Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NYC Sibling Trip #1

Hold on to your hats folks.
We took lots, and lots, and lots of pictures
while visiting NYC with my brothers,
sister, and their mates.  I will be posting pictures soon,
but this post doesn't have any pictures because
I haven't rested up enough yet to pick photos to post.
Instead we all got together on the last night
of our trip and brainstormed an ABC list
of the adventure.  As you might imagine, the teacher sibling
instigated this, but good sports that they all are,
they played along.  See how many of these NYC
ABC's you have experienced.

A=Big Apple & the A Train
B=Broadway
C=Crack Pie (yes that was the name of it, but not the ingredient),      Chinese Food, & Central Park
D=Deli's & Dakota House
E=Empire State Building, Ellis Island, & Eataly
F=Flatiron Building & Facebook Posts
G=Gail (our fearless leader) & the Guggenheim Museum
H=Harlem & the Hop-on/Hop-Off Bus
I=Ice Skating Rink & Rockefeller Center
J=Jersey Boys
K=Knickerbockers & Kiosks
L=Lady Liberty
M=Matisse, Matilda, Manhattan, Metro, Madison Square Garden & MOMA
N=Naked Cowboy (not really naked)
O=Opera & Inverted Obelisk
P=Pizza
Q=Queen Elisabeth and the Royal Family (at Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum) & Queens
R=Rubens
S=Subway & Shoreham Hotel
T=Top of the Rock, Trinity Church & Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum
U=Unbelievable Family Time
V=Love statue
W=Waldorf & World Trade Center Memorial, 
X=X's at Ellis Island & X's on the Guggenheim
Y=Yellow Cab & Yoko Ono's Apartment
Z=Central Park Zoo


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.  :)