Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Would the REAL Mom please step forward?

Confused? Me too! And you are not seeing things, so don't try to adjust your screen. This is what happens when you are slap happy and your family has been at the University of Michigan Cancer Center for seven hours. Yes, we were all there... all day yesterday. We checked in at 8:30 and left about 5:oo pm. Why? Well, that's a great question. I'll give you a very short answer (or we'd be here for another 7 hours.) I was encouraged by my surgical oncologist to seek a seek opinion for my treatment, and I did. With all the family in tow. By the time I saw my third doctor, and all five of us were stuffed into an extremely small examination room, we were loopy, tired, and just a little on edge. (ok, maybe I was the one on edge, they were all just tired from being up since 6:00 am) Jessica decided that she would be "Mom" and put on my stuff. Then it got passed to Rachel, Carly, and even Steve! The door was closed, but the laughter level was high, and I'm sure anyone passing by in the hallway wondered what the HECK was going on inside that room. I guess there isn't often wild uncontrollable laughter emanating from inside a breast cancer center examination room. Well, there's always time for a first, and this was apparently it. We phoned my sister in Dallas and she got into the act as well. (xoxo Aunt B!)
Laughter is the best medicine after all, and we needed a big dose!

The day at U of M went well, and the great news is that their opinion matched with my current course of treatment. I will be returning at the end of January however, after my third chemo treatment, and the next round of scans for another round of evaluations. For now, we hurry up and wait, and let the chemo do its job.

And yes, in case you haven't seen me recently, the hair is history. I was buzzed this past Friday, it just wouldn't wait for the girls to come home. That's ok though. I am more than my hair, and it will take more than a buzz cut to keep this (bald) chick down. You won't have to look very hard, you can still see the REAL ME shining through.



  1. You look mahvelous bald! :)


  2. Thank you for your posts - who would expect so many chuckles from a "lady with cancer?" It goes to show that the REAL YOU is amazing! Merry Christmas Joanne :)

  3. Hello, Ryan wants to make sure that you had a nice Christmas and New Year, we think about you all the time, we would love to have another dinner date with you if you are feeling up to it, or when you are feeling up to it, our treat, Pandora of course since Ryan knows that is your favorite! Wishing you well in the New Year
    Wendy and Ryan Egres and the rest of the family as well!

  4. Hi again, Tommy told me he saw you at Walmart, he said you looked great and were in good spirits, that is wonderful to hear, but I would expect nothing less from my favorite teacher, he said you sent an email, I didn't get it so just call me when you are up to going to dinner, where ever you choose, Ryan loves to visit and yeah I do too!