This month has been an emotional roller coaster. On January 3rd, we found out that Kayla has a cyst on her one remaining ovary. However, her tumor markers are completely normal, so the oncologist feels that this is most likely a benign cyst and feels that Kayla can just continue to be observed every few… Continue reading Kayla Update
Kayla has been in remission for three years now. Most days our family can go through our daily lives on a normal basis. We get caught up in work, hobbies, the minor stresses of life, and right now, wedding planning. But cancer never goes away. It haunts Kayla and our family in memories and experiences… Continue reading Cancer, the ghost
Yesterday was an amazing Christmas day! I made David and me a delicious breakfast and then I counted down the minutes until the kids would arrive. We had a wonderful afternoon of opening presents, playing games, and eating yummy food. I love my family so much. They are my world. And then they left and the… Continue reading A bump in the road
I watched a movie over the weekend called The 5th Wave. It’s about an alien invasion that happens in coordinated attacks; the first wave involves taking away all of the electricity, the second wave is a big tidal wave that wipes out much of the human population; and the third wave, which hits humans with… Continue reading Alien parasite
Guys, the Chicago marathon is only 165 days away!! Okay, yes, that’s 6 months, but seriously, I need all the time I can get to train for this thing! I put together a training plan that’s going to take 24 weeks. The first four weeks will be just getting back into training mode, since my running… Continue reading Marathon training begins!
Guys, it’s official! My registration for the Chicago Marathon is complete! I guaranteed an entry by signing up with a charity group. I chose Imerman Angels, a group that provides one-on-one support for cancer victims and their families. Going through Kayla’s cancer was horrible, but we had a lot of support from family and friends.… Continue reading Chicago Marathon – I’m in!
2015 was a monumental year. A lot of shit happened. Some really great things, and some pretty horrible stuff. It will definitely be a year that I will never forget. Running continued to be a big part of my life. I ran my first marathon in June and so for the first half of 2015,… Continue reading A recap of 2015
I woke up today and smiled. My baby is free of cancer. I started laughing and then I cried tears of joy. This has been my life over the last 23 hours. Yesterday morning our family woke up very early to check in at Radiology at 7:00 a.m. for Kayla’s CT scan. Joining us were… Continue reading I woke up today and smiled.
I was in a serious funk at the beginning of the week. The closer we get to Kayla’s follow-up appointment next week, the more anxious I seem to get. Staying strong and positive seems to be more difficult lately. I’m not sleeping well and I feel really tired and a bit grumpy. After taking really… Continue reading Roller coaster
This week has finally felt like a normal week for me. I signed up to do a virtual half-marathon in January: The race is actually in December, but I won’t be ready by then, so I’m shooting for January 23! One of the major perks of virtual racing – flexibility! I’m so excited to be… Continue reading Getting back to normal