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Friday, August 22, 2014

"Fashion item Friday" #40 ~ Chemo Finale Details




but first ...





hey, Everyone!



our

CO-HOST

today

is

Linda

of


A Labour of Life

LINDA HAS A WIDE ARRAY OF STYLES ABOUT HER.  SHE IS OUTGOING, CONFIDENT
AND READY FOR FUN AT ANY TIME.  I LOVE THE COLORS IN THIS ENSEMBLE.
ESPECIALLY THE PINK WRAP ESPADRILLES.




ANY TIME THERE IS A COLLECTION OF BLUE AND YELLOW,  I AM THERE TO
TALK IT UP.  IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE COLOR COMBOS EVER. 
THE PATTERN MIXING IS SPOT ON IN THIS OUTFIT, TOO.  
{THE BEADS WITH THE WELLIES IS A FUN, UNIQUE TOUCH}



LINDA HAS A GREAT OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE WITH PLENTY OF PLACES 
TO REST AND RELAX.  THIS DRESS GOES RIGHT ALONG WITH THE ASPECTS OF
WATER AND WOOD AND FUN IN THE SUN.


{NOW BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE TITLES OF EACH PICTURE TO SEE HER FULL POST}



Linda and I have been following each other since February or so.  We have several things in common which is mainly great shoes.  She has a far better collection than I have but she is more creative and independent than I am, too, which is great!  I like to meet new people on new blogs because I learn so much from them.   Linda hails from Canada and is part of the Labour Union there.  That is why her blog name is spelled the Canadian way  { l a b o u r }. 


Here are Linda's social sites you
can follow to get to know her more!





PLEASE CONGRATULATE LINDA ON BEING OUR CO-HOST
THIS WEEK!





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If you are interested in being a C0-HOST
on

"Fashion item Friday"

please let me know via my email at

renae{at}simplesequins{dot}com 


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Yes, my fashion item this week is my cancer fashionable statement of accomplishing the 6 necessary chemo infusions.  One of my dearest neighbors had this sign on my home's front door when we arrived back from the Huntsman on Monday.  Ain't it so dang cute?  She made it herself and had it printed on a sturdy card stock with some fun pink balloons.  I love how the character girl only has a few hairs on her head.  lol

Yuppers!
I have four fingers and two thumbs way up for accomplishing
the chemo infusion portion of my treatment!!!

My sweet loves all around me; 1dd, ydd and HM.  My ydd, right behind me, made the
graduation cap that is really hilariously fitting my noggin.
My older daughter presented me with the gorgeous soft pink roses.
They have each been so burdened because of me and supportive of me for months on months.
I love them each so much!!!
xoxox




I am so glad I had the chemo 6 on a Monday
so I could share this with you today on our
Fashion item Friday!







PS.  ALL OF THE PHOTOS ABOVE SHOULD BE VISIBLE NOW. 
SORRY ABOUT THAT,  I WAS BEING A 'CHEMO-BRAIN' AND DIDN'T 
RUN THEM THROUGH THE DOWNLOAD ROUTE. 
HOPE YOU ALL CAN SEE THEM NOW!?!






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Join Linda and me for our fun Blog Hop!

Now it is your turn to join in the Hop!

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THE RULES 
{never fret, they are simple}
*  LINK UP EACH FRIDAY AND TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS, FELLAS AND FASHION GALS ALL ABOUT IT!
* SHARE YOUR FASHION ITEM OR YOUR WHOLE ENSEMBLE OR WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE TO POST 
ABOUT BY LINKING HERE.  THOSE INAPPROPRIATE, WILL BE DELETED,  ...SO PLAY NICE.
* ALL I ASK IS THAT YOU LINK MY POST TO YOUR POST BY EITHER ATTACHING THE BUTTON OR  
'MY POST TITLE'  TO YOUR POST IN WRITTEN FORM 
AND LINKED BACK TO MY SITE / POST! 



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Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Photo Shoot Post, Yay! { plus Sammy Dress Review }










hi Everyone!  Normal post here finally; a "photo shoot" post. Yay!  My energy is great today and we are not sure how long that energy will last.  So I jumped on getting this ready.  The kind people at Sammy Dress are patiently waiting for me to model this semi lose - semi kimono - semi fun top for y'all.  I got it early after chemo started and wasn't sure if it would ever be modeled or blogged about.  But. ...ta - dah!  Here it is.  I love the autumn tones {maybe that's why it didn't get on board yet} But it was the first thing I pick out that I sincerely wanted and to be able to brag about it.  I was sure to remember, eventually.  So here we are!  Me in my thrift and gift items and still hoping to inspire {with my deals, etc.}


What is your favorite part of this outfit?


Would you wear a top like this?







THRIFT OUTFIT DETAILS:
SAVERS,  BLACK SHADE SHIRT:  $2
SAMMY DRESS, || similar || OVER TOP, gift :   $0
SAVERS,  LAUREN CONRAD OLIVE GREEN PANTS:  $2.50
KOHLS,  VERA WANG SANDALS:  $20  ||no longer available, 3rd Summer for these lovelies||
FOREVER 21, ALL JEWELRY GIFTS except the GOLD RING BRACELETS:  $3
CHARMING CHARLIE,  Safety Pin Watch ||similar|| gift: 0  
TOTAL:  $24.50  




Ps.  See other Sammy Dress items on their awesome website!
Their prices are for real!  They are!



*   bonus pic   *


LINKING WITH:




THE HOME 
OF
"Fashion item Friday"


IT GOES PUBLIC  TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME.

  
Everyone is invited!

 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

20 More Days of Bumpy Ride




hi Everyone!  After several months of this you would think I would have it down pat, ...and honestly I do feel I do have many of the hurdle with chemo symptoms figured out.   But it isn't so much the day you get the IV drip of hours of medication slowly melded into you, it is the 21 days later.  Well yesterday is finally behind us and it is 20 days now.  That sounds so much better.  We had a great time at Huntsman.  My husband and I got there first and then my two daughters showed up; my oldest one got there first with these amazing roses  {SEEN ON INSTAGRAM HERE}!   Then my second daughter followed up with a graduation cap and a honor garland for me to drape down in front.  My nurse Keen (nick name for Karen - since they have 4 Karens) Organized all of the nurses to gather and we were serenaded to their encouraging words of love, care and congratulations.

chemo is my friend!  Man, I hated it at first.  But now as I have experienced it, I understand its purpose, it's mission and it's devotion of battle and courage at large.  My attitude has changed from really hating chemo to down right respecting it.  It is on my side.  

I am so glad I got the reprieve and got the blood infusion when I did. Has made all the difference.  I am so glad my doctors were noticing the steady decline.  The chemo 3 was the worst.  I prayed over and over that I would get a break some where along the line and I could step back a week and not have any chemo.  I didn't realize my blood numbers pertained to closely to the need or challenge of chemo.  I got my prayer answered on the 8th when Dr. Buys said I looked as beige as the wall behind me.  My platelets were only 37 out of 177-406,  my hemoglobin was only 6.4 our of 12.1-15.9.  Now I know why I had such woobly legs.  My pulse is still hovering around 100 but they said that will lower more and more each day until the 21 days and it will be normal, which for me is 80-85.
My blood number today were platelets 155 and my hemoglobin was 10.4  === much better!

So yes, chemo 6 is here!  It was a fun day to have everyone realize I was getting it accomplished.  The nurse in the Infusion Center are marvelous and we had a fun little party in the corner of our the room (huge room).  Thank you all for your warm replies, encouraging words and cheering me past the finish line --- well that is here to come!  

I love my doctors and nurses at Huntsman!  The schedulers have been great to work with.  But mostly, I love that everyone smiles especially if you are bald.  Huntsman has the answers and they are the absolute best people that work there to find a cure or a better method of treatment all the time.

It is late for me and I am weary.  I will work toward a better post with pics tomorrow or so.  Meanwhile, I am very happy to have chemo 6 infused and we shall see how we do for the next few days.

Monday, August 18, 2014

FINALLY chemo 6 TODAY





First off, thank you all for your attention to my blog and my Instagram posts over the past few days.  I didn't get the chemo on Friday because their lab computer crashed, because they had brought on two cancer clinics over the past two days and the onslaught was daunting to their processes.  They didn't know my labs until around 4pm.  So HM and I had lunch out and met with our banker to workout some of our financial goals, etc.  It was a nice day.   When we got home my nurse called and told me that my blood results was better than it was when I started chemo 1.   So we wanted to jump on those great stats and get the chemo into doing it's 'wonderful yucky thang' a.s.a.p!




Today is the day to 
commence and 
finalize 
my chemotherapy  - 
and I say 

"BRING IT!!!"

(by the time many of you read this I'll just be getting out of bed but you get the idea)


and
I do promise pictures of the FINALE!!!

YES



I have had 10 days off which has felt like goodness and mercy.  I have worn make up again, I have driven again, I have walked in the parking lot (instead of being dropped off at the door) and have walked the grocery store surfaces without one weird wobbly leg.  I, of course, have no certainty of how chemo 6 will play out but I am willing to roll with whatever comes, awh because, well just because, huh?


But I have 5 prior chemos that have taught me a multitude of managing options and I am very willing to put them to the test, believe me!


This chemo 6 is like the rest in that it will be sticking around for 21 days.  There goes summer!  Our weather this week is going to be divine and I am really going to try to get the most of it even while brandishing the sword against chemo 6 and it's onslaughts.


I still need prayers.   
I still need hugs.  
I still need patience from you and from me.
  

I still need to blog.  
Blogging has helped me so much, more than I realized would be the case.
 
Thank you to y'all for your love, goodness and support. 



my version of a selfie







SIMILAR TO WHAT I WORE TO CHURCH YESTERDAY!  ♥





LINKING WITH:
Thank you all for coming to "Fashion item Friday" over the weekend!  I am so pleased to know all of you.  I only got to get to about the first 25 so I will be back asap, after chemo has done it's thang today or tomorrow. (chemo doesn't really set it until the next day in the afternoon)   Special thanks to our Co-Host Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust!  She did an awesome job! 
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

"Fashion item Friday" #39 ~ Patience is a Virtue






We will be talking about this phrase
but first ...



amendment to this post 
8/15/14 
4:00 pm:

My blood test was sooooo much better 
today, 
But, they didn't know my test results until 
now.
So they sent me home with me thinking 
i would not return for a week, 
but since my numbers are up so well
they want to do the chemo a.s.a.p!

So
Monday morning
will begin my 
Chemo 6!

thank you for you sweet attention to 
this journey I am on!

I love y'all so much!

Renae




hey, Everyone!



Our 

CO- HOST


today 


is



Debbie

of 

DEBBIE HAS SUCH A FUN FASHION SENSE ABOUT EVERYTHING SHE WEARS.  
SHE HAS BEEN A CO-HOST BEFORE (AND MANY OF YOU MAY ALSO BE A CO-HOST MORE
THAN ONCE, TOO.  Just let me know.)  I AM LOVING THE PEEP TOE BOOTIES AND THE
GENERAL COLOR SCHEME SHE HAS GOT GOING HERE!






 OWN IT BABY
WHENEVER SOMEONE PUTS PINK AND BLUE TOGETHER, I CHEER!!! I THINK 
DEBBIE DID A GREAT JOB ON THIS ENSEMBLE.  AFTER A MILLION YEARS WOULD I
CONSIDER PUTTING THESE SNEAKERS WITH THIS DRESS, BUT WITH THE
DENIM JACKET AND TURQUOISE NECKLACE, IT "JUST WORKS".





WHEN I CAME UPON THIS POST,  I completely LOVED IT!!!  I LOVE THE DARKER TONE OF
THE BOYFRIEND JEANS, THE SIMPLE GOLDEN CLUTCH, THE CRISP WHITE SHIRT AND THE NUDE 
SANDALS JUST 'MAKE IT' !  IT IS CALM AND SPIRITED ALL AT THE SAME TIME!



Debbie is a great blogging friend, the kind you can cry on her shoulder, as ...many of you are.  I get a ton of inspiration from her all the time; maybe more than she realizes.  She is a busy wife and mom of several kids and several dogs and she still finds time to post daily and sometimes on the weekends.  If you click on the titles of the posts (right under her photos) you'll be taken to her original posts.  But this time you'll see her NEW and re-designed BLOG in a larger layout and her pics are large and full of detail, {I LOVE DETAILS, RIGHT?}  Check out her blog, follow her if you are not already and have a heck of a grand time reading her posts.  She cracks me up!  If you are already following Debbie, please encourage others that you know who aren't following her, to follow and get to know her.  She is great fun!



 You may follow her here 
on her social sites, too!




 Get to know Debbie and congratulate her 
on being our Co-Host today!!!




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If you are interested in being a Co-Host 
on
"Fashion item Friday"

please reach me via email at:
renae{at}simplesequins{dot}com
Thank you!!!





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Thank you all for your patience with me during this hideous experience I'm going through.  Many of you have been so thoughtful and kind.  Cancer is such an odd disease; almost like it is not a disease but rather an invasive condition.  You don't feel sick when you have it, unless it has gotten way out of hand, I've heard.  I didn't feel sick at all.  The only time I have felt sick has been during chemo and chemo is on my side, ironically wow!  Ya, so confusing.  I have felt great this week without any chemo in me.  When the time comes to get 'chemo 6' and it is all done (the 3 weeks) I will be so GLAD TO have it out --- gone, hit the road, bye-bye, history, distant bad memory.
  
{THIS IS AN UPDATED SECTION IN MY PAGE "CANCERSMANCER"} (which was 'Pink Update' and then 'Cancer Sucks' and now is "CANCERSMANCER", which is more "me" to term.  
[i don't like the word 'sucks' ]

UPDATED INFO:
August 14th,  2014
The 6th of 6 chemo's has not happened yet.  My blood test showed I was having issues so my doctor had me get two units of blood to help me out and she delayed the chemo 6 for a later date.  So since the 8th, I have had no new chemo in me and it has felt great!  I went right back to my old self, my old foods and my old demeanor.  My eyes stopped swelling and my yeasty mouth vanished.  Feels great.  Now, I know what it will feel like to be off of the chemo and now I don't want to go ahead with chemo 6.  I don't want the sick feelings back.  They are yuck!  I go for a new blood test on the 15th and she will decide based on that test if I get chemo 6 on the 15th or if I need to wait another week.  If she gives me a choice, I will pick to wait another week


But, of course, I had a bawlfest last night again with HM because I don't want those feelings back; nausea, soar-stiff joints, constipation, no energy and above all wobbly legs.  Oh GOSH! I hated those wobbly legs.  I could have sworn I was going to land on my butt several times when those wobbly legs would strike out of nowhere.  So simply pray that I don't land on my butt, ok?



Thank you all for your prayers.  
Thank you all for your encouragement.  
Thank you all for your patience. 





LINKING WITH:


Join Debbie and me for our fun Blog Hop!!!


Now it is your turn to join in the Hop!

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THE RULES 
{never fret, they are simple}
*  LINK UP EACH FRIDAY AND TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS, FELLAS AND FASHION GALS ALL ABOUT IT!
* SHARE YOUR FASHION ITEM OR YOUR WHOLE ENSEMBLE OR WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE TO POST 
ABOUT BY LINKING HERE.  THOSE INAPPROPRIATE, WILL BE DELETED,  ...SO PLAY NICE.
* ALL I ASK IS THAT YOU LINK MY POST TO YOUR POST BY EITHER ATTACHING THE BUTTON OR  
'MY POST TITLE'  TO YOUR POST IN WRITTEN FORM 
AND LINKED BACK TO MY SITE / POST! 



 EVERYONE LINK & ENJOY!!!
 
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