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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Watch the Sunset

For as long as I can remember one of Mom's favorite things is to watch the sunset.  It's hard not to think of each other when we see a sunset or a beautiful moon rising.  We're in the habit of texting or calling each other when we see one that really takes our breath away.  Once Mom took a photo of the full moon from her view in IL and I took one from my view in AZ and we shared the moment together.  It was pretty cool and I love that about her.  She's always taught me to have fun and to take the time to appreciate the beautiful creation around us.  I'm counting down the days until I come visit next... 9 more days until we can watch another beautiful sunset together.

Friday, September 5, 2014


Life changes like the direction of the wind... I couldn't sleep the other night and found myself searching for inspirational images, quotes and cancer support related articles.  In preparation for this update it takes thought and time to process the emotions and information.

During our recent family vacation Mom brought to my attention a lump near her tailbone.  I could tell that she was worried and didn't want to spoil the moment; but she knows it's important to keep pace with her health and listen to her body on a regular basis.

We certainly found relief with the most recent scan reported as stable with approval for a chemo-vacation.  It was a big fear to go back on chemo so soon after just completing 6 months.  I knew that Mom was worried in general and especially about the new lump.  I'm not sure why it was missed in the recent scan, but I'm glad we took a deeper look.  The oncologist believes it to be cancer and there was talk about starting chemo with radiation.  Mom went to visit the radiologist yesterday and they decided to use radiation Monday - Friday for 2 1/2 weeks to target this 1 1/2 inch area.  Most likely chemo treatment will follow radiation.  We'll know more after the next oncology appointment on 25th and will keep you updated!

Mom is the strongest, most beautiful and determined little fighter that I will ever know and I feel so blessed that I have the privilege of being her daughter.  The fight continues ...