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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.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A couple of quick notes

I mentioned how my mother in law got Jean-Marc to sit on the potty. Check this out. Today, he went pee-pee twice! I hope I can keep this up after she leaves. Potty training is something that the parent has to commit to and be consistent with. I hope I can follow through on what has been started here.

Another interesting revelation today. I was in pain this morning only 3 hours after my first dose of painkiller. Then mom and I went to the gym. I realized after about 15 minutes of cardio that my pain had decreased. As I kept up with the cardio workout, the sunburn feeling pain all but disappeared! I was able to put off taking anything else until 11 a.m., which was 5 hours after my dose of hydrocodone. Then at 11 a.m., I was able to take Tylenol. I took a nap, woke up around 3:30 p.m. and then took another hydrocodone. I'm good until bedtime. Now I'm debating on whether to take 1 or 2 for the night. Either way, I've decreased my daily dose. Answer to prayer!!

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