Friday, March 28, 2014

The adventures of a cancer patient......

     Well....first off, our Brunch with The Ladies was a huge success as was the Italian Beef Night. It's a booger to get the beef all prepped and tasty but it is always worth it. I had 300 children's books printed (that I wrote and illustrated) and I am almost sold out.....unless I have a few more printed before the next two fundraisers. We had great help with selling the books!  The two top sellers were Lisa Peters and Jennifer Brown....but a big shout out to Samantha Cummins and Chris Foust for delivering/selling ALOT of them in the evenings. All of our team has bought, sold, or helped get the word out about the children's book. IF you have not gotten one, we WILL make sure you get one.
     Talk about "Paying It Forward".....The Dip 60....a local band that plays whenever they can all come home and meet up to perform, just played at The Gypsy and boy did they do a great thing. They donated all money taken at the door along with a few large donations, and donated it to our Suntone Beach Survivors Relay For Life Team!!  How bout THAT!  This group has kind of grown up and moved apart...some with jobs out of town, some still in school...but they did this for us. WOW!  I am humbled beyond words and thank you does not even do it justice. I was still in Hawaii...or on a loooong flight home all Saturday night until Sunday morning or I would have been there right in the middle of it all!!  A huge hug to all of you who got out for this event, planned it, supported it by showing up, any and all of the above!!

     Coming up on April 5th is our Breakfast at the VFW. They have been so gracious to let us have it there and are helping to serve and cook along side some of our team. We should have a few books there for sale PLUS gift baskets from the Ladies Brunch that the consultants all donated (worth $75 each) and we are selling $1 chances on those raffle baskets.
We had the hog donated by one of the girls friends father....make sense?  We are blessed to have people with such generous hearts. I am not putting his name as I do not want a bunch of people calling this person asking for a pig. BUT we thank you!! So, along with biscuits & gravy, we will have pancakes and sausage patties (YES, I said fresh sausage patties and not links made from pig tails, ears and hooves BUT made from the pig that was donated). HMPH! Then, juice, milk, coffee, and for you early risers, I guess the bar would be open??? I dunno.....never been to the V that early EVER for a drink. ;-)   Breakfast is from 6-10ish.....we won't kick you out of you come at 5 til 10.
The meal is $6 or feel free to donate $60 or $6,000....we will take it!!

     Next up is the BIG DAY....May 3. It's our Richland County Relay For Life......we will be busy entertaining at about 4:15 I believe. Our rendition of Roar by Katy Perry. I can't sing but by golly I can ROAR! I am also GUEST SPEAKER this year so ya'll stay home as I sweat and stutter up there on stage :-) ....... I'll do my best not to cry or tell too many political jokes....but those who know me KNOW that I will probably have one wise crack up my sleeve! This is a day to come out, get some good food, see OUR community and the survivors having another birthday, caretakers, cancer patients, and also honoring cancer patients who have been lost from this dreaded disease called CANCER...aka MONSTER!  Our team will be serving our famous Chicken & Noodles, Lemon & Orange Shakeups, Tea, and bags of candy for the kiddos....and grownups.  We are loud, proud, and happy to be a part of the Suntone Beach Survivor's Team!!!
     Vacations....well, you already heard about St. Thomas so I will move on to the vacation that we just returned from. We spent 10 days in Hawaii...and when I say we, I mean my husband Pat, my mother, two sista's, my brother and his wife, my nephew who just returned from Turkey with the Air Force (and now stationed in S. Carolina). We also have a nephew in the Air Force in Hawaii and a niece in the Navy in Hawaii. So it was ALMOST a family reunion. We swam, we ate, we fished, we ate, we shopped, we ate, we toured, we ate, we sat, we ate. You get the point.   It was beautiful and peaceful by the ocean.  There is no better feeling than sitting on a fishing boat and feeling the air blowing through your hair along with the mist of the ocean...or seeing a whale blowing mist into the a "God wink". Feeling the warmth of the sun falling gently upon your face....glistening across the water leading right up to the boats edge. No...there's no better feeling that is right there for all of us to enjoy. Not to mention the 302 pound Marlin the guys caught (I watched) on the private boat we chartered. We had mahi mahi for supper and also caught some tuna we gave to the captain.
     You know....I have thought about this a you really don't appreciate all the little things like the sun shining upon your face, the flowers blooming at every corner....or the smell  you get as you pass by them, or how about.. how it warms your heart when your grandchild asks to "hold my hand, Ja~Ja"......people get so caught up in life and the day to day chores that you don't stop and realize it could disappear in an the blink of an eye.  Ponder on that for a few minutes.....what's really important to you....are you always hustling and bustling and not truly enjoying all the beauties God has put before us.
     Oh was a rough one. This might get a little personal but I find quite a bit of humor in it. I recently (before we left for Hawaii) saw my new General Physician Dr. Devenicia for a routine  "HI, How are you, and lets get everything charted type of visit". He came in...did the 101 questions, told me how lucky I was to still be in great shape with this sort of cancer, and that I needed to get a mammo and all that stuff. He then stood, pulled out a fresh gown, and asked me to get undressed as he left and stated he'd be back in a few......HMMMM.  My cancer is in the bile ducts...the I take off my socks? Do I take off my bra?? My underwear??  .....SO...he comes back in and I firmly state "I DID NOT TAKE OFF MY UNDERWEAR!"  MY CANCER IS ABOVE THE WAIST AND SO I DIDN'T THINK YOU NEEDED TO LOOK DOWN THERE!  He laughed and said that is just fine. I just want to examine your abdomen and liver area. I told him I had some pain right under my breasts and that he might want to see if he felt anything. He thought maybe some cysts were felt and to make an apt with an OB/GYN and get a mammo bammo and all that shtuff. This all happened before Hawaii so I had that in the back of my mind the whole time....not telling anyone but Pat. We had a great visit and I already know I made the right decision in choosing him as my new dr.  I went for my mammo bammo today and after much breath holding...I was told there are no cysts and everything looks normal. WHEW! I see my oncologist on Friday so I will see if he has any insight on my sore bammos (boobs if you hadn't figured that out by now) :-)
Mid April, I will travel to Houston to see Dr. Javle after getting my PET scan and blood work. Please pray for stability and good bloodwork.
     As I sit here in this quiet house....everyone asleep...I thank God for Peace. Peace in my life right now (except for planning fundraisers, wedding shower, wedding, and Relay events)....Peace in my heart....the kind of peace you get from only one person, God.  A friend this week told me he prayed for me every day and every night. I told him I really appreciated that. I told him I pray morning, night, and sometimes in between. I pray for a lot of people and sometimes not for myself. Then after saying "Amen"...I will think...I didn't ask God to keep me close to Him...and to protect and guide me.....and I'll say Oh, By the way, God...don't forget about me.   He never forgets.......I believe even when I forget to pray for myself, that since I give thanks, then ask for prayers for sick people, people with family problems, people with marriage problems, all kinds of problems people might have, that God knows in my heart, I want everyone to be ok. To live in harmony and just appreciate your life and the life God gave YOU.  Happy Lenten Season!

      Keep you posted after the Houston trip....oh....I am up to 97,212 hits on my blog. Thanks to everyone who keeps me in their thoughts and prayers.

Patty Corcoran

1 comment:

  1. I love reading your blog! I'm praying for you!