Saturday, August 8, 2015

I'm BACK......

Man it has been awhile.....I am so sorry about that. Life gets in the way sometimes and it takes a little bit of an awakening to get you back on track.

So just a quick update...

  • Billy is doing great. He still has his paralysis on the left side of his face but he is trucking along! We have a routine MRI in October but I'm confident everything will be okay. 
  • Butterbean is growing like crazy. Can you believe she started Pre-K! (gasp)
  • Shawn is ENGAGED! Yep you heard that right. Looks like they are planning a September 2016 wedding. Stay tuned! 
  • I'm doing great. I have really put all my energy into our newest project - Smiles with Chemo Care Bags! Last year we donated roughly 150 bags to the local cancer centers. My goal for 2015 was to donate 300! far as of today - August 2015 - we have donated 329! Our current project is finding enough sponsors for 150 bags to donated to the survivors at the upcoming Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk. We are currently about 100 bags shy of our walk goal. I am so blessed and excited to see how this journey has grown. And I can't wait to get it even bigger and better over the years. Just touching so many lives with a smile makes my world wonderful!! 
  • I just got back from our Thirty-One Conference. It was AM-A-ZING! Billy went with me and it was so nice to see him get involved and enjoy being with our team...learning about Thirty One - and meeting Scott Monroe. I am so excited to grow my team in 2015...become a better leader...and inspire other woman to step out and do things they may not have ever thought about doing. To achieve their "why"! Big Goals for 2015!

I can't wait to get back to sharing our family....sharing my Thirty One journey....and just being ME again. 

Upcoming fun....I will be attending my first vendor event next weekend! I am a little nervous but so excited! Paulding Meadows will be here in September (our 5th year!) And in less than 5 weeks we will be taking Danie to DISNEY! And in just a few more months my sister and I will be embarking on a journey to Cancun to celebrate her 40th Birthday! 
So much to look forward to!!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

6 Month mark and Chemo Care Bags

It's hard to believe that we are coming up on the 6 month mark of Billy's surgery. Just a few more days to go. Things are going well. Billy seems to be doing great. We've been on a few camping trips, put a playset together, planted the gardens and just normal day life. Hopefully 6 months will be the turning point for him. I know he is very patiently waiting for some feeling or movement to come back to his face....and I know it is so frustrating for him. Somedays it feels a lot different than other days so I am guessing that is a good thing? I just don't know. It's hard to research because each patient is so different in their recovery. But overall...he is a trooper in my book.

School is out for the summer. Shawn is taking a summer break and then back into college for the Fall. Hopefully only 2-3 more semesters to go. Danie is moving up in to the last class she will stay in before Pre-K! I know! I'm not ready for Pre-K. It's still a year away but still. She is almost 100% potty trained. I'm so proud of her.

My latest adventure...because you know I must have one....are a few things.
We've started a Making Strides Breast Cancer team for November here in Marietta. Team Hakuna MaTATA. You see.....over the last month I have had two VERY precious and super special friends diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Each one is so totally different than the other as far as treatments, recovery, etc. Both equally scary. Somedays I feel I just can't do enough for them so that they can feel as though they are not alone in this. I don't want to them to feel that way. that little Becky Angel sitting on their shoulder at every appointment, every chemo treatment, each surgery....
so I've been fundraising where I can for the walk. But I am most excited about is the kick off of our Chemo Care Bags! I'm looking for sponsors!!!!! $20!! That $20 will buy this cute thermal bag and all the goodies to go inside it: water, crackers, jolly ranchers, puzzle books, inspirational messages....And then on the outside of the bag I will tie a cute little card which will say:
Chemo Care Bags - filled with love from your Angel Sponsor (insert name).
Cool huh!!!! And then in July I will take them to the Cancer Center here at Kennestone and hopefully Paulding Hospital (depends on the amount of bags sponsored). of those special friends of mine will be undergoing chemo. And I think of her sitting there during her treatments....and what a smile she would have on her face if some stranger walked up and gave her a bag of love. So in my heart...that is what I feel these bags would be...bags of love...unconditional....simply stating you are loved and thought about daily. I would hope that some other person out there would be doing the same thing and my sweet friend would receive a little something from them. It is what  my heart was leading me to this  morning as I drove into work. And by all means...I MUST listen to that heart and what it is telling me. Sooooooo....if you think you would be interested in being a sponsor just let me know. $20. Full of Love. I plan on ordering and filling these bags to deliver in July. If you don't live near me...that's okay. You can send the money via paypal, cc, check in the mail, etc.....however and whatever works for you. Between us all we can put a smile on someones face that so needs it.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

4 Months today

I can't believe that today marks Billy's 4 month surgery anniversary!
Crazy isn't it.

To be honest I feel like it has been much longer than that. It is amazing to me how far he has come in 4 months. He really is my Hero and I applaud his determination.

Monday was his neurologist appointment to go over his MRI that was taken last week. Everything is looking good. I had no doubt that it wouldn't. What was left in there is so would take forever for it to grow again. Or well...that is my professional opinion :)  Dr. Hadgipanayis was very glad to see how well he was doing. Loved how his eye was looking after the eye surgery. He didn't seem to positive about the facial paralysis but I point blank told him we were not going to give up on that and we are staying positive that it will come back.

Earlier that morning we took a trip back up to the Neuro ICU ward and delivered 30 Thirty-One Pocket A Totes that I had embroidered with the words "Believe..." and then filled with goodies. We explained to the nurses that Billy was a patient there in room 3107 4 months ago and that this was just something our hearts compelled us to donate. A bag is to be given to each family as they come in so that they will know someone is thinking about them during this tough time in their lives. The nurses were excited and they loved seeing how well Billy was doing. We even saw a familiar face while we were there. After that we headed to Floor 9 to leave Dr. Vivas her present. Just a small token of thanks for all her caring and hard work. And yep. It was a Thirty One bag She called later on that night to thank us personally and to see how the Neuro appointment went. She on the other hands thinks the small things we have seen with Billy's face is a good sign! That's why I love her...she is so positive and upbeat about things.

So we are good to go for 6 months. At that 6 months mark we will head back to Emory for another MRI and to see Dr. H and Dr. Vivas at the same time. So it will be an Emory filled day for sure. At that time Dr. Vivas said we will re-evaluate his facial paralysis and then discuss further measures. I think at that time we may talk about a hearing aid also. It will not help him hear as that part of his ear is gone, but it will help him re-route sound to his good ear. As far as the facial paralysis they are talking about connecting the facial nerve to his tongue nerve to help with some of the dropping. I'm just not sure about that personally. I love him just as he is. And if God sees fit that this is the way he should be...then who am I to question or complain. I see my love. Not paralysis. So really that ball is in his court. I am not sure he would like another surgery...I know I wouldn't. But.....I will continue doing as I have and just pray that what shall be will be. I am just happy that I have my husband with me....healthy...and happy.