The Anchor 💗⚓️💗- Edition 38

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Dear Friends and Family,

Wow, it has been a long time since I have written!  I have been very busy living and loving life.  Things have definitely not gone back to the way they used to be, but I am adjusting to the “new normal”.  My last cancer treatment, radiation, was a little over a year ago.  I remember that day vividly, celebrating with my friends and family in the lobby of the hospital and RINGING THE BELL!  

I recently met with my oncologist and radiation oncologist and they said that my scans are clear!  I was so nervous leading up to those appointments because you always have the fear that the cancer will return or metastasize.  I was more than relieved when I found out the results on the same day and did not have to wait.

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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 37

7/12/18

Dear Friends and Family,

My mom and I went to Nashville for a Mother/Daughter vacation before my surgery.  We had a great time and were really, really busy.  We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman, saw singes performance at the Grand Ole Opry.  We also went to a food festival and winery.  Also, we checked out Tootsies and the bars that Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Rich from Big and Rich opened.  I guess that is the new thing for  country singers to do, open their own bars.  We also ate at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken.  We returned to Texas a day before my surgery.

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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 36

 

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June 12, 2018

Dear Friends and Family,

I thought that I would “check-in” since I haven’t written in awhile.  I am on summer vacation, but have been busy with doctor, dentist appointments and professional development for work.  I met with the plastic surgeon and the anesthesia department last week to prepare for my upcoming surgery on Tuesday, June 19th.  I know that it sounds weird, but I am looking forward to having surgery because I feel that is one more “piece” of the puzzle to moving on to my “new” normal.  The surgery will be a day surgery, which is nice.  The recovery time is two to four weeks.  I will play it by ear as to how I feel recovery-wise.  This surgery will not be as involved as my surgery in March.  
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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 35

 

 

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4/6/18

Dear Friends and Family,

My New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is to exercise.  I have been busy exercising through the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA.  The program lasted 12 weeks and classes were held twice a week.  The program introduced me to TRX and water aerobics where we learned proper weightlifting and stretching techniques.  Also, we focused on cardio.  The LIVESTRONG coaches were amazing and very encouraging.  It was also nice to be with a group of women that had walked a similar path as me and were wanting to have a more healthy lifestyle.  We were the 13th graduating class and received a certificate and  yellow rubber ducky with a graduation cap on it.  I definitely will miss my workout friends and the coaches.  The program held me to be accountable and committed to my fitness.  We were assessed in the beginning of the program and at the end of the program and I made progress in all areas. 

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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 34

 

 

3/18/19

Dear Friends and Family,

I had a check-up on Friday, March 16th.  My oncologist said that everything is looking good, which is great news!  She said that my radiated skin is healing nicely too and it is the best that she has ever seen.

I also participated in a lymphedema assessment to make sure that I am not developing signs of lymphedema since I had lymph nodes removed when I had surgery.  The assessment went well.

It is crazy how much has changed since this time last year.  This time last year, I was preparing for my surgery.  I feel that I have come such a long way. 

The literature does not prepare you for life AFTER cancer.  It takes some time adjusting to life and things are not the same way they were before.  I have found a positive outlet for myself by exercising.  

I take things day by day.  Some days are easier than others, but overall, I feel that things are going well.  I also never thought I would dye my hair red, I figured, why not…

Anchored in HOPE,

JW

The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 33

2/21/18

 

Dear Friends and Family,

Just wanted to check in and let everyone know that things are going well.  I attended my first meeting for the Distinguished Women of CanCare.  I met many wonderful ladies that are cancer survivors.  The group is facilitated by the director of program services at CareCare.  The group will meet once a month.  I also have been attending the LIVESTRONG Program at the YMCA twice a week.  The program is for cancer survivors and helps us regain strength through exercise. 

The Komen Race For A Cure was held on Saturday, January 27th.   About 5,000 people attended the event, despite the weather.  It rained before and after the race.  The team War on our Rack consisted of about 25 of us.  I had a great time and I was very thankful that my family and friends participated.  My two friends that are survivors were on the team as well.  My survivor friend and I finished the race by walking the “Survivor Path” together.

My Cancerversary was on February 2nd (Ground Hog Day).  It is hard to believe how much my life has changed from a year ago and all that I have been through.  Looking back, I realize how lucky I am to have such an amazing support system!

Anchored in HOPE,

JW 

The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 32

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1/16/18

Dear Friends and Family,

I thought that I would check in with everyone since I had not written an edition for The Anchor in awhile.  Things are going well and I am glad that it is a new year.

I applied for the Texas Counseling Association Educational Endowment Fund which provides professional development grants to association members whose schools were affected by Hurricane Harvey.  I was one of ten recipients chosen to receive funds to rebuild my office.   It was a great blessing that I received the funds considering that my professional resources were destroyed!

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I also applied to be a Distinguished Women of CanCare (DWOC) and was chosen to become a member!  The program offers support to women that have overcome cancer.  I am looking forward to the benefits of the program and meeting other thrivers.

Texas weather can be crazy!  It has been snowing and has resulted in ice around the city.  The city has basically shut down.  My dogs and I went outside for a quick picture.  I am wearing pajamas provided by Pink it Forward.  Pink it Forward puts together care packages for women battling breast cancer.  The packages can remain anonymous and can be sent to that someone special that needs support.  I received my pajamas a little while ago, but today was the perfect day to wear them.  

Also, yesterday was a personal milestone for me, I went to work without wearing my “garment” or hat.  The students were not on campus, so I thought, “why not?”.  It actually felt very liberating and I received a lot of comments.  I also had to present to small groups, but my lack of hair didn’t interfere with my presentations.  🙂  My hair is growing in slowly, but I am glad that it is growing back.  It will take a little while, my hair has never grown fast…

Anchored in HOPE,

JW