Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Changes

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn


Mr. Rohn, I couldn't agree with you more. 

I came across this quote when I was at a cross road in life and felt as though it was speaking to me..  Basically it was time to (excuse my language) 'shit or get off the pot'. I have never been one to deal with change very well and was happy in my comfort zone. I've never been one to take huge risks either but something clicked and it was time to do something. I had two choices....

                                          1) stay at the same job I had been at for the past 11 years, live in the same town I had pretty much grown up in and try to make best out of what I had
                                                               OR 
                                           2) venture out to try something new while trying to repair a relationship with a guy I had been dating FOREVER off and on. 

I decided on the latter.  It was time to grow up, be a big girl and make my own decisions and choices in life. I  figured if I could handle and get through cancer then I could handle anything. So I decided to take a risk...leave everything I know in California, and head out east to Ohio. I had made the choice to 'get off the pot'.  It wasn't easy but it needed to be done and it gets a little easier day by day being out of my comfort zone while trying to make a new one. 

I've been away from my family for a little over a month and tomorrow I will be flying back for my cousin's wedding. I'm super excited and can't wait to see my sister, parents and most of all my little boo boo (I'm sure I'll be surprised how much he's changed and not so little anymore). I'm definitely counting down the hours.

Because my sister is the crafty paper girl, you will finally be able to see pictures of her work she is doing for my cousins wedding. From invitations, wine labels and much more so look for those coming soon!

With all that said, it's time for me to go so I can pack...I'm goin back to Cali!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Update

Hi there...I'm back!!!

I have to apologize for leaving you all hanging about what's been happening since my last post. Trying to keep up with the blog, finishing radiation and finishing the CLS program got the best of me. Now that life has slowed down a little, I have more time to concentrate on the blog. But your probably wondering what has happened between my last post and now. Well...let me tell you.

I finished radiation the week after Labor Day in 2010. Because of the radiation and the lumpectomy, I now have to take Tamoxifen for the next 5 years. Because my cancer was detected as early-stage breast cancer, it reduces the chance that the original breast cancer will come back in the same breast or elsewhere. It also reduces the risk of developing new cancers in the other breast. The downside to the medication is that it may increase my risk of getting uterine cancer but according to my doctor the benefits far outweigh any potential risks. It does have minimal side effects which I have learned to deal with. On a good note, I got a clean bill of health the last time I had my follow-up...YAY!!! I still have to get checked every 6 months but that's fine with me. At this point I'd rather be safe than sorry.

In March of 2011, I graduated from the CLS program and took time off of work to study for the national exam. I went back to work this past August and am still struggling to pass the exam. It's been quite frustrating but I think I had too many distractions going on in my life. I'll pass the next time I take it, I have faith in myself and I'm not giving up. So there's my brief run down thus far.  

But wait! Did you notice that the layout of the blog looks a little different? You know what that means right? Yup you guessed it, change! Stephanie and I will be adding new and exciting elements to the blog. Can't tell you what they are yet but I'll give you a hint....new adventures and lots of creativity!!