Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Well, I thought I was out of the woods, I felt better and I thought I was getting my life back. I thought my body was done acting like an eighty year old. I was wrong again.
I went to see my primary care physician yesterday because I had a painful rash on my upper right arm and found out that I have shingles. Dr. Cox took one look at it and said "Oh! Oh. Ohhh."
Shingles is the chicken pox virus "waking up." It is common in immune suppressed people, but I thought mine was getting better. Apparently stress can trigger an outbreak. I am on Valtrex, also used to treat genital herpes, so it was fun handing that script over to the pharmacist. The rash will take about four weeks to go away and I could have nerve pain for a little while after or years to come. I guess we will wait and see.
My goddaughter's second birthday is today and while I was in the doctor's office I had a little meltdown, worrying that I would miss her party two years in a row. The doctor said it is only contagious if peolpe touch my rash, so I will be keeping my distance and covering the rash with a bandage! Dr. Cox said it was okay for me to go, so I am going to be there!


Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Today is my long awaited Survivor Party. So many of my friends and family have come from miles away to be with me. I cannot wait to see everyone and I could not be more grateful than I am for all their support. I will be giving a speech to honor everyone. I have been busy during the last few months. I went to two Relay for Life events and walked my first survivor lap. I bought a new puppy, Millie Rose, and hosted a Spanish foreign exchange student, Gema. I am ready to take chances and try things I might have never done before. I am getting my life back and I am ready to live it. You can checkout the speech I am giving today at this link: