Sunday, August 10, 2008

butterflies and race for a cure

Hey everyone- It's Sunday evening. Doug and I are sitting here on the couch, both with our laptops on our lap, watching the Olympics. Wasn't the opening ceremony amazing! Watching these athletes, I am just in awe, especially the gymnastics. I can't imagine doing all the things they do. Jumping and flipping on a tiny beam, or on uneven bars, gosh that is talent!
We had a good weekend. We went to Powell Gardens for a butterfly exhibit on Saturday, for those in KC, I highly recommend going. It was incredible. Just Powell Gardens itself is impressive and then the butterflies, spectacular. Today I woke up very early for me, to volunteer for the Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer. My girlfriend, Dustin, and I got to hand out roses at the finish line to the Breast Cancer survivors. It was so worth getting up early for it. I had a great time. There were soooo many people there. I actually had a few ladies who read my blog come up to me and say hello. Thank you for doing that, that makes me feel good! I really appreciate it! I like meeting you all who read and/or write on my blog. I have been just so amazed that so many people who don't even know me read my blog and care enough to pray for me. That is one thing I have learned from this experience... so many people are so kind and caring! I thank you all for that, for being so kind, so loving and caring.
Anyway, we had a good weekend, but a very tiring one. Thanks to my parents, who spontaneously took Ella on Saturday evening after the butterfly event, so I could rest that evening so I could get up early. I was so exhausted Saturday, or maybe it was because I ate a funnel cake at Powell Gardens and came down from my sugar high. It was sooo yummy though. I haven't had a funnel cake in years, ymmmm. I don't know though if it was worth the exhausted feeling after the sugar high wears off.
I hope you all had a great weekend as well. The weather here has been so much more bearable! Have a good week. I have this week off of chemo, then it is back to chemo the following week. I am going to try to live it up this week, as well as try to rest, hard to do with Ella around. I will talk about that more later. I better end this lengthy note. Go USA in the Olympics! Shawndra


kelley said...

It is amazing to watch the talent! Both the olympics and race for the cure. What fun to be handing out roses as they crossed. That great feeling it gave you to doing that is the same feeling others get when they do good deeds for you. As hard as it may be by nature for you to do that, try and remember that by letting them, you are giving them somethig too. ENJOY the beautiful August weather.....not usual by any means, but beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you got to see the butterflies this year!


Anonymous said...

The race experience was worth every minute of lost sleep and I had a great time too! Thank you so much for calling me to volunteer with you. I really appreciate it.
I hope your week is fantastically full of energy and fun!

Love, d

Anonymous said...

Hi, Shawndra. I was at the Susan G Komen race this weekend too along with my sister, who is a 35 year old breast cancer survivor. I thought I saw you sitting in the survivors pavillion, but I wasn't 100% sure and you were visiting with a table of women. I didn't want to interrupt. =) Anyway, I work at CMH also, mostly at the north campus. I've been reading your blogs for quite sometime and am always amazed how strong you are with such a zest for life!! You continue to be in my prayers and next time I "think" I see you....I will say "hi"!!

All my best,
Tricia Gentzler

Anonymous said...


Thinking and praying for you always! Keep Believing!

The Mudge Family

Laurie B. said...

You don't know me but I am praying for you too!! I am praying for your complete healing here on Earth!