Monday, March 16, 2009

Getting Back to Normal

I can honestly say the life is finally getting back to normal....whatever that is. We celebrated Joel's birthday and took our annual trip to the beach to visit the Gutherie's. We had a wonderful time. We attempted to play on the beach but it was FREEZING!! We will for sure be taking Ella back this summer.
Joel and I made the decision last week that I would stop taking Tamoxifen (the medicine to prevent breast cancer recurrence). I was really have a rough time with the side effects. The best way I can explain it was the way I felt the week after I had Ella combined with what it must feel like to go through menopause. YUCK!! I cried all the time and was just mean. I felt happy on the inside but I couldn't show it. It was starting to effect all areas of my life. We had a 3 month check-up with my oncologist and expressed our concerns. He had me take a break from the med for 1 month to make sure it was the med that was causing the problem. Within 3-4 days I was my old self again. I had energy, I was laughing, and just felt better. We saw the oncologist again last Monday. I know you're probably thinking "But if it reduces your risk of cancer, Lisa, don't be stupid." That of course was my biggest concern. We talked percentages with the doc and he informed me that because of the surgery I chose and the treatments I had, Tamoxifen only reduces my risk of cancer recurrence by 2-3%. It's just now worth if for 2-3%. So, life really is back to normal. I don't think about cancer everyday and I just feel GOOD!!
Of course, it does make me nervous to think about cancer. I'm learning to let my faith guide me through. A close friend shared this scripture with me from Psalms 4:8 "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Thank you to all who continue to pray for us. We appreciate it so much!


Daniel and Sarah Barrett said...

Hi! What a beautiful decision you have made...this is so great because I wrote on my hand this morning at school to call you this evening because I have been praying daily for this decision for yall and wanted to know where you were with the big decision. I am so glad you are at peace--I, too, am at peace with your decision! Praise the Lord....I am just so happy that you feel good. It really makes a difference when your quality of life is so you so much and miss you too! I will give you a call soon!

Deb said...

Happy Spring! It's just around the corner here in Michigan. Just hoping its not a long corner.

Congrats on your decision. If you are at peace with it then that is all that matters. God is directing you every step of the way through this.

Life is an adventure. Hang on to your hat and scream for all you're worth! :-)

And remember...Keep on dancin'.

Love from Michigan Marine Mom

Lisa said...

Lisa I am so happy you are moving on. My life was blessed from meeting you. I am trying to get to my new normal. Health wise everythings going great. You are in my prayers. Lisa Duda

Deb said...

Not sure if you check your blog much anymore but just saw your phot shoot with Candice and CONGRATS! I'm thrilled for all of you. And you look beautiful!

You have definitely Kept On Dancin'.