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'It is better not to shrink then to survive."

I will post & share updates about my life & health for my family, friends, & any other froggy feelin' folks who care to creep up on in my business. So this is where you'll find all the stuff about me as a Single Mom, Registered Nurse, Recently Resigned & Newly Diagnosed Low-Grade Glioma-er-er, whom I affectionately call "He Who Must Not Be Named" or the "Tuma." He's nested & made himself a very comfortable home in my Brainstem.

'It is better not to shrink then to survive.” turned 1 today!

Happy Birthday To my Blog… No News Is Good news Right? ;)
Well for some news, tomorrow is another 3 month check up… So that means I drive down to Birmingham tonight & my best friends family who I adore lovingly puts me up for the night & I get up bright & early an MRI & my MRI with my Neuro Oncologist follows immediately after.  This will be my 4th follow up appointment :D since completing treatment! 
Also my check-up ‘s are always on Wednesday’s so I always drive in on Tuesday’s and I’ve made the Tuesday evening before my appointment to go to the temple in Birmingham.  It’s the perfect time to recenter myself and refocus on what my perspective should be…  :)  Ahhh…. Love. Bedrock.
Yabba Dabba Doooooo!!!!!!!

'It is better not to shrink then to survive.” turned 1 today!

Happy Birthday To my Blog… No News Is Good news Right? ;)

Well for some news, tomorrow is another 3 month check up… So that means I drive down to Birmingham tonight & my best friends family who I adore lovingly puts me up for the night & I get up bright & early an MRI & my MRI with my Neuro Oncologist follows immediately after.  This will be my 4th follow up appointment :D since completing treatment! 

Also my check-up ‘s are always on Wednesday’s so I always drive in on Tuesday’s and I’ve made the Tuesday evening before my appointment to go to the temple in Birmingham.  It’s the perfect time to recenter myself and refocus on what my perspective should be…  :)  Ahhh…. Love. Bedrock.

Yabba Dabba Doooooo!!!!!!!


Sowhatitsbeenawhile………

Jan 8th at 7AM / 0 notes

So i Know it’s been AGES!!! No one ever prepared me for my post treatment to be worse the treatment itself, but long story short it was… the summer wasn’t all that awesome… my body loved Decadron something fierce! which is the steroid that they put me on to help with inflammation of my brainstem & such. anywho… it loved it didn’t wanna get off of it… went through all kinds of yucky withdrawal symptoms everytime we got to a certain dose during the taper off of it… and so on it went for weeks and months… New awesome Migraines started also… I started having light sensitivity which was just some new awesomeness all together apparently *raises eyebrow & coughs* i think that’s what they say when they don’t wanna just say yup it’s tha tumor. It got so bad that whenever i got into the light it caused nausea and insta vomiting in the sun light… pretty sexy huh.. then came the migraine… soooo awesome. and exhaustion. I got to spend sometime in the hospital… I knew i needed it at the time, and i think of it now & i have no doubts about it, that’s when everything turned around for me and started to really go up… slowly but surely… I had a breakthrough in October got my appetite back! I was finally able to eat without it feeling forced & such a chore. During my hospital stay and since we started a very very slowwwww steroid taper…. So since the beginning of September I have been slowly weened off about mg of Decadron. It is now Finally January and tomorrow is my last daily dose of a 0.25mg dose of Decadron. Then Thursday morning I’ll take it and do it every other day until next Thursday when my body will hopefully take it well an I will successfully and officially be of the Roids for good! This has just been a LOOOOOONNNGGGG time Coming! and even with all the side effects from being on them for so long, i’m just happy to have been blessed with so many wonderful Doctors, Nurses, Staff, & Families & Friends especially over these months since my official “Treatment” has been completed. Like i said, they made it sound like that was going to be the hard part, but honestly the recovery has been the most difficult part and I am so very thankful for you all. I am so very sorry that it has taken so long for an update. If you ever want to talk or are just curious. seriously, just ask me, if you know me, you know i really don’t care, I’ll answer your questions lol ;) I love you all! thank you for thinking of me! Thank you especially for keeping my Noah in your Prayers!
And my Neuro-Oncologist said as far as the tumor is concerned, (in June, Sept, and Dec) my MRI’s show no grow from what he can see… so game plan is that we will continue to monitor for new signs and symptoms on my end and report back to him if there are any and continue to do an MRI & appt with him every 3 months. And thus is my Life. My Homework is to Exercise my brain by doing crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and read some books. So even though I never enjoyed 2 out of 3 of those things before Radiation to my brain (crossword puzzles & Sudoku) I sure am going to try.
Well this sure has turned into a novel. I’ll update if anything awesome happens! :) Thank ya’ll!


Sep 11th at 9PM / 0 notes

My sister shared this with me… I love it :) And I needed it.

Alabama Shakes - Hold On (Official Video) (by Alabama Shakes)


It’s September 11th & time for my 3 month check up

It’s my 3 month Brain,brain, brain, brain brain, brain scan time with my Super Neuro Oncologist (@ Kirklin Clinic) http://4sq.com/15Sg2wr


Tuna Casserole!

Jun 6th at 8PM / 0 notes

This is my first prepared meal I’ve done on my own since before I began treatments!


Time for some Rejoicing & some old man Happy Shuffle dancing

Jun 5th at 1PM / 0 notes

Today’s the Day.

Jun 5th at 9AM / 0 notes

Today’s the day… Time for my  MRI & my Neuro Oncologist this AM. Praying that all my scans look exactly the same! Goal is no Growth! http://4sq.com/18O4AoA


Recuperation time

May 25th at 7PM / 0 notes

Is spent fishing with the Family in the boondocks over Memorial Day Weekend


Fun times.

May 16th at 4PM / 0 notes

Hanging out for the fun stuff ;-) (@ Clearview Cancer Institute) http://4sq.com/10IG1DO


week one post treatment.

May 14th at 9PM / 0 notes

ROUGH.   I mean I’d take another week of treatment over this Lol…

All joking aside, I’ve been more nauseated & ill all round being off steroids & having the latent effects of treatment hit me…

And let’s just say that there is a war still happening in my stomach… And I’m losing.  Hopefully when I see the doc tomorrow he’ll give me some magic nausea med that I haven’t tried.   I mean I’m on the patch y’all and i’m poppin Zofran like an addict… little relief… but my stomach’s still banging like a mad man.

Ugggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhffffffffffffttttttttttttttttttttthhhhhhhh.

I just wanna eat y’all.  Lol ;)

keep my stomach in your prayers!