Monday, August 27, 2012

Year of Firsts

This year has been a year of firsts for the Lobner racing team. Dad just picked up his first national event win a couple weekends ago in Brainerd. It was such an awesome feeling listening to him win over the live audiocast but it would have been better if I could have been up there to celebrate with them. We may have lost a car that same weekend but dad getting his first national event wally sure helped ease the pain.

Check out dad doing wheelies!

I was unable to attend the Brainerd national because the week after was round 3. The week started with the 9 hour day but they had me come in at 8 so I was done by 5:15 and that meant I could go to practice for a little while. I only lasted about an hour before I started feeling sick and had to go home. It is just so frustrating to me because all I want to do is keep everything as normal as I can but I can't do that when I feel so crappy. I decided to start taking a vitamin C to see if that would help me feel better and give me some more energy during my on weeks; there is only so much sitting around I can take. It seemed to help a little bit. I didn't feel as sick but my energy level was still pretty low. I was able to go to practice each night for a little bit, I may have had to sit down and coach but at least I was able to attend.

Each week I get lab work done to make sure all my numbers are good and that my kidney and liver functions are good. I met with Dr. Koeneke the Friday before round 3 and he was really happy about everything. He said my kidney and liver functions were good and all my numbers were where they needed to be, even a little higher!

I have to say a huge thank you to Jeremy Maples, Sarah Scogin and both of their families. They had t-shirts made and were selling them like crazy this last weekend at the Topeka divisional. It was such an overwhelming feeling to be walking through the staging lanes and see so many people wearing your shirt and supporting you. I also have to thank Rick and Chase Huffman at Accelerated Graphics for donating the stickers.

This is the back of the amazing shirt Jeremy had done.

Unfortunately the weather didn't work with us this weekend. They ended up calling the race on Sunday around 2 and will finish it in Earlville in a couple of weeks. I had won first round of super street, dad won first round in top dragster and JR is still in top dragster and top sportsman as he did not get to run first round. So we will head to Earlville and try our luck there.

I was glad Jennifer and the kids were able to come up and watch me win first round. They all wore their shirts proudly and had a good time.

I am ready to enjoy these next two weeks off and then get started on my FINAL round of chemo!!

Thanks for reading and hope everyone has a great week.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Feeling Good

I know I have said it before and I won't be able to say it enough but THANK YOU! All the support my family and I have recieved during this time is amazing and I can't begin to put it into words how thankful I am.

The last two weeks have been really good. I have felt great and got to do what I love doing, coach and race. I got to be in the gym all last week and this week. It is so nice to be able to go in there and forget everything that is going on and just coach a wonderful group of girls. The ladies I work with make my job so enjoyable and I feel so lucky to have found a great place to work.

My family and Kyle's family made the trip up to Cordova,IL last weekend for the division race. I was a little nervous being around people that may not know the story and may just think I was being a rebel that shaved my head. Everything turned out just fine! The weekend ended up being yet another good one for the Lobner racing crew. First round I ended up racing one of the toughest racers there is and luckily the win light came on in my lane. I ended up losing 3rd round to the eventual race winner, who made a great pass in the other lane. JR ended up winning top dragster and Kyle made it to the semis in super street.

This weekend my brother and dad will be going up to Brainerd for the national and I will be heading up to Topeka on Saturday to race the wagon in super pro, we will see how that goes.

Next week is round three, I am still not looking forward to it but I know everything will go as expected. I just have to keep reminding mself that this could be worse and that I could be stuck at home everyday and not out doing the things I love to do.

Once again, thank you to all of my supporters, you guys really mean a lot to me and I am so lucky to have each and every one of you in my life.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Half Way Done

This week marks the half way point!! I have made it through two rounds and just have two rounds left. Right now I am dreading doing those last two rounds but I know it is something I have to do to get better. I don't like the feeling of not feeling right (kind of a hungover feeling, just all the time). There was nothing I could do to make myself feel 100% better or 100% comfortable. I was still having a hard time staying asleep at night, so that was frustrating and those who know me know I love my sleep more than anything!

I was so happy to watch the USA gymnastics team win gold and to also watch Gabby win the individual all around medal. Having the Olympics on this week really has helped time fly by. I get pretty bored sitting at home but then I don't have enough energy to do anything so I can't seem to win that battle. I try and pick up the house and I will maybe get 10 minutes of stuff done before I have to sit back down.

I mentioned in the last post that my hair had started falling out. So on Thursday Kyle and I decided it was time to shave it. I'm not bald but it is still pretty short and a huge change. I was sure I would lose it as Kyle was cutting it, but I actually kept myself together, it was hard to look at myself in the mirror afterward but I now know the chemo is doing its job. My wig came in today and I took it over to Melanie so she could cut it just a little bit and just get it to fit and look right. Thanks Melanie, you have been wonderful throughout this whole process. I'm not sure how much I'll wear the wig but it is nice to have. It is also nice to not have to worry about doing my hair when I get out of the shower! That means I can sleep in a little longer in the mornings.

This is a small amount of hair that has came off in the the last week
My new hair for a little while!

Thanks for reading and hope everyone has a great weekend.