Sunday, November 23, 2008
It is not a cure, but it is a step in the right direction which could save thousands of lives each year. This guy is amazing and I am happy that his focus is on cancer research.
Below is a link to the article describing the vaccine.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tonight Teya wrote (well I wrote, she dictated) her very first letter to Santa. She insisted that it get mailed tonight, so we put it in an envelope and she placed it in the mailbox all by herself. She was so proud. I wish I would have had my camera to take her picture when she was skipping back to the house. The look on her face was pure happiness.
I have my first CT Scan since my surgery on Monday. Prayers and positive vibes for a clean scan would be wonderful. Thanks!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
This week we will be getting ready for Todd's family who is coming to town for Thanksgiving. They arrive next week. Courtney, Mike, Alec and Brian fly in Sunday night and then Penny and Paul on Monday evening. We are very excited for their visit.
Teya has been in dance and she is really enjoying it. It is a program at her school and is once a week right after lunch - 1:00 on Fridays. I went to watch her this past Friday and I know I am her mom, but she did great. Below are 2 videos (click on the arrow key to play).
Teya warming up
Monday, November 10, 2008
Todd, Teya and I went to a Lymphoma Walk yesterday at the Phoenix Zoo. A co-worker of mine, Alicia, has lymphoma. She has been a real support to me since I found out about my reoccurrence. I didn't even know about her cancer until my returned. We had a lot of fun at the event. Teya loved seeing the animals. I made it through one lap around. My lungs felt good and thanked me for the workout and my body thanked me for the extra oxygen. My side was sore with all of the movement and I still cannot wear a bra of any kind so that didn't help, but it was all worth it.
My friend Pete started his treatment last Wednesday and I am happy to report that he did not have a reaction to the drug or extreme side effects. We still do not know if he is getting the drug, but he is a trooper and is going forward with a positive attitude. Thanks to all who have sent him positive thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
The kids were front and center stage. It was so cool. All three of them sat on stage and were very well behaved. Teya was a Care Bear - Cheer Bear, Reed was Batman and Rachel a cat. They raided the candy stash before they were supposed to, so Teya and Reed were both enjoying their lollypops at 7:50 in the morning. Below is the first segment. Listen closely to Reed when asked to speak - he says "You Goofy Head!" to the announcer in response to him saying dress the kids in goofy outfits. Classic response for Reed! Everything ends in head (same goes for Teya). (To play video press the arrow key below the video.)
After the first segment, we were asked to stay for the Trick-or-Treat segment, which aired at 8:11am. Of course we said yes. Well, the kids stole the show as you will see. Watch closely and you will see them sneak to the front of the line.
Oh, at least one of the lollypops the announcer is referring to is from Rachel. She loves those lollypops and has to have more than one at a time. She is too cute!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
This clinical trial has been very promising for melanoma. This is the first time in over 20 years that there has been a drug that the melanoma team down in Tucson at the AZ Cancer Center have been excited about. This drug has proven to reduce melanoma tumors by at least 50%. Some patient's tumors have completely gone away. This is so exciting I get emotional every time I think about it.
The trial is a combination of chemo and a new drug. The only downside to the trial is that some patients will receive a placebo instead of the drug. He will still receive chemo, but the drug they are testing along with chemo he may not. Pete is a pioneer and hero to all of us affected by melanoma. I ask for your prayers for Pete to receive the drug as his participation in this trial could not only shrink or get rid of his tumor, but if the trial continues to be successful, it could one day do the same for many other melanoma patients.
Thank you all!