Friday, September 24, 2010

Normal, again?

(me and my mom)

You all know how the holidays can be.  Wild, exciting, incredibly busy.  Well, two weeks ago, we celebrated the Islamic holiday, Eid, and we are finally settling into a sense of normal life after the whirlwind of activity that comes with the holidays!

Now, I've got a little bit of regularity in my days.  Our weekends are free again.  Things are calming to a nice quiet, steady hum.  I like where we are.

So what now?  Well, I'm making some attempt to study for the GRE.  I'm hoping that a Master's degree will bring me closer to a well-paying job.  I am practicing yoga!!!  I am taking a class at a local yoga studio and so far so good!  I will definitely devote some more blog posts to yoga practice and my fellow yogis.  I am taking the kids to the park a LOT while the weather is beautiful and the other day we went on a 4 mile walk as a family!  Whew!  

Do you hear that?  It's quiet, so you'll have to be very still to hear it.  Hmmmmm.....yes!  It's the gentle hum of my life finding a pace that is blissfully slow and content.  Ahhhh!

 (me and Isaac at Eid prayer)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

More good news!

Wow!  What a week!  Last week I scheduled an appointment to meet with a radiation oncologist for a check up.  He immediately scheduled me for my routine MRI and BAM!  Before I knew it,  I had an MRI on Wednesday evening.  I visited my parents for the weekend and now here I am with MRI results!  According to the doc (who read the MRI while he was on the phone with me), all is well--stable--and looks the same as it did in March!  Yippee!  Hooray!!

Interestingly, after meeting with my new doctor, he recommended a different course of action should there be growth.  It seems that I will start with chemo if we see growth and then try radiation for any further tumor growth.  Whew!  That was pretty crazy for me to hear.  Chemotherapy makes me think of exhaustion and losing my hair and feeling weak.  This is weird because radiation causes all of those symptoms as well.  Oh well--it's not something I have to worry about now, thank God.

Next MRI is scheduled for mid-December.  I'll definitely write more about it as the time approaches.  For now, let's celebrate!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Produce with Brain Tumors?!?

The other day, I was in the garden picking tomatoes when I spied an unusual looking tomato.  It was gorgeous and I could tell it had lots of personality--just by looking at it!!!  This is all because, upon further inspection, I could see that this tiny tomato had a BRAIN TUMOR!!!!

Okay, so you may argue that tomatoes don't technically have "brains", however, you will note that the tomato and I both share an unusual growth on the side of our heads.  I felt a particular affinity toward this tomato.  Maybe it has a family?  A future in teaching all of the tiny tomatoes all about mitosis or the Constitution or multiplication?  Well, when the tomato itself got nice and ripe, we had to pick it.  It made me feel a little sad.  So, we did a little photo shoot with our Brain Tumor Tomato to give it a proper send off.

How many tomatoes do YOU know that get this much adoration?  Well, eventually our little tomato had to hop with her little family into the pot, and after a little cooking and a few spices became a lovely sauce for our pasta.  But I can say without any doubt that it was the freshest and liveliest sauce I've ever tasted.