Posts tagged "chemotherapy"

Atia's Celebration of Life Party

Atia's Celebration of Life Party
My Previous Blog > “Who’s On My Watch?” 19 more days of chemotherapy treatment – Incredible 2 more doses of Methotrexate – Exhilarating 1 more spinal tap with chemo while sedated – Relieving July 10th, the end of treatment – GLORIOUS! After over two years of fighting cancer, a battle unexpectedly thrust upon us, Atia... Read more »

When Mother's Day Became MY Day

My Previous Blog > “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!” Mother’s Day has always been a special day in my family. When we were younger, my sister and I celebrated my mom as best we could. We didn’t always have the money to buy amazing gifts or take her to delicious brunches; instead, we made homemade... Read more »

Poopy Cramps

Surrounded by all of her comfort items - binki, blankie and baby.
My Previous Blog > The Craigslist Babysitter April (2010) was a happy month full of unexpected surprises – we’d taken the kids to the Aquarium, filmed an infomercial and hired a babysitter to help for a few hours each week. As the days gently unfolded into May, there was a semblance of normalcy. We’d become... Read more »
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Elizabeth Edwards and the gift

Our cousin Debbie found this picture right after my mother in law's death. Always sitting by her beloved husband Howard who she was sure she would survive. He is 13 years older than her. Goes to show us life can always have a different plan for us.
I read it on CNN via Twitter on Monday evening and my heart just crumbled.  “Elizabeth Edwards is surrounded by family and friends in her North Carolina home after doctors informed her that additional cancer treatment would be pointless.” I knew it would be a matter of hours before Mrs. Edwards would end her 6... Read more »

Eggs, Ice Cream and Family Traditions

At home later that afternoon, Asher was full of energy and playing around. He had started babbling and it was the cutest thing.
My Previous Blog Entry > “March Madness” As April approached, I looked forward to the Easter tradition of coloring eggs, attending Maundy Thursday church service, traveling down to Springfield, IL to celebrate the holiday with my family and, of course, watching Jesus Christ Super Star. I’m a religious person, so for me Easter is a... Read more »

The Tides Changed: From Health to Hospital

January 2010
My Previous Blog > “Popular Chicago Blogger and Reality TV Star Team Up to Raise Awareness for Childhood Cancer” Atia had been battling a cough and runny nose since the Sunday following New Year’s Day (2010). We watched her like a hawk, frequently monitoring her temperature. She didn’t have a fever, which was good because those... Read more »
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Through Her Hair, I Saw Survival

She was so exkited! THAT was a GOOD day!
Last Week’s Blog > “She Has to Take What?”   Beauty draws us with a single hair — Alexander Pope Seven months ago we were at an emotional turning point as the chemical assault on Atia’s delicate body had begun. Among other things, it caused her hair to fall out. We knew it was going to... Read more »

She Has To Take What?

Last Week’s Blog > “Looks Can Be Deceiving” On Monday, November 16, 2009, Atia began the Maintenance phase - the last phase of treatment in the clinical trial. Though it was a glorious day, because it marked the beginning of a new chapter in our lives, it was a difficult day, too. Atia’s Oral Medications Atia... Read more »

Looks Can Be Deceiving

  Last Week’s Blog > “The Corporate Traveler’s Wife” A big thank you to both of my guest writers who filled in the last two weeks; their entries were wonderfully entertaining. Chelle will soon be writing her own blog on ChicagoNow.com called, “The Sunny Side of Naperville“, and I’ll be inviting Angi back to tell us how life... Read more »
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Back To Reality: The Trifecta

Both of my babies slept a lot, but for very different reasons. I love how Atia's touching Asher, as if she's making sure that he's real.
My Previous Blog Entry: “DINA MANZO’S INTERVIEW PODCAST: The Real Housewives of New Jersey” Well, the fantasy of hobnobbing with the stars is over and as the fairy godmother said in Cinderella, “On the stroke of twelve, the spell will be broken, and everything will be as it was before.” Dropping us back into reality and... Read more »