Monday, August 5, 2013

Round 3 has started!

Nausea has already started (it's a sad day when even chocolate milk doesn't taste good), but it is manageable.  I had to take it easy today and will do the same tomorrow.

However, I had an amazing weekend.  It started on Thursday, with a Duffy boat (small boat with sun cover, sits 12) lunch ride with some friends/coworkers.  It was great to see them, and a very relaxing ride.  Reminded me how much I miss some of the people I work with, will need to plan some more lunches so I can get to say hi to others!

As a bak story, my daughter had been asking to go to disney every morning for about a week, and I was feeling guilty about my energy levels and not being able to take her since chemo started.  It may sound like she's spoiled by getting to go all the time, but she also has to deal with her mama not being able to interact much with her every other 1.5weeks, so I think she, my husband and i deserve all the fun we can jam-pack into our one good weekend!

We went to Disney on Thursday evening for about 2 hours so that I could test out energy levels.  We only did one ride and dinner, but I was ok and our daughter was happy since she got to see some of the characters from afar.

Friday after my good prognosis announcement, we went to our good friend's house and had some mimosas (don't worry Mom, I didn't have a whole bottle like my sister suggested ;) ).  On Saturday, even though we were pretty tired, I was ecstatic to be able to join a group of fiends on their second cooking party, it was great to spend time with their kids too!

Are you guys getting tired just by reading this? Saturday after nap time, it was another Disney day - and on Sunday we went to aquarium with another set of friends.  Needless to say, I was exhausted by Sunday night, but as my husband says, it was good for the soul! We are already talking about fun things to do on next pre chemo weekend, although I'll have to schedule some more breaks... :)

I am still on a high from hearing good news about my prognosis, but I haven't forgotten how tough this disease can be. A friend of mine, who is battling cancer for the second time, just left the hospital after 12 days and 3 surgeries.  Please send positive thoughts for his speedy recovery, I know we will be!


  1. You are such a good mommy. I am so happy to hear about your awesome results! Like I said before, cancer doesn't stand a chance messing with you! Sending you prayers to help get through the week :-) BESOS!! Love you, prima.

    - Lari

  2. Every time I enter your Blog and see all the wonderful things you’re doing not only to keep your spirits up, but also to manage motherhood and family life it’s amazing!!! Sometimes we don’t want to believe why things happened and especially why to me. But I do believe everything has a purpose in life and will help you become stronger, focused on what’s really important and enjoy with family and friends every single day because that’s what’s important at the end of the day and what we take. You’re doing incredible and are a true example that when you put your mind and soul anything is possible. Love You!!!

  3. Dear Joelle, you are rocking this stupid cancer. God bless you, keep the great fight and great attitude, you have this my love!

  4. You're almost there!!! Just keep moving forward, you're totally ROCKING this!
    Team #JoelleSTRONG is WINNING. :)
    <3 ya

  5. You're in my crazy pregnant dreams all the time, and I love seeing you. Keep having fun, you deserve it!

  6. Hope you have a good weekend /, one where you can pack a lot of sunshine.,laughter and hugs.
    xx00, Titi Rina

  7. You are such an inspiration to us all!!! Your determination, will, courage and feistiness are extraordinary as you are to us.

    Thank you for sharing your story, from so far away it allows us to be close and be part of your journey.

    Te queremos mucho, A & A


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