Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Things are going pretty well since my treatments on March 14th. I've had pain here and there, but it's hard to say if it's the cancer, the medications I'm on or the workouts I've been doing. I think I pulled all the muscles in my legs today. I did a lot of stuff I haven't done for awhile (weight lifting). I have a new sensation lately that happens when I look down, a shock is sent down my body and out my feet. It's not painful--just wierd. Apparently this is from the radiation on my spine and should go away in about 3-6 months. I took a dance class at the gym last week with a friend, Paula Bergenthal--it was so fun!! That's the first place I started having the shocking sensation--probably because you throw your body all over the place in that class.

My blood test results from March 14 show that my blood counts are slowly coming back up. However, my tumor markers went up slightly. This was kind of a bummer after the last two times where the number came down by about 1,000 each time. We'll see what happens this next time.

My nephew, Josh Questeriet had his missionary farewell Easter Sunday. While he was giving his talk in church, the thought crossed my mind, "Will I be around in two years when he gets back?" Then I thought, "Will I be around for the day when my sons are giving their farewell talks?" That evening I told Josh I'd be here when he gets back. I plan to keep that promise.

I know there are others in my neighborhood wondering how long they'll be around. One is Cory Alldredge who's fighting oral cancer which has spread to his neck. Another is Natalie Karren who has a disease called Moya Moya (did I spell that right?). They're both in quite a bit of pain and wondering what the future holds.

The thing is--none of us knows when it will be our time to go. It's probably best that way. Enjoy today--whatever it brings!!


Kamille said...

Jenn - I love this post. Life is so uncertain isn't it. I've been told my whole life that my dad was going to die...And well it ends up he's the only one alive. I am happy to see you are doing so well. Keep up the good work. I know your attitude is a huge part of why you are doing so well. Love ya!!!

Marci said...

Thanks for reminding us to enjoy each day, no matter what it brings. I really needed the reminder! Thanks for your willingness to share your inspiring story. You are amazing!!

Linda said...

Jenn - You are so wonderful! I love reading your posts - it reminds me how much we should be thankful for in every day. Think of Grandpa Tilt - he was sure he would be gone in his 50's with his first heart attack at age 48 and his family history, and here he is going strong at 90. We love you lots and lots! - Aunt Linda

mnotes said...

oh, this is so true, the last statement, i think about that all the time now, it's important to live well now becuase you never know about later. you are such an inspiration, glad you are staying so positive, it's good to be updated too. tatum