Sunday, November 7, 2010

So proud of myself....

For the first time in over a month, I went out of the house on the Saturday after chemo. I wasn't feeling perfect, but I was doing better than I had done in a long time, so I decided to run a couple errands to the bank, and, of course, Fred Meyer. Once in Fred Meyer, I picked up what few items I needed, and then I decided to hit the toys. Mason and Nolan have been going on and on about Beyblades and Bakugans. I didn't even know what they were, but they wanted them on the Santa list which means they are SERIOUS. So, I am meandering through the toys and there is this kid there. Articulate and way too interested in talking to me, BUT, he knows all there is to know about Beyblades and Bakugans. He was like my own personal shopper, my Mom stuck in a eight year old boys body, you know what I am saying...... Finally, I disengage from the eight year old with my four items - one of each for both boys in their stocking, but he is very interested in telling me the ENTIRE history of both toys. Sweet kid, but NOT INTERESTED. I came home exhausted, but I proudly showed the bag of Beyblades and Bakugans to Grant. He was like, "Oh, they weren't making it up. These things actually exist?" I look at him and say, "I know!!!!" Up in the closet away from little eyes - now remember to put them on the Santa list....... So that was the excitement of Saturday. Weekends after chemo are slow - little happens in the house and with all the rain we had, the boys never got out of their pjs. You know, those days are nice. The world goes on spinning, but we have a little life right here. We talk about school and movies, I told Mason about Michelle running her marathon for the American Cancer Society and he showed me how fast he can run, I completed a Santa dream, Grant started working on the home movies and he said to me, "Ang, we have the same amount of time of Nolan's first year as we do Mason." I never asked him about that, but I guess when you are married for 16 years he knew I would want to know - especially with all the distractions we had when Nolan was born. Grant and I talk. I ask him if I remembered things correctly from the past few days and he corrects me if I am wrong. We talk about my fear of a blood transfusion, a new cancer patient that may be calling me, and cancer. And, then, he looks at me and says, "Lung surgery sounds a lot worse than a blood transfusion." FINE. Point made. Personally, I think, lung surgery sounds better!!!!! I know that is just stupid........ Anyhoo, now I sit here at 3:30 in the morning. I couldn't sleep anymore, but I think it is because Michelle is running today and at 2:30 when I woke up, she had to start her way to the race tent. I got up and checked email - the last one was from her - "WE DID IT! Off to the American Cancer Society race start. Talk soon." Michelli met her $4000.00 goal for running the NYC marathon for ACS. For those of you spared by my mass email last week, I have a very good college friend that is running the NYC marathon for me and her Mom. She had always wanted to run the NYC marathon, but decided doing it for a cause was as important. Her goal was a steep $4000.00. I was like, "What?!?!?!" Holy cow!" So, I put out my own plea to meet her goal and, in perfect time, it was met. Thank you. Wow. Thank you. Now, in truth, I had to call Karissa last night and tell her to donate to put Michelle over the $4000.00, but those are details you don't need to know!!!!! ;) Michelle told me she would text me when she completed the race, so I will let you know when I do. For more information on Michelle Czech and her dream of completing the NYC marathon, see her personal page, at ACS.... Now, back to bed!!!!! Loves, Ang


Kari George said...

I am also having one of those sleepless nights...must be the time change and the horrifically LONG nap I very much needed yesterday!

Just wanted to say the I am so proud of you, too! Good for you for going out and getting a couple thngs done...even when you don't know if you could do it! AND you got some Christmas shopping done to boot! WOOHOO! I don't even know what Beyblades and Bakugans are...I'll have to check those out on my George Girls Christmas Shopping Trip today!

A transfusion is easy peasy, dear in comparison to what you've been through thus far! It's AMAZING that you haven't needed one prior to now! YOU can do THIS too!!!

You are doing so well, Ang! I'm just THRILLED (as Dr. H puts it!). I love you to pieces! Keep putting one foot in front of the other and doing what the doc says to do....and YOUR finish line is just around the corner! WOOHOO!

Kari George said... did Michelle do in the race?? We need an update, dear!! Love ya!

Jamie said...

As a cancer survivor and double blood transfusion recipient, they are a piece of cake and you really do feel much better after them. I'm always inpressed by your spirit!
A Friend of a Friend of a Friend-Jamie

Steve Chamberlin said...

Hi, Angie. It took me the better part of three days to read through your cancer adventure. Wow. What a journey. And with such style. I love your spunk.

What I love more is your relationship with your husband, your sons, your family, and your friends. You surround yourself with an incredible bunch of people.

When I got to this post Sunday afternoon, I was thrilled to read about Michelle running the NYC marathon. It's on my wish list too. Go Michelle! Thank you for raising money for cancer.

I've been surviving rectal cancer since July 30, 2010. I don't think anyone forgets the day they were diagnosed. Thank you, Angie, for showing me how to get through this cancer with pizzaz.

Your life, as shared through this blog, is a gift to all who read it. Keep loving your life and the people who share it with you. May you continue to enjoy success in your treatment.

Thank you for your example and the hope you give to the rest of us cancer folk.

Warmest regards,
Steve (a marathon junkie -- at least before the cancer showed up. I'm thinking NYC will be hearing from me yet!)

Mariela said...

Angie: I love you soooo much!! and you are an inspiration to me. Keep being so wonderful and trying soooo hard. We pray for you all the time as for Grant and loved parents!!!