Thursday, November 27, 2008


I'm thankful for Bry who draws me a bath every night for my achy bones, who rubs my back for hours in the middle of the night when I can't sleep and who would rather be with me than anyone else. He even does the dishes most nights and vacuums!!

I'm thankful for Joe and Sam--who love to sit on the heater in the mornings while they eat breakfast. They learned this from me. I couldn't ask for better boys. They bring a smile to my face.

After feeling really yucky and nauseous and like my ribs and back are falling apart--and feeling sorry for myself--I got a call last night from my nurse. I didn't want to talk with her because I figured it was bad news with how crappy I've been feeling. When she said I'd be thankful to hear it, I let her tell me: my tumor marker is at 1,500!! That's over 1,000 lower than last time, and I havent been in the 1,000's for a long time! The chemo must be working (along with all my homeopathic and herbal stuff). So the nausea isn't so bad if I know it's helping me stay alive longer.

Last week was a really tough week for both Bry and me, but at the end of the week I looked back and realized how many people did nice things for us. The good definitely outweighed the bad--and I was amazed at how many acts of kindness we were blessed with. I am so grateful for good family and friends!! We love you all!!

It's all in how you look at things. There is always going to be the negative--but if you look for the positive--it's always there too. Even in the worst circumstances there is always something to be thankful for.


Danielle said...

i'm thankful for your wonderful example and so grateful to have known you.

tatum said...

i am so glad it was good news, i thought you looked really good when i ran into you, i had a good feeling. congrats. what a relief, you deserve good news. =)

Tara Hoppie said...

The things you wrote about your family are so sweet, I am glad that you have each other.

Hooray for your 1500! I am not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds like great news.

missy said...

Hi Jenn. I don't know if you remember me...I'm Chantal Brown's sister, Missy. I hope you don't mind -- I saw your comment on Marci's blog and clicked over to yours. I'm sorry for what you've been going through. You are so brave!

For what it's worth, my Dad was diagnosed with colon cancer several years ago and was told of a non-toxic formula called Protocel. He still takes it today and feels better than he has in 20 years. Maybe you roll your eyes at stuff like this, but I read about it and had a powerful calm wash over me with the thought, "I can finally stop worrying about cancer." If you're interested, I'd be happy to give you more information. My e-mail is missystowellatgmaildotcom. If you'd rather not, that's fine, too.

You've got a beautiful family. I hope today is a good one.

Our Life In Sunny SoCal said...

Thanks for sharing with fellow heater sitters! It's those little things that stand out in my mind as I ponder life's nuances. Love you!

Kamille said...

Love you. I was so glad to hear things are looking better!!