About this blog

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on June 11, 2010. As a result of my treatment, I have lymphedema in my left arm. I draw my strength from the Lord, as well as my family's Scots-Irish heritage. Our Graham's were a tough and scrappy bunch of fighters on the Scottish/English border. They came to America and continued to fight when necessary: in the American Revolution; the Civil War; and my brother is a Captain in the U.S. Army. My ancestors settled this country against all odds. My great-grandmothers on both sides of the family were pioneer women who settled the West. Along with that heritage, and the full armor of God, I am walking the walk and fighting the good fight.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The cancer blogosphere

Don't you just love this logo? I've ordered a T-shirt with this on the front from a website I found today called Luna B Tee. I found it through the cancer blogosphere, which I discovered today. I guess I'm a part of it too.

Someone requested to be my friend on Facebook who said she followed my blog. I "friended" her and found her blog, Living With Cancer. From there, I just followed her links to find several other great blogs from women who have lived or are living with breast cancer. I was especially pleased to find a blog dedicated to exercise for breast cancer survivors, Fitness for Survivors. As I kept finding new blogs, I just wanted to stop time, forget about my plans for the day, my responsibilities, and just read. Digest new information. Learn from those who had gone before me down this path. I'm trying to figure out how to post the blogs of people who follow my blog on my page so others can find these blogs easily like I did. If anyone can give me a tip on
which gadget will do that for me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Today has been a good one thus far. Mom and I took all 3 kids to Discovery Lake for some fitness time. She and I walked 5 laps and challenged the older 2 kids to bike 15 laps. Isabelle usually poops out after 2 or 3. She ended up doing 9 and Olivier did 10! We took them to lunch at the San Marcos Brewery to celebrate. Later today, we are going to take Olivier to do some school clothes shopping. I'd like to get that all taken care of before chemo, which starts in 10 days.

Eric asked to see my stitches last night. I showed him and he was very positive, saying that they looked good. Really? This looks good? He rattled off a list of how it could be worse: they could be red, pus filled, oozing, etc. Yeah, okay. If that is the metric, than it does look good. Heck, it looks fantastic! It looks like Frankenstein to me. But I am very thankful that I don't appear to be suffering from any complications from the surgery. I just get frustrated not to be able to do the things I used to do before surgery. I suppose I need to count my blessings rather than dwelling on what has been temporarily taken off the menu for awhile.

My prayer requests for today:
  • Sounding like a broken record, but I still need physical healing. God is coming through on this one, but its a continual need. I know I've made pretty good progress since the surgery. I really would like to get off the pain meds. Which leads me to my second prayer need....
  • Patience. Again. Another scratch in the record. I want to feel normal! I need to be patient with the time it is taking and not rush my recovery. I am very thankful for what I am able to do. To be able to go to the gym and do the stairmaster at a level that I wasn't able to do a year ago. Not 3 weeks post-op, I'm doing 30 minutes at level 10 and loving every killer minute of it. Again, I need to remember this when being impatient. My glass is not half empty, it is half full.
  • Wisdom. I think we are pretty set on not doing the adriamycin. Is this a wise choice? It would be wonderful to get some kind of confirmation that it is. I know that it is all in God's hands. I want to be following His leads. Is this one?

1 comment:

  1. As always praying!!

    Thoughts on patience--you know my birth stories. The horrendous ordeal with Allie convinced me I needed to learn patience (with myself, my body life yadda yadda) so I prayed for patience my entire pregnancy and horrendous ordeal with Daniel. A wise friend told me that God gives us what we ask for, so if i was praying for patience, He would give me plenty of opportunity to practice it.

    Finally, I prayed for the strength to accept my limitations. Much more peaceful for me.

    So, while i continue to pray for healing, for patience, for wisdom, I also pray for peace and acceptance.

    And I thank God for putting you in my life--