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Kicking Cancer's Ass, and doing it with Style. A guest post from my Mama.

on November 27, 2009

My Mama is my hero.  I asked her to write a guest post for dis here blog, mostly cuz I’m tired, and so that she would stop sending me forty zillion crochet patterns a day to look at.  (Totally kidding!  It’s really only been about 20…. 😛 )  Here it is!


My beautiful and favourite daughter (just don’t tell her sisters) asked me if I would like to guest write on her blog. The idea intrigued as I am extremely bored at the moment and I think she was worried I was going to get into trouble. We discussed topics and we came up with three interesting ideas:

1. How parenting has changed since we had our kids
2. My journey to quit smoking (One year Dec 3rd, I think I need a party)
3. Grandkids, I heard that word and totally zoned out on what Jamie was saying, most likely something about how rotten they were. They are most well behaved, beautiful children in the world and I’m not prejuidice at all! (((AHEM. I’m not sure WHOSE children she’s talking about here… must be Becky’s, cuz it sure ain’t mine!)))

Very good topics, all of them and maybe I’ll be invited back to write about one of them on a future date.

As most of you know who read Jamie’s blog, I have been kicking cancer’s ass for the past six months, and for some reason some people when they see me are amazed that I am still smiling and laughing. What am I suppose to do cry all the time? Yes cancer is a big part of my life right now but there are millions of people who are worse off then I am. I thought I would take this opportunity to thank the following people who have made it possible for me to smile and laugh and yes kick cancer’s ass. (((another daughterly insert here… oh there will be a party… a BIG one. There are plans, I tell ya, BIG plans!)))

These are in no particular order just as they come to my chemo brain which today seems to be working ok, we’ll have to wait see what happens by the end of this post:) Please note that my four children claim I do not have Chemo brain, I am always this loopy! (((She speaks the truth. I have noticed no brain difference at all since the beginning of chemo from the old mama growing up. heh.)))

Dr B – who discovered the tumour, removed the tumour and sent me to oncology. I was quite surprised when he claimed that I would have to go see a cancer specialist, since he told me had removed the whole tumour and there was only trace cancer in one of nineteen lymph nodes.

Dr D – who put in the retention stitches to put me back to together when I quite literally started to come apart. She was the one and only doctor to actually removed a dressing to check the incision and then reapply it beatifully. All the other doctors would rip off the dressing and then call a nurse to reapply it. Awesome doctor!

Dr L – my oncologist, who is abrupt, mostly cranky, French Canadian, and who I think is awesome. He is no holds barred when discussing your treatment options. He gives you all possible scenarios and then leaves you to decide which route to take. He worries when your side effects are causing you
discomfort and comes up with treatments to help you out. He has a very dry sense of humour which I love and I tease him constantly about his organic peanut butter toast and his love of chocolate. He also loves my immunity boosting cookies for which he earns a special place in my heart.

All the nurses in the oconology dept – they are all awesome and caring. No matter how many patients they are handling for the day they got out of their way to make sure that you are comfortable and at ease. They answer all your questions and if they do not know the answer they will find someone
who will. They also love my immunity boosting cookies, and no Glenna, I was not chemo brown nosing to get in early.

Don – what can I say the man has been there every step of the way since this whole voyage started. He has made me laugh when I wanted to cry, even though the crying is usually his fault (remember the walkie talkies). Hugged to give comfort (except in the case of the walkie talkie incident), yes I`m still holding a grudge! Stop laughing girls! This is your mother speaking! He even submitted to my low residue diet before surgery, talk about three months of diet boredom. I`m sure he cheated on the side, but whatever I cooked he ate without comment. Love you sweetheart and am looking forward to the next 34 years:)

My Girls – what can I say about the four most beautiful and loving girls in the world (ok they`re all adults now, but they’re still my girls). They have all been amazingly supportive, even though I know they must be worried. To each of you thank you:

– for inviting me to have a sleepover with all three of my grandkids at your house since I`m still not up to having them all at the same time at home and you must have guessed how much I missed it. Loved it! Can I come again? (((Um. Only if we can go to the yarn store again!!)))

– for taking a month off work to come home and help me out. I loved having you home that long even though I couldn`t find anything in the kitchen when you left. When are you coming again?? I still need some more paintable wall paper done!

– for calling every day to see what kind of night I had and how I`m feeling. Also for lending me Skyler when I need a good laugh.

– for coming home for those occasional visits that I know can`t be easy but which I can`t wait for. Getting me crochet books and then pointing out the stuff you want me to make you. I think you`re also trying to keep me out of trouble:)

Love you all and your are the best daughters any mother could ask for.

My grandbabies – so much to say about these six cuties who have been so accepting and giving while all this chaos has been going on.

Miss Zia- for sewing grandma a special sleeve to cover her ugly white bandage over her pick line. The nurses at the clinic were so impressed. For cuddling and kisses that only you can give to make me feel so loved.

Seesee – for lecturing grandma for forgetting her gloves (gloves were not forgotten) but I got such a hoot at the lecture I received from a 6 year old through the whole frozen food dept. For telling everyone at your school you were doing the Terry Fox run for your Grandma H who had cancer and she wanted me to beat it.

Mr Ephraim – for being so gentle with your hugs, even though I missed the huge, extravagant running at grandma to knock her down hugs, when we explained about my stomach being sore. Glad to have the big hugs back!

Vannah Banana-for making me laugh even though it made me sad that you refused to even cuddle beside me as long as I had that big white bandage on my tummy. The look on your face when I finally could cuddle you on my lap again. We were both in cuddle heaven.

Miss Talya-the smile on your face when you see us. Trying to get you hat and coat on so you can leave with us cause it`s “your turn.” Don`t worry sweetie, your turn soon and I can`t wait.

Sklyer – what can I say. You are such a funny little guy, you can make me laugh in a heartbeat. Even though you are only two, you seem to understand that grandma must be treated gently right now (just ask about the chair incident).

Love you all and adore you and don`t listen to your moms, I do not spoil any of you!

So now you know why it is so easy to laugh and smile while we all are kicking cancer`s ass. I couldn`t do without any of the people above.

Thanks Mom.  We are going to have a huge party when this thing is over with!!  And maybe I’ll buy you a sheep too!  😛


25 responses to “Kicking Cancer's Ass, and doing it with Style. A guest post from my Mama.

  1. Debra says:

    Oh, this is great… I wish I had a blog back when my mom was fighting cancer. A post like this would have been great from her too 🙂

    You made me smile, you made me cry. Thanks “Mom”! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, and a beautiful Christmas too.

  2. Tim Tinkel says:

    I loved it! Even this curmudgeony old guy had a tear in his eye. Praying for a full recovery “Mom”. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing and please do write another post!

  3. Hillary M says:

    I enjoyed reading this, and now I want to know more about these immunity boosting cookies. It sounds as though you have a wonderful outlook on life and are a lot of fun. I hope you guest write some more. 🙂

  4. Kath2778(dsd) says:

    Keep up the good fight and kick cancers ass!!! Our family has been touched with Cancer to the excess and it was really heartwarming and uplifting to read your post~ I also would like to know more about these immunity cookies too!

  5. Tracy says:

    Wonderful, uplifting and encouraging post! It’s easy to see the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. You are def Jamie’s momma! 🙂

    I can’t wait to read about the “I Kicked Cancer’s Arse!” party!

  6. Mrs. White says:

    Such a lovely post! I enjoyed reading it very much! I would love to see more of these guest posts from your mom.

  7. Kimberly says:

    What an awesome post! Keep up the fight against cancer (and nicotine!) Would love to read more from you soon!

  8. Katrina says:

    What a lovely post. Keep fighting and I would LOVE to hear from you again. Yes, you must spill about your immunity boosting cookies!

  9. Sarah says:

    I am in tears reading about your grandchildren and I can feel the love just through the words. Keep kicking Cancer’s Ass!! Thank you for being such an inspiration. 🙂

  10. Cyndy says:

    What a touching post! I can hear your spunk coming through. Keep on fighting! =0)

  11. Michelle says:

    Just from the title, I knew this had to be good. Thank you for sharing your heart and for being a model of strength. *Ü*

  12. Vanessa says:

    Beautiful, beautiful post. Brought tears to my eyes. My mama kicked cancer’s ass ten years ago, so this post is poignant and heartfelt. I wish you the very best in your recovery.

  13. Katie says:

    I have several family members fighting cancer right now, and this post touched me. There is such strength in positivity. Thank you for your beautiful post.

  14. Kristi says:

    This is amazing. It’s nice to see such a strong, confident mother out there. I’m a tad jealous. Keep up the fight. Many kudos for quitting smoking also.

  15. Ann says:

    How blessed you are, and how blessed your family is to have you! So much love and humor in your family — cancer didn’t have a chance!
    Please do share your cookie recipe!

  16. While my own mom eventually lost her fight with cancer, she shared your spirit when it came to the fight and the positive attitude. People always thought it was odd that she continued to laugh and reach out to others when she herself was struggling… Loved hearing about your cheering section. 🙂 May you continue to win the battles and eventually win the war.

  17. Lisa B. says:

    Keep fighting! Your attitude is great. Kudos to you for giving up smoking as well! Your anniversary is my birthday! Great day! 😉 Thanks for posting this. Sadly my Mom lost her battle earlier this year. Reading this reminded me of her – but a good thing. 😉

  18. Jennifer S says:

    Loved your post! Thank you for sharing your spunk with us! Keep Fighting! I would love to hear more from you now and then!

  19. Lori B says:

    May God Bless you in this journey. I will be praying for you in your fight, that God will heal you. Have a blessed Christmas season.

  20. What a great post~I am looking forward to your other guest appearances! and do tell: Does Jamie always interrupt you so much when yer talkin’? ~smile~ (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  21. Laura O says:

    Great post and tribute to your support network. Like others, I’d love to hear more about immunity boosting cookies.

  22. I think you should guest post regularly! It was great to hear from you! Hang in there.

  23. Lori says:

    Thanks for sharing your spunk and your positive attitude. I was having a blue day and you, the one who has more reason for a pity party, encouraged me. I’m dumping the pity party and throwing a positive party. Time to refocus on gratitude. You go, girl!

  24. Kimberly says:

    I enjoyed reading your post. A positive attitude and a lot of humor go a LONG way.

    And what greater blessing is there than to have such a loving family?

  25. Annie Kate says:

    Bless you and your wonderful supporters. Thank you for your great inspiration.

    Annie Kate

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