Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Last of Summer!

I know I have been horrible at blogging over the summer months : Things have finally slowed down and it is now time for me to catch everyone up with what has been happening and it is time for me to get back on track!

The end of summer brought with it more doctors appointments. Dr. Pattinson was the first, my levels are still elevated from the Leupron shots so it is a waiting game now to see if they will lower. I am scheduled to see him again along with more blood work in March. Next was Dr. Alam my oncologist. Obviously as everyone states from the outside I appear to be doing very well which she agreed with. I still have some skin reaction to the radiation (which now is slowly starting to decrease) which is normal. She also gave me a thorough exam which she said was good. I am no longer on any medication and have been advised to start my vitamins consisting of Vit. D and Calcium for bone health. Also, we discussed my return to work and she stated again there is the physical part of the recovery which I seem to be doing really well with but there is more to it than just that. The emotional recovery plays a huge role and due to everything that I had been through she felt I would be ready to return to work mid October.

To end summer off we had the chance to make a quick trip to Niagara Falls following my doctors appointments to see Attila's childhood friend off. It was a great trip as we managed to turn it into a group road trip! It is always nice to visit the falls again, I feel sometimes we who live here take its beauty for granted!

After our weekend trip I had another... you guessed it, doctors appointment. This time with my family MD for my yearly physical which was all good! YEAH!!

And, after the long awaited 8 years we were finally able to celebrate Attila becoming a Canadian citizen! The day couldn't have been more perfect, the sun was shining, family and friends were present and it was aboard a Canadian battleship. Atti couldn't have asked for anything more, it was perfect! It was a perfect way to end a great summer!

Proud to be Canadian!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009


We had a weekend of celebrations back in July with Attila's 35th b-day and our Dragon Boat Division A final placing! I couldn't have asked for a better weekend!

Atti getting ready to dig into his cake!

I can not thank all of my friends and family enough for being part of the team and coming out to show your support for such a great cause! It was an honour and privilege to have each and everyone one of you as a team member. For some of you, you knew each other and others were meeting for the first time but it didn't matter because we all connected, thank you for coming together as a team. Words can not express the joy I felt in my heart that day knowing that everyone was there supporting me and the many other women on this journey. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by so many loving and caring friends!

The rose ceremony....very overwhelming (I couldn't stop crying)!
Our team raised just shy of $10,000 and made it to the Division A finals! I am so proud of our team, not too bad for being rookies! Till next year!

Cheering from the sidelines!

Gina and I!

Survivor 1 and survivor 2 - My mom and I!

The summer was filled with many weekends spent with friends and relaxing by the lake. Throughout all of this enjoyment there was still reality that I had to face. Even though I was off the hook for the Cancer Clinic in Windsor for the summer I still had to follow up with the London Cancer Clinic which turned out good news and pretty much stated that everything was good from their side of things. I will continue to be followed every 6mths for two more years and then it will decrease to once a year.

Well, till next time ..... the last days of summer!