Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekend with family and friends

We spent Saturday at my parents river house celebrating this FIVE year old princess, Lucy!  Can't believe she is FIVE!  We had an awesome day.

On Sunday we got to hang out with the Ireland kids all day - we even introduced them to geo-caching.  Another awesome day.

Many more great spring/summer days to come!

Friday, April 26, 2013

My Incurable Disease

I've been down and out this last week recovering from "minor" surgery on Tuesday.  I am finally feeling somewhat normal this evening, praise the Lord!  As a result of this surgery and biopsy done, my doctors have concluded that I have endometriosis.

Over the last 3 years I have had cervical pain that has progressively gotten more intense.  A few months ago I talked it over with a specialists who suggested it might be endometrisosis.  This is a condition where some of the cells in the lining of the uterus start growing outside of the uterus.  They respond to hormones the same as they would inside the uterus and can therefore cause pain and bleeding.  The only way to truly confirm that this is the case is by laparoscopy, a surgical procedure where a camera is used to look inside the abdominal cavity.   This is what I had done on Tuesday morning and the doctors did find two "spots" of endometriosis growth, which they cauterized.

The good news is that we caught it very early, stage 1.  After this procedure there is a 40% chance of reaccurance within 5 years, but my pain level was very manageable if it does come back.  With this knowledge, we have decided to do nothing.  The other reasonable option is birth control pills to block some of the estrogen hormones, hopefully slowing the growth of more endometriosis- but I do not care for the side effects and idea of synthetic hormones in my body.

I am thankful for the prayers of friends and family through this, and support during this week of recovery.  I look forward to getting back to normal, and being pain free!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Amazing Life

I was blessed to be able to teach childbirth classes the last two Saturdays - one being my planned class at Care Net, the other being a last minute back up for the very experienced educator at Birthing Roots.  Both classes went so well and were super fun!  The more I teach cbe, breastfeeding, and newborn care - the more I LOVE it!  To experience the joy of new life, and new families growing is such an amazing thing.

We were also able to witness another amazing part of life this weekend - the life cycle of a moth.  Keanan caught a wolly bear caterpillar 2 months or so ago.  After a bit it made a chrysalis  and then this weekend it emerged as a beautiful moth!  So neat to see!

Zac is gone in Chicago for more research on the bionic leg, so my friend Chris and I were able to serve last night at a celebration of the transformation of like, the Truly Motivated Transitional Living (TMTL) dinner and auction.  We had so much fun - and didn't drop anything!  Much money and awareness was raised for this amazing organization here in Yelm that lifts lives out of addiction and onto solid ground.