Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 - A New Year!

Well, I spent the first day of the year watching the Falcons beat the Saints in the very last regular season game at the Georgia Dome with Team Draft.  It was bitter sweet.  I loved that dome and the memories I have and my family was with me, along with Chris Draft and company.  Thank you Chris for an amazing time and way to Rise Up Falcons!  I'm so glad they went out with a win.

Also, I made a new resolution.  I'm going to quit living like I'm dying.  So, I traded in my Escape for a Jeep and the payments are minimal.  I called SSDI about possibly working again.  I gave back to the church who has so graciously helped me in the past. Although, I probably can't afford these things, I'm not going to wait around until I can, because that day may never come.  I can afford them today, and that's what matters.  They say money doesn't buy you happiness, but retail therapy sure as hell makes you feel a lot better!

I'm thankful to be here.   2017!  Diagnosed in 2012! I didn't, in a million years, think that I would see this New Year, but God has blessed me beyond belief.  I'm so happy to have my family and friends whom I wouldn't trade for the world.

Thank you for your continuous prayers and please keep them up, I need them!  Things can change in an instant, but I'll \play Scarlett O'Hara on that one, "I'll think about that tomorrow".

God bless you all and hope your year is fabulous.  Mine is off to a pretty good start!


  1. Your story is compelling and so perfectly stated. I was blind-sided with the same diagnosis back in Aug 2013 with mets to my brain and bones. After my 10 days of whole brain radiation, my EGFR mutation put me on Tarceva and my bones have been treated with a monthly Xgeva shot to keep the bone marrow unfriendly to spreading cancer. Tarceva stopped working in April 2015 and I began a clinical trial thru Mass General which worked until, once again, spots began to appear in my brain. I started a recently approved drug, Tagrisso in November 2016 -- it does a better job of breaking thru the brain-blood barrier and had this been approved earlier, I would've foregone the trial. We keep kicking the can down the road and have been assured that there will always be something new that will be there when a drug fails. When I was diagnosed, our family rule(s) became : First, Pray, Pray, and Pray some more; Second, no Googles or letting anyone share their googling; and Third, ALWAYS STAY POSITIVE -- if the kids (five of them age range 14-26) needed to worry I would tell them to - otherwise don't worry. We continue to live this way and I, like you, celebrate the gift of life, despite cancer and all its evil side-effects. Thank you for sharing your story -- your honest voice is a true reflection of so many of our experiences. I will keep you in my prayers -- God is guiding those extremely smart scientists and doctors toward a cure or at the very least to a drug which will allow us to live long, full, great quality lives. Please keep blogging!

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