Games Journal

June 2017

One of the snap chats I got!  Look at these two...

She beat it once more!

Written on Thursday, June eighth @ 9:50am

Our hearts are crammed with pleasure. She is a miracle. She has crushed the chances. And I can’t thanks all sufficient in your prayers and your constructive ideas. Your tales that you’ve shared, the playing cards you could have despatched and the presents you could have given…We’re blessed.

One of many snap chats I received! Take a look at these two…

My morning began out superbly, the climate is simply good, the solar is beaming and I’m receiving snap chat’s from Crystal. She is admittedly not a morning individual so I’m considering she is liking the late afternoon appointments the final two days. She is smiling, she is scared however she has a plan in her thoughts for excellent news and dangerous information.

The journey to Mayo is good and with the climate being beautiful, it makes the experience even higher. To prime it off, I assumed I used to be going alone however Rod discovered solution to break free.

My mother had despatched me a textual content earlier that morning wishing protected travels, saying her prayers, she additionally jogged my memory that her mom has been gone for 38 lengthy years in the past at present. Once we discovered about Crystal’s appointments and the dates. Figuring out she was getting her information on this present day, we felt it was an indication. We felt my grandmother was going to be our angel for the day and for all of us. I miss her too mother.

I used to be 9 years previous when my grandmother handed. I stored reliving that day, that night time as I drove to Mayo. I attempted listening to the music and choreographing like typical however that wasn’t working. Then I might begin desirous about Crystal and the information, good or dangerous. How we’ll deal with it, which desirous about it made me sick so then I assumed perhaps I ought to chat with God and do some thanking. Ask for prayers for not solely Crystal and my household however others that I do know want them. However I discovered my thoughts questioning again to my grandmother once more.

Our day....

Our day….

Now that I’m older, I take a look at that day so totally different. I keep in mind her placing on a black coat and by no means thought something about it till now I feel, wow it was June, was she chilly? Wait she had her pajamas on, perhaps that’s the reason, simply to cowl up her pj’s. It was my brother and me house together with her till my aunt got here residence from a softball recreation. I can nonetheless hear my aunt screaming when my grandmother collapsed in entrance of us. It took me years to recover from her not being right here anymore however there’s one factor I do know. If I might go to with anybody at this time, it will be her. I do know she is the rationale I dance in the present day. I do know she is the one which has guided me.

As we arrive to Rochester, Crystal and Gage are filled with smiles, they’ve discovered a spot to eat. Which was superb! And Courtney would love the decor! It was a Mexican restaurant “hefe rojo”. After that we walked to the Mayo constructing. I might already really feel my coronary heart racing however Gage is so humorous, which actually does assist issues go by. Gage is our leisure. Rod, he’s so quiet. Crystal and I, we hold smiling.

Sitting on that flooring, I used to be wishing I had not eaten lunch. My tummy was beginning to harm, my coronary heart was racing and I simply needed to know the information now.

Time to enjoy the evening...

Time to benefit from the night…

Going again to the room and ready once more for her physician is an extended wait. We walked proper into this little room identical to all the time. Crystal sits, Gage then sits, I sit after which Rod. I used to be even considering the final time I used to be not right here and it was exhausting to attend however I had two buddies pampering me as I waited which was good. Hmmmmm I assume each methods is tough. Then you definitely hear these footsteps and the door deal with begins to maneuver…it’s time.

This tall skinny physician together with his glasses on walks within the room. Smiling, completely satisfied to see Crystal, asking about her holidays, asking her about dancing and as I stared at him, I used to be considering gosh might I inform if it was again or not in his eyes. He’s one among her groups docs and I’ve met him earlier than. He’s personable, good wanting and is only a stunned about her information as we’re.

There are two spots in her liver that haven’t modified. They really feel they’re scars principally however they proceed to observe them. Aside from that they discovered no proof of most cancers.

I can’t even describe how I really feel. It’s such a aid. After which I hear Crystal’s phrases. “Mother, I actually thought it was again. I assume I simply thought issues have been so good and I do know the chances are towards me”. I hugged her so tight! She might be going again in September. Crystal will get to take pleasure in her summer time being a Stage four Pancreatic Most cancers Survivor!

Now let’s video your sisters since they’re working to inform them the information. By the best way, we did publish the brief clip however it’s on Fb although it was solely suppose to be for her sisters. And simply so you recognize, I didn’t look after that video of me. My daughter beloved it and stated, “Mother, get some confidence, you look superb and I look cute! I simply beat most cancers, publish it so everybody is aware of the information.” Gotta love the youthful era they maintain you in your toes.

I assumed I might publish some information about Pancreatic Most cancers so you’ll be able to see how loopy it’s that she is thrashing the chances.

Pancreatic Most cancers Information
• In 2017 an estimated 53,670 People will probably be recognized with pancreatic most cancers within the U.S., and over 43,090 will die from pancreatic most cancers.
• Pancreatic most cancers is the third main reason for cancer-related demise in america surpassing breast most cancers. It’s anticipated to grow to be the 2nd main reason for cancer-related demise within the US by the yr 2020, surpassing colorectal most cancers.
• Pancreatic most cancers is among the few cancers for which survival has not improved considerably over almost 40 years.
• Pancreatic most cancers has the very best mortality price of all main cancers. 91% of pancreatic most cancers sufferers will die inside 5 years of analysis – solely 9% will survive greater than 5 years. 74% of sufferers die inside the first yr of analysis.
• Few danger elements for creating pancreatic most cancers are outlined. The danger for cigarette people who smoke is almost twice that for many who have by no means smoked. Household historical past of pancreatic most cancers, continual pancreatitis, alcohol use, weight problems and diabetes are danger elements. People with Lynch syndrome and sure different genetic syndromes, in addition to BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, are additionally at elevated danger.
• Pancreatic most cancers might trigger solely obscure signs that would point out many various circumstances inside the stomach or gastrointestinal tract. Signs embrace ache (often stomach or again ache), weight reduction, jaundice (yellowing of the pores and skin and eyes), lack of urge for food, nausea, modifications in stool, and diabetes.
• Remedy choices for pancreatic most cancers: Surgical procedure, radiation remedy and chemotherapy are remedy choices that reach survival or relieve signs, however seldom produce a remedy. Surgical removing of the tumor is feasible in lower than 20% of sufferers recognized with pancreatic most cancers as a result of detection is usually in late levels and has unfold past the pancreas. Adjuvant remedy with chemotherapy (and typically radiation) might decrease the danger of recurrence. For superior illness, chemotherapy (typically together with a focused remedy drug) might lengthen survival. Medical trials are testing a number of new brokers for his or her capacity to enhance survival.
• Pancreatic most cancers is a number one explanation for most cancers dying largely as a result of there are not any detection instruments to diagnose the illness in its early levels when surgical removing of the tumor continues to be potential.
*Supply for statistics: American Most cancers Society: Most cancers Information & Figures 2017

On the lookout for some prayers and constructive ideas…

Written on Tuesday, June sixth @ 11:30am

The climate is completely lovely right here in Iowa. As I sip my espresso and have Calvin laying on my lap, I put together mentally for the subsequent two days.

Vegas! And my dear friend Joe surprised Crystal for her birthday & me Mother's Day with a Meet & Greet with Britney Spears!

Vegas! And my pricey good friend Joe stunned Crystal for her birthday & me for Mom’s Day with a Meet & Greet with Britney Spears!

Crystal and Gage are off to Mayo. She begins her exams this late afternoon. We’ll know her outcomes by late afternoon tomorrow, the seventh.

The most important query I’ve had these days is, are you going this time? So humorous, I’ve not requested and she or he is aware of I’ll go on the drop of a hat. Crystal had me over to her house for lunch final Friday. She requested if I might come to the physician’s assembly when she will get the outcomes. I feel my eyes have been big, I smiled and stated Sure. Sure. So, I might be driving to Rochester tomorrow for lunch and her appointment with the physician’s, Crystal and Gage.

Crystal has had a busy Might. She turned 25, she traveled to Vegas, she traveled to California. She seems lovely, relaxed and naturally smiling. Now does she fear concerning the most cancers coming again? Sure. Is it behind her thoughts? Sure, always. I consider it’s behind everybody’s minds, we simply don’t say it.

Crystal & Gage with their good friends getting ready for the two week adventure!

Crystal & Gage with their good buddies preparing for the 2 week journey!

At lunch we talked about many issues. We talked about all of her blessings. We talked about her holidays. How fortunate to be surrounded by a assured group of girls in Vegas after which flip round and see God’s creations in Yosemite. I used to be telling Crystal that I wanted to write down an replace and if there was something she want to say or write. She thought for a second and stated, “Properly, everyone seems to be saying I look good. Lot’s of individuals are asking me how I’m feeling. And as I inform them, Thank You and I’m actually feeling nice. I feel to myself. I all the time really feel nice. Apart from the primary time. And naturally when I’m on chemo or have had a surgical procedure. However each time it has come again, I’ve all the time felt nice. I consider that’s the reason it’s referred to as the Silent Killer.”

It made me unhappy to listen to her say that. I assume the reality typically hurts.

As for me, I’ve prayed, I’ve been grateful, I’ve requested for steerage. And I’ve begged to allow us to have a summer time with our youngsters grown, no education, no actions, no wedding ceremony planning, simply us dwelling life. No most cancers, no chemo, no procedures simply us dwelling life. However once I say, I understand that’s what we’re doing, dwelling life. And dwelling life is just not all the time blissful and fear free, it’s how we personally take a look at our personal life tales.

As for Crystal’s sisters. Courtney is loving the place she works. She is a darling dental assistant. She has moved right into a townhouse together with her boyfriend and his brother. Three’s Firm. Once we have been in Vegas with the dance group and able to come residence, Courtney stated, “I’m prepared to return residence as a result of I really like my life in Iowa”. I can’t inform you how glad it was to listen to that, it made me smile and take into consideration myself. So, the unhappy factor is when I’m on trip… I by no means need to come house so what the heck does that imply? Oh wait, yea I’ve payments, three youngsters, one preventing most cancers, and marriage… yea that’s work. So actuality typically doesn’t look a lot enjoyable to return again to. lol

As for her little sister Cassidy, she has purchased her 1st residence on her personal. It’s superb. That was one thing she actually needed to do, so she did it. She could be very lucky that she loves her job. Plus she has been working and saving since her senior yr in highschool. She by no means loved faculty, she even tried Kirkwood nevertheless it was not for her. It’s superb how individuals can decide, even your personal friends if you find yourself not doing what society thinks you need to be doing however like I inform her…simply wait and see how their lives end up when they’re 50 years previous.

Nationwide Most cancers Survivor Day was Sunday, June 4th! We did rejoice, we’ll proceed to struggle and lift consciousness. We’ll keep in mind that life is a present and we have to proceed to stay it.

Thanks for the love you give my household…

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