Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Hair

This wig is so much easier. The long one was heavy, hot and annoying. If I would have bought this one first I would have been rockin the wig more often.

Monday, September 17, 2012


I can finally be happy that my last round of chemo is over. Everyone kept asking me last week if I was happy and I can honestly say I was not. Last week was probably the worst round. I felt like crap all week and I couldn't do anything to make myself feel better. I felt like I slept a lot but it still felt like it wasn't enough.

Dad had come up and sat with me on my last 9 hour day in the chair. We both got a few naps in since we had gotten back late the night before from the division race in Earlville and were running on little sleep.

I was starting to go crazy because the only time I left the house was to go into chemo. I really wanted to go into work but I couldn't drag myself out of the house to do that. By Friday afternoon I was feeling a little better and since Kyle left Thursday night to go racing, I decided I had enough sitting around so I drove up to KC for the night. By Saturday I was feeling 100% better and was going to give racing a shot. I ended up going a few rounds Saturday night until the truck let me down. Once Sunday came around I was feeling back to normal and was able to start enjoying the accomplishment of making it through 4 rounds of chemo.

Today I went back to work to an out of control desk and many emails to answer and I couldn't have been happier. I was so excited to get back in the gym, to see everyone and to be able to coach this team of girls who have been so considerate of everything that has been going on.  They have worked hard while I have been in and out and we are ready for our season to start!

I just want to say it again, THANK YOU! Thank you for going through this journey with me and for being so supportive throughout the whole thing. I love each and everyone of you.

I will get my CAT scan on October 1st to make sure everything is gone and then I will meet with my doctor right after that. Right now the plan is to get scans and meet with the doctor every 3 months for at least a year. If that is all I have to do, I can handle that!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ready for a new hair style

The title says it all. I don't know what it is but I have really been wanting my hair back recently. I envy every girl out there that can get up in the morning and just throw their hair into a pony tail. Don't get me wrong it is nice not having to worry about doing something with my hair in the mornings and just putting a hat on, but I am over wearing hats. I wear my wig every now and then but it drives me crazy, it is hot and itchy so I would just rather not wear it. I am now counting down the days until I can throw my hair up into a pony tail. I am just worried of what it will look like in the early stages of growth, maybe I will end up with a mullet or something cool like that.

I am writing this blog as we drive back up to Earlville, IA. My family and I were just there last weekend and returned home on Monday morning so I have became pretty familiar with this highway in a short amount of time. During the ride I have been reading Shawn Johnson's book, so as we drove through Des Moines I found Chow's Gymnastics on the map and tried to get Kyle to take a detour to see the gym but he wasn't sold on the idea.
Our pit area last weekend. The S11 and Batman had broken transmissions. Which we had to pull the transmission out of the truck and fix it twice. And we had to change motors in dad's car. All before we could leave Sunday night.

Tomorrow we will be finishing the race from Topeka and then we will start the second race of the weekend on Friday. This will probably be the last division race we will attend this year unless I go rounds at both races then I may take the truck the Noble, OK.

Today I had my check up with Dr. Koeneke since next week is my last chemo week. He was happy with all my numbers once again, my hemoglobin was a little low but he wasn't concerned about it. We discussed the plan after next week and lets say I can't wait for the next week to be over with. For the first month I will continue with weekly labs. After the month I will meet with Dr. Koeneke again to discuss my labs and I will also get another CAT scan of my chest and abdomen to make sure everything looks good there.We may also do a MRI of my brain because small cell carcinoma will sometimes migrate up there, so they want to make sure those little guys haven't found somewhere else to live. If everything looks good then I will go in for labs and scans every 3 months for at least a year. After that we will move to every 6 months and then move to just once a year.

Thank you to Mike Edwards for showing his support on his pro stock car.. It is an overwhelming feeling seeing these stickers on so many people's race cars.

That is it for now, I will update everyone next week sometime during my LAST round!