Friends...I sm so thrilled to report that Don's latest CT scan was clear...no sign of metastasis.....it appears the Lupron injections are doing their job...and he will continue to take them..... we see the oncologist again in 8 weeks...we are so thankful for this news and for all of you, our wonderful friends who continue to support us in so MANY ways
and who continue to hold our family in your prayers.
God is soooo good, and he would STILL be soooo good even if our news had not been happy....for we know his ways are not our ways...but HE is forever there and forever faithful...there is nothing we will walk through, that he will not be either holding our hand, or carrying us through...there is a song by Kutless titled "Even If" that says "even if the healing doesn't come and life falls apart and dreams are still undone, for you are God, forever good, forever faithful one...even if the healing doesn't come"....I have listened to that song pretty much every day since December of 2011!!
Speaking of all of the wonderful people who have been taking care of us this past year...a precious family has gifted our family with their time share in Cancun...so the CONRAD's...will be taking their second EVER family vacation ...in just 2 weeks...we will all spend a week together in Mexico..Mike and Michelle are coming from California..so we will all be together...how you ever thank someone for such a gift...I truly do not know.....you know who you are....and words cannot express how we feel about your gift.
March 3, 2013
Wow, I cannot believe it has been so long since I updated this page...life has been a whirlwind.
We moved Matt and Mason home after school last year..
Matt was at CU Boulder and Mason at UNC.
So, we have a full house again.
Matt and Marshall are at CU Denver now, still in Business majors, Mason is at Metro Denver and switched from Psychology to hospitality and tourism...a change of major in his junior year....YIKES!!:) They are all attending school full time and working as well, helping the family tremendously, both financially and otherwise...I am so very proud of them.
They are all amazing young men!!
Mom was here for 9 months, helping us after my surgery...she is back in FLA now.
I seem to have recovered from surgery...it has been seven months...now the battle resumes to get the extra weight off...but carefully...which means slowly...which stinks!!
Hubby (Don) is doing well....PSA's are holding, he has a CT Scan Tuesday March 5th, we see the oncologist again on Friday to chat about test results... Your prayers are coveted!!
Christmas was WONDERFUL...Mike and Michelle and our grandpuppy Cooper were here from California...so as is the CONRAD way...it was LOUD, ACTIVE, CRAZY, MESSY and WONDERFUL...!!
October 1st, 2012
I am 8 weeks out of surgery now...still in physical therapy, and feeling stronger every day.
Hubby had an abdominal/pelvic CT scan last week, and we are
happy to report there is no sign of metastasis at this time, so the drugs appear to be doing their job....Praise GOD!!
I am just over two weeks out of surgery, and doing well. The first 10 days were rough, much due, I believe to my meds, which I stopped at day 11. I am still limited, of course, but getting stronger every day. I walked 2 miles on Tuesday but had a lot of pain on Wed, so skipped the walk....planning to get it in today. Range of motion is improving....STILL not sleeping well...my only real complaint.
On a HAPPY NOTE...GREAT NEWS to Share....
Yesterday I signed a 3 year contract with a wonderful company who has licensed 24 of my images, to be used in Hotel and High End Retail. All of the pieces were my abstracted poured paintings, including Aspens, Landscapes, Seascapes, and Non Representational Abstracts. I am quite happy with the terms.
I did a Hotel in 2010, ( just 2 images) with another company,which was a wonderful experience, and am thrilled to have a chance to work again in that arena!!:)
Surgery is tomorrow morning, still running around trying to get ahead on everything...work, chores, etc....I have been painting my rear off this week, so that I have pieces to post for the next week at least...not sure when I will feel like painting...I remember last time I had this surgery ( 10 years ago) it was painful to hold my head up (without support) for more than a few minutes at a time.
Regarding darling hubby..we saw the Oncologist on Wednesday...the last set of #s were good...he will have another CT scan and bone scan in 8 weeks...:)
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I am not doing so well in updating this page. Hubby completed his 8 weeks of daily radiation 2 weeks ago...it is nice not to begin each day at the cancer center, though the staff there is WONDERFUL!! Don is very tired now, but still never complains. The Dr says he should begin to get his strength back in a few weeks...we are looking forward to that. We will not know if the radiation and drug therapy has eradicated or slowed the cancer for about ten more weeks. He will be re tested then. So...for now we wait....
I want to say thank you to those who have emailed and written notes, and those silent prayer warriors ( you know who you are)...for the many surprises and special "gifts" that have been bestowed on our family these past few months. We feel very loved...Hugs to all of you:)
It has been over a month since I have posted on this page.
Hubby has just finished week 6 of daily radiation therapy...only two weeks to go...he is such a rock....or as our boys say a
Bad A--!! He is still working his night job on top of his day job, still playing racquetball...and has only missed a couple of his hockey games. We still begin each morning (Mon-Fri) at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center....and he still has not complained once, though he is noticeably more tired.
The boys have been home quite a bit...attending every special event...the most recent being high school hockey state championships. Big brother Mike even flew in from California...AGAIN....My baby Marshall ( the youngest of the 4 and the only one still at home)...is now a state champion...yep...Regis finally took the state title back....Marshall also was personally awarded "All Conference", "All State" and "Offensive Player of the Year". This was his second year in a row to be awarded offensive player of the year..and before that, the title belonged to his big brother Matt. Okay... I am finished bragging, but it feels so good to have Happy things to share for a change!!!!!
The Conrad Regis Hockey Men Past and Present
I have had MANY friends die of cancer in the past few years...
( breast , pancreatic, liver ...etc) and though I walked closely through the journey with two of them.... I usually don't even say "cancer" , but refer to it as the "C" word...as the real world evokes great terror in me.
It appears that I will now have to be able to say the real word, and say it fearlessly.....as it will now be a part of everyday life for quite some time.
As I write this, I know many of you are walking the cancer journey in some capacity......I hope you will continue, as with club 47, to share your personal journeys with me...
Two of my favorite verses...
power to the weak And to those who have
no might He increases strength.
God's Promise that; When you pass
through the waters, I will be with you; And
through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not
be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
( Isaiah 43:2 )
How blessed am I....so many wonderful friends...my darling friend Trudy showed up at my house this morning with a lunch basket for me to put on my desk, so I would be sure to eat!!!
I stumbled upon a blog today that had this question on it...
"What would you have if you woke up tomorrow and only had what you thanked God for the day before?"
October 2nd, Sunday
I love this..because it says you don't have to do everything at once to get results!!! I desperately need to clean out and rearrange the upper studio..and still need to clean out the boys' rooms ( they have been gone over a month)....but I have been too overwhelmed by the tasks at hand to even begin!! I treated myself to the new issue of "Where Women Create" today..hoping to glean some inspiration, and boy did I...that is where I found the above quote...among other fabulous thoughts and ideas...
I am going to make a list tonight...of things I must get back to, to feed my creative spirit...and find the old me..I will share it tomorrow..now gotta put on my"mom" hat and get to my son's hockey game!!
September 24th, 2011
I am moving slowly today...feeling a bit of anxiety about all I wanted to accomplish this weekend just looming over me...taking deep breaths..not going to go there...determined to feel peace this day...listening to the group "The Katinas" on my itunes...the song "Thank You" talking about just being in a state of thankfullness for even the simple things that we often take for granted.I really need to clean my house...I am inclined to be stressed as I know already I am not going to accomplish all that i wanted today...but am going to put on worship music and as I clean thank God that I still have a home to care for...when so many are homeless or losing their homes this very day. First.... I need coffee!!!:)
September 23, 2011
There is a Bible verse I stumbled upon in my quiet time awhile back that really spoke to me. I wrote it on an index card...and I keep it on my night stand..but I've decided to copy the verse on another card and carry it with me so that I can look at it throughout the day. I've already memorized it..so it is "written on my heart" but I think seeing words in print just reinforces the thought. I am one of those people who has trouble letting go of the past....especially my own shortcomings and failures. The verse is from the book of Isaiah, verses 18-19.
How Beautiful is That????
I have never been one to really talk a lot about my family on my blog...but indulge me this day.... just a bit of fun.....All 4 of my boys were/are hockey players..well...all 5 if you count my 55 yr old boy (hubby) who still plays.... Matt and Marshall my youngest 2 (junior and senior in High School) play for their High School Regis Jesuit...last night was a great night for us..as their team won the semi final 6-1 and will play for the state title next week...Congrats to the Regis Team.......
My Matt... (# 16) ...the play of the game...scored the first goal to get things started 28 seconds into the game....
Just a bit of celebrating for Matt.....
My Marshall (on the ground in red and white) sort of a funny one..as he is not on the ground often....great night for him..he had 3 assists...
Marshall ( in blue)..with big bro Mike...Marshall is the baby ...but the tallest....
Another shot with big brother #2 Mason....( in yellow)
February 24th...Exciting News.....
The only thing as exciting as beginning a new journey, is when someone dear to you begins a new journey. My VERY TALENTED friend, Artist Saundra Lane Galloway has just launched her new site WeddingCaketopPortraits.blogspot.com
Yes....it is what is sounds like..she will paint you a beautiful keepsake of your wedding cake top. Here is a sample...
I am exhausted today....very sad over things I can't share....many people in my little circle of friends are in such pain....I am honored to be able to go before the Lord and lift them up in prayer.....I am honored to know and love them...I am honored to share even their heartache, and yet I am exhausted from the emotion of it all.I have hung my head several times today in overwhelming sadness....I opened my book of scripture a bit ago to this very verse...
"God is my shield, my glory and the lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3
February 17, 2011
"Do what you love, love what you do, and always give more than you promised"
We live in a world where many seem to have the attitude " do only what is required" or "do just enough to get by". As the mother of four almost grown sons,
22,19 17,& 16...I seem to be having this conversation a lot these days...from writing the minimum words required on a college essay.....to chores and service projects.....
God blesses a cheerful giver,I believe this applies to all of our giving....not just our tithes and offerings..but the giving of our time as well.....
"Whatever you do, do it with all of your heart, as working for God not man"