Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Health Update--September 2014


I'm sincerely sorry to be updating you on my health through Social Media, because there are so many people who I would like to tell in a more personal way, but this seems like the most efficient way to get the news out to the many people who I would like to ask to pray for me.

As many of you know, I have blood work every 3-6 months to determine if my cancer is still under control.  For a while, the numbers have been slightly elevated, but my oncologist felt that it wasn’t anything to worry about.  Because the numbers were not leveling off, she recently decided that she needed to do a pet scan.  What were found were two very small spots on my spine (too small to biopsy to determine if the breast cancer has metastasized.)  I talked to my radiologist, and we have decided to have a cyber knife procedure done on those spots.  This should get rid of them in 1-5 sets of radiation, and I shouldn’t have any side effects except some tiredness and a little soreness.  Although it is called a cyber knife, it is actually very specific radiation pointed at a direct spot.  I had the MRI and CT scan last Friday so the doctors can make my specific plan for the cyber knife procedure.  It should be in the next two weeks.

I am so lucky that I have doctors who are very proactive.  I want to stress that I am feeling good and strong physically and am optimistic emotionally, but of course, hoping and praying that this procedure gets rid of those spots.  The favor I ask is that people don’t treat me like I’m sick because I don’t feel sick. 

Your prayers and God’s care sustained me 3 years ago.  I know I can count on that again.


Love you,


Karen

PS.  You might ask, why the picture of the flower?  Well, blog posts just don't seem complete without pictures and selfies are just not all that flattering, but flowers are always beautiful.  :)  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Leaf Peeping--Colorado Aspens

It was a beautiful Saturday, so we decided
to join all of the other "leaf peepers" enjoying
the colorful Colorado Aspen trees.



I wish I could find a way to
post the smells and the quaking sounds.
Pictures just don't do God's amazing
creation justice.  

The sky was a brilliant blue.



The mountains add a gorgeous backdrop.  

These horses
seem to be enjoying the sights as well.

Happy Fall, Y'all.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Caleb Goes to Houston

Every time I make a trip to
Houston, Caleb asks to go along.
This summer he got his wish.
Checking in at DIA.
Watching for our airplane to arrive.
Exploring the airport with Ducca.
He was a super traveller and so much
fun to have on the trip.
The main reason for the trip
was to meet Caleb's newest 2nd cousins,
Nick and Alex.
He had lots of fun with his
VanLoenen 2nd cousins.
And hanging out with almost grown up
2nd cousins was fun too.  
Reading a book about Hurricane Katrina
on Nana's iPad before bedtime.
He got to borrow some
of Matthew's cool blocks.
All dressed up--what a big boy!
He took Sweetie and me on a date!
We had a ball!
He specifically packed
his dress coat for this date.
He got to see Jordan, one of his
friends from when he lived in
Houston.
Not pictured is Sophie,
who he also had a chance to
have a play date with.
He loves it that he is almost as tall
as his Great Aunt Gail.
Uncle Terry being crazy.
On our way back home
with a good book.

Caleb was a great addition
to our trip.  Cannot wait to share
more traveling adventures with our
grandchildren.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Nana Summer Day Camp #4--Fox Run Park

Summer is quickly coming to a close,
and that always makes me a little sad.
Nana Camp went to Fox Run Park on this 
beautiful August afternoon.

Caleb on the teeter-totter.

We weren't the only ones enjoying
the beautiful weather.

David loves to dig.

Swinging was a big hit with Aaron...

...and with David

These 2 are pretty evenly matched on the
teeter-totter.

Sliding is fun!


And Caleb loves the swings too!

I think we might have to extend
Nana Day Camp into the
fall & winter!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Colorado Sibling Trip August 2014


I am blessed to have siblings (and their mates)
that David and I love hanging out with.
We just had a visit here in Colorado Springs.
The only sibling missing was Aunt Terry
who is finishing up her schooling
to be a hospital chaplain.  We are excited
for her graduation both because we are
proud of what she has accomplished,
but also because she'll get to join us on
trips more often.  

We discovered that we are not very good at SELFIES.

Spent a morning at the Chihuly Exhibit
at the Denver Botanical Garden.

Great Aunts and Uncles got to spend
time with their Great Nieces and Nephews.
PRICELESS

Went to the "world" famous Freddy's
Hamburger Restaurant.  This is a CS
tradition.  Somehow this is the only
picture I got of Uncle Lynn.

Spent some time hiking.

Visited beautiful Helen Hunt Falls.
And contrary to popular opinion,
the actress Helen Hunt did not Fall
during our trip there.

David and I brought out the
Family reunion T-shirts from last
summer.  Thank you Aunt Jenny
and Uncle Jon for these.

There was lots of picture taking.

We only had one rainy day that needed to
be spent indoors, so we visited
Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs.
Another picture of the Chihuly exhibit.

Loved spending time with loved ones in the
beautiful outdoors.
Even visited a highly rated bookstore
in Denver for Jenny since she
couldn't visit it herself.

Can't wait for our next adventure.
NYC--here we come!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Nana Summer Day Camp #3--Trip to the New 21st Century Library and Beyond

Our neighborhood library
closed 3 weeks ago
and reopened in a new location
that had taken 2 years to build.
It is billed as a 21st Century
Library and is very cool!
Today I took the grandchildren.
It was my 3rd day to be at the
library since it opened 3 days ago.  
The children's area had a dress-up
center which was right up Aaron's alley.
 


David loved the train center.

Both little guys enjoyed the animal center.
Caleb enjoyed this magnetic counting maze.
There is a wonderful reading area where there is a BEAUTIFUL
 view of the mountains.

Not pictured:
The exciting ride in the elevator
The ice cream treats in the Her Story Cafe.
The actual checking out of books.

When we got home, they enjoyed
one of their favorite activities--drawing.



At the end of the day, we joined
their parents (and Cora) for
some ice cream at a CS
Downtown Ice cream parlor,
Josh and John's.

Aunt Mandy and Cora enjoying
some snuggling and giggling time.

Can't think of anyplace I'd rather be than
hanging out with our sweet family.