This post won’t be extremely chronological because I have some news that’s too exciting not to mention first! On Tuesday, I left work early to do some lab work and get an x-ray done of my chest (the location of my tumor). When I met with the oncologist yesterday morning she said that the tumor is virtually gone!!!! Praise the Lord! The power of prayer and modern medicine. I also took a pulmonary function test (read: breathing test) and I immediately noticed that it was easier for me than it was when I took the same test in April. The respiratory therapist told me my results had improved as well! My tumor hadn’t constricted my breathing much at all before, but it was encouraging to see the improvement none the less… especially considering the main reason I took the breathing test was to make sure that the bliomycin (one of my chemo drugs) hadn’t damaged my breathing. After I spoke with the oncologist I had my fourth chemo session which means I’m 2/3 of the way through my chemo!
In other news, Team Laura really outdid themselves over the weekend. I suspected something was up because sometime in June Rene had asked me what I was doing on July 14. The conversation went something like this:
Me: “ummmm…. I don’t know, why?”
Rene: “Oh, no reason.”
So July 14 was already kind of on my radar but I had more of less forgotten about the exchange. A few weeks later I kept overhearing Rene discussing t-shirt sizes with my family and they would convenient fell silent when I entered the room. Hmmm… so fast forward to last week:
Rene: “So, what are you up to on Saturday?”
Me: “I don’t know, why?”
Rene: “I think we should go to the Salt Lick.”
Me: “Sounds good.”
So that pretty much reaffirmed that something was going to happen on Saturday. So when Saturday rolled around, Rene and I had a pretty non-eventful day working around the house, watching movies, being lazy, etc. We didn’t eat lunch until about 1:30 in the afternoon, so I asked Rene when he wanted to go to the Salt Lick. He said 5 p.m., to which I said that seems awfully early since we just ate, why not 6? He immediately started laughing (which was a dead give away) and insisted on 5 p.m. To top it off Rene made me get ready extremely early and we ended up arriving at the Salt Lick about 10 minutes early. Our exchange went as follows:
Me: You know its better to arrive late to a surprise party than early.
Rene: Whatever, there’s no surprise party … but yeah, lets wait in the car for a few minutes. (Seriously, the man has a security clearance.)
When we walked up to the Salt Lick we immediately saw our good friends the Guidry’s from Rene’s unit wearing lime green “Geaux Team Laura” t-shirts! Although I knew something was up, I had no idea what and I was totally ecstatic that our friends would think to do something like that for me. Soon after many of our other Army friends arrived all wearing the lime green tee’s.
The night wasn’t over and after the Salt Lick we headed over to the Dell Diamond for a Round Rock Express vs. Memphis Red Birds game.
In related news, my friend Danielle organized an official “Team Laura” and we’ll be sporting our Team Laura t-shirts at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night fundraising and awareness walk in Austin on November 3, 2012. If you’d like to join us or donate to the cause, please visit our Web page at http://pages.lightthenight.org/sctx/AustinL12/TeamLaura. There’s also Light the Night walks across the country, so there’s plenty of ways to be involved.
We’re also putting a second order in for Team Laura t-shirts. The price is $9/shirt or $12/shirt if you need me to ship it to you. Please comment with your t-shirt size if you’re interested and I’ll email you details on how to pay.