Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Guess what....???

Well, it is a little late for me but I want to let you all know that I am in REMISSION!!!!!!!!!!!! I went to my oncologist today and she was very happy to report to me that I have absolutely no cancer in me. So, Dr. Bodai did a very good job by the way on my surgery. I was very confident with him being my doctor. The path report said that there was no cancer to be found. The chemo wiped it all out! I then asked Dr. Hui, "then why did I do a mastectomy?" Well, because I had an invasive type of cancer it was the best way to make sure it was gone and dose not even stand a chance! I am very happy and I am so happy for all of you praying as hard as you did because you saved me! This is such a miracle. I walked out of the hospital just in awe for the blessings God has given me.
I still need to take tamoxifen for five years and I will start that in a few weeks. I still can't move my arm very well and Dr. Hui laughed at me because of this. I am in such a hurry to heal and she just smiled at me as I talked to her about what I try to do and what I want to do. She told me I need to take it easy for six weeks sometimes even more. This was good for me to hear so that I chill out and just listen to my body and not what I WISH I could be doing. I have rested a lot lately and I feel more responsible for doing so. Sam and my Mom are happy for this. I only can move my arm to my shoulder hight so pretty soon I will start physical therapy. I am very excited to do this. It will be nice to have help guiding me through my recovery.
Reconstruction wont start till six months from now. I have to be patient on that part. None the less, I am cancer free and watching my hair grow back. Slowly it is coming back. I cant wait to wake up one morning and see that my scalp is gone! I want to see that hair! Winter is coming and my head will be wishing it had its hair back.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! Everyone have a spooky time and dont eat too much candy....Cancer LOVES sweets! Eat veggies! But, my favorite snack is still melted chocolates dipped by a banana. Yummy.

I cant find my camera so I haven't put any pictures up. But as soon as I get a recent photo on my computer I will show my hair coming in!!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Looking better than ever!

Well, I didn't get much new information from my Doctors visit today. We just took the drain out and I feel much better now. I have no idea when my reconstruction will be, but that is ok because he hooked me up with a great store! If you know what I mean!!!! I am feel absolutly beautiful and I am loving life. I will let you all more details later.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Healing Words

When I came out of the surgery and I was exclaiming joy from surgery I was not far off. I truly felt from the Lord that the cancer was taken care of and that I had reason to rejoice in him! Well, Dr. Bodai called today and told me that there was not cancer in the lymph nodes and he made clear margins. I am cancer free! I had such an amazing feeling of love from my savior as I woke up and he told me I was ok. I can't believe that he allowed me to feel that comfort even before the results. The Lord does speak to us today. I know that if we seek for him in our lives he will bless us ten fold. Thank you for all the prayers and for the fasting. YOU all made it happen. YOU all have amazing faith. YOU moved my mountain! Isn't it amazing what we can do in the quiet of our homes or even in a car ride pleading to the lord for our desires. He will bless us with what we ask if it be his will. I know this to be true. In my hardest time while sick and feeling like a big blob he was there for me. Oh...I want to tell you . The night before I wrote in my journal that I wanted to know what it felt like to have a hug from the savior. Everyone always talks about warm arms around them and they knew that there were being hugs by angels. Well, Saturday night as I laid in the recliner and my mind was racing with discomfort and my body felt like hell I would feel moments of peace. My mind was quite. The same feelings you get when you hug someone you haven't hugged in ages, like the world stops and all that matters is that you are in there arms. It is quiet, still, warm, loving and peaceful. I felt him! Thank you for your prayers. They helped me so much.

p.s. i wish for you to pray for another friend of mine who was just recently diagnosed with cervical cancer. She is a wonderful mother of two and a wonderful wife and she is only 24 years old. Her name is Nicolette Lawerence (Dicus) Please pray for is now her turn for love and support.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Im doing just FINE!!!!!

Hi everyone! I am feeling great and I am getting used to the new way that I feel. I have been resting alot and moving around as much as I can. This afternoon I made my own lunch, cleaned up the kitchen, and even took out the trash! Then I went straight to putting on my make up which I then cried off! I was feeling so overwhelmed with the love that I have been feeling from all my family and friends. Man, do I feel the prayers working. My Mom picked up my Great Aunts wheelchair this afternoon, so this evening Sam took me out for a stroll. Jenny took all the kids in their family stroller and we looked at all the Halloween decorations. This was a perfect evening for a walk out in the night with the family. I look forward to everyday. I can't wait to get past this time in my life and become the new woman, in which cancer has given life to. If there is anyone who wishes to come see me and wondering if it is ok...Come on over. I am at home all the time! I would love to see any of you. I kind of feel like a freak show!!! Well time will heal all and I will be up and running as soon as I can. Thank you all so much the love is overwhelming. I love you, Alena

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Who's afraid of a little surgery?

Today was the day. We got up at four am, and gathered our bodies together and drove down to the Kaiser Hospital on Morris in Sacramento. Alena, Bill, Ruth Ann, and I(sam) arrived at about 20 after 5 am. After waiting for awhile, Alena was admitted and we journeyed upstairs to the pre-op area, where we would be separated from Alena. First, here is a little background. Alena was scheduled to have her surgery at 6:30 am. They said that she was probably going to be out of the hospital at around 12 noon. That was pretty amazing. Well, back to the story. We were kind of sad and emotional to be all of a sudden separated from Alena. We went to the waiting room and anxiously paced and tried to get comfortable, but we couldn't do that very well. I was ready for her to be done as soon as we got to the waiting room!!! 15 minutes later, a nurse came out and said that since it was Saturday, we could break the rules and come into the pre-op area and see Alena. We went in and she was laying a gurney, getting ready to meet the staff that would be assisting the surgeon with her surgery. Now, there have been an army of prayers to Heavenly Father for Alena, and I know that they were being heard and answered. The nursing staff at this Kaiser was incredible!!! They were very kind and funny, with great senses of humor. They put all of us at ease, and made us very comfortable. We could not have hand picked a better group of people. Alena was in the operating room for only an hour and fifteen minutes, and she was in the post-op room by 8:45 am. Ruth Ann's mom came around 8 am and joined us, which was very pleasant. Her smile and faith and great sense of humor made me smile. At nine o'clock we were able to go into the room to see her!! She looked so beautiful!! She was crying, and at first we were worried. This soon changed as she exclaimed, "I am so happy!!." Alena had so much joy and peace. She began to tell how light she felt, and how she could feel the prayers of everyone, and that she was so happy to have the cancer out. This made me laugh a little because the nurses were coming over thinking that she was in a lot of pain. To their surprise, she was saying how happy she was!
One of the nurses said, "whatever they gave her, I'd love to have some of that!" We all laughed a little bit, and under my breath I told Alena, "It's the Spirit." Prayers are answered, and for Alena, she is still doing amazingly well. She needed to rest some more, so we waited 3 hours more. We left the hospital around 1:30 pm, with Alena smiling as we were leaving. She has been sleeping off and on, but has also had the energy to eat, and to have visitors!! She feels so good, even though she is weak and tired, and quite sore. I am grateful that she left the hospital with this experience. I think it is teaching me and her family, and everyone else for that matter, a lot of lessons on gratitude for the power of prayer, and truly why faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel. It is very powerful. One last quote from Alena right after her surgery. I don't think she will always think this, but it was quite funny. The post-op nurse was talking to her about her surgery, and she said, "I love surgery!!!" Well, Alena loves a lot of things, lets add one more thing to the list! Heh heh. Thank you everyone, we'll try to keep things updated. Love you all!!!