Things I am grateful for today.

I'm grateful that I am still alive 3.5 months after being diagnosed with breast cancer.  (Honestly when I was first told I had stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, I thought I was going to die, soon) 

I'm grateful that I am feeling so much better than I was before treatment because the cancer is getting it's butt kicked. Yeah me, yeah herceptin, yeah Taxol, Yeah, Doc Hansen, doing a happy dance here!  (And yes, I DO feel well enough to do a little happy dance...carefully.  I wouldn't want to fall and break my cancer eaten hip)

I'm grateful that I can walk normally without pain, and that includes stairs and walking from the parking lot into Walmart without feeling like I ran a marathon.

I am grateful for a husband that is dating me now more than ever.  I treasure our Tuesday night Bargain Movie night at Walker theaters.  I love that he goes and buys me lunch during chemo so I have something to look forward to while I am spending 4-5 hours at the Doctor's office every week. 

I am grateful for the drugs they give me to help with the side effects of the chemo treatments that make it possible for me to eat for a day and not feel sick.  (Even though those same drugs make me wired and unable to sleep for 24-48 hours)

I am grateful for those who take time to care for my children so I can crash and sleep after not sleeping.

I am grateful that I had a desire to wake up at 5:00 am to go see a lunar eclipse.  The next one isn't for 3 years, and I didn't want to miss my chance.  I have an attitude of live in the NOW and TODAY, and I get excited about beautiful things in this universe.  It was awesome and if you missed out, you'll have to wait 3 years.

I am grateful for the 3 delicious meals a week our friends and neighbors bring us.  I am also grateful (and so are my kids) that I feel well enough to cook a favorite meal that they get to choose once or twice a week. 

I am SO grateful that the kids are back in school with wonderful teachers stimulating their minds and filling their days with knowledge and learning, and thus filling my days with relaxation and peace!

I am very grateful that I don't have to go to Chemo next week, and will hopefully have some time to scrapbook and relax, and maybe go shopping.  (It's my birthday in a couple of weeks.  I told dan that since I am a druggie, he can just buy me some drugs for my birthday.  -Legal-medically necessary-physician prescribed drugs- He just laughed. I wasn't kidding.  I don't think he has ever had to spend so much money on me.  I've tried not to be a high maintenacne wife with manicures, pedicures, monthly hair highlighting etc. Now I require thousands of dollars worth of drugs every month to keep me alive)  Which leads me to my next thing...

I am grateful for our Health Insurance and Catastrophic coverage.  Without this, we would be DEAD.  (Or at least I would be).  We have hit our yearly out of pocket maximum, and, now they are paying everything at a 100% until the end of the year.  It is such a blessing that Dan is a wonderful provider for our family, and works so hard to provide everything that we need. 

I am grateful for YOU all of our friends and family.  Thankful for your well wishes, prayers, small gifts of bread, flowers, and other things that brighten our day. 

I am grateful if you read this long post.  This blog is more for me than anyone else so I can have a journal of my journey and experiences.  And if some small way I can make a difference in someone else's life, that is just a bonus! 

8/31/2007 02:57:03 am

I am grateful for you and your great example. I admire your faith and endurance so very much. You and your family are always in our prayers. I am grateful that you are doing so well with your prognosis(yea) and are able to some things you like to do. Give all the kids my love and we will see you at Taylors homecoming. Love ya Jan

Steph Chase
9/4/2007 09:32:24 am

Amber you are totally amazing!! You are such an inspiring person! I love the web page! You seemed to have more energy the last couple days, that's great, until you have another chemo session. Anyways stay strong and i love ya TONS!!

Lanny and Arlene Starr
9/10/2007 02:19:49 pm

We're grateful that you are so grateful. Keep up the attitude. And don't worry if you may have to be high maintenance right now. You deserve it! Happy, happy birthday to you, Amber. We hope you get what you are
most hoping for.
Love, Great Aunt Arlene and Great Uncle Lanny from Moses Lake, Wa.

5/3/2011 07:07:41 pm

We hope you get what you are
most hoping for.
We hope you get what you are
most hoping for.
come on

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