Dr. Phillips also gave me the news that I am considered a stage 4 cancer patient. In cancer terms, there is no stage 5 so that sounds scary. This is very scary because stage 4 is considered not-curable - WE WILL SHOW THEM! I am considered this because anyone that has a recurrence of the same disease that was previously treated is considered stage 4. I don't think this is fair since it is not in a distant organ. I told her this and while she sees my point, she said I can't change it. So it is very scary because if you look at the statistics for a stage 4 breast cancer patient, the outlook is not great. I cried about this and am still having a hard time accepting it, but I am doing my best to stay positive and remember as of right now, I do not have cancer anywhere else besides a lymph node and chest wall. This is way more then most of you reading this, but in my opinion, it could be worse. There are several treatments out there still to try if this one does not work. Just keep the prayers coming! I can beat the odds, right??
Justin had a great week at school. I was asked to come to the school today to be a "mystery reader". I had to give 5 hints about me and the kids were to guess who the reader was. Justin was so excited and happy to see me. He told me he is so lucky to be the first one in class to have their mom read. That made me so happy! After reading, the kids could ask me questions. Some were interesting, but man, first graders are adorable and so innocent. I would love to spend more time in his class and hope to do so. Ryan is busy as usual. He is trying his best to talk. While I can make out some of it, the other is still gibberish. He has mastered "Sponge Bob" and when Nana and Papa Garrison were here this week, he did combine 2 words and said "oh Papa". Those that know my dad can only imagine what he may have done or said to get a response like that! He wants to be outside from sun up to sun down! Don is holding down the fort! Keeping busy at work and doing everything he can to keep the normalcy going at home!
So my subject is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. I am doing a walk at the Joliet Speedway on October 20th. I have started a team called "Amber's Prayer Warriors". If you go to the site: www.makingstridesagainstbreastcancer.com, the home page will try to locate a walk, a member or team. I have family and friends flying and driving in for this and I am so happy for this support. I would love to have a team like I did last year! If you are free and can join us, please sign up under my team. It is $25.00 / person. Kids are welcome and we walk rain or shine! Won't you please join us? If you are unable to join in, I would love a donation under my name. Now more then ever we need money to go towards this ugly disease and what better way to help! If you ask me right now how to help us, I will say this. Now some of you I might still hit up for a sitter, or pick up for Justin if something comes up, but this is what I really need right now. I need a cure for cancer! Any bit helps!
So I will close with requesting prayers for me of course and for the family! We are settled back into a routine with chemo and doing great, but mom and dad, sisters, in-laws and immediate family are all hit by this and need the prayers and support. It is a living nightmare!
Love to all!