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“I Believe in Miracles!”

For those who may not know, my mom’s Inflammatory Breast Cancer metastasized (spread to other parts of the body) a few months ago. Her first encounter with Breast Cancer was in October of 2008, my senior year of high school. The entire process of chemo, radiation and finally surgery, lasted about a year. Then a this past October she was having some issues that led us to find out that the same cancer cells had come back. The disease had not only reappeared in the form of 4 tumors among st the organs in her abdomen , but also in the presence of her bones. She immediately started chemo- hard chemo- 2 weeks on 1 week off (as long as her white blood cell count was high enough).

Chemotherapy is like a poison that has all different side effects that counteract with every drug that’s in your system already. It means headaches, nausea, increased heart rate, tiredness, awful random leg or arm pains, and sometimes hair loss (luckily not this most recent round). BUT even though the chemo may be killing some good cells, God has allowed this all worth it. Healing WILL come. Healing HAS come.

Got any doubt that God answers prayers?

This is the emil that my mom sent out to all the Bridgeport Middle School staff titled “I Believe in Miracles!”

I want to Praise the Lord for the positive results of my PET Scan from this Mon. Jan. 30 2012!
My initial scan on Nov. 7th 2011 showed a very large mass of lymph nodes covering almost my entire mid upper abdomen. There were numerous metastasis in the lymph nodes throughout my body. Also noted was widespread metastatic disease in the bones. CANCER seemed to fill my body.

Yesterday, the oncologist read me the results of my scan from Monday, Jan. 30th. It stated,
“Dramatic resolution” of metastatic disease. Dramatic decreased FDG activity in the abdomen…

WOW! Isn’t it amazing! In 2 1/2 months time, The measurable evidence of cancer in my abdomen showed, “dramatic resolution.” No new lesions were noted and no growth noted in any area.
Miracles still happen today! I told the Dr. and nurse that I serve a big God and had lots of people praying
for me. He is the great healer! I believe that the reduction of my cancer cells is a direct result of the many prayers said on my behalf. Thanks for your continued prayers. God isn’t finished with me yet. I believe He has wondrous plans for my future. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, pans to give you hope and a future.”

The chemo drugs I have been taking, have been hard hitting, both to the cancer cells and to the other cells, as it doesn’t differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells. As result, the chemo has greatly lowered my WBC’s and I have been taking injections to boost my white blood counts. Even after having 4 days of injections after my chemo on the 19th and no chemo last week, my WBC’s were too low to have my chemo treatment yesterday. I will be taking more injections this week, in order to raise my WBC’s enough to take more chemo next week.

Though the days ahead are uncertain, I know God will be with me and give me strength for every step of my journey.
Blessing to you and your families!



God is SO good.



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Nocturnal Drawing Project: 99

I finished my Nocturnal Drawing Project last night around midnight. Not bad, I didn’t freak out about it, I just finished it. Show up this morning and no one said anything about my drawing, but I didn’t think it was the worst in the group. Not everyone’s work was talked about and there wasn’t much to say about mine anyway. With that said, I didn’t know was to think about the grade I was getting. 99 to my surprise. I could not beleive it. I wanted to go to my teacher’s office and make sure that it wasn’t a mistake or something… Anyway, I am happy. Happy also that our final portfolio only has to include 6 sustained drawings and this one may be one of them. So my final portfolio is only two weeks away and for the first time, I’m a little bit excited about it.

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The BEST WORST day ever

This morning I walk out to the parking lot and my car is NOT where I parked it. It was towed…
Ok so last night I got in from Trevor’s soccer game a little after midnight and threre is no parking around my apartment building. I think to myself, “Ok, it’s midnight, I have to leave agiain at about 7:30am, I’ll just park in this close covered parking spot and be outta here in the morning. I do not want to have to park at some other building and walk all that way in the middle of the night.” Little did I know, the owner of that spot came back after me and called to have my car towed away because I was in thier spot.
Because our apartment from office didn’t open till 9am, I had to wait to get the number for the towing people until my break from class. Then I found out that it was going to cost me $198.30 to get my car back.
…this is a pause for dramatic effect… $198.30… almost $200 dollars… pause…
After class Trevor picks me up so we can go rescue my car.
Ok this is the sweet part: First we go to Chipotle, order it to go, and then eat it while we go through the car wash. I love the car wash! I love Chipotle! It was exciting.
This was the sucky part: We search to the ends of the earth to find this car taking place. Apparently there are 2 streets named Collins in Denton; we were on the completely wrong side of town. I was a little releived about this though because the 1st Collins St we were at made me a little uneasy. Finally we get to the right address and it looks even more sketchy than the first place. We have to drive all around the property to figure out where to park, there all these many scary gates, and there are these men standing on the corner of the road waiting to be hired for day labor. SKETCHY. We get in the many gates and I am completely silent as I pay up and receive directions from the woman at the counter. It was like my dog had died or something, and she was responsible. There was no, “Thank you have a great day! 🙂 ” that you receive at the grocery store, just a blank “doomed” expression on my face.
The day gets MUCH better though. Trevor and I drive all the way accross town again just to get Mint Oreo Blizzards at the Dairy Queen! Yes! We love Mint! …Go figure they are out of Mint. That kinda sucks. Ok, that’s alright; we get our vanillas and enjoy them with the rest of our Chipotle in the Dairy Queen. As a result of the artic fridgedness inside the igloo of a Dairy Queen we head outside to finish our ice cream.
This was probablly my favorite moment to date: sitting in my car with the windows down, my feet in his lap, us facing eachother, singing happily to our little duet song while enjoying our ice cream. Mmm. yes. Yes to all of the above.

Because out little adventure wasn’t enough, we headed to Southlake for some errands and some time to chill. There was talking and tickeling, and sillty face-making, and I got a “happy” from Trevor’s mom (i.e. chocolate graham goldfish in a cute little carton). It was nice. It always is. Trevor made so many efforts today to make my day so much better than I know it could have been. I am so glad I have HIM. 🙂 Anyway, so yes, those are the ups and downs my my day: The Best Worst day ever.
P. S. My next post will probably have something to do with how ridiculous we are 🙂


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The Day I Fell In Love With The Drive Through Car Wash

That day was today.
I got out of photo lecture early today. I was hoping to get a nap after class but something inside me told me that TODAY was the day that I finally should wash my car. It needed it, bad.
I only knew of one drive through car wash. I haven’t even been in one since I was a little kid.
Before I even paid I was excited. Looking at all the choices and combinations, I could hardly contain myself! I quickly put the car in park, unbuckled, swiped my debt card and happily choose the $3 car wash. YES! $3 car wash!
As fast as I could, I buckled back up into my seat, put the car in drive and the magic door opened up and allowed me to pass on to the next stage in my adventure.
The lady directed me straight onto the thing. It was like a magic carpet ride! The lady pointed to a sign that lit up and and said “Put the car in Neutral” …i did. “Take feet off pedals” …i did. “Take hands off steering wheel” …i did. And WHOOSH! I was off into the land of car wash with the tunes of Stephen Jerzak blasting loud in my car!

I was amazed. I could not beleive it, this was so exciting! I thought to myself, I must document this!

The big blue ribbons were drug all over the exterior of my car! This is revolutionary!

Then, oh no, the ride was ending. I could see the light. I didn’t want it to end!

I seriously thought to myself, “I kinda want to do that again!” I was seriously so amazed it was ridiculous. I was having the time of my life and I have no idea why.
But wait, as if a $3 car wash wasn’t enough… Free Vaccum for the inside! Umm Yes Please!

I cleaned the inside of my car as well! It was AWESOME! I am now a happy person who no longer wants to take a nap!

I can’t wait till my car gets dirty so I can go through the car wash again!

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Job vs. Marriage

This girl knows what she wants! haha. I only wish I had this much attitude.

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Surprisingly Great Weekend!

So this weekend we had 5 “Christmas Outside of the Box” Performances on Saturday and Sunday. I was completely exhausted from dress rehearsals on Thursday and Friday night, and being at the church literally ALL DAY on Saturday. Trevor was scheduled to work, so I was a little bummed.
Anyway I called him as soon as I got home and ready for bed on Saturday night a earlier than normal because I was so ready to crash. Two other people called him while we were talking, which I thought was unusual, but I was too tired to care. 30 minutes into our conversation he puts me on hold… and about 60 seconds later I look up from my bed and there he is standing right there in my room! When I realized I wasn’t dreaming, I jumped out of bed and hugged him for about 5 minutes! haha. I was SO surprised! I just couldn’t beleive it because in the back of my mind I had hoped something like this would happen, but I was like “no, he can’t becuase he has to work”.
Turns out the the two people who had called him while we were talking were my mom and the person he switched shifts with! haha. I was so happy, “You are the best Christmas Present EVER!” I told him.
Of course, I could hardly sleep that night I was so happy, and then on top of that I had stress dreams relating to the play (most of them included me forgetting my lines or something like that). Despite the worries, the production was a hit, especially the Sunday performances. I really loved being apart of it and I especially loved our family we were cast with. I am so thankful for my church family.

Proof that we were ALL exhausted on Saturday. Scott snapped a picture of Rachel face down on the couch on stage in between performances.

View of the adorable elf scene from the balcony.

Well I’m about to head out to go to my brother’s basketball game and then the two of us are going to do some Christmas shopping in Denton! I’m excited for the next couple days because after that we are going to Trevor’s soccer game tomorrow and then Southlake to see his family on Wednesday. Lots to do and lots of fun to be had! More to come but until then, MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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Room makeover

I do realize that I have been blogging tons lately; but hey, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I have been inspired now that I’m pretty much done with classes haha. Anyway, I have always wanted awesome stringed lights in my room and today, since I had the time, I finally put up the lights my mom gave me last week. I am seriously obsessed with them. The renovation was really easy and really CHEAP and it absolutely makes my room! Putting the lights up motivated me to also move some other wall hangings around and finally put a couple things up that have been sitting in my closet since I moved. So yes here it is. My room in photographs.

I hope you are inspired as much as I am. Hope you all have a great day!


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