Happy

When I think back to this time last year, I was miserable. I think that might be an understatement. This year, I’m a different me. I’m happy! rejoicing in the Christmas spirit, dancing and singing along to Christmas music, and especially enjoying being around my families and loved ones.

I’m enjoying the little things in life, and especially loving being happy!

my first post treatment MRI is February 2nd, and we’re expecting the good news trend to continue!

Reflecting on the past year

This time last year, I was really struggling. I had just started Chemo, and it was rough. I couldn’t find my Christmas spirit, and I was miserable.

Now, I am happy, in the full Christmas spirit and ready to celebrate to the best of my ability.

everything I wanted last year, I have now, and none of it is material! we’ll mostly lol

I find myself in awe of my own strength. if you had asked me in my first couple rounds of chemotherapy if I would’ve made it to round 12, or if I’d be able to use my left arm again or even skate again, the answer would have been a more colourful version of “Heck No!” but I finished all 12 rounds of chemo, I can scratch the top of my head with my left hand and I’ve been skating.

if I can share my most powerful lesson from this experience:

even if the obstacle you’re facing looks as daunting as Mt. Everest, Believe in yourself. You CAN do it! The top of the mountain may always seem just out of your reach, but keep trying because, you CAN get to the summit!

Treatment Over

it’s been a long and bumpy road, but we’re at the end!

After a 10 hour surgery, 33radiation treatments and 12 chemotherapy treatments, we are finally done! and I say we, because my recovery truly has been a team effort with a lot of people involved, but none moreso than Dawn, Mom and Dad. it really was a team effort with the 4 of us making treatment decisions together since my diagnosis on August 12, 2013

Just so you all know, the tumour may come back in the future. if it does, I’ll kick it in the butt like I did this time!

Now I go into monitoring mode, where I have an MRI every 3 months.

thank you so much for sharing in this journey with me!

MRI Results

well, my MRI results are good. Everything is as expected and there are no areas of concern.

my headaches are likely caused by the nerves in my brain continuing to repair.

I am starting my last round of chemo either tonight or tomorrow. I’m just waiting for the results of my bloodwork.

I now move into the monitoring phase where I have an MRI and review every three months.

we couldn’t be happier with how things went! An early Christmas present for us all!

I’m so lucky & fundraising

I have said it over and over again, I’m so lucky to be treated at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Amazing Doctors, bleeding edge research. it’s just such a blessing.

I came across this talk my Oncologist, Dr. Jacob Easaw gave, it’s long, but worth a watch/listen. many aspects of it hit home.
youtube video

if it weren’t for the care of dr easaw, I wouldn’t have gotten Chemo to begin with, and when things got rough, dr easaw really encouraged me to stay the course. without him I would’ve quit chemo and, I wouldn’t be staring down round 12, my last round!

I’m doing another fundraiser for the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, this time a bake sale. I will bake to order Rice Krispie treats, sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies (regular or minty), peanut butter cookies or dog cookies, all by the dozen for a donation of your choosing.

the only catch is you have to pick them up because I can’t drive.
email me at Kery.long@gmail.com to place your order.

headaches

I’ve been getting a lot of headaches lately and this is a big worry for me. I’m sure it’s nothing, but I’m quite worried.

I hopefully get the results of my latest MRI on Thursday and that’ll put my mind at ease.

I just needed to share.

Greatful

I am so content and happy in my life and for that I am greatful.  It has taken me 36 years to get here, and I’m ok with that, life has lots of lessons.
i have a fantastic partner, incredible parents, three wonderful families in the Longs, Campbells and Denningberg/Haywards, not to mention amazing besties and great friends all around. I own my home and have a car,

Really, what more could a girl ask for?

Just don’t ask me for my Christmas wish list!

Canadian Thanksgiving

This weekend, we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada and I have so much to be thankful for in no particular order.
1. My strengthening health
2. The strength , determination and sense of self my parents instilled in me.
3. My wonderful, amazing and cute partner, Dawn who anticipates my needs before I do. We can be miles apart and she knows when something is wrong with me.
4. My parents who raised me to be the woman I am today and continue to support me in every way I need and even those I just want.
5. Our best friends who are so much more than that, they’ve become family.
6. My extended family and my UK family, your support is continuing and amazing.
7. My small but powerful circle of friends you are always there when I need something.
8.The thoughts and prayers from all those I know, and those I don’t. 

Thank you all for making my life so amazing! I love you all.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL, I hope you are all as blessed as I am!

Doing Well!

Hey y’all! I’m doing well these days.  I’m the strongest I’ve been since my surgery and feeling good! I have 2 rounds of chemotherapy left.  Not bad for a girl who wasn’t going to go past round 1… 10 down, 2 to go.

The brain tumour foundation has some great awareness packages for sale right now, and they are very well priced. Please consider purchasing some items.  Proceeds go to help the 27 Canadians diagnosed with a brain tumour every day!

http://www.braintumour.ca/30/merchandise-store

This past Thursday, I went skating for the first time since April of 2013! I had an injury that prevented me from being on the ice,  then my diagnosis on August 12,2013.

It was an amazing feeling! I couldn’t have done it without Dawn, my brother,  Scott, and the support of all of you,  so thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers, they mean the world to me!

Now, here’s a video of me skating:
First time skating: http://youtu.be/N2vNiH9irZc

Take care everyone!

Vacation Update

we’re home from England and missing everyone there greatly,but are happy to be home at the same time

it was a packed but great time!

I kept up, but was able to recognize when I needed to rest, which is great!

I felt normal which is also great!

Today I saw my psychiatrist for a regularly scheduled appointment an I got great news, I am doing well enough emotionally to stop taking my anti-depressant. I couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome for today!