Monday, October 5, 2015

Bad News on the Homefront

Last week my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer that has spread to her liver. It was a devastating blow to all of us. She has been a smoker for 40 years now, so it wasn't a surprise that we would be dealing with this sort of situation at some point in the future, but I certainly wasn't expecting it right now.

She went to her GP last Monday because we thought she'd picked up a bug or had a nasty sinus thing going on. He threw antibiotics at her and scheduled her for a CT scan on Wednesday. By Wednesday she was so sick, weak, and dehydrated I had to take her for the scan. Later that night, after my sister & I discussed it, my sister took her to the hospital. They admitted her right away and started pushing I.V. fluids. Thursday the doctors wanted to see Mom's CT scan results to verify what they thought they had seen on a chest x-ray.

There is a mass in her right lung about the size of a golf ball and a couple of spots on her liver.

Friday morning she had a biopsy of the lung mass and then she went home Friday evening. Even though the doctors said it is cancer, they are waiting on the biopsy results to verify it is cancer. That result should be back today. By the end of this week we *should* know what KIND of cancer it is, and thus, what kind of treatment plan will be initiated.

Tomorrow, Mom is scheduled for a PET scan. This scan will tell us if there are more cancer spots anywhere else on her body. The oncologist seems to have a plan in place for her, and she's feeling pretty optimistic, so hopefully together they can beat this.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What I'm up to right now.

Fall has finally arrived here in North Georgia. Or at least it feels like it. The mornings are in the 50's and the afternoon/evenings are in the 80's. It's absolutely perfect! I open the windows and it cools the house all day long. I love it!

This is the second week of school for my younger two girls, and the oldest has been in college for a month now. Everyone seems to be settling in quite well. My house is quiet and MUCH cleaner. LOL. I've used the last week and a half to get my house back in order from the chaos that is summer break.

Now.... NOW.... It's finally time to get back into MY world. It's time to knock out a couple of books, plan some giveaways, prepare for my next conference, and submerge myself into my fictional worlds. I've missed them so these last four month!

On the personal front, this is the time of year when I schedule all my yearly check-ups. Yesterday I had my very first dermatologist head-to-toe look for suspicious mole activity. The doctor removed three of them. Eek!! I should hear back about the biopsies in the next two weeks. My grandmother passed last year from melanoma so me, my sister, and my mother figured it was time to have a once over. It just happened to be my turn yesterday. I now have Band-Aids on my left shoulder, left thigh, and right hip. Two of the three are places that never even see the sun!

Work-related, I have lots planned for the next few months. I have blog posts planned for you, a few newsletters, and of course opportunities to win goodies and free books. Stay tuned for more to come!  :)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Off to College We Go

Today is move-in day for my oldest daughter. We're heading out in a few minutes with two car loads of her stuff, driving an hour south, and hoping it won't take too long to get her settled into her dorm room. I get to meet her roommate today, and hopefully her roommate's parents. Phone numbers will be exchanged and there will be lots of pictures before I leave her there.

I find it reminiscent of her first day of kindergarten. Lots of smiles, laughter, hugs, talking it up, and then saying good-bye. On that day, I made it all the way to my car before the tears began to flow. I'm anticipating the same scenario today. *Sniff, Sniff*

I don't know where the last 18 years have gone. It seems they flew by in the blink of an eye. When they're little you never think they'll be grown so quickly. All you worry about then is if they're eating enough, are they wet, why are they crying this time. You don't really think that the years will be gone in no time at all and you'll be driving them to college.  Eek!

I'm grateful she's ambitious enough to know what she wants to do with her life, and I have no doubt my determined, stubborn child will accomplish anything she wants to do.  I'm also thankful she's only moving an hour away! LOL. Mommy can go visit any darn time she wants to! :P

She's giving me that look now, so I better get off here and start driving. I'll come back this evening and update this post with pictures, as well as on my Facebook page.

Happy Friday!