Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Moved, Not Settled...

The majority of our things are not in another place...so technically, I would say we are moved.  We are certainly sleeping in the new place.  We are far, far from settled, though.  Every day, it gets closer...and the more I see how well it should all work out, the more I want that process to be complete.  We'll get there...I just need to find some patience...it must be in one of these boxes.

Melissa has an MRI appointment tomorrow.  Two fairly important milestones together...the move and the MRI that could lead to far less MRI's....it would mark almost 2 years of clean MRI's.  That is pretty important stuff, with the odds stacked up against you.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Still Moving!

Wow, I am sore.  Most the heavy stuff is moved...now unpacking!

Posts should return to normal next week.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Moving Day is HERE!

We are moving...and it starts today!  We got our keys to the new apartment this morning.  I am excited.  I have spent the better part of the last week getting ready.  Melissa is not much help, these days...so it has been pretty much on me to get us packed up...and today I start loading the moving truck.  I hope to have us sleeping there tonight...tomorrow at the latest.

Wish me luck.  I hope my back holds up.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another "1st Day of School"

Today, midget starts the 2nd grade in a new school.  We are very excited!  A new school...a new place...getting back in to the swing of things.

It was a long Summer.

We will face some challenges with adjusting from a horrible school to one of the best schools in the country.  We are willing to put in the work, though...and even midget seems ready to learn.  I think this is the start of a great year.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Well, We're Moving On Up...

...to the East Side...in a deluxe apartment in...

Prince George, VA.

It was tough to find a place we could afford, given the past year and a half, but we did, with a little help, and will be moving midget to better schools.  The place should be nice and a little larger.  I am looking forward to it being just my family again...and the dishwasher, never had one of those.

We are moving mid-September!  I will keep ya posted!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ch Ch Ch Changes...

No one is the same after a cancer diagnosis.  In brain cancer patients, there are limitless side effects.  Doctors have no clue how you will personally be effected by the treatment and cancer, they simply are treating you to keep you alive.  You do not have to be a "brain surgeon" to know that doing brain surgery, having tumors, having your head blasted with radiation, and exposure to the poison in chemotherapy is going to mess with your head.  The treatment for a thought-to-be-terminal brain tumor is BOUND to change you.  Brain cancer patients, often, are the least aware of those changes.  I know, that is certainly the case with my wife (and here is where I choose not to push into intimate details).  I do wish that doctors, especially psychologists, were involved with recovery.  What good is surviving cancer if you can't manage your life afterwards?  So, my suggestion, make sure long-term recovery goals and help from psychologist are a part of your brain cancer treatment plan from day one....if not, you may want to find treatment elsewhere.  Don't let doctors treat just your tumor...make them treat the entire patient.

Sharing Without Embarrising

Blogging about something as personal as Cancer is, and not being the one who has cancer, while not exposing thing too embarrassing or personal has been difficult.  My wife is pretty good about letting me know if I cross the line, by her standards, but others (like family members, friends, or even other cancer readers) might thing I cross the line sometimes.  I am sure that is normal.  Sometimes, I find it necessary to get very "close to home" with stories and posts because that is the only way to really translate or express the feeling I am looking to get across.  This process is good for me...and hopefully, good for my readers.  Honestly, if my blog helps me, it is worth doing, but if it helps just one other person, well, then it becomes something even greater.

There have been a host of topics I have avoided.  At times, I wish I had made the blog anonymous just so I could share those intimate details without embarrassing anyone.  I have intentionally avoided digging deeply into topics like how cancer has effected my marriage, sex life, future, and my relationships with friends and family.  Trust me, cancer effects everything....down to the shirt you might put on, the soap you use, or even what you have for dinner.  It invades your wallet, your home, your family, and your relationships.