Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Transitioning into Spring with terminal cancer

Hello Friends!
Spring is in the air....supposedly!  Well today is the first official calendar day of spring.  I have seen Some signs of it.  Outside there are green shoots of various bulb plants sprouting from the earth, and I have spotted a robin or two.  Which I hear tell, means spring is just around the corner.  Another sign of spring for me at least, is the sudden desire to deep clean, shed things unused and reevaluate life.  I have found myself becoming more organized.  Especially in the fridge and the pantry.  But there are more personal and deeper spring transitions occurring in my life.  We added Gracie recently which has shifted the balance of things somewhat.  Adding a whole new dimension, and some extra work to our family.  I have also found myself weeding out time suckers.  I am trying to be a bit more conscious in how I am living.  Today I shed about 50 sites I had email subscriptions to.  This will save me time with my email.  Also I got rid of a bunch of youtube subscriptions that weren't adding value.  You know the ones, shopping hauls, beauty videos and various news sources.  They were all just causing my head to be full of crap.  It felt so awesome to shed some of these things.  I also have been avoiding facebook a bit in the past few days.  It hasn't hurt a bit to not be checking in throughout the day.  Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying that this is how EVERYbody should spring clean.  I am just sharing that I feel pretty positive about the things I have been adding and taking away from my life as spring prepares to come.  After living almost 6 full yrs knowing that I have terminal cancer, I feel that I want more of a calm and peaceful life, with candle, books, music, good food, cuddles from pups and not least of all great family and friends.  It doesn't do it for me with FB or youtube or email any longer.  It needs to be more personal, and more peaceful.  So, that has been my spring forward experience so far.  What's yours?  Tell me in the comments.
Love you guys,
Leslie

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gracie and Oscar

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Almost hitting the two year mark taking Ibrance

Hello my friends,
Wow, there are so so so many milestones happening in my life right now.  If you haven't been following along on Youtube recently, you may not know about Gracie.  She is a cute little chocolate and tan smooth coat dachshund that Mo and I have added to our fur baby family.
Here is a photo of Sadie all cuddled up with Gracie.  They are so sweet.  I love them both so much, and I have no regrets getting pups while living with cancer.  In fact I recommend it.  It is a very healthy thing to do. 
I also am about to hit the 6 year mark on March 28th, of living with metastatic breast cancer.  This is fantastic.  I was initially told to expect 1-3 yrs as a prognosis.  I have doubled my time here on earth, from what science has expected from me.  I intend to have a HUGE celebration.  I'm not sure what I will do to celebrate, but it has to be larger than life.  Like, jump from a plane, I dunno.  Just BIG.  
Also, In June I will celebrate two years of being on Ibrance.  The newest of the metastatic breast cancer treatments.  I have averaged about 2 yrs on the previous two treatments I was on.  Chemotherapy tends to work in such a way, that over time the cancer will figure out how to beat it.  So, no matter what you are on or how long you are on it, the one thing you can count on is it will become ineffective over time.  
Finally, today I had an appointment for labs and a check up with my oncologist.  For the first time in over two years, my tumor markers are at the bottom of the range that is considered normal!!!!  I am so happy.  This doesn't mean I get to stop taking chemo or that I am cured.  What it means is that the chemo is working and working very well.  YAY!
That is all for me folks.  I just really wanted to update you on those exciting reasons to celebrate.  If you have any ideas you want to suggest on how I can whoop it  up for  my 6 yr metsaversary, leave  them in the comments below.  Hey, also let me know how you are finding this blog.  Through FB, Twitter, google plus or Blogger, or Lesliescancerconfessions.com.  It would really help me out to know how you found me.
Thanks for stopping by,
Leslie

Monday, February 27, 2017

My experience using medical cannabis.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

This week with Gracie



Hello friends,
Gosh I hope you all are well.  I hear there is a nasty virus sweeping the nation the Noro virus I believe it is called.  At any rate, douse yourselves in antibac and stay healthy.  Now that we are through to 2017, I truly hope it is a much better year.  With all the politics aside, I thought I would share something we can easily all agree on.  Puppies are cute!  This past month, we have added a family member.  Official name is Lady Grace Bowlus, but she is simply Gracie to us.  Sometimes I call her slinky dog, cause, well that is pretty self explainatory.  She is a slinky, wiggly doxi pup.  Her personality is quite different from Oscar and Sadie.  The are all pretty independent, but Gracie is seriously independent.  She is pretty quiet, and doesn't go crazy barking at the mail carrier when the other dogs do, she is pretty playful, and will pop the tags off of any toy, pillow, or tagged item.  She just LOVES to chew tags.  We are training her differently than we did the older doxis.  She has a play pen with a doggie door.  Inside the pen we keep a pee pad tray for her to go on when it is too damned cold to go out side (as a smooth coat, she doesn't have much hair to keep her warm) She also goes outside with the other doggies.  I take them all every 2 hours whither they need to go or not.  Usually one will go, so it is worth it.  We have had very few on the carpet accidents because of this.  Right now she is too small to fit even the smallest doggie sweater and just walks right out of them.  We all are really happy we got her.  I just can tell that the older pups are going to be great friends with her too.
That is all from here.  thanks for stopping by, stay warm.
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Leslie

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Welcome Gracie!