Saturday, December 14, 2013


Rejoice...Rejoice....Prepare for Emmanuel!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!! Celebrate and enjoy the season.

I had my third trip to the gym this week. I spent just under an hour there today. 2 miles on the elliptical, 2 miles on the treadmill with a 3% grade, and 2.3 miles on the bike. Wow...I feel so empowered when I come out of there. Not just because I am doing all of this at the gym in under an hour.....but I am doing it by myself...and with cancer!  I have only lost a couple pounds so I am a little disappointed there but getting to the gym is the first step!!

My Anti Xa is at a great number at 51. This monitors my blood thickness/thinness so I have neither clots or a brain bleed....again.

I am skipping along....enjoying the Season....having lots of latte's fixed by Pat (you just can't beat his hot drinks he fixes for me). I am even painting a little right now....thinking of something to paint for our art auction at St. Joe Church.

One month from today I will be in Houston....or on my way home. I pray for stability, necrotic activity in the small area that was starting to "wake up".....but more than anything, I thank God for being right beside me!! I wouldn't trade that for anything in this world!!

Christmas Day will be celebrated at out house with the kids and grandkids. Santa is planning to visit on Christmas morning for eggnog and cookies with the children. (I'm paying Santa off with eggnog and brandy) :-) for thought....Whomever stole the open/close sign at Wildwoods Gallery and Framing....I hope Santa gives you four flat tires for stealing! HMPH!!

May each and every one of you reading this enjoy Christmas with your family. Celebrate the real Reason for the Season!!

Patty Corcoran

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


As of this moment 6:44 pm on December 10th, I have had 90,696 hits on my blog. Wowzers!! Thank you to all who read up on me, check my health status, or maybe are a cancer patient and need to see the struggles/ different chemo potions/radiation that I have been on through this journey. And if you go back far enough, I have had some big bumps in the road. BUT, I have overcame them, and came back stronger than ever...almost! Without God and all the friends and family, I would have been on a lonely journey!

I went back to the gym today. I think it has been close to 3 years. After I found out the diagnosis, I quit going due to the germs. But my white count is at 5.0 and Dr. Javle from MD Anderson says it is better to risk the germs of the gym (proceed with caution and lots of Germ X) than to breathe in all that cold 16 degree weather like we had today. PLUS, my rode is slick with ice. I was at the gym for an hour and left red faced and sweat on my shirt (I always feel like I have did good if my shirt is wet). I exercised one mile on the elliptical, one mile on the treadmill-even running a little, and I rode 3.2 miles on the bike. Feeling like I have overdone it for the first time back....walking a little crooked from achy bones. I plan on going tomorrow also.....

My two trees are up....thanks to Samantha and Chris and Jenn, Bart and Amity for putting up the 15 footer. I just had to decorate it. Now I just have to remember to get that prime rib ordered!!

Pat has signed up as Lector for Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.  I am excited because we usually hit the 4 p.m. Mass....but also because the Midnight Mass is speechless as far as the feeling you get when you you witness that hour or so of celebration. Pat's voice carries through a building like a know he is in the house! I remember when Samantha and Leslie were 1 month old (twins) and my sister, Sarah and I went to Midnight Mass with them in our arms. Father George was our priest then, and he came to the back of the church where we were sitting and took a baby in each arm to the front of the church. LIFE.....that is what Christmas is all about! I have a picture of it somewhere.....dressed in their red/green plaid dresses. So small.....but I was one proud momma!!  Now they just turned 26 last month. Life marches on.....and on....and onnnnn.

I wanted a boy so bad when I was married to the girls first was Jennifer....try, try again! A year and a half later came Amy....try, try AGAIN! So......on the third try, I was blessed with twin girls!!  Shoot me...I'm done!   Well.....Leslie was blessed with a girl and then a boy. Amy has a girl and just found out she is pregnant with a BOY (YEAH)! Jennifer has a baby girl and Samantha is getting married August 23rd of 2014~   Let's just say I am overly excited two of the girls have had something I always wanted.....but a healthy baby is a blessing. So, we are thankful for them all!!

In just a little over a month, I will be back at MD Anderson. I feel so good but I also know this cancer could be dancing around in my body since I have had no chemo since September 30th. Yes, I had radiation and hopefully it is working away in there....Pray.....Pray...Pray!

IF everyone had to pay a dollar to read my posts.....I wonder how many would pay the dollar. I would have earned $90,696 for The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. WOW!!!  NOW I think of it.......

Give a minute, give a dollar, give a hug, give a card, give to a hungry person, give to your church, give a prayer, at this time of year....I believe it is SO important to give of oneself to a cause. It should be something you do you don't do it on a regular basis....GIVE it a try!!

Feliz Navidad!



Saturday, December 7, 2013

Floating along..............

I have been so daggone busy since coming home from Texas. From babysitting for grandchildren, to visiting cancer patients, playing in the snow, shopping at Nordstrom's in St. Louis with Samantha, cleaning, building fires with a latte in one hand and the TV turner in the is good.

I am NOT happy I am losing my general physician, Dr. Houston, but I also know every person has a journey and I hope he and his wife have a wonderful time on theirs!! Thanks for everything, Doc!!

My Christmas tree is not up yet......and I am threatening the girls if they don't come help put the 15 foot tree's not going up!  I can decorate it but I cannot put the four pieces is just TOO darn heavy.

As I sit here right now by this warm fire, I just give thanks and praise to Him. To be in this good of a spot in my life with cancer....I consider myself very blessed! My last daughter just got engaged on her plans look like a wedding in August. Then there is Amy and Rylan, who announced a new baby will arrive in May. WOW!  I feel blessed to be apart of all of the celebrations of life.    LIFE.  LIFE!! 

So.....before you go asking God for everything you can think should always thank him for all the blessings he has had a hand in giving to you and yours. You might not always understand why God gave you this or that (like cancer) but everything happens for a reason....and sometimes it may not be what we want. All I can say is learn from it and make the best of it. Count the apples in the basket...not the ones that fell out. I can sit here and say this because I do have cancer...and I am not curable UNLESS God keeps me on this journey until they come up with a cure or long term medical plan that keeps CC patients alive a lot longer. But I will be telling my story to anyone who is having problems with their cancer seems God has put me in this place for a reason. I have had private meetings with different people with a diagnosis, and they say I help them. God has kept me alive now for 34 months on the CC journey and I believe it is to help people see the vision I see.

I have a cancer friend who is really going through a rough time right now. He is at MD Anderson and I am really worried and praying hard for him. I ask all of you to pray for Travis and his wife as they gets results from a scan on Monday.

I will share of few pics from our photo shoot today! Kudos to Lisa Steber Cummins for taking our pictures!!

Pat told me if I pulled on the branch....I was walking home. So...since he dared me...I couldn't resist!!!!

I just love the favorite time of the year....wait, I like every season!!

He again said...Yip, you're walking!! I said fine as we only lived about an 1/8th of a mile away!! He's a softie....but I wouldn't have him any other way!!

You can see how high the snow is packed on the roof....and the icicles add a nice touch on our house!!

You can just barely see our house off of the highway. Sure is pretty in the woods!!