Sunday, August 31, 2008
My first experience with Cancer occured when I was a teenager. My neighbor, and the young boy that I often babysat, was afflicted with Ewing's Sarcoma at the young age of 5. I always believed that Peter, my dear sweet neighbor, would beat this awful disease. I watched as Peter struggled and fought the cancer and all of the treatments for a couple of years. Peter's parents, family, and other loved ones looked on in horror and devestation, but never failed to provide their never-ending love and support for Peter and for each other. In the end, I was proven wrong and Peter succumbed to this evil affliction when I was 16. It was my first experience with death, and it was truly awful.
When I was in college I began to babysit another family, the B's. The B's middle child, Michael, was diagnosed with Luekemia during his pre-school years. Michael fought the good fight for several years and after his bone marrow transplant, I truly believed Michael would survive. Unfortunately he did not. Michael passed away on August 2, 1999. I was 20 years old and death was no easier to deal with the second time around.
You can imagine that I became quite cynical towards cancer. The Bully had taken two of the most precious lives I had encountered. I became to feel as if God was preparing me for something larger in life. I still do not know what He is preparing me for.
When I was pregnant with Devin my maternal grandfather passed away on February 14, 2006. He had suffered for a couple of years: penile cancer followed by cancer spreading into his lymphnodes until he was to sick to function or continue with life. My Peppere had tried to beat the cancer too, but this bully was too tough for him.
Last year, a coworker of mine passed away after a terribly long and torturous battle against breast caner that eventually spread into many other areas of her body. She was brought to Heaven on December 24, 2007. While many families were celebrating the Goodness and Graciousness of God during the Christmas holiday, Penny's family and friends were mourning their loss.
Along the way, I have known some survivors of cancer; some people who were stronger than the Bully. There is my Aunt Nancy who survived cancer many years ago, my mother's friend Marcia's granddaughter Steph who fought for a long, hard year at the age of 17, before being told she was in remission, the Art Teacher at work who battled breast cancer the year before I met her. There is also my Mother-In-Law, Maggie, who battled breast cancer and survived. Maggie is a healthy energetic woman who has shown the Bully that he will not take everyone, especially her, down.
It is for these reasons and many more that I am choosing to walk in the Care for Cancer Walk on September 28, 2008. I will join my mother in law, father in law, husband, son, and other family and friends in raising money and walking in the face of the Bully.
I will do this because cancer has touched my life in so many ways.
I will do this because patients with cancer deserve the best care.
I will do this because the world needs to find a cure for cancer.
If you care to make a donation and help me in fighting the Bully, please go here.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
On a side note, Devin is now fully addicted to Toy Story, the movie! Oh my goodness! The kid wants to watch this movie all the time! I even borrowed some movies from a friend, and Devin still just wants Toy Story!!!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thanks to Steph I was given this blog award. As part of this award I complete the following questionnaire and get to choose 7 bloggers who are brilliant!
A. Attached or single? Attached
B. Best friend? Erin
C. Cake or Pie? Cake
D. Day of Choice? Saturday
E. Essential item? Cell phone
F. Favorite color? Purple
G. Gummy bears or worms? worms
H. Hometown? Manchester, NH
I. Indulgence? Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee
J. January or July? July- my birth month and summer vacation!
K. Kids? Devin
L. Life isn't complete without? family and friends
M. Marriage date? 6/26/05
N. Number of brothers and sisters? One brother, Mark
O. Oranges or apples? Apples
P. Phobias? something bad happening to my son
Q. Quotes? Everything happens for a reason (or is that more a cliche?) ALSO Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
R. Reasons to smile? love
S. Season of Choice? Spring
T. Tag seven peeps: In no particular order:Okay, so its not 7 people, but its close......
U. Unknown fact about me? I was kind of relieved that I ended up having a c-section
V. Vegetable? lately...broccoli
W. Worst habit? checking the computer too often
X. X-ray or Ultrasound? Ultrasounds are pretty cool
Y. Your favorite food? seafood, pizza, ice cream
Z. Zodiac sign? Cancer
My feelings: I hate when Devin is sick and feel so badly for him. I feel so helpless that I can not bring his fever down. I also feel bad that I am not home with him. All summer I have been here and the worst he has had is a stuffy nose. Now he has this ear infection with crazy fevers my first day back at work for a new school year!
Luckily: Erick is on vacation again this week and had planned on being home with Devin anyway. This works out because one of us does not have to miss work and use sick time AND we aren't paying the sitter yet, so no child care costs for services not rendered!
The entertainment: While Devin has been sick, we have been letting him watch more tv/movies than usual. The reason for this is that he has such a high tolerance for pain that he is still trying to run around and play even though his body doesn't really let him. He has to keep coming over to the couch and put his head down. This is why we let watch movies to calm down/relax/rest. His favorite? Toy Story and Toy Story 2 back to back, over and over!!! They are a cute series of movies, the first 2, 3, even 4 times but now...especially after 3 times in one day, its getting a bit old! LOL
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Devin was not liking the long lines and luckily there were plenty of us "adults" there to keep him busy and let him roam around while we waited in line.
Here is Erick holding our spot in line. Thanks hun!
I have included this picture of Devin LOVING the water fountain, just for Lisa!
Here is my new favorite picture of Devin, waiting for the Bob the Builder show to start.
Devin, once again, loved the Tea Cups and Tilt-a-Whirl. Sorry, no pics, I was too busy enjoying myself on the rides!
And, here is Devin at the end of the night. We let him get some popcorn (from the gigantic popcorn box stand) to enjoy on our way home (alright, and to keep him awake!).
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Here is an example:
"See my pizza Mah-dee!"
"Wanna bite Dah-me?" as he so sincerely offers you a bite of his half eaten cracker.
I am not quite sure of the origin of these words, but I would guess that it has something to do with Devin trying to combine Mommy and Daddy. Out of the mouths of babes!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
We have lots of ideas, but not sure what we will end up doing.
York's Wild Kingdom
Boston Children's Museum
Boston Duck Tours
as well as hanging out at home, going to the beach, visiting the grandparents, and taking a ride to Cape Cod since Erick has never been there.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Lesson learned? Try to convince Devin to stay on a few minutes after he poops, to clear out any pee!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
We decided to capitalize on this weather, since it was Erick's day off, and meet his parents at the beach. We sat on the beach for an hour- Devin LOVES putting his feet in the freezing cold ocean water, walked around for a bit, and then went to lunch at the best seafood place ever, Petey's.
Here is Devin enjoying the sand and ocean water:Ahhh, Devin "found" the arcade while we were walking around. He spotted this Bob the Builder ride from a mile away!!
He loved thinking/pretending he was driving this car. He is such a boy!!!
A great day was had by all.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
We are so sick and tired of being cooped up in the house!!! We want to go out and play- go swimming, go to the park, go to the beach...anything!!!
From the mouth of Devin: "GO AWAY RAIN!"
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I just miss my baby sometimes.....
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
2. I hate when my husband works over time because we don't get to spend much time together, but I secretly LOVE the money and think he should work OT!!!!
3. I have had 4 surgeries: I had my appendix out when I was 10. I had knee surgeries when I was 17 and 23. I had a c/section with my son in 2006 (26 years old).
4. I love to read a good, entertaining book but have a very hard time "getting into" books lately.
5. I love, love, love roller coasters and fun, crazy rides!!! I don't scream but get this HUGE goofy ear to ear grin and laugh to myself when I am enjoying a ride!