Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend Update

I have taken a couple of days off from writing. I hope you all have had a relaxing weekend--now the Christmas craziness begins!

I have done quite a lot (for me) this weekend. The biggest news, however, is that I have been able to swallow more things. I think that a lot of it is in my head--and that hearing that the tumor was gone has made me think that maybe I really CAN eat. Last night I had a thin piece of pizza, and some squash. However, we did go to the movies, and I ate POPCORN! (and quite a bit of it). I would still do my normal thing--take really small bites, and chew it slowly...but I ate POPCORN! Wow--that was a treat! When we got home from Thanksgiving dinner, we had some leftover turkey, and I ate some of that. From time to time, I still do lose my food again, but I am very encouraged that I have been able to keep most things down. I even had 1/4 of a turkey sandwich for lunch. I guess this is another case of achieving "baby steps" that we can celebrate.

On Friday my niece, Hillary, and her mom, Marti, came over and cut my hair. Hair has become quite an issue around here, as it has gotten thinner and thinner...and as I have more bald spots. I'm sorry to admit my vanity, but it has been really hard on me emotionally. However, this hair cut helps, and then my girls have been buying me cute little hats to wear so it is not so obvious. It's pretty amazing how much having hair means to you...or at least to me! I may even post a picture in a coming post. :)

One thing I did learn is that I still can't do much shopping. Kelsey and I tried to go out Friday morning (not a smart idea) and find me some hats. However, standing in line to buy two very over-priced hats, I felt like I was about to pass out. Thank heavens Kelsey was there...and believe me, I didn't venture out again the rest of the weekend. :) That just wore me out too much.

Most of all this weekend, we have just been very thankful for the news about my tumor. We have more tests this week, but we have felt really blessed that the radiation and chemo really did their jobs. Hopefully, the cancer will be gone too. Have a nice Sunday--may we all be thankful for the "little things."


  1. Louise, I sent out an email to my prayer team-- a mixture of friends here and afar, clients, and church people. I asked them to join me in dancing in the streets. One client wrote that he was doing a jig! That was too cute! Well, I am so happy for the eating, and the good spirits. I want to see some more hat photos! Hugs, Lo

  2. You were my biggest thankfulness at Thanksgiving. I'm so happy about the disappearing tumor. I'm glad you can eat a little! That is fabulous. When you can eat a chocolate chip cookie, we will all celebrate with you.
    Love, Rosemary

  3. How appropriate... celebrating about POPCORN!! Love it! Don't worry about the hair.. that will come back. Just a temporary blip in the screen. Still make sure that every day you really pamper yourself and don't try to do too much.. let your body heal..slowly but surely.
    We are enjoying the SNOW here... it's gorgeous but not that great to drive in! We don't have the same Christmas craziness that you guys have.. France is just more calm about all that (and a lot less the present thing is much more toned down). But we are looking forward to the tree and decorating the house and ANOTHER turkey! The kids will go to Sweden after Christmas to see Keith.. Big hug!

  4. I am so glad you are able to swallow and eat more! Progress in small ways is really is a big deal. I am so thankful for your great example. Enjoy every day.


  5. So excited to hear the good news! I have been thinking of you and your family so much.

  6. I am sooo happy to hear your happy news!!! and so happy that you are able to eat better and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with people you love! I will continue to keep you in my prayers!! Lots of love from Tennessee!xo

  7. So happy you are eating some actual food!!! Your news made Thanksgiving very thankful. I am thinking of you and praying for you for Wednesday and the next lineup of tests. I love you

  8. Such GREAT news, Louise. I'm so happy for all the good news and that you can eat a little bit. I totally get the "hair issue"....hats sound like such a good idea right now. I hope this week's news continues to be positive....Love you a lot, Janet