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Another Year Older

by Lisa on December 29, 2008

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That’s right, I’m officially another year older.  I celebrated my 42nd birthday yesterday.  Dude made dinner and got me a Cookie Puss ice cream cake from Carvel.

Of course I would have never wanted a Cookie Puss ice cream cake for my birthday had NYCWD had one for his birthday.  I’m a follower like that sometimes.

On Friday, Sister D was kind enough to drive an hour to my house from our parents house to pick me up so that we could go out to dinner.  My favorite aunt and my stepmom joined us for a delicious Japanese meal at Ooka.

I was completely wiped out Saturday and Sunday from dinner and chemo but that’s how it goes sometimes.

December was like a month of birthday celebration thanks to some of my readers.  I received a gift almost every single day.  I’m really grateful to everyone who sent me something.

From Avitable I received Season 2 of 24 and if there’s one thing I love, it’s Jack.  Keifer Sutherland and I are the same age and he celebrates his birthday on December 24th.   I cannot wait for the new season to start but I enjoyed watching Season 2.  Thanks Adam!

From Krystle I received the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter, which I haven’t watched yet.  I saw it once about 10 years ago and have always wanted my own copy so that I could watch it again.  Anything Rolling Stones is a great gift in my book!  Thanks Krystle!

I received several pairs of earrings…a pair from Kim, derfina and an unknown sender.  Please let me know if you sent me a pair of earrings so I can recognize you.

From Nancy I received a pair of UGGS and I have to say they are the most comfortable pair of clogs, not to mention warm.  I love them!  Nancy also sent me The Beach House.  Thanks Nancy!

Jacqueline sent me a cheesecake sampler that was absolutely delicious.  It was out of this world delicious!  She also sent me some Sephora lip gloss which is a beautiful color.  Thanks so much for all of your kindness Jacqueline!

If you sent me something and I haven’t mentioned it PLEASE let me know.  Just sent me a harassing email or something.

Thanks again to everyone for making my birthday a month long this year.  I’ve got lots of great earrings, books, and videos to keep me busy.  I really appreciate your kindness.

I just wish I could have actually avoided turning 42!


In Bed Sick

by Lisa on December 23, 2008

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I’m writing this from my bed because I’m very, very sick.  I picked up a cold from my daughter last week and that cold quickly turned into bronchitis.  The antibiotic that the doctor gave me yesterday is making sick from both ends of my stomach.  I had to cancel chemotherapy today because I’m too sick to go.

I just wanted to share too much information about how sick I am and to wish all of you a happy holiday season.   Happy Holidays!


Under the Weather

by Lisa on December 7, 2008

in Kool Peeps, Uncategorized

I’ve been under the weather thanks to a bug my youngest daughter brought home from school the other day.  It’s taken everything I have to lift my head off the couch.

Then Dude insisted on making me go Christmas shopping on Friday.  He wondered why I was so unpleasant and I wondered why I ended up on the couch the rest of the day.

In the meanwhile more birthday presents have been showing up!

From Mattie I received two books.  One of them is Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture.  I read it cover to cover over coffee on Friday morning and it was awesome.  In fact I’m going to read it again this morning.   You should read it because it will change the way you feel about life.  Thanks Mattie!

Mrs. RobbieD sent me warm fuzzy socks.  I LOVE warm fuzzy socks.  Now I have a pair for every day of the week and can wear them 24/7.  Thanks Mrs. RobbieD!

Heather sent me the matching amber sunshine necklace to my earrings.  It’s so pretty!  Thanks Heather!

I also received a pair of silver earrings that mean a lot to me but I’m not sure who sent them.  This is the third pair of these earrings that I’ve had.  I replaced them two years ago when Dude and I went to Mexico but lost them nine months ago.  I’ve just always loved them.  They look like teardrops.  If you sent them please email me so I can thank you!

Thank you to everyone who is making my birthday special this year.  Your gifts are lifting my spirits in ways that you cannot imagine.

21 Days til my BIRTHDAY!


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

by Lisa on December 4, 2008

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When I wrote about how I was feeling the other day I never imagined I’d get the amount of support I received.  In fact, I expected the complete opposite.  I thought that everyone would unsubscribe from my blog and that I’d get five comments.

Your comments really lifted my spirits and some of them made me cry.  I don’t know how to thank you other than to keep on writing and to be there when you need me.

So not only did I have everyone’s comments to life my spirits but then the postman delivered several packages to my door.  It seems that some of you were so kind and jumped on my birthday bandwagon.

From the Janer I received these beautiful pair of sunshine honey amber earrings that I’ve been wearing everyday.  They make me feel as if I’m carrying the sun around with me.  If you know anything about the Northeastern part of the U.S. then you know it’s gray almost everyday.  Thanks Janer!

Heather H. sent me the most comfortable and warmest pair of slippers I’ve ever owned!  Since I’m home all of the time I really needed a good pair of slippers to wear around the house.  With chemotherapy I have to be really careful with my feet so that they don’t get dry and the skin doesn’t crack.  Running around barefoot is a great way for that to happen.  Now I have a great pair of slippers to protect my feet and keep them warm.  Thanks Heather H!

Ame sent me a book that I heard is a great read and I think a good read is exactly what I need right now.  She sent me The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.  I usually don’t read books from Oprah’s book club but I head this is a really good book.  It’s over 550 pages long so that should keep me busy for a while.  Thanks Ame!

Even my mom sent me some presents!  I received Philosophy’s The Birthday Party. I absolutely love Philosophy’s shower/bath/shampoo gels.   The Birthday Party comes with Strawberry Ice Cream, Chocolate Frosting and Vanilla Birthday Cake.  Each scent smells good enough to eat.  There’s a recipe on the front of each bottle so you could actually make a vanilla birthday cake from scratch.   Thanks Mom!

My mother also sent me Bare Minerals, Bare Escentuals eyes.  This stuff goes on the eyes like butter and is beautiful.  It’s the best eye shadow I’ve ever used.  I have been playing with it for the past few days which is huge for me because I haven’t been wearing make up for months.  When I went to the doctor yesterday they were shocked at how good I looked!  Thanks again Mom!

On top of receiving birthday gifts, I received a huge package from my Chemo Angel.  Inside were a few gifts for Cam and Teenie, a gift for Dude and 25 gifts for me.  There was a card inside explaining that the gifts were for the 25 days of Christmas and I was to open one gift a day until Christmas day.

The first gift?  A bag of peanut M&Ms…my favorite candy.

Since Dude and I aren’t exchanging gifts this year and we’ve told everyone else not to buy us gifts, the gifts that I am receiving have special meaning no matter how big or small.


My Wish List


Current Events

by Lisa on September 5, 2008

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There are so many current events swirling around me that I haven’t been able to concentrate on writing anything about what’s going on in my own life.  I’ve been recovering from chemotherapy which means I’ve been sleeping alot, feeling really weak and not blogging.  A lot of people have started to call to make sure I’m alive.  Hello, I’m alive.  Thank you very much for checking in on me.

Thanks to everyone who sends sweet gifts like Lisa O. who sent me a package full of candy corn yesterday.

I’d love to thank the person who sent the box full of chocolate covered coffee beans but there was no note with the box.  Please come forward so I can properly thank you.  I can’t keep Dude out of the candy and he is bouncing off the walls!


Fluffy Pup!

by Lisa on September 3, 2008

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I have a new friend, thanks to Poppy! Thanks, Poppy! Meet Fluffy Pup…named by Dude. He’s my new chemo buddy.

That’s right, I plan on taking this pup with me to chemo. I’ll be that mature adult in the corner, rocking to her tunes, and hanging out with Fluffy Pup.

Fluffy Pup is one of those Squishables that Poppy and Dawg love so much!

You can see in this picture that my face is still puffy from steroids and I look a little sleepy.

Time to go hug Fluffy Pup!  Thanks again Poppy!


I Will Not Be Broken

by Lisa on August 6, 2008

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Emotions are facts too.  ~Jerry White

A couple of months ago I received an e-mail from Dani Sevilla at Survivor Corp asking if I would be interested in reading a new book, written by Jerry White. The book was titled, I Will Not Be Broken, 5 Steps to Overcoming a Life Crisis. Dani contacted me after she came across my blog and read about my third cancer diagnosis.

Jerry White’s book, I Will Not Be Broken, outlines five steps that will lead you out of the pits of victimhood and into a full and thriving life after surviving a crisis:

  1. Face Facts
  2. Choose Life
  3. Reach Out
  4. Get Moving
  5. Give Back

Prior to March 31, 2008 when I received the news that I had cancer for the third time, I was having a lot of difficulty dealing with the every thing that had happened the year before.  In fact I wasn’t finished dealing with my recovery from having cancer in 2007 when I found I had cancer again.  I had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and it was controlling my life.  It was like living in a nightmare every single day and re-living the same nightmare over and over, much like someone who has been in a war.  I had gone through my own personal war.

Once I received that phone call from my doctor and he said I had cancer it was like fight or flight, sink or swimvictim or survivor.  Thank God, I chose survivor and instantly my experience from 2007 was put into perspective.  I went from living in and living with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome into living in what Jerry’s book talks about…Post Traumatic Growth.  I showed just how resilient I could be, how resilient I really am and continue to live my life each and every day with that same resilience.

It wasn’t until I read I Will Not Be Broken that I truly understood my own strength.  I also learned how to use the five steps to get through my current situation because there have been times when I have wanted to throw my hands in the air and say, “Hey, over here!  I’ve got cancer!   Can we throw a pity party, pretty please?”

Yes, I have had those brief moments when I’ve found myself wanting to throw one hell of a pity party but I’ve never given into to it because that would make me a victim.  If there is one thing I absolutely refuse to be, it’s a VICTIM!  It’s exactly what I Will Not Be Broken reiterates with countless stories of survivors who have lived through all kinds of tragic events.

Without giving the book away, there one thing I have to share that have changed my thinking and really affected me…

Jerry White talks about the intense emotions we go through when something bad happens in our lives and how we have to acknowledge them.  Specifically he says,

Emotions are facts too.

I love that line because for years I’ve been told to put intellect over emotion which negates emotions.  It’s caused me turmoil for so long but that line,  “Emotions are facts too.” set me free!  It’s allowed me to say, “You know, I’m feeling sad and I’m grieving the loss of my life before cancer.”  Those emotions are real, those emotions are facts.

Overall, I really found I Will Not Be Broken to be a good read and it really helped keep me on the positive path I’ve been on since I’ve received my diagnosis.  For anyone dealing with a challenge or life crisis in their live I would definitely suggest this book.  Keeping a positive attitude and choosing to survive is always the best solution.

Jerry White will be making an appearance on Good Morning America (ABC), this Thursday, August 7th, which airs from 7 AM - 9 AM EST.

You can check out this website for more information on I Will Not Be Broken.

For more information on Survivor Corps please go here.

Finally, I’d just like to thank Jerry White for having the courage to survive the tragedy he survived and for being so passionate about living again to share his story and the story of others who have lived, survived, and thrived.


Why I Love My FedEx Man

by Lisa on August 2, 2008

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A big thank you to Lucy of Lucy’s Dilemma for this one. And a side note…I’m still in the process of finishing the backsplash in my kitchen.

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