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10/11/15- Enjoying the sounds of the waves and the warmth of the sun at Redondo Beach.

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10/3/15- Celebrating my daughter's 17th bday at "Ticket to the 20's" jazz age festival. :)

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10/3/15- 17 years ago, when I was just 20 years old, I gave birth to this lovely young lady. Her birth was a life changing event for me. I thank God every day for her life, for helping me raise her, and for granting me one more year to celebrate another birthday with her. Happy birthday my sweet Maggie.

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This is so me...today.

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The kids and I on our symphony picnic. Love these two! :)

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9/10/15- So the summer is still here, at least here in LA it is. We've been having triple digit heat and I can't wait for it to start cooling down soon. My kids are back in school. My daughter is now a senior in High School and my son a freshman. Time has gone by so fast. Still, I'm thankful that I've been able to enjoy my kids, and life in general so far. I give thanks to God for giving me so much of his strength. I know that without him I wouldn't even be alive today.

I've continued on the second trial BMN 673 (PARP Inhibitor trial) which is a combination pill (which blocks a protein) and chemo (In my case Irinotecan). The first scan showed 30% shrinkage overall. The second scan showed some shrinkage as well. I've had to deal with fatigue and nausea. The meds have helped but put me in a bit of a haze. I've had some pain as well, lower back and pelvis but is manageable. I just recently found out I have some Lymphedema as well. It is localized to the pelvic area. Probably because of all the lymph nodes removed during surgery and all the radiation (external & internal) I receive to the area as well. It hasn't affected my legs though, so I am thankful for that. I just hope it doesn't in the future. Other than this, I'm ok.

I've been driving to UCLA for treatment in horrible rush hour traffic this whole time, but just recently I discovered a bus that takes me all the way there and back for a cost of $2.50. I drive to a "Park & Ride" lot that is about 5 minutes from my house, hop on the bus, and it drops me off at the corner of the hospital. Yay! :)

So other than all the cancer related stuff, I've managed to stay active, still go on outings with the kids. We just recently went to a free symphony at a park. I just love classical music. As the conductor started the concert, birds sang overhead in some trees. We had packed a picnic dinner and the kids and I sat on the grass and enjoyed the show. It was lovely.

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This picture was taken 8/8/15 at Mono Lake here in California. We visited the lake during our camping trip at Yosemite National Park. It was absolutely beautiful.

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Last camping picture of my kids and I. This was on our way home. We stopped at a Vista Point to snap a picture of the lake before we left.

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Our little home away from home. The red tent is ours. :)

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7/26-7/28 A picture of my best friend and I. We camped at Silverwood Lake SRA. This was our 2nd time camping here. It was absolutely wonderful. Some much needed rest and relaxation. I didn't swim because of my low WBC's.

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7/25/15-This was one of the beautiful view during our morning hike. :) Hello sunshine!

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7/25/15- I was supposed to have chemo two days ago. Unfortunately blood counts were low and we had to reschedule it for next week. Which to me was sort of a blessing in disguise because I wanted to go on a hike and also go camping this weekend. Recovering from chemo wouldn't have allowed me to.

So I went on that hike after all, a beginner/intermediate hike to a waterfall with our church youth group. I definitely couldn't keep up with all the youth but I made it to the waterfall and that is what counts. :)

This was another one of those times when I had to listen to my body and rest, drink water, and rest some more before continuing the hike. I could feel my body asking me to stop. My feet also started to cramp up but thankfully it went away. I can't help it, it frustrates me sometimes to feel and be so limited. I started at the front of the group and little by little I ended all the way in the back. It's ok though, thankfully my cousin kept me company. :) I really enjoyed it.

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