We are back from a fabulous vacation with family and starting to get into our summer vacation routine (sleeping late, chores, time with friends…etc.) For some reason the weather seems to think it’s spring instead of summer (God, can you bring the sun back please?), so I’m thankful we had some very hot weather while we were gone. It has been raining a lot, but at least our grass is still green. 🙂

Yesterday, I had the privilege of helping with a class put on by Compassionate Healing Foundation at Valley Medical Center. I met Christina (founder and president), when I took a class similar to this when I was going through chemo in December 2015.

Apparently December 7, 2015 was a wig day….this was a photo I took at my class 3 1/2 years ago.

Christina has played a big part in my recovery and I’m so thankful for her encouragement and tips. In the class I took with her, I took away so many great skincare tips for my ever changing skin (thanks to cancer treatments). AND most of all, I had a plan for how to draw on eyebrows when they disappeared. (Thanks chemo.) Losing your hair is hard, but losing your eyebrows and a lot of your eyelashes is just as hard, if not harder. The class was such an encouragement to me and since then, Sage and I have had several spa treatments with her, as she is a full time esthetician, as well as being the founder and president of Compassionate Healing Foundation . 🙂

Today, I was able to volunteer at her class, and chat with 5 ladies who are early on in their cancer journey. It was a time of relaxation and encouragement for them and I’m so thankful Christina allowed me to be a part of it. 🙂

A few of the ladies in the class today with Christina and I

In other news, I took a break from my medication for about 2 weeks while we were on vacation so that I didn’t have to deal with bone pain while we were gone. But now that we are back, I’m back on Aromasin and am working with my naturopath Dr. to try and avoid the bone pain side effect. (Still no sign of depression, so it looks like we solved that problem! Hooray!!)

My next appointment with my oncologist is on August 14th, and I’d love to be able to tell him that I’m not only depression free, but bone pain free as well. 🙂 Will you continue to pray with us that we can figure out how to get my body to accept this much needed medication without the bone pain?

Dr. Labriola tweaked the supplements I’m on just a little bit and added a GI Formula supplement to help my stomach tolerate the higher quantity of essential fatty acids he put me on. So far my body seems to be responding well.

It’s been a little tough on my body this week as I’m working to get back to eating healthy and working out, but I’ll survive. 🙂

As always, thanks for reading and if I can pray for you or your family in any way, please let me know.

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