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!