
It is so good to hear from you. Knowing you like to write before weekends, I missed you on Friday. Enjoy the shopping! Can't wait to hear about the Oprah experience! Joyce

Michele said...

Have a great time on your trip to see Oprah! I am so excited for you! I know all too well that extreme fatigue thing. It's not even something that can be described.
Ella is the cutest little thing! I hope she has a terrific birthday.
Have fun!!!

Anonymous said...

thinking of you...

love, d

Leisa said...

Shawndra, I hope this week is a much better one for you. I know you're so excited about the Oprah show later this week and I'm excited for you. I hope you were able to find just the right outfit and I hope that we all get to see you in it on the show one way or the other. Even if they just span the audience. I'm not sure if it was ever clear when the show will air. I didn't think it was live anyway. I guess if you don't know yet, you'll find out when you're there and can come back and let us all know so we can stay tuned. Have a wonderful time while you're away. Can't wait to hear all about it. As always, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless you. Leisa

Anonymous said...

I truly hope your trip is a great experience. You so deserve it girl. I just have a feeling you and your party will be called to go down early to get the good seats. yeah. Hang in there and I will be thinking of you lots this week wondering how it all goes. Lots of Love coming your way. Melodie Chrisman

Anonymous said...

Glad you're on your way back to feeling better, have a great time a Oprah with your sister! I'll be watching for you guys. =]

Anonymous said...

Hey Shawndra!
Let us all know when your Oprah show airs so we can look for you and Andrea. Can hardly wait to hear if it is the "Favorites" show or about the whole experience!
Love, Marilyn

sue said...

Shawndra not sure if you got my email or not. But, I wrote and asked you about Chris and if he is ok, he hasnt posted in soooo long. What going on do you know? I am so worried about him. Sue
my email

joyful said...

Hi Shawndra.. Greetings from Hawaii.. I came across your blog and I just wanted to have a beautiful spirit and uplifting attitude..and your family pics are precious..I too will be keeping you in prayer also. Aloha