Archive | October, 2016

What a Difference a Year Makes

16 Oct

I don’t really know where to begin, so I suppose I will just start at the very beginning.

October 16th 2015

I woke up around 4am, but I am not sure I ever really slept that night anyway. It was the day I had been preparing for for months. I was excited to get the tumor out of my face, but knew there were a lot of risks in this surgery compared to the last one. Much of my waking hours that day were a blur. I do remember waking up in recovery drenched in sweat. I looked at the clock. 2pm. I knew something hadn’t gone right. I should have been in my room by now with my family. I worried that they worried. I made the nurse call them to tell them I was ok.

They eventually rolled me into my room as I was heaving into a paper bag. Not my finest hour.

Eventually I had to talk….but I really couldn’t. That is when I realized the nerve damage was bad… Really bad. I had no use of the entire left side of my face. I couldn’t blink, I had to physically close my mouth with my hand and drink through a straw to drink. I was mortified. But the tumor was gone and I was happy about that.

Two days later I got to go home and face the months of recovery ahead.

I got the drainage tube out a few days later and then the staples out the following week. I was depressed. I had a cavern in my face, a scar that would never go away and my face still wasn’t working. My doctor feared my eye may never close again.

November 16th 2015

D-Day. The day my radiation would start. I naively thought it would be easy, well, not easy, but not as bad as it turned out to be. I had radiation 5 days a week. I cried. I whined. I hated it. Every last bit of it was terrible. I won’t sugarcoat it. I was exhausted, I was in pain. It felt like I had a bad sunburn constantly. I lost chunks of hair and even worse, lost my taste. I felt like a human punching bag.

December 31st 2015

MY LAST TREATMENT!!! I couldn’t wait to put this all behind me and start my life again. The pain lasted another month. My taste came back sooner than expected. Slowly but surely my nerves started working again. I could get back to my life.

March 18th 2016

We purchased our first home

new-home

We love it here. It is my peaceful place away from the city.

May 2016

My baby graduated kindergarten. Life was finally starting to fall together again.

kindergarten-graduation-may-27

Summer 2016

We had some amazing trips planned and were gone most of the summer. It felt so great to have my energy back. I still have a lot of pain in my face, but everything else is back to normal. We made some amazing memories in New Mexico, Arizona, Glenwood, Washington and Oregon.

June 11 2016

Our beautiful old kitty Galahad passed away. It was the first pet loss our kids have had and they were completely broken hearted.

August 2016

My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in a beautiful bed and breakfast in Glenwood. And some other things were in the works like….

fostering

starting the process to become a licensed foster home!!!

We have been working on the six month process of getting our foster license and have about 6 weeks left. We are beyond excited to welcome a new little one (or two) into our family! I am happy to answer any questions, but for now we are just excited to let the cat out of the bag. Our kids are excited to be foster siblings. I know they will be great ones.

SO..

It has been a year. A crazy year. But our family has been blessed beyond measure by so many people who have prayed for me, for us. I’d like to think we all came out stronger. I know I have so much more appreciation for the little things now. For my kids giggles and my husbands unwavering support. I am one lucky gal.

To the next year!

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