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Well yesterday was a great feeling day.  I had a mild headache and a little tired but lasted until about 5:00 and then I gave out, curled up in the bed with Candace and watched Say Yes To The Dress, Split Ends we had TVOed, and then read many post on the pioneer woman‘s blog.  She is really funny, real, and creative.  Candace and I laughed at her six post on burping (ewww), followed her stories on her friends, family and her chaps wearing husband.

I woke up in the middle of the night really achy and could not get comfortable.  Keith rubbed my back and that seemed to help.  This morning the stomach flu like symptoms they talked about have finally hit.  It is not terrible just doesn’t feel very good. 

I keep thinking of Lucy, the breast cancer survivor, I met at the doctors and realize this is nothing to what she is going to be feeling this next week.  It does not make by aches less but it makes me put them in perspective.  I will not whine, I will not whine, I will not whine, I have a COMPLETELY reversible condition!

I have decided to skip the treatment they said I could have Tuesday.  I really want to enjoy the time with my family.  I will pick the treatments up the next week and be done with it by the middle of December.  Wooohooo!

I may move a little slower today, okay I may not move very much today, but I am thanking Jesus that I am going to be feeling better this next year!  It is pretty exciting to know I will have more energy and feel better than I have for the last two years!

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I had my first iron transfusion.  I just kept thinking about other things until the time came and then took a deep breathe and went in to the office.  It is a very humbling place.  I have severe anemia but I sat next to a woman getting chemo who had breast cancer and this was her 33rd week of radiation and chemo; across the room the woman had stomach cancer.  She just finished her third round and would start radiation soon.  They had wonderful attitudes and were very kind people. 

They told me to eat a little before I came in, so I did, but only a little because I was a little nervous.  By the time they got my IV hooked up I got a chill and could not make my body quit moving.  They were giving me something in my IV for itching and stomach upsetness first.  I had two blankets on but the lady, Lucy,  sitting next to me said, You don’t look so good are you okay?”.   I was not sure, I was the coldest I have ever been when inside a building.  Lucy  got the nurse and she gave me two heating pads and a couple heated blankets.  I closed my eyes and let the Benadryl work its magic.  As I got warmer, I got sleeper and my body quit moving.  I took a nap and woke up warm and toasty!  (hope I did not snore:))

The iron took four hours to drip in.  It was not painful.  The staff is amazing and could not have been kinder.  They all had a genuine concern for each patient there.  They told me to take Tylenol, which I had to tell them I could not.  They were not sure what should be done in case I get the flu like symptoms that apparently a lot of their patients feel in the first 48 hours.  I told them we would wing it and if I needed something desperately I could always call the doctor on call.

When I left I was a little tired but mostly I could only dwell on what a POSITIVELY GREAT experience it had been for me.  The cancer patient were amazing, their spirit was so encouraging.  Lucy was reading The Shack and we talked about the Lord after I woke up.  She had a wonderful attitude about her cancer and made me want to have a wonderful attitude about my TOTALLY correctable problem. 

I am not counting on the aches and pains.  If they come, they come, but I am planning on getting rest, being positive, and remembering my blessings.  God is using this anemia in my life.  I am really trying to listen to what He is saying. As I was walking out of the office a magazine caught my eye.  It is a magazine for cancer patients.  The lead article, in big BOLD letters was, “Yes, you can slow down”; do you think that might have been in my path for a reason.  I am not sure, lol,  but I am going to read the article and see.

I wish I could say G-R-R-R-R-R-R EAT like Tony the Tiger!

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