Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Stomach Cancer Awareness Month


November is stomach cancer awareness month and I will never stop providing information to others in hopes that it helps save someone else from going through what our family did.

No one ever expects to hear cancer and now it seems more and more young people are being diagnosed. I often wonder why this is? Is it the power of social media and just hearing about it more? Is it the chemicals all around us? Whatever it is, I see news of people being diagnosed all the time.

When Ray was sick we didn't hear of stomach cancer. Everyone would hear about breast cancer, but stomach cancer was unknown (at least to us). If maybe we had known what the symptoms were, what it took to diagnosis it maybe we would have caught it earlier. Stomach cancer is usually not found until it is pretty progressed so it may not have mattered.

The one thing I tell everyone is be your own advocate. He went to doctor after doctor thinking they were doing what they needed to do, but not getting any better. Tests were being done and he continued to feel worse. If we had known what test needed to be done maybe it would have made a difference? So much time was wasted on unnecessary tests and drugs prescribed.

I can't bring Ray back but I can educate anyone that will listen and hopefully it reaches someone that needs to hear it.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Halloween Thoughts 2019


This Halloween was different in so many ways. The girls are getting older and it really makes me sad. Never take for granted the days that they are little. Both being in middle school meant no Halloween parties, although both dressed up for school. I was a room mom every year except Summer's 1st year so it was a bit sad not having to run out and get supplies for the parties or organize anything.

On Halloween we always do a little party at our house and then my sister, brother, their significant others, and my bil all take them trick-or-treating while I pass out candy. This year my brother and his wife were in Brazil and my parents were with them. Their Grandma also just got out of the hospital and was unable to come see them either. It just felt a little different.

I guess I am starting to dread the day that they no longer want to dress up or go trick-or-treating.

Summer's Costume: Clearance find when Party City closed

Lily's Costume is linked: