Archive | September 2013

YOU are incredible people!

If you follow my crazy life on Facebook, you’ve noticed that for the past week I’ve been asking you for money!  There’s no sugar-coating here!!!

I am participating in a Making Strides event next month.  What is Making Strides?  Yeah, I’m a little fuzzy about it too.  The American Cancer Society sponsors these walking events throughout the country.  Here’s the big thing.  The money raised goes to research and testing and saving lives.  If my walking around a track a few miles can save some women from having to go through what I did last year, hell, sign me up….oh yeah…I did sign up!!!

So on October 20 I’ll be joining a few folks bright and early to walk around the Chicagoland Speedway to do my part.

Why are YOU incredible?  I’m getting there.

I set a fundraising goal of $294.  Why such an odd amount?  I was in treatment for 294 days so I figured I would raise $1 for every day of testing/chemo/surgery/recovery/surgery/recovery/radiation that I went through last year.

AND in ONE WEEK – I made my goal and a little bit more.  My first thought was that if all of my facebook friends gave $1, we’d be set.  But then you guys just came through – No one gave just $1.  You all are such thoughtful, giving people!!!

My thanks go out to:

Kristy, Jen and her family, Renee, Jenn, Brian, Karen and Laurie.  You guys did it!!!

Now, for those of you who are interested in contributing, I am not going to stop you!  I am an overachiever and I have 28 days until the event!  I’ll put the link to the page.  If I make it to $365 then I’m a member of the birthday club – don’t know what that means, but I’ll take bragging rights!!!


Over the next week I have check ins with just about every doctor so I should have some idea as to where I stand by the first of October.

Thank you again to my supporters for Making Strides AND during 294 days of treatment.


This entry was posted on September 22, 2013. 2 Comments

One Year

365 days ago I heard the news I had cancer.

A LOT has happened in 365 days.

Over 200 of them were spent actively treating this disease.  I have had things done to me I never thought would happen (outside of chemo and radiation).

My whole world turned upside down and inside out for an entire year.

I discovered what wonderful people exist in the world — in particular my world.

I learned two important things —

Everyone is going through something

Someone has it worse than you

I know that without so many people caring, praying and helping out, I wouldn’t be here today.  There aren’t enough words in the world to say thank you to EVERYONE who is part of my life –my family’s life — during this time.

Thank you to Hubby Sammy and my two wonderful girls Kate and Ally for helping me keep it all together.  No little girls should know so much about chemo cycles, maintenance medications, surgical drains and radiation appointment protocol.

Let’s update my situation.

I finished radiation at the end of June.  I spent a month or so in physical therapy working on my arm motion post surgeries.

The first two weeks of August brought a welcome vacation to Disney.  We had some relaxing days, a cruise on the Disney Dream and a week in the parks.

We came home and school is starting – Ally in full-day kindergarten and Kate starting 4th.  Both girls are doing well and enjoying their classes.

I am currently on some maintenance drugs and have some check up appointments at the end of the month.  I will be seeing radiation oncologist and oncologist and pulmonologist.

jenn summer dress

My hair is still short and curly.  This is a shot on vacation.  The hair is just short and curly.  I totally feel like Screech from Saved by the bell.


Everyone I say this to says “No you don’t look like him.”  But yes, I do!!  Halloween costume right here folks!!!

Anyway – I have felt like I’m in a strange limbo place.  I mean – I have been actively treating this thing for so long and I’m kind of lost because I don’t know what happens now.  I am sure I’ll figure it all out at my check ups but from the end of PT up to now I feel a little lost.

I will be scheduling my ovary removal for later this year.  That should be the last major item on my prevention schedule.

In October – I will participate in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on the team of a dear friend of mine Karen.  If you are interested in joining my team or donating to the American Cancer Society, you can go to this site:

I will have more information about it.  It’s important.  If there are ways to help make sure others don’t have to go through this, let’s do it!!!

Now that my cancer-ful life seems to be cancer-less….I will be posting only when stuff happens – which is a GOOD thing!!!

I’m back to coaching at Phenom Gymnastics.  My endurance is realllllllllly low so it’s been a rough adjustment, but I’m glad to be back.  I’m also pursuing my career as a travel advisor specializing in Disney vacations.  If you’re thinking of going to Disney, or know someone who is, please think of me!  My services are FREE!!

Have a great September!


This entry was posted on September 7, 2013. 2 Comments