Minutes – November 12, 2013 – It Has a Name

leiomyosarcoma

That’s what it’s called.  It’s considered to be a rare cancer, which doesn’t really mean anything except that there isn’t a lot of research to back up one treatment protocol over another. Since there’s no clear cut answer, I’ll be charging forward with the standard “Let’s Just Remove the Whole Kit and Kaboodle and Test a Few Lymph Nodes While We’re In There, Okay??” protocol, which Dr. Cloven assures me has a very good chance of taking care of it.

I’ll have a CT scan just as soon as the nurse calls me and tells me when.  Surgery is scheduled for the 25th.  After the surgery and microscopic laboratory observation that goes along with it, we will have a prognosis, as well as a better idea of what followup treatments will be needed.

Rare cancer?  Sheesh…even with this I have to be an overachiever.

Beware of Things with Funny Names!  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

Minutes – November 11, 2013

::faithful – praying for myself and my family. That surgery from a week ago? It actually went quite well, thank you very much.  However – and this is a big one, so brace yourself – the doctors found something much worse than just an inconvenience.  I have cancer.  I’ve known since Wednesday, and we told the kids this weekend.  Yes, we kept the news from them for a few days because a) Mr. Pea and I needed some time to process the information, pray together and get ourselves centered before shared the news with our offspring; and b)  all four kids had major tests at the end of the week and did not need the distraction.

I’ve indulged in my personal pity party, cried for many days, done my research and am ready to move forward.  Our first visit with the oncologist  is tomorrow.  Yes, Our. The nurse already called and told us that Mr. Pea should come to all appointments with me.  A most excellent suggestion, as I’m still a bit shell-shocked and am likely to forget the questions on my list or the answers I hear.  (I do have a list of questions written down, ready to ask.)  We’ll work out a plan together and then execute an old-fashioned butt-kicking against this beast.

I, of course, am going to win.

::The Project – Sigh.  The project will be put on hold indefinitely while we do battle with the alien cells invading my body. We’ve just started wading through the insurance documentation, and we’re hesitant to invest in new cabinets, floors and fluff until we know for sure what our out-of-pocket expenses will be.

:: dedicated – Happy Veteran’s Day!  Here’s a montage of my commissioning day.  The first photo is my Dad and Mr. Pea pinning on my Lieutenant bars.  And that last photo? Yes – that is me losing my shoe on the TCU football field during the ceremonial parade.  I’m told that the Commander at TCU told this story to new cadets for YEARS after I graduated as an example of the Proper Procedure to Carry On Under All Circumstances.

Veteran's Day Montage

:: pondering – Mortality. Thinking about things we REALLY need to do just in case.  Like update our will, and make sure that  I’ve declared Mr. Pea as the designated recipient of my retirement fund.  Find copies of important papers, including the living will and health directives, because we’re supposed to bring them with us to the appointment tomorrow. Really?  I haven’t seen these papers in more than 27 years.  I’m pretty sure they’re in the safe. I think maybe we should add “verify locations of important papers” on the household checklist for spring cleaning. In fact, EVERYONE should do this at least once a year!!

::delicious

  • Shrimp Po’Boys that didn’t happen last week
  • Roasted Chicken, Broccoli, maybe a nice pilaf to go with
  • Taco Tuesday!!
  • Pasta of Some Sort with a Spinach Salad
  • Pot Roast with Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus
  • Big ‘Ole Pot of Beans with Ham and Jalapeno Cornbread
  • Tilapia Romano, Citrus Kale Salad, Macaroni and Cheese

::fun – We went on a bike ride Sunday after mass.  It was absolutely gorgeous.

Mineral Wells Trailway

::fashionable – I’m wearing sweatpants, a yellow long-sleeved tee-shirt with a grey short sleeve tee-shirt over it, my wool hiking socks and a purple cardigan.  Totally unmatched, but warm.  Because yes, it’s only 58 degrees and I’m freezing. You northerners may NOT laugh at this!

::looking ahead – Doctor appointments; taking DirtBike to the orthodontist; probably more doctor appointments.  Facilities Committee Meeting.  Last bit of pavement inventory, then wrapping up several reports and projects at work.

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EMail Anglea Pea

Minutes – May 13

::faithful

Praying for

  • friends – as they navigate the uncertainty of unemployment, for the blessing of work
  • my children – that they all embrace learning, especially DirtBike.  That he, with the help of the teachers and education specialists, learns new ways to stay focused and organized and that he truly learns to appreciate and enjoy school
  • my parents – as they discern their life path heading into retirement
  • my sister – for backbone and integrity, that she find the gumption to finish school, and the proper attitude to search for gainful employment that will support herself and her sons
Grateful for
  • a new job
  • my husband, kids, friends and extended family, all who have bolstered my spirits and held me up in prayer during the past six weeks of heartache and change
  • A few weeks off until my new job begins, time to pray, regroup, get my house in order and enjoy my blessings

::healthy

Stress works as an effective diet tool, but it’s NOT a very healthy one. I’ve lost a considerable about of weight over the past six weeks from pure worry, and I’m feeling it.  My vain inner brat Olivia is turning cartwheels, but my rational grown up self knows that I have lost muscle tone, endurance and strength along with these pounds.  I’m focusing on eating well and getting plenty of rest for the next few weeks, as well as getting back to some regular exercise.

::pondering

Thinking about pride and humility.

::creative

Knitting like a crazed woman.  It’s been soothing to my anxious mind.  I’ve finished a blanket, two baby sweaters, and half of a summer sweater.  I’m going to teach Princess Pea how to knit this week.  She needs it, too.

Gardening.  Our yard and gardens have suffered mightily from the ongoing drought and extreme temperatures over the past many years.  It’s time to regroup, rethink and replace the 15-year old drip irrigation system. Lots of digging in my immediate future.  Can digging be creative?

FINALLY selecting the paint color for the house trim.  I hereby announce to the world that I WILL slap those sample colors onto garage panels and pick one before this week is over.  Please hold me accountable if I don’t announce a selection by next Monday.

::delicious

  • Polynesian Chicken, Strawberry Shortcake
  • Burgers with Mushrooms, Southwest Chopped Salad
  • Asian Chicken Salad
  • Fish Tacos, Black Beans
  • Mufalettas
  • Pizza Night!
  • Beef Kabobs, Grilled Corn, Berries

::fun

It’s been conspicuously absent for what feels like forever, but Fun IS coming back to the Pea Home!  Fun this week includes a movie date with Cherry Ames and Princess Pea, roasting marshmallows after dinner, studying for finals.  Yes, studying for finals.  I’ve been telling The Architect and Dirtbike for years that studying is fun.  They still don’t buy it, silly boys.

::captured

The Architect and Friends

Cardboard Boat Regata

Yes, that is my oldest son.  He made a boat out of cardboard, rowed it in a race and won for rowing the fastest and for having a beautiful boat. Amazing. I am a very proud Mama, and I’m also glad that our garage no longer smells like a chemical factory.  Have you ever tried to waterproof cardboard?  It takes several weeks of hauling the boat to and from school, conferring with the engineering and physics teachers, many hours researching and the application of multiple coats of multiple types of sealants. And lots of glue, paper tape and red spray paint.

Princess PeaPrincess Pea, captured by The Architect.  My children know and use my camera better than I do!

::looking ahead

New beginnings. Hope.

Oil changes for all vehicles, taking The Architect to get his driver’s license,  new glasses with a stronger bifocal, a haircut, enjoying having the daughters home for a little while before summer classes start,

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 Record the Minutes.  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea