Monday, November 11, 2013

Trey's Football Season 2013

So proud of Trey and his team! They accomplished so much this year! They finished 3rd in the league with a record of 6-2!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

High-school days~

It is too bad that kids in high-school don't have the knowledge of what adulthood is like, or how different their lives will be once high-school is done and how much they will change over the years.  I sometimes think of what it would be like to go back to high-school, knowing what I know now....I have changed so much since then....I sure wouldn't be the quiet, shy, nerd I was ( not that there is anything wrong with that). I would have made the most of it and instead, I am left wishing it would have been different, that I had taken more chances, been more carefree....moral of the story..... enjoy the 4 years of high-school, you can't get them back and don't be afraid to be yourself, make new friends and try new things. For everyone who has had a great high-school experience, kudos to you, but sadly, there are many who did not.

First day of school 2013~

Tristan, Freshman
Trevor, 7th grade
Trey, 4th grade

Sunday, August 18, 2013

High-school Football

Tristan's football season has officially started! He is a freshman this year!

Our baby turned 10!

Trey turned 10 years old on August 11th! So proud of him and can't wait to see what the future holds for him! ♥ Best wishes and happy birthday Trey!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Raising awareness to CURE CYSTIC FIBROSIS~

This past weekend was our annual Friendship Festival in Lathrop. We have had a float in the parade for the past 10 years to promote awareness of Cystic Fibrosis. This was our 11th float with the theme of "MULE DYNASTY". Here are some pics!

Good results from the MRI~

My doctor at KU said my MRI looked good! No evidence of cancer. They want me to come back in 6 months to monitor the spot and do an ultrasound. Thankful for the good news!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Breast MRI~

I went this morning for my breast MRI that Dr. McGinness ordered, even though the pathology report on my last biopsy said the spot they saw on my last mammogram was not cancer. I guess they are just verifying. Dr. McGinness said she saw something on my skeletal wall and she wanted to have the MRI to see for sure what that something is. I took two Valiums this morning as I am very claustrophobic. I still felt pretty uncomfortable and contemplated squeezing the panic ball, but I managed to stick with it and finish the test. I should have some results tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

More waiting and worrying~

I have been waiting for a call back from my breast surgeon, Dr. McGinness to see when she wanted me to come back for my next mammogram. Today, her nurse called and said that Dr. McGinness had completed the concordance with the pathologist who viewed my last biopsy results. She said she sees something abnormal that she wants to check out with an MRI. So now I am scheduled for an MRI on August 1, 2013 at 9:15 am. Again, this could be nothing, but they want to make sure it isn't cancer. Hoping for a great report. I will keep you posted!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Happy 12th Birthday Trevor!

Trevor, throwing spears at the Luau!
Happy birthday to my amazing Trevor! He has been through so much in the last 12 years, but we are so blessed with his health! He inspires me everyday to be strong like he is. He is smart, funny and a good friend to everyone! Hope all your dreams come true my Trev of edge! I love you! ♥

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Trevor's Wish Trip to Hawaii~

On July 10th we embarked on an amazing journey to Hawaii....the island of Oahu to be specific. Trevor, Trey and I, swam with sea lions, we all watched a dolphin show and Dad and Tristan did the shark trek...all at the beautiful Sea Life Park. We also visited Pearl Harbor and the Punch Bowl Crater National Cemetery. We went para sailing and it was amazing! We played at the beach at Waikiki and the North Shore. We went to a very cool Luau at Paradise Cove! On our last day, we toured the big Dole Plantation! The entire trip was a dream. So very thankful for the experience!
When Trevor was born and we found out he had Cystic Fibrosis.... there was a very kind social worker at Children's Mercy Hospital who let us know that he had a wish. We talked about the wish when he was older, but waited because we wanted to make sure it was a wish that HE wanted , something he would always remember. He chose this year to go to Hawaii. We filled out all the paperwork with a list of things he would like to do! We sent the paperwork in and received a letter back from the Children's Wish Foundation saying that he was approved! He was so happy! We have been so blessed with Trevor's health. His last illness was about a year ago, when school started. They wanted to put him in the hospital, but we managed to add more treatments and they put him on steroids and he got much better. Cystic Fibrosis is such a scary disease because it is progressive and you never know when or how severely it is going to affect you. Trevor is a hero to me because he doesn't let CF stop him or keep him from achieving his goals! We all had a fantastic time in Hawaii together. Something Trevor and all of us will remember and cherish for years to come! Thank you to the Children's Wish Foundation for granting Trevor's wish!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sea Life Park, Oahu

Trevor, Trey and I went swimming with the sea lions and Jason and Tristan went on the shark trek! Lots of fun!

Hawaiian Parasailing~

Parasailing is amazing! I highly recommend doing it if you ever get the chance. We did it on Oahu!

Monday, July 8, 2013


So I visited the KU Cancer Center last Tuesday for the biopsy of the mass they saw via mammograms and ultrasound. It was a pretty easy process this time. (this being my 4th biopsy) Jason was with me and the doctor of radiology and the nurse. Jason asked the Dr. what he thought the mass was and he said without hesitation that he hated to be the bearer of bad news, but he thought it was cancer. Well, Jason and I were pretty sure he was right with his 30+ years of experience. Then on Friday, I received the call I had been waiting for. The results however I was not expecting....NO CANCER! I was totally happy! They are sending the pathology report in the mail and she said they would be keeping a very close eye on me, but for now....I am still cancer free. :) Worried myself sick over it though. Glad I got good news!

Thursday, June 27, 2013


I went for my yearly mammogram follow up on June 25th. I have be diligent on all the followup appointments since my bilateral mastectomy on Decemeber 9, 2011. I arrived at scheduled appointment time. Put my robe on and sat in the waiting room with lots of other women who I assume had been through some of the same scenario that I had been and maybe even worse. They called me back to do the mammogram. I elected to have the 3D mammogram as I did last year. It cost extra, but it gives the radiologist a better look at the breast. They did 3 separate pics. I went back out and waited for a long while...knowing I had an appointment with my Dr. at 10:30....that time came and went, but finally the nurse came and told me to change into my regular clothes and go back to see Dr. McGinnis. So I did, and while I was waiting, another nurse came and told me I had to go back to imaging for another mammogram. I went back and they took another pic of the middle of my chest. I went back out and waited.... getting a little nervous at this point. About 30 minutes later...the nurse came to the waiting room and told me that they wanted to do an ultrasound. She told me to go get a bite to eat and the Dr. of Radiology wanted to to the ultrasound at 1pm. I went to lunch and arrived back promptly to have the ultrasound. Thinking to myself that my blood pressure must be skyrocketing by this point. Two ladies, one an intern and the other a radiologist, looked at the spot they saw on the mammogram. Then they said to wait and they would have the Dr. of radiology come back and look if he needed to. Well, about 15 minutes later, the Dr. of Radiology came in the tiny ultrasound room and showed me the spot he was concerned about. A mass at 2:00 measuring about 8 mm involving the chest wall. The assessment was a birad 4:suspicious. They told me I was going to have to have a biopsy, an ultrasound guided biopsy. I went on to see Dr. McGinnis afterwords and my blood pressure was 195/111. Dr. McGinnis said not to worry, so we shall see.   I am scheduled for the biopsy on July 2, 2011. Feeling positive right now, but knowing that the nuclear grade of the cancer I had was high which means it was more aggressive. So, I am ready to face the results, good or bad and do what is necessary! Right now, I have been cancer free for 1 1/2 years.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Tristan!

So proud of this young man. Tristan turned 14 on April 8th! He is everything any parent could want in a child. He is smart, funny, athletic and a good friend to everyone....he makes mistakes sometimes, but learns and soaks up all the knowledge he can from life. I love him so much! Happy birthday Tristan!

Science Olympiad competes at STATE~

Tristan and Trevor's science olympiad team finishes 6th place at the state competition in Columbia, MO. This is a pretty big deal because they had to compete against some pretty big and or private schools with a total of 32 teams in the competition! Way to go Lathrop!

Easter 2013

A visit from the Easter Bunny~

Christmas 2012

Christmas Eve at Grandpa's and Grandma's

Christmas morning at our house