"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Christmas Thank You

{Some how I don’t think Christmas cards are going to make it out in time so I wanted to put this note on the Blog}

It's Christmas time and with that we think of gift giving, but I want to tell you about a special gift I have received. Cancer ... As you know, in November of 2008 I was diagnosed with stage four gastric cancer, at best maybe 3 to 6 months to live. So, you might think, this is a gift…yes. Cancer a gift, a life change for not only me but my four children as well. Cancer has given us an entire different perspective on life.
Many people don’t take the chance to reflect over the years with such appreciation; to sincerely embrace each precious moment with dear family and friends; and to truly know the power of prayer, the impact of love and support.
The difference one person can make in someone’s life, the difference you all have made in my life. I can’t thank you enough for all the thoughts and prayers, the support during my benefit, the visits, gifts, cards and food. I am here today because of you, and honestly the grace of God.
I am truly blessed and hope to have many years in the future to enjoy family and friends, and give back in return for all I have been given.

From the bottom of my heart…
Merry Christmas and the Best to you in 2011!
Love you all,

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living” – Amanda Bradley

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Surgeon Says

Mom had a follow up visit with her surgeon Tuesday, Dr. Icaza
It was a wonderful and encouraging visit! Mom.... fill in the blanks please, you said it so much better than I could!

Mom Comments.....
Dr. Icoza was so happy to see me and Jaclyn, he said I truly looked fantastic. Told me I was a walking miracle, he sees cases of stomach cancer often and never has he seen one with success. He said he was impressed by my positive attitude and the incredible support of family and friends. For follow up he recommended to continue what I’m doing, keep positive, eat well, take vitamins and enjoy every day!

I am Blessed :) that visit brought tears to my eyes and still does every time I think of that day after surgery, the news he laid on us, the strength you kids had, it because of all of you that I was able to fight the fight…thank you!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December Update

What?!! It's December already and almost 1/2 over!
We don't have anything to report, yay! No news is Good news!
Love Jess :)