Monday, September 21, 2009

Alaska, Colorado, Chemo, Oh My!!!

Even though there is a lot happening it's not as exciting as having a fun chemo treatment every three weeks. Mom is still taking the chemo orally from home. She feels great and only has a few side effects. Her best week is the one between the two chemo weeks. The main side effects are pain in her feet and her feet peeling. (Sounds fun doesn't it?) She has been having headaches which might be from high blood pressure. Of course she always deals with tiredness. All in all she feels very blessed to have no pain and mild side effects. Last week she saw her doctor and he felt like she had great color and was doing well. They will probably do another CT scan in about a month.

We are so thankful for Karen (PA) and her staff at the chemo center. Mom really does miss going to the chemo center weekly. They are always VERY helpful and genuinely concerned for her. I feel that Karen and her team are a blessing from God for mom during this time. They are always so helpful and friendly. The greatest thing is that mom feels very comfortable contacting them when she has a question or a concern.

My parents have done a lot of traveling the last month. At the beginning of September they flew to Alaska, with Erna & Darrell Crosby, to visit Mike & Linda Couch and enjoy the beauty. They had a WONDERFUL time! They also went to Colorado to visit Jeff, Krista, Isaac, and Kaelee. They loved spending time with their grandkids. Isaac turned three on Monday and Kaelee was showing off her new crawling moves. I know this is a lot of pictures but I'm making up for the lack of pictures from chemo treatments. : )

Gorgeous View Flying Into Anchorage!

Amazing Train Trip From Anchorage to Seward

Dog Sled Ride Without Snow in Seward

Future Sled Dogs

Dad and Darrell Both Caught Two Halibut (Very Happy Men)

Denali (Mt. McKinley) Only 20% Of The Visitors
Actually See The Mountain
Because Of The Cloud Cover

The Picture Doesn't Do The View Justice

Mom As A Caribou (they have heavy horns)

Dad As A Caribou (looks much better then mom)

Dad and Mom As A Mixed Up Moose

Darrell and Erna Crosby

Hanging Out At The Princess Lodge In Denali

They all stayed at a lodge and my parents were
given a room with this sign above their door.

The women did last minute shopping in Anchorage before flying out. The men waited patiently With their new friend (the bear). Next to the bear is our friend Mike Couch.

My Mom Brought Some Alaska Back With Her To Work

Train Ride In Cripple Creek, CO With The Family


Isaac got to blow the whistle on the train
and loved the whole experience.

Isaac Being Silly And REALLY Cute : )

On another note, Dan and I, along with Bernadette (Dan's mother) are participating in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk THIS November. We will be walking 60 miles over the course of 3 days. We are very excited to be a part of this cause and raise money for breast cancer research. EACH one of us have to raise $2,300. Below is a link to make a donation to help us reach our goals. You just need to search our names individually to make a donation. We are under Bernadette Coronado, Dan Coronado, and Sara Coronado.

Thank you in advance for any donations.
Most of all thank you for prayers for my mom's healing.