Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Welcome Back

It's been quite awhile since I have posted anything here and to be quite honest, I really thought I would never continue to keep posting, as I needed a much deserved break from everything associated with CANCER and summer seemed like the perfect time to do it.  You will notice that my blog layout has changed a little......I will be adding some features over the next few weeks as well. 

I did however continue to check back to my blog on occasion to see if anyone was still watching and I was humbled to see that I have such loyal viewers out there.  For those of you who continued to keep logging into my blog everyday, despite the fact that I would never write anything, you are to be commended for sure.....for your commitment and for not giving up on me!  You did make me feel very guilty for not writing, so I'm back!  Actually, thanks for giving me that little push I needed to get back here.

While I have enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people on my blog, I'm not sure if there is a lot of topics that I can actually add to what I have already written about here over the past 22 months.  There is so much that cannot be explained, but one constant that remains throughout all of my husband's journey with cancer, is that he certainly continues to amaze us all.  He has shown myself and our daughters that perseverance is the key and to work even harder when the going gets tough, rather than to just sit back and accept your fate.

I will however update you about my husband today to encourage all of you who are affected by cancer.  Yes, my husband still continues to amaze us all with his positive attitude, his never ending energy and this past summer has been his BEST summer since 2006!  I set him up on Facebook a little while ago.....why? you might ask....well, it was just another one of my many attempts to keep him inspired and it worked!  He knew nothing about computers and more especially nothing about that social network, but I thought it would be a good way to keep in touch with family and friends and it has fulfilled that purpose.

He has lost some weight since I last posted due to a bad flu earlier this summer, long hours of work and most of all due to his loss of taste buds as a result of his current cancer meds, but with the help of milkshakes, homemade egg nogs, and a try at preparing foods that encourage the taste buds, thankfully he has regained some of that weight loss.  I have read somewhere that milk may not be good for cancer patients....personally it's a myth at our house when taken in moderation, but I would encourage each of you to do what you feel is best.  Keep in mind that every cancer patient's condition is different and each patient reacts differently to medications, nutrition and everyday remedies.

I'll look forward to hearing from you....let me know how things have been going along your cancer journey over these past few weeks.  Although I have not been posting, be assured that I have been thinking of all of you whom I have met through my blog.

Oops..apparently I wrote this two days ago, but had to renew my domain registration before the blog became available..hope you can all read this!


Whidbey Woman said...

:) Hey, welcome back, indeed! Sounds like taking a summer break was just what you needed!
I know what you mean about blog material. Ron and I have been dealing with cancer since 2005, and at times I feel like I have written about almost everything! As cancer becomes (unfortunately) routine and all too familiar, we must remember that newbies are reading our blogs. They can be helped a lot by what we post. Also family and friends care, and want to hear from us. So, I am glad you are back!!! It is also great to hear that your husband is doing so well. He looks great! Things are going great for mine, too.

karen in ottawa canada said...

Glad you're back Deb - and hello & hugs to Willard - what a great picture of him and his computer - good for you Willard! Happy to say all is good here too - had chest xrays last week and my oncologist says 'all's good, no changes'. So next on my plate will be a full set of catscans in late Oct or early Nov. My challenge over the next month or so will be my gradual return to work program beginning Sept 7. 2 years at home has been a long long haul. Fingers crossed I can get my brain working at some semblance of the pace it used to handle! Take care! hugs to you both! Life is good.

Sue G said...

So glad to hear that things are going well for you and your husband. I didn't know what to think when I logged on only to find a generic page with none of your "Deb-isms" to be found. Now I understand it was during one of your domain re-sign periods.

I have had changes recently that tell me that the Sutent is no longer working and the cancer is enjoying this tremendously. So while I await the arrival of Afinitor to arrive, I find hope in the lives of my fellow cancer conquerors such as your husband.

My best to both of you...and thanks for keeping up with the blog.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you have returned! Your blog is a tremendous help to my family and to many others facing the cancer challenge.
I look forward to reading your posts! Your stories inspire me and help me when I'm feeling down.
Thank you Debbie!