Thursday, August 14, 2014

TBT - A Boy and his Dog

 This throwback is almost from 6 years to the day. 
It is one of my favorites of Dante and Mario together.

Friday, August 8, 2014

TBT - Tears, Fears and a Bone Scan

This photo was taken over 8 years ago. A day after I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My life, my body and my hair would never really be the same. I think we were really all still in shock, we did not know what was to come. I carry the physical wounds and we all carry the emotional wounds. Every day since my treatment ended in 2007 the cancer experience has faded a bit more each day….

Until last Thursday.

I have been having progressively more pain in my hip bones… mostly my right hip. It comes and goes. Sometimes after I run or dance, I am in extreme pain and I have a pretty high pain tolerance. I also sit a lot at work, my job has required a crazy amount of hours and I think that has made the situation even worse. My oncologist ordered a bone scan as breast cancer can metastasize to the bone.
I have always been a proponent of early detection… but this time I really did not want to know or face the fact that my cancer could be back. I also really did not want to spend the $1400.00 on the scan, but my daughter and a close friend urged me to:

 “just do it”.

The morning leading up to the scan, I was becoming more worried. I went to the imaging center and received the radioactive injection and then waited the 3 hours before I had the actual scan. I went to get some lunch at a place that I used to frequent in my past life, as I like to call it. I think that may have even made it harder to keep it together. Thank goodness for sunglasses!
I returned to the imaging center and the technician was a very nice man. I lay down on the machine and he wrapped me in warm blankets. He asked that I lay very still and the test started. In that instant I was taken back to the days following this picture, MRI’s and PET scans and a bone scan, talks of chemo and hair loss and a mastectomy and reconstruction and possible radiation. The tears started to gently roll from the sides of my eyes, down my temples and into my ears. Have you ever lain flat on your back and cried? It is a very weird feeling. A different sort of a wet Willy. At a certain point when you continue to cry it becomes hard to lay still AND still breathe. The tech came out to re-position me and offered me a tissue… he was so sweet he even wiped the tears from my eyes.

The test only took about 20 minutes and then the wait began. On Tuesday, I called the doctor to ask for the results but they did not have them. Today, the wait was over…

The nurse called… which is always a good sign in my book:

My first call was to Nina and then Dante so they would not have to worry any longer. 

What a relief, I will still have to see some other doctors to try and figure out what the cause of the pain is, but the best news is that it is not


Friday, July 11, 2014

I heArt Fridays.... for the love of Mold

I decided it was time to try and get back to my I heArt Friday posts. 
We all have it... 
well most of us anyway... 
things that we put in the refrigerator..
and forget about...
and then before you know it...

At least I got a heart post out of this cup of Naked Juice.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Twenty One

Twenty one years ago today this sweetheart came into the world. 

Duke, Nina & Rocky
She has been through some things in her life that many adults have not been through and she has come through it all. I am happy that she has her birth family in her life now too and that her heart is whole again. I am so proud of the woman that she has become. She is responsible and hard working. She has a contagious laugh, an ear-deafening “spider” scream and the singing voice of an angel.  She is a great older sister to her 4 younger siblings. She loves her animals and she is an amazing daughter to her 2 Moms and 3 Dads.

Mario, Nina and Rocky - (he is an old man of 18 years)

What an amazing 21 years we have had and I will forever be grateful to call her my daughter.

Love  you Nina.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the 4th be with Dante and Spidey too!

Today this guy turns 14. 

He has loved Spider-man since he found this costume when he was 2. For some reason many of the superhero movies seem to come out around his birthday and this year was no exception.
We invited a few of his friends and his Sister and I all went to see the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Friday.
Before the movie he even got to pose for a picture with his idol.

We enjoyed the movie and the Birthday boy felt it was the best Spider-man movie of all of them.

Tonight the 3 of us will dine at The Melting Pot for his family birthday dinner. He usually selects Benihana, but he is mixing it up a bit this year.

Happy 14th Birthday Dante and many more.


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