Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Still Here

Florida is sunny and warm today. The kids are enjoying the backyard, heated pool. Yesterday we did Universal/Islands of Adventure. Today we're just relaxing.

I hate to even write it, but I received more bad news from the my oncologist yesterday when we were coming back from one of the parks. When the doctors injected me with the chemo through my back, they also took out some spinal fluid to test. It came back positive for cancer cells. The last test did not show this.

I am also feeling more pain as each day goes by. But the Vicodin helps, and when we return to Minnesota, we'll be looking at even more options for treatment.

So keep praying. I appreciate all your kind thoughts, encouragement and prayers. I really do.

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At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am so sorry to hear about your bad news! As always, I'm praying for you and the family. Keep the faith!

Love you much,
Auntie Nita

P.S.: I know you haven't heard from me in a while I had a virus on my computer, but I am catching up on your blog entries today.

At 5:26 PM, Blogger simplifying the smocks said...

I am so glad you are able to spend time with your family in sunny, warm Florida- Indy is cold and icy and I imagine Minnesota is freezing! Our family continues to pray for your healing and peace daily!

At 7:34 PM, Blogger Marsha said...

Cari, you don't have to ask me to keep praying you are on my daily prayer list, always! I am so sorry that you received more bad news. I hope you enjoy the sunny FL weather it is supposed to be really cold in MN next week.

At 8:38 PM, Blogger Fantastic Four said...

Enjoy your vacation with your family, you deserve it and so does your family! I am so sorry to hear about your bad news...As always, we are praying for you!

At 9:01 PM, Blogger KC said...

i'm glad you're enjoying the sunshine, and i'm so sorry about the latest news. i pray for you and your family every day.

At 4:17 AM, Blogger cg said...

Oh Cari I am so sorry to hear this news. I am with everybody, you dont even have to ask for thoughts and prayers and you are right there every day. I am so glad you got to swap freezing Minnesota for sunny Florida. Enjoy :-)

At 8:35 AM, Blogger C said...

I am so sorry for the unwelcome news. I am certain that this is easier said than done, but try not to let this ruin this wonderful time with your family. Live in the moment and keep fighting this thing with everything you have when you get back to Minnesota...you have an army of supporters backing you up every step of the way.
Sending you a big hug, Carina

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

huge hug ... HUUUUGE ...

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Matthew 6:25-31 Jesus talks to us about focusing on life and its necessities. Water, food, clothing etc. But in Matthew 6:25, 28, 31, 34, Jesus repeats the same phase: "Take no thought." Which indicates that we have the ability to control our thoughts. ("We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." (2 Corth 10:5)

The doctors are giving you the facts. The fact may be a growth in the cancer in your spine. But the truth is "by His stripes you are healed." (1 Peter 2:24)

Try to focus your thoughts on God's word. Do not take the negative thoughts and let them get into your heart.

Paul said, "Cari, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." (Phil 4:8)

Psalm 145:5 states, "I will MEDITATE on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works."

Shift your focus back to God. The same question God asked Jeremiah appies to all of us: “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me" (Jeremiah 32:27).

Continue to walk by faith. That faith caused you to get out of bed and drive a car-alone! That faith caused you to get the strength to go to Florida with your family. That faith caused you to enjoy a weekend with your girlfriends.

The resurrection power of God is available to you. Meditate on the incomparable greatness of God.

Continue to walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Cor 5:7).

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Caro said...

Hi Cari:

I am sorry about your bad news. I will keep praying.

I hope your Florida vacation is a good break from everything.

At 12:06 AM, Blogger cindy said...

I can't pretend I know how hard life is right now for you. Please, don't loose the faith! Faith is what sustains us.

Praying for you in Kentucky!

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cari - I can only imagine that the pain you are feeling must be overwelming - I know what a basic headache does to my day. I also must believe that the relentless search for peace and answers must be frustrating. My prayer for you is simple - it's peace. Whether you are just sitting reading and your body isn't aching or peace that you feel resolute in your treatment process. And that you also are able to "give yourself a break" on those days you don't feel such peace! It's okay to feel down, frustrated, annoyed..You have the strength of 10,000 men! Jules (dana's friend)

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about your latest test results. May the power of all the prayers being said for you lift your spirits and heal you. Your will to fight is so strong and I believe that will plays a tremendous role in surviving. You continue to fight, and we will all continue to pray. You and your whole family continues to be in our prayers.
Love, Nancy

At 7:00 PM, Blogger AnnD said...

I will not lose faith.

I do hope you are enjoying your time in the sun and warmth. I also hope you can find time to have cancer free thoughts while on vacation.

Darn cold up here, so hope you are warm.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger jkhenson said...

Just wanted you to know you were being thought of and prayed for at this very moment.

At 5:02 PM, Blogger IrishMommy said...

You are constantly in my thoughts! Prayers lifted up to you to kick this cancer in the bootie. Enjoy the wonderful warm weather in Florida. It's horrible here!

At 10:06 PM, Blogger connie and rob said...

I'm so happy you went to Florida with your family! Happiness and strength to you all right now. Love, Connie


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