Looking Backwards and Forward

Looking Backwards into 2014
One of the most precious, special moments in 2014 was watching our daughter, Marianne, give birth to a little baby boy – Samuel James Boyd, Jr on April 21st!  As with the birth of Addy, Marianne invited me to be in the birthing room with her and Sam while she gave birth.  It was such a special thing for me that she would want me there!

Samuel James Jr
Samuel James Boyd, Jr.
baby samuel
Daddy, Mommy and Samuel Jr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daddy, Addy and Sam Jr
Daddy, Addy and Sam Jr
Me looking on as Tom holds baby
Me looking on as Tom holds baby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our little Addyson Joy who was a few months shy of 3 years old was (and still is) mesmerized by her new baby brother!  She is so good with him, and I hope she continues to be that way when he gets mobile and starts trying to play with “her” toys!  LOL

As many of youGrand Canyon know, I go to Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, IL for my care, and also see a local Oncologist.  In June of this year I received an email from Cancer Fighters Thrive (a part of CTCA) announcing a new website and asking everyone to send in an inspirational travel adventure story which may be included on the new website.  Now… consider that I am statistically supposed to have been pushing up daisies years ago … so an opportunity like this was something I could not pass up!  LOL  So, I sent in my story about traveling with our sons in 2013 – complete with pictures, and it was ACCEPTED!!

My FAVORITE part about my story being published was the very last part that said  “No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results.

Here is a link to the article if you want to look at it.

In September, 2014, my husband, Tom, and I celebrated 27 years of marriage.  I cannot ever express how grateful I am that God brought us together!

Two of my saddest moments this year was the loss of a friend, Katie Skully Trammell, to breast cancer.  While I never met her, she found me on the internet as a breast cancer victim and we made friends.  She sent me an angel – which made me start collecting them.  She fought a good fight and was so young with young children.   Later in the year I lost my cousin, Janie Ralls to breast cancer as well.  I remember as a child us going to Oklahoma to visit them – many many precious memories!  I also had gone down to see her after she had her mastectomy to try to encourage her because she was so upset.  Both of these deaths broke my heart!

One thing that meant a lot to me was a high school friend messaging me on Facebook and saying   “Kiddo your attitude is amazing and an inspiration! Based on what I see from you on here and the all too brief time we saw each other this summer I don’t think you know what a special person you are.”

The reason that means so much to me is that I try SO HARD to keep a positive, joyful attitude.  But some days, the pain from the tumor in my back, bulging discs, etc. make it a real chore to maintain that.  I have my pity parties, then try to get my emotions and mind back on track.  Honestly, some days I am completely exhausted at the end of the day, just from trying to keep a good mental attitude.  That may sound crazy to some, but for those of you who go through chronic pain, or have a “death sentence” hanging over your head may know what I mean.

Looking Forward into 2015
I am so excited to, come June 15, be able to yell from the rooftops that I was diagnosed EIGHT YEARS ago with stage four metastatic breast cancer and I am still here to tell YOU that YOU can get the same results!!

I am looking forward to seeing my Grandson crawl and take his first steps and then start RUNNING!  I am looking forward to seeing my Granddaughter riding her bicycle and scooter.  I am looking forward to celebrating 28 years of marriage with the man who stole my heart in Utah so many years ago!  I am looking forward to another year of visits to CTCA with good scan results!  I am looking forward to meeting up with friends and going out to lunch, meeting NEW friends and hopefully being of some encouragement to those going through their own breast cancer journey, I am looking forward to spending time with all of my family and so much more!

Here is hoping that whomever is reading this will have the greatest year yet, filled with love, joy, compassion and most of all HOPE!!