Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bliss

There's nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse. - Ronald Reagan

Here is a picture of sweet Hudson and I after a long hard workout today, what a good boy he is! Great day, Great ride! I look forward to next week! I hope everyone was able to enjoy this beautiful weather today! It was nice to soak up some much needed vitamin D!! So thankful and blessed! Much love to you all!!!!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A new week!



Our Baby is back home :) and she in on the way back to recovery from RSV. She went to see the Dr last friday and she is doing well! She is now just with a cold and an ear infection. We are continuing her breathing treatments due to the residual cough from RSV that can expect to last up to 21 days but she is back to her old cutie patootie self. My how she is growing! She is the sweetest little girl and has so much personality....sooooo much fun!

I had Chemo yesterday and my blood levels are doing great! Hallelujah. I am receiving weekly shots of Neupogen and Aranesp which will help my neutrophil levels( my first fight against defense) and hemoglobin/hematocrit (red blood cells, the shot will help me from becoming anemic and really fatigued and keep those cells up). Good stuff! My platelet levels are doing well and are in the 240,000 range, which is normal.

After visiting with my Dr yesterday we are back on our aggressive treatment again. Since we have added these weekly shots and have had good results with them we are pressing forward with weekly treatments again until my body says it needs a break. Also the fact that I'm doing exceptionally well so far, by the grace of God, and my side effects have been minimal so far with the chemo. So that is why he decided to get back on aggressive treatment, and I am totally on board! Being a competitive person, I want to do everything possible to beat this and FIGHT TOUGH. I can handle this. Please Pray that God provides me strength, emotionally and physically during these treatments. Thank you!
I will see my breast Dr on Monday after Chemo and at that time she will ultrasound the tumors and see how much they have shrunk. Very exciting!

I get to go riding again tomorrow at the stables! Such a treat! I feel much better today and not as fatigued after receiving the aranesp shot so it will be nice to be able to go enjoy something that I absolutely love to do without being completely exhausted :) :) :)
One day it is a dream of mine to be able to ride every day if I want and on my own horse! One day!

Thank you all for the prayers! God is doing amazing things!

Much love,

Jen

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Taking one day at a time

Rough week here in the Blankenship household but we are taking one day at a time and pressing forward, knowing that this too shall pass. Monday I proceeded with my 7th week of Chemo, cycle 3. and the same day Ava was diagnosed with RSV. Luckily I caught in early and it wasn't life threatening and she was sent home from the Dr's office with breathing treatments and streroids treatments. Again she is having to stay with my mom this week due to the fact that she is now highly contagious and running a fever and also due to the fact that my neutrophil levels are down again, luckily just a point off from me being able to still get treatment BUT after yesterday since I received the big two meds my neutrophils will drop at neutropenic level making my health at risk to be around my sweet sweet baby. I will get a shot, neupogen, on Friday to help with the increase of my neutrophils and will then get weekly shots before each treatment to keep me leveled out. My Dr also has Decreased the strength of my strongest chemo Med, Carbo. It has been the cause of my neutrophils dropping so frequently. This should help tremendously! I'm doing well this week, just a little tired! Taking one day at a time!

The hardest part of this week has been not being able to take care of my daughter when she is sick. It breaks my heart and I have shed some serious tears over it...also know that I have to go another 7-8 days without seeing her. I just got her back for a week from me being on neutropenic precautions for a week. I MUST BE STRONG and I MUST REMEMBER that I have to take care of myself so that I can be there for her in the future. My health is most critical during these times and I cannot forget that. Ava needs me to stay healthy and strong AND THAT is what I will do.
I am so fortunate to have the most amazing mother and stepfather here to help us out as much as they do! Without notice or questions they are here for us anytime for unconditional support. They love Ava so much and I could not ask for anyone better to care and love on her when I am not able to during this time. Thank You Nana and Pop Pop! We are so blessed and thankful to have you in our lives. Have a blessed week everyone! Much love to you all! Everyday is a gift, never forget this :)

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Birthday and Chemo!

I had an amazing birthday! Best ever. It was the most beautiful day Tuesday! I woke up, took little miss sunshine to school and met my mom for whole wheat pancakes at Blue Moon Cafe ( BIG YUMMMO!) Then I went and rode dressage (an equestrian horse sport) for about an hour at beautiful stables in Owasso, Ok. That was the highlight of my day, hands down. When you truly love something it doesn't matter how long it's been since you have done it, because the minute you pick right back up it feels like a missing piece of your puzzle found its way back! The smile never left my face that day! I will continue to ride a few times a month and already have a lesson scheduled for next Wednesday! That evening we went and had dinner at my parents and had my favorite, spaghetti! And to top it off a delicious chocolate cake! Let me remind you that I haven't had sugar since I was diagnosed so this was like a royal once in a lifetime treat!!!! THANK YOU MOM!

Wednesday I had Chemo, week 6! It was smooth sailing! I am a little anemic so I am getting a shot today, Aranesp, to help stimulate my Red blood cells. My doctor has revised my schedule and has put me on a rotation 3 week chemo treatment plan followed by a week break. We will continue this rotation for now. I'm feeling good this week! I have Chemo on Monday (my routine chemo day) and I will receive both chemo meds this time which means a lot more rest will be needed for a few days and nausea control. These are some pretty amazing chemo medications! As crazy as it sounds I look forward to Chemo and even the week that I get both meds and I know that my week will be a little more challenging but I also know that this miraculous medicine is killing and shrinking these cancer cells inside my body and they are doing it fast! Praise God!

I am going to the Tulsa Young Survivor Coalition tonight. It is a group of young women that have survived breast cancer and also young women, like myself who are battling breast cancer. They do so many amazing things in the community to bring awareness to Breast Cancer and tonight I am going to embrace this opportunity, meet these incredible women, develop support, and share my story. I will tell you all how it went later this week!

I hope everyone is having a good week and enjoying each day!
A dear friend gave me a 365 day devotional and I came across a message last night that I want to share.

YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH. Listen more to Me, and less to your doubts. I am leading you along the way I designed just for you. Therefore, it is a lonely way, humanly speaking. But I go before you as well as alongside you, so you are never alone. Do not expect for anyone to understand fully My ways with you, any more than you can comprehend My dealings with others. I am revealing to you the path of Life day by day, and moment by moment. As I said to my disciple Peter, so I repeat to you: Follow Me.

Psalm 119:105; John 21:22