April 12, 2015: Odds & Ends

This will be written a lot like a conglomerate rock. You’ve been forewarned. 🙂

*I tried the Young Living essential oil, panaway, in the hopes of finding comfort from attacking joint pain. I’ve heard several people I know and trust say great things about its healing power. I’ve read a lot about the use of essential oils. I was hopeful. All I can say is obviously attacking joint pain caused by chemo is a lot more painful than most aches and pains people use this stuff on because I can’t tell one bit of difference. Feeling disappointed. My friend said we will try an increased dose and see if it helps any better.


*”Hurt people hurt people.” – a great quote I heard at church today. It’s so true!

*Speaking of church…a guy came up to me this morning and asked, “Are you doing the cancer thing?” He is in remission himself, so he said it made him feel more comfortable asking. It’s more uncomfortable to me when people stare at me or give me that sad, pitiful smile than if they would just ask me. Like him, I’ll always find it easier to approach others and just ask them from now on. I love his opening line. I’m going to have to remember that.

*There’s been some kind of shortage or something around my parts on Strawberry Kiwi Propel. This is a problem! I drink about a 6 pack a day. We’ve had to buy the lemon kind. My kids like those though, so they disappear quickly. We’ve found Propel actually balances my metabolic levels. A neurological specialist in Amarillo, TX was researching this when I was first being treated for Addison’s Disease. He told me to try it. It’s working even through chemo! Yay!

*Yesterday, my head hurt so bad I could hardly stand it. When Jon & JT got back from rugby at Texas A&M, Jon asked me why I hadn’t taken my morning meds. Hmmmm…because he never handed it to me and badgered me to take it like he has since November. I know why my head hurt so bad now though. Oops!


*My daughter has been accusing me of stealing her dog. Peanut lays around with me a lot. She has to be right up next to me on my sickest days. I think she’s just trying to take care of me.

*The political craziness has officially started. Ugh! I hate all the ugliness! “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” – I fear the Golden Rule is forgotten way too often during campaign years.

*Only 7 more weeks of school left in my neck of the woods. Wow!

*The Shirt Project has become a research project. We are learning a lot! A lot goes into one’s effort to give back some times. We feel like God’s hands are all over this though, so we will let Him bless it and continue to open and close the needed doors. Please continue to pray for this as we begin moving into the legal and more costly parts of starting out.

*Tomorrow, I head back to my plastic surgeon. I haven’t seen him since Feb. We are confident everything is on track to complete reconstruction shortly after chemo is completed.

*I watched a house hunting show where a woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer moved to the beach to undergo chemo treatments there. I totally get this woman! It seemed like a great idea to me!!!

*This round of chemo hasn’t been too awful. The steroid issues are an easy fix for next time. I’m going to be a pro at this before I’m finished, but I’d rather it be a short-lived lifestyle!

*K’Lee has granted me permission to write about her dream. Be looking for that post coming soon. It’s was life-changing for me!

*I hope you’ve taken the opportunity to give back, help out, pay it forward, or just be kind. Life is short – live big!



About courage2conquercancer

At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This is an account of my journey from my discovery and beyond.
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