Hi everybody! Sorry for being MIA there for a little bit. I had a crazy, busy, wonderful weekend, followed by a pretty hectic week so far. This past weekend was one of the best I have had in a long time. It is not too often that a person gets the chance to be surrounded by so many friends and family members all at once...and to be showered in so much love! Let me tell you...it's an incredible feeling. The weekend started out with the MUGA scan for my heart on Friday morning - no big whoop there. I have been through so many other tests by now that this one was a walk in the park. After the test Mike, Jeff and I headed down to the D to partake in the Tiger's Opening Day festivities. We met up with other friends and hung out at an incredibly packed bar before heading over to Comerica Park. Jeff was being so protective- making sure people weren't bumping into me- which I totally appreciated because my port was (and still is) pretty sore. The clouds parted, the sun made an appearance, and the good ole' Tigers came away with a victory. All in all, a great start to the weekend!
Great day at the ballpark with the big brother :)
Saturday was such a blast, spent with some of my very best friends. I am so incredibly blessed to have the most amazing group of girlfriends from high school. There are ten of us "Beauts" (sorry, but it's a top secret story as to how we got this nickname), and we have been best buddies since either elementary, junior high, or high school. I have always known that the Beauts are such a special and unique group. It dawned on me one day in college, that not many people still kept in touch with those they went to high school with - let alone still considered them their very best friends. My Beauts have been there for me through thick and thin for over half my life and knowing they are in my corner right now brings me so much comfort and happiness! Six of my Beauts (and one baby Beaut, Emma) came over to my house on Saturday to join me in bringing Julie's vision to life for our bedroom makeover! I warned them that I would be photographing this, so none of you are allowed to get mad at me for posting these pics. :)
Cutest painters in town! Especially little Emma who was the project manager ♥
We spent the day painting, gabbing, eating, laughing...and best of all, not thinking about cancer! It was the best distraction ever! My fabulous friend and fellow Beaut, Julie designed the most peaceful, restful, serene and stylish bedroom I have ever seen. All of my Beauts chipped in to buy this amazing headboard for Mike & I as a surprise! The room came together perfectly and Mike and I couldn't be more excited and thankful! I wish I could truly capture how gorgeous it is in my images, but you really just need to be in the space, in person, to feel how tranquil and perfect it is. Julie - Mike & I can never thank you enough for creating this special space for us. I cannot believe all the thought and effort you put into it! We are forever grateful and love you so much! To my other Beauts - thank you for the beautiful headboard and for those of you that were able to be here (especially two from Chicago!)- thank you for devoting your Saturday to helping create this spectacular retreat for us! I love you guys so much!
A few quick "before" snapshots of the old, not stylish bedroom....
"After" images of our completely PERFECT sanctuary bedroom make-over, designed by the incredible Julie Doman of A2 home+made
Isn't it gorgeous! It actually isn't even complete yet. We were waiting for this awesome console table to be delivered from West Elm and it finally arrived today! It will go to the left of the bed (if you are facing the bed) and we will be able to put our new flat screen tv on it (thank you Domans!) in addition to using it as extra storage.
As if all of this wasn't enough...Sunday was a truly fantastic day which our friend Gina dubbed a "Love Fest"! We had over 80 people arrive to our home to share their love for Mike and I and our families. It was completely overwhelming but wonderful at the same time! We were showered with so much love, so many hugs, endless amounts of food, and given the most thoughtful and meaningful cards & gifts to help keep our spirits up and positive thoughts flowing throughout this journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you to every single one of you that were able to come and for all of you that were here in spirit because you couldn't make it! Thank you so much to Gina & Nichole for putting this together - it was perfect! Another huge thank you to my wonderful friend Kyle for taking some great images which you can see here:
The only time I got my camera out the entire day was to make sure I captured a photo of my momma and I. All of you that know me, know that my mom has always been one of my very best friends. She is the most supportive and loving mom a girl could ask for. Every tear, every worry, every smile, every laugh, every ache and every pain I experience is shared equally with her. What happens to me, happens to her. It is because of her and how she raised me, that I have always faced any obstacle in my life with sheer determination and confidence that I will succeed. Battling this cancer will be no different. Love you lady!
As you can see, the weekend was unforgettable! I have tried to ride out this wave of an emotional high for as long as possible, but unfortunately the frustration with the waiting game reared it's ugly head again this week. I found out late on Monday that I have to wait until Friday morning to get the biopsy of my T12 vertebra. The results of this biopsy will be in on Wednesday morning and will finally reveal how much disease we are dealing with. Next Thursday, I am scheduled to meet with my oncologist (Dr. F) and begin chemo - but this plan is tentative depending on my biopsy results. So, until we get the results next Wednesday...we wait. We wait, but we enjoy every day and try to live life as normal as possible until then. The best thing about this so far has been that it truly teaches you how to appreciate each and every moment you are given. Sure, I let myself get upset and deal with my emotions - but I get over it and move on to enjoy the day, snuggle with my pup, and cherish every moment with Mike. So enjoy the rest of your week and make the most of it!
Thanks again for your constant love and support! It means the world to us.
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