Wait...I have five more minutes!


"Welcome to Amanda's five minutes. Thanks for spending this time with me as we go through a series of treatments and surgeries to kick the butt of Breast Cancer...why 5 minutes? I always need five more minutes to clarify a conversation, to make my point, to drive to an appointment, to grocery shop. I live in that 5 minutes close call on being almost too late but almost always on time! Now, every next five minutes is the survival of my life. This is about a transformation of priorities, a journey of God meeting me in the middle, laughing as I go, and learning how to relax and get well. I just got a knock at the door, guess what my response was...Five more minutes!"

Monday, November 13, 2017

All CLEAR! 11/13/17

Hi! I had a CT scan today and it was all clear!  Got a free pass for holidays!  Next scan is mid February. :) Thank you for your thoughts and prayrers for me! Xoxo love you!

In our church service on this past Sunday, the pastor discussed being grateful. He said when in prayer this week, don’t ask for anything but just tell God how grateful we are. I have to say, yes I am so happy to have a clear scan! I am also so grateful regardless of circumstances. To God be the glory and to God I give THANKS! Xoxo


Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 Komen Race for the Cure

Hi!  I am doing well!  I have a team in Lexington, KY Komen Race for the Cure on 10/21 and would love for you to join me!  Register, donate, buy a raffle ticket for chance to win huge basket, go to our "Crafts for a Cause" fundraiser on Thursday 10/19...more info below...


AMANDA’S ARMY OF ANGELS / RACE FOR THE CURE - 10/21
Sign up now to join Amanda's Army in the Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 21st! And don't miss the pre-race breakfast at 7:30am that Lynn Imaging is providing for team members! Check out the link below for details. http://www.info-komen.org/site/TR?fr_id=6914&pg=team&team_id=389217


CRAFTS FOR A CAUSE FUNDRAISER at WEST SIXTH BREWERY - 10/19
Join us on Thursday, October 19th, 4:30-6:30pm, as we raise money to beat breast cancer at one of Lexington's best craft breweries! Click the link below for more information: http://smpskentucky.org/meetinginfo.php?id=153&ts=1505753372


BUY A RAFFLE TICKET FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A BASKET VALUED OVER $800!!!! - AVAILABLE THROUGH 10/21
Tickets are available for $20 each, only 100 to be sold.  All funds go to Susan G Komen.  Tickets are available at Lynn Imaging Lexington and Louisville locations (M-F 8am-5pm) and they will be sold at the Crafts for a Cause Fundraiser and Networking event!  Drawing will be held at Lynn Imaging's breakfast prior to race on 10/21.  A huge thank you for the contributions from SMPS KentuckyLynn ImagingMonster ColorWest Sixth BrewingSaul Good HamburgSweet MashThe Elkhorn TavernThe Candleberry Co and Hartfield & Co.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Scan is ALL CLEAR

Hi!
Hope all is well with you!  I had a CT scan this morning and it's ALL CLEAR!!! My next one is in November!

All is going well. Living my crazy normal life. Since I posted, I gained my 10lb lost and now I've started a new plan to lose 10-15lb again. :) This is a good thing prior to football season starting!  Maybe, just maybe, I will stick to this new plan! Other than that, my son turned 10 years old this month and I got to bake his cake as I have done each year. I cried when I had the chance to do it again this year. It's the little things I appreciate.

For me, I have resumed a normal life. I have bouts of deep thoughts, emotional moments, but mostly I have a fun, loving life where I adore my friends and family and always look for the next event, festival, opportunity to cookout.

When I am uncertain or just not sure I can handle the stress or heaviness of the situation, I do one thing...I pray. God relieves me of my anxiety and fear. God takes care of me. He puts everything in perspective for me.

Love to you. Hope all is well in your world. And you are in good health!

Xoxo Amanda

Monday, May 8, 2017

CT Scan Today

Hi. :) Today is my CT scan checkup. I am sitting here in waiting room. Already drank my 2 16oz milkshakes and no coffee yet this Monday morning. I also have treatment today. I have been doing well! Here are some updates...

-I turned 41 years old since I last post! Yay for birthdays!
-I decided to not run the half marathon. But this goal is not totally off my radar yet.
-Been eating better and have probably lost about 10lb only from removing a few bad habits.
-Had my hair trimmed and colored on 5/4. Have some gray to cover up :) not fully ready to come out of my blondie wigs.  I was about 4-6 weeks later last time I went back for first hair appt. jumped the gun a little bit.
-Life has been my normal chaos with balance of work and home. This is good.
-Current treatments of Perjeta and Herceptin every 3 weeks is going ok. I am tired within about a 48 hour time frame after treatment. I find that do have to stop and nap. And I am not a napper! But this helps.

I will report back on my scan report today. Xoxo!! Love to you!

Got the results... CLEAR scan. :) next one is August 2017!





Monday, February 20, 2017

Update! ALL CLEAR!

Hi!!! Scan was CLEAR!!!!! Yahoo!!!!

Meds without chemo seemed uneventful on 2/13. Certainly was not sick like with chemo. I still have issues with hair, neuropathy. Hoping that gets better soon. I still have vision problems many times, it's like double vision. I am having an MRI on Wed to check my brain. At the very least we will know if there are any real problems there. I don't anticipate anything other than an all clear. I will report back.

Overall strength is horrible. I am sore right now and have not done any major exercise. Physical strength has been a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I have been exercising but it's mostly walking. Jogging is incredibly hard at the moment. I'm also batting 50% on the clean eating ordeal. I am eating chicken nuggets and fries as I write this. Fried chicken and French fries are a major downfall for me. The way I see it is that there is always tomorrow to start fresh, I don't have to eat it all, and I deserve it. It's a constant battle in my head. Ha!

I realize this is not very inspiring. Hope to have a much better report next time. Maybe I will be jogging and have lost a few lbs by then...  (I am not eating more than half my fries! The right side of my brain won this one! Haha!!)

Lots of love to my angels. Xoxo
Amanda

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Let's Do This!!!!!!

Hi,
Today is February 1, 2017.  Today marks the upswing from the last treatment on 1/23.  It also marks the day that I am focusing on eating healthy and exercising.  My body feels like it has aged 15 years just in the last 8 months.  My body will never go back to what it was.  Now, I have no choice but to force myself, like never before, to embrace eating better and exercising.  Don't get me wrong, its not always a struggle to do what is right, but it is a fight, no doubt. 

Today begins a new journey to do what is right.  I am not going to focus on low carb or low calorie plans as I have in the past.  They are either way too high in fat or way too little for me.  My focus will be clean eating.  This will include fruits, vegetables and pork, poultry, fish.  I don't eat red meat and haven't since I was 19 years old. I haven't decided how to deal with ice cream cravings, yet. ha!  Right now, I am not having a craving, so we will count this as good. 

My exercising will include walking and working up to jogging very soon and running soon after that.  My goal is to run a half marathon on April 29th, 2017.  Today, I walked 2.4 miles, did 10 girly push ups, did 2 reps of 15 crunches and only 30 100's, in this case it was 30's (if you don't know what this is, its ok, I'll explain another time)- to build up core strength.  I am on the right track as of this minute.

I look forward to what I write on May 1, 2017. I will tell you one thing, yes it is a struggle, but when I really want something, and I am really fighting for it, I turn to prayer and seek God's help in helping me make the impossible possible.  So reassuring and breathtaking... for someone so unworthy like myself doesn't disqualify me from His love and promise. Boom, drop the mic! He is so Mighty!!!

With that, let's do this!!  I will be posting soon.  CT scan is 2/13.  Will definitely report back for that if not sooner!

XOXOOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
Amanda

Monday, January 23, 2017

Chemo #12 LAST ONE!!! Aaahhh!!

Hi! 
Waiting now for my last chemo treatment. Can you believe it!? I thought for sure I would be done in October. I have learned a lot of patience to make it to Jan 23. And then to make it thru next couple of weeks and I will be the real me in no time!!!! 

Here is my next things-- My next CT scan is 2/13. Blood work, seeing Rachel and intravenous meds Herceptin and Perjeta will be this day as well and continue every three weeks. We want scans to remain clear forever, just to be clear lol. :):) 

I have big dreams of exercise and eating right once I begin bouncing back end of Feb. I cannot think about it anymore. I must do it and I will do it. 

My family went to Florida last week and it was so needed. I haven't looked forward to something so much in a long time. It was relaxing and a good boost to get thru next weeks. Recovery is taking longer each time. 

As I sit here waiting on chemo chair, this little lady who is probably at least 85 yrs old is so insporing to me right now. She is spunky. She asked her sons if the Super Bowl was happening and said she is usually more involved in watching playoffs. Lol. I love her. She had comments about Trump as well that made me smile. I like the way she thinks (I can't tell you which way as this is not the platform for that and not my style). She then offered a piece of chocolate to her son and he said I am not eating chocolate- eating low carb now. She laughed at him and said I just got a "big fat bag of chocolate".  God love her!

Love you and thank you for following me and your consistent prayers and thoughts for me. 

Love from one of your favorite cancer survivors always fighting for life, for truth, for the day, for joy in everything... we got this. ( I just sat in my chemo chair- got my favorite one today-Corner with windows. :))

Xoxo Amanda