Friday, November 17, 2023

Post Cancer/Chemo Update- Month 4

 Hello my sweet friends! How was your week? This week FLEW by. We have been busy prepping for Thanksgiving week and then immediately after, OUR TRIP TO DISNEY!! I cannot wait!! Lily Grace made a list of all the things she wants to do at Disney and I am blown away by how much she remembers from our last trip there.

Today's post will be my last post for two weeks-- we will be busy soaking up all the family time! I will see you back here December 4th. 

Today I am sharing a post cancer/chemo update, and I am so happy to report that it is filled with all happy news!

All is well and smooth sailing on the cancer front! I won't lie, I've been a little stressed with going back to work full time AND grad school, while also being a mom-- but that isn't related to cancer. As far as cancer/health related things go, I truly am just so grateful every single day to wake up and feel well. I am happy to report that I am recovered from pneumonia, and back to feeling as close to my old self as I have felt in a long time. Feeling well physically makes all the difference in my mental health too. 

Sometimes, out of the blue, I get hit with an overwhelming wave of emotion where I think "I can't believe that happened" and I cry. It is never a feeling of "woe is me," but more a feeling of disbelief. Feeling like "I can't believe I went through that. I can't believe my family went through that." And then... I always come away from those emotions genuinely feeling like our little family is stronger because of what we went through together. Looking back, now that it's "over", it's crazy to believe it really happened.

In the beginning of treatment I had been seeing a therapist to help with all the emotions from being diagnosed and going through treatment. To be honest though, the therapist and I weren't really a great fit and I felt like it wasn't as beneficial as it could've been. I stopped going after 4 sessions. After my girls weekend with my two best friends, I'm thinking about maybe looking for another therapist. Because everything was such a whirlwind, I never had a chance to process it. I don't want that to come back to haunt me in the future. 

Like I said above, I am physically feeling the best I have felt since this whole cancer debacle began. I am still not running, but I feel like my energy is back and my physical fitness is slowly getting there too. The neuropathy has decreased significantly. The muscle myalgia is minimal, and I only needed my Tramadol 1 day this entire month. I haven't been taking it, or having the prescription refilled, yet my insurance felt the need to send me a note telling me if I tried to refill it between now and January, I'd get denied-- isn't that interesting?? I guess technically it's an opiod so they have to be really strict about how many refills you get. I'm very grateful I don't need it anymore. 

I have enough hair that I even blow it dry some mornings! Haha! 
You're probably looking at this picture and thinking "really? You blow that dry?" but I don't want to put my wig on a wet head, and it takes too long to wait for it to air dry!

All in all, it feels good to feel like myself again! I am looking forward to the day I can run again-- that feels like the last big thing I'm missing out on. I have a feeling January 2024 will be a great time to start that back up!

Today I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!!
Monday, November 13, 2023

Not Just a Mom: Comfort Foods

 Good morning! How was your weekend? My two best friends and I were able to get away for our annual girls trip and it was PERFECT! We stayed up way too late talking, slept in, just hung out around the house, did a little shopping, and more. I wish we were able to do this more than once a year!!

Friday, November 10, 2023

Life Lately

 Hello my friends! Happy Friday!

Monday, November 6, 2023

Prime Purchases October

Good morning and happy Monday! Today I am linking up with Tanya to share my Prime Purchases from the month of October.

Friday, November 3, 2023

31 Days of Skeletons!

 Hi friends!

Today I want to share with you all the fun skeleton posings our neighborhood did for the month of October! The neighbors went all out and we had a blast doing this together. We had such positive feedback about how much the different families had working together to pose them!

Before we get to that-- I wanted to give you a heads up that Old Navy has their matching holiday pajamas on super sale right now (as I write this on Wednesday), and we snagged some! The last two years I waited until  mid-November and then it's hard to find a matching set that has everyone's size. I'm happy to have that checked off our to-do list!!

This is the pattern we went with this year: