Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!!!! A birthday has much more meaning to me than it did two years ago. It's a blessing denied to many and I am so thankful for this life that has been blessed to me. Life is precious and while I am here on this earth celebrating each year of life I WILL live life more intentionally and with God's purpose. A life full of adventure, spirit, facing fears, turning dreams into reality, love, passion, ministry, faith and healing. So here is to celebrating another birthday and many more to come and making the most of this beautiful life. Much love!




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!





Ava ditched her monkey costume last minute and gleamed with excitement when she saw her last years Halloween costume hanging in her closet. A pumpkin it is!!! And a cute Pumpkin she makes!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

4month checkup!!!





Can I just say how much I love my family! Truly I am so blessed. My little Ava is the sweetest thing since apple pie. She has so much character and sass and yet is gentle, sweet and thoughtful. So smart, independent and full of charm. I adore these days home with her. It has been awhile since i have posted any photos of my love, so here are a few recent ones. I can't believe she is 29 months old, slow down my little sweet pea.

We have been keeping things quite around our house and doing a lot of crafts and painting, outdoor play etc...(nothing too strenuous) so that I am able to rest and regain my strength for my next surgery. I feel great, just a little tired but its to be expected from everything. Surgery is scheduled for November 9th! 2 weeks! Exciting! I will be done after this, thank goodness.

I had my 4month check up with my oncologist and breast surgeon this week! Prayers answered. My blood work came back completely normal, beautiful in fact. And my ultrasound was clear. Now I can take a deep breath, so blessed. I will see them again for my next check up in 3-6 months and this will continue for years to come. So thankful to have such excellent Doctors who are watching over me so closely.

It's been about 6 months since I have gone Vegan and have been green juicing every day. Best decision I could have ever made. I feel amazing. My Doctors back me up on this being the best thing I could have ever done for myself. So many great benefits, healthy benefits. I feel so cleansed. My husband is doing so good transitioning into the vegan diet. This was strictly his decision and after seeing my results and watching documentaries and reading resources he decided to jump in too. I'm having so much fun in the kitchen and cooking such clean pure foods. So many delicious recipes!! You can go to my side bar and click on the vegan food blogs that I enjoy (Oh she glow, Peas and thank you, Vegan Yum Yum, Vegan Lunch box, Gluten free Goddess) He has also given up soda and now is drinking mostly water. So proud of him! A plant based diet along with exercise is proven to prevent and can even reverse cardiac disease, diabetes, preventing and recurrences of cancer, and many other diseases. Enough said.

I love this time of year, it is my absolute favorite. Everything about fall warms my heart. In fact I am about to make a batch of homemade pumpkin butter in my crock pot. Just imagine what my house is going to smell like in a few hours! YUM!

Enjoy the week! Take time with your family and the ones you love!

Jen

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2 surgeries down...one more to go.

Peter 1:6-76 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Let me be reminded how great our Father is and what all he has done and to use my "trials" to glorify him. Such a little cost I have had to pay to gain such rich faith and understanding of how good he is and to be able to share this with others. BLESSED.

I apologize for the late post about my Thyroidectomy surgery. My surgery was a success and I am now post op day 8 and am feeling really good and regaining strength. This was such an easy breezy surgery and recovery compared to everything else :) Praise God!

I met with my hysterectomy Dr on Monday and scheduled this surgery for wednsday, November 9th. I know what your thinking! Back to back surgeries!!! Crazy lady. Yes, I am hardcore like that :) only kidding. Not really though ;)
Everything will be fine, I can handle this and I am ready to get all this behind me so I can push FORWARD. I want to spend the holidays with my family without the worries of surgery and I also want to be energetic and perky to head back to work at the beginning of the year. Yes, Work!!! Exciting!!! After much prayer I feel like I am being called to go into oncology. Please pray that as I start searching for my new nursing position that God will lead me to a place where I will have the opportunity to impact many.

I hope everyone is having a good week, enjoying this beautiful fall weather! Remember this month is National breast cancer awareness month! Ladies, make sure you are giving yourself monthly self breast exams and if you are at risk get a mammogram. So important. Get informed. Think pink!

Much love!

Friday, September 2, 2011

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TREATMENTS ARE OVER! Hard to believe that 8 months ago I was starting my journey to fight breast cancer. What a journey it has been. It was never easy and I had some really tough days but I ALWAYS pushed through. The power of positive thinking, faith, and prayer have been my saving grace. God held me up and fought this battle for me 100% and I know he will continue to fight for me. I know that if I should have a recurrence and cancer return that I will happily put back on my fighting gloves again. I am strong. This year has been a blessing in disguise. My eyes have been opened, my vision is clear and my life now has new purpose. I believe that this was God's plan for me, building faith so that I can make a difference through my experience and testimony of his love and faithfulness and help others who are suffering and ill. I have a vision. Please pray for this.
I feel so blessed and full of love. Thanks to all of my friends and family who have showered me with the most amazing support! You all are so beautiful to me and hold dear to me heart.

So whats next you might ask? Well treatments are over (Can I get a whoop whoop) but I still have a few surgeries ahead of me that have to be done before the end of the year. Yes, I said 2 :( Surgery #1 Thyroidectomy, Surgery #2 Hysterectomy. The thyroidectomy was added in the last few weeks. I had a whole handful of tests that I'd rather not list that basically indicates that I have toxic multinodular goiter. Sounds scary! Well don't panic my sweet things. I have 4 non cancerous nodules on my thyroid that are hyper functioning which is not safe for me. Since we already know that my body can produce cancerous cells and aggressive ones for that matter, it's not good for my body to be in a hyper metabolic state from the thyroid. Safest way to fix this for my situation, remove the little sucker. Who needs a thyroid anyway? HA! jk. I will be on replacement thyroid medicine for the rest of my lovely life. No side effects, nothing to it, that easy. Oh and my sweet Grammy had the same thing happen and removed when she was in her 30's. Just hereditary. Kinda crazy it's all happening to me right now but I'm happy to get it all taken care of this year! All I have to say is next year better be BORING medically. No surprises.
The thyroid surgery will be coming up in the next month and the hysterectomy will be at the end of the year.

Lot's to be Thankful for folks. I don't know about you but I'm Super pumped for the fall, cooler weather, pumpkin patches, chai tea lattes, Chiminea burning with pinon wood (YUM, love the smell), marathons, holidays, EEEK...Love this time of year!

OH AND DON'T FORGET! The Tulsa Susan G Komen Race for the Cure is Sept 17th! We have a group that is going to run/walk in the untimed 5k if you want to join :) It will be fun!

Much love to you all!!

Jen



Friday, August 5, 2011

Faith

Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."


2 Chronicles 20:15

The Lord says to you, "Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope because of this huge army. The battle is not yours. It is Mine'."


Future Glory
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Roman 8:18

My heart is on fire. God has been gently pulling me into a direction and my heart is swelling with love to serve my purpose that he has chosen for me. Please Pray that I be BOLD for him.
I am doing wonderful, I am exactly halfway finished with radiation treatments! My last day will be September 1st!!! I am a little fatigued and my skin is beginning to redden and become sore but it's nothing I can't handle :) The radiation therapist told me today that I needed to stop shaving my underarm on the right side until radiation is over because that area is going to get really sensitive. Sexy. HAHA! I guess no more tank tops for now.
My vegan diet is going great! I feel amazing! It's been about 2 months without meat or dairy. And I have dramatically cut out sugar. I am beginning to work out again slowly from surgery and am determined to begin training for 1/2 marathons. The Susuan G Komen Race for the Cure in Tulsa is Sept 17!!!! Don't miss it, Come out and Run, walk, or just come and support a great cause ;)
Blessed for each day. Today...Thankful for life, Thankful for my Young Survivor Coalition group, my radiation therapist, sweet phone calls with friends, sisters, the unconditional love from my family, cuddles and kisses from my baby girl, a cool morning, A scripture that comforts at the right moment Romans 8:18, direction.

Much Love to you all,

Jen