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!

Busy Vacation

we’ve been here nearly a week- and what a busy week!

Thursday leave Calgary at 6:30pm
Friday arrive in London around 4am Calgary time. drive about 2 hours to Leicester.

Saturday recover from our travel day and try to adjust to the 7 hour time difference.

Sunday A family gathering with Dawns siblings and their families. what a boisterous event!

Monday met one of Dawns friends for lunch then met up with dawn’s Dad and his girlfriend

Tuesday visited beautiful Bradgate Park in Leicester.
Wednesdaytoured Wistow and Foxton Locks
Thursday went to Peterborough for Dawn to renew her passport and toured the Awe inspiring Peterborough Cathedral. We also went for a proper English carvery dinner

it’s been busy so far and shows no signs of slowing down.
the good news is I’m keeping up to pace and am feeling good doing it. I have the occasional headache, but nothing a single Tylenol can’t take care of!

1 year surgery anniversary

today marks 1year since I layed on an operating room table, brain exposed as a talented surgical team removed a tumour from my brain approximately the size of my fist.

I still suffer from side effects from that surgery like left side weakness and significant vision loss in my left eye. for a long time I lost my personality and those things that make me, me.

today I’ve regained quite a bit of strength on my left side, my vision will never come back as my optic nerve was nicked in the surgery. But I’m happy to report that I’m just as spunky and cheeky as I was before the surgery, maybe a bit more so.

I also recently (with a great support team) walked a 5km race in one hour and eight minutes!

tomorrow Dawn and I are headed to England!

life is as normal as it ever will be!

a massive thank you to everyone who helped get me to this point, Dawn,Mom,Dad,Grandma and Grandad, Ann,Davidcountless friends for rides and anyone I missed.

my tumour type

I know I’m busy on here today, but this is the best definition of my tumour type I have found on the web.

Anaplastic Astrocytoma (Grade III)
The cells of these tumours are moderately fast growing and less well defined than an astrocytoma (Grade I or II). These higher-grade tumours are malignant and treatment is usually more aggressive than that for lower grade tumours. Patients are often diagnosed in adulthood, with diagnoses peaking in their forties. These tumours are diffuse and infiltrating to the surrounding tissue, and the tentacle-like projections of these astrocytomas make them harder to remove. Treatment involves removal of as much tumour as safely possible plus radiation and chemotherapy. – See more at: http://www.braintumour.ca/1315/brain-tumour-types/?utm_source=Google%2BGrant&utm_medium=General%2BAwareness&utm_campaign=General%2BAwareness&gclid=CM-wt7607r8CFYZaMgod8zsAjg#sthash.VRBehsIp.dpuf

source: http://www.braintumour.ca/1315/brain-tumour-types/?utm_source=Google%2BGrant&utm_medium=General%2BAwareness&utm_campaign=General%2BAwareness&gclid=CM-wt7607r8CFYZaMgod8zsAjg

looking back

mom and I are at the hospital for a regular drs appt, and as I look back…wow!

I have come a long way. I used to ride like a princess in a wheelchair from the car to the drs office, now I easily walk the distance and back!

I can use my left hand and arm for tasks I didn’t think possible laying in my hospital bed after the surgery.

I have also regained some of my “spunk” as mom will attest to. she’s called me a Brat several times already in our few hours together today.

life is definitely getting better in Keryland!

KERY

July 10

Happy Birthday Papa and Uncle Al!!!
Today we got Kery’s latest MRI results and once again we are very grateful that there are no new lesions, no sign of disease progression and the surgical cavity is decreasing in size. This is definitely the best news we could hope for.
Unfortunately her next found of chemo has to be delayed because she needs to have a root canal and she can’t do chemo until there is no worry about infection.
The nurses at the TBCC were very impressed with Kery’s progress and encouraged her to continue with her exercises as this will really help with her healing and of course with her overall health. Kery, Dawn and a few friends have registered to do a 5 km walk on August 9th and everyone is super excited about this.
Thanks again to you all for your continued caring and support. It means the world to Kery, Dawn, Gary and myself.

July 6 Update

Dawn and I are home from another great weekend at the trailer I made my first post-surgery fire Friday night and it was a good one.

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I’m not allowed to use an axe anymore, so I use this foot operated wood splitter to make kindling.

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last week I had an MRI and we’re hoping to get the results this week. it WILL BE MY 3rd clear one in a row!

June 17 Update

today marks the end of round 7 of chemo, and it’s gone pretty good so far!

Yesterday, Mom and I saw my neuro surgeon and he was “delighted” with the progress in my left side. I like my neuro , so it’s encouragement to keep working hard to keep delighting him. all three of us left the room smiling!