Thursday, March 31, 2011


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sew Crafty? Me?

On HSN today they've been having "National Craft Month: Sewing with Singer" all day! And as I'm watching them talk about this "amazing sewing machine," I realized how lucky I am to have such an amazing and brand new singer sewing machine as well. I had asked and asked and wished and wished to get this sewing machine and once I got it and was excited to use it, I got afraid and feared using it. Well, today, as I was cleaning, I saw the amazing rements that I got from Joann's a couple of weeks ago and decided to give my sewing machine and I a chance! So, in about 2.5 hrs I made my self a really cute and "well done" apron! I love it!!!!! I'm so proud (and so is hubby since I know he was wondering why we spent so much on a singer machine if I never use it!)!

So, What do you think??? I love it! No? Apparently I'm Sew Crafty as well! ;o)

I also made a quick card today! I don't know.. I just felt like making a card.

Ok, now off to finish cleaning! Thanks for stopping by. I'm still sick but at least my touncils aren't as swollen this time around!

Happy Sewing, Scrapping and Baking!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sick Yet Productive!

I woke up sick! Ugh! I was hoping I wouldn't get sick, but unfortunately I did. I have my touncils swollen, body ache and the cold. Grrr. Oh well, I guess it's better now instead of the Cruise Week! I was able to clean all downstairs and the bathrooms. I still have a lot to do, but I felt I did a lot today. I als scrapped a lot more than I thought I would. Yay! I'm a fighter! hehehe.

Here's some of the work I got to do:

I'm going to a Creative Memories party tonight. I'm excited. I get to get out of the house on my on today! YAY!!! Let's see how that goes. I'll show you what I buy, if I buy anything hehehe. Also, prayers are still going out for Amber and her Papaw. I hope things are better.

Thanks for stopping by! Love you all!

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Scrappy Morning to You!

So I woke up this morning with a runny nose and lots of sneezing. I hope I'm not getting sick. The days have been crazy here! Hail, Rain, Windy and now SUN! And apparently tomorrow will be 81 degrees! Friday was about 50 degrees! No wonder people get sick!

I came to check my stuff on the computer and received a wonderful message from Amber (Check out her Inspiring Blog!) that I had won her blog candy!!! I'm so excited! I just can't believe that merely a week ago I was in horror wanting to know about my test results and God has given me so much joy and blessings in a week! Thank you all once again from my heart!

After I received that amazing news, I got to my blogs and saw all the work my fellow scrappers (you) have been doing! It then inspired me to get working on my Mexico Album! Here's some of the layouts I made this morning!

I hope you are all having agreat Monday and that your evening is as scrappy as I hope mine is! God Bless! Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. I have a personal request to please have Amber (The Country Scrapper) in your prayers. Her Papaw is ill and needs all the prayers and wishful thoughts to go up for him and the family. Thank you!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scrappy Weekend!

Ever since my test results coming out great, my spirits have been so much better! I'm still worried a little about the surgery, but I will be fine! God has plans for me. (Thank you for your continued prayers and wonderful words!) My hubby took me to Michael's again today (in a different little town) and I was able to buy the following for a total of $12!! Yes! ONLY $12! They are having a huge clearance sale! Check out what I got:

I was also able to do a lot of scrapping as soon as I got home! I've been so motivated lately, that I just really want to take advantage of it!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I will be going to the doctor this Thursday, to let me know when my surgery will be! Oh goodness... I think the finish line is near my friends! Let's hope so!

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy As Can Be!

Today I woke up happy and ready to conquer the world (well, at least the weekend lol!). My husband and I went to Michael's and Joann's and I got a good amount of stuff for less than $20! Michael's is having a 50% off coupon all day today and starting tomorrow through Saturday, they are having a 25% off coupon on your entire purchase on regular and sale priced items! What a deal! Well, Joann's is also having a 25% off coupon on your entire purchase on regular and sale priced items from now until tomorrow! So I recommend you checking it out and enjoying some shopping therapy! I know I definitely needed it. Here's what I bought!

So of course, when we got home, the first thing I wanted to do is scrap! I was feeling that scrapmojo coming backwith full force.  My spirit is high, my life is better, and God's guidance is there. Life couldn't be any happier. I'm so thankful.

So here are two layouts I created.

I hope to scrap some more later on. But for now, I have to go see what the heck we are going to eat. Hehehe! Love you all! Thanks for stopping by my beautiful friends!

Happy Scrapping!

Scrappy Scrappy!

This morning started off great. I woke up so relieved that it wasn't another day of waiting for those stupid results. I got online quickly to check some blogs and I noticed that Imaginisce announced their winners of the i-rock bundle of goodies and guess what? I WAS ONE OF THE WINNERS! They only choose 4 winners and I was so happy to see that I had won! It had made my day! Finally, good stuff is happening to me! Well, I then went for my CT scan as planned. My doctor called me later in the afternoon to say that MY RESULTS CAME BACK NORMAL AND CANCER FREE! So that's it! Other than the laproscopic surgery that needs to be done in San Francisco and the Chemo, I'm cancer free!!!!!! Thank you Lord and again thank you for your prayers.

There was a slight bit of bad news. It seems that the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrom (PCOS) is back in action and my left ovary showed a small cyst on it. I made a quick appointment with my gyno and he said there is nothing to worry about, but that he will tell my San Francisco doctor that when the laproscopic surgery is done, to please drain the cyst. He said that I'm not in danger of it being cancerous or of losing my left ovary. WHAT A RELIEF! I've lived with PCOS for a very long time, so I'm very confidant of what my doctor says being true!

I'm so happy! I still am so happy! And I'm so thankful! I was able to scrap today! I spent a long time doing it as well as blog hopping! I love seeing all of your inspirational projects!

Here's what I did today for my Mexico City album!

This is my little brother. He fell asleep like this! (Yes, Yes I said little brother! My parents had a surprise baby, whom has enlightened our lives so much and we thank God for!)

And these are some silly pictures of my husband being his silly self one night, after getting home late. I love my Hubby!

Thank you for stopping by! And thank you for all the wonderful prayers, thoughts and comments you all give me! You all lift my spirits so much during this horrible time of my life... but I'm so thankful for having such wonderful family and friends to show me their love and care. I love you all!

Happy Scrappy Weekend!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What a Wonderful Day!

This morning I woke up really early even though I had gone to bed really late the night before. This worrying about the biopsy is getting the best of all of us and I couldn't stand it any longer. So I decided to call San Francisco around 8am to see if they had received the results. The operator answers and said that they were in! I freaked out... and then asked, "are you sure? last time they said they were in and they were mistaken!" and she reassured me they were in, but that the nurse hadn't called me because she needed to talk to the doctor about them. The operator said she will send a note to the nurse to let her know I called and was asking for a call back today.

When I hung up, I freaked out! Why did she need to talk to the doctor? What was wrong? Is something wrong? What is something is wrong? Oh my gosh, please don't let it be bad, please! <-- Those were the questions that I kept saying out loud by myself. I didn't know how to act. So I decided to pray and pray and then I turned around to look at my night stand and I saw a bracelet that my parents got me the night before that reads:

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11

I have to admit that when I read that bracelet, I remembered that God has plans and to not doubt whatever is to come for God choose this faith for me and my well-being. I can assure you that after I prayed to God once more to give me the strength to indure anything he feels I need to expierence, my phone rang and on the screen flashed UCSF (at 10:34am). I picked up the phone and it was the nurse saying that the results were as expected by the doctor and that we will be going ahead with only precautionary surgery instead of removing the uterus since it was FINE!!! Thank you Jesus! Thank you God and the Virgin Mary for this blessing! That was the first thing I literally yelled when I hung up the phone crying! (even as I type it that feeling that went into my body was unexplainable, like if God himself was sitting next to me while I got the news on the phone. It makes me teary.) I called my husband and he was so excited. He even took the rest of the day off to come spend it with me. Then I called my mom and then texted the entire world and posted it on facebook. I wanted the entire world to know how amazing I was feeling right now, how happy I felt. Even though it was raining, I seriously felt like the sun was shining and the birds were chirping, my outlook on life had changed in a second and now more than ever I was happy to be alive.

It's very hard to explain how I feel right now. The happiness overcame everything and everyone. And I have God and all of you out there that have kept me in your prayers! You don't understand how much all your encouraging words have been. No matter if they were through comments on my blog or facebook, emails, texts, phone calls or in person, all of you guys (my friends) and my family have been of so much support that I am forever grateful and in debt with all of you. Thank you once again.

Even though it's not over yet, and I still have to have my laproscopic surgery and I still have to have Chemo, all of it will be for precautionary purposes (as well as tomorrow's CT Scan). Thank you again so much.

Anyways, back to the crazy weather we have been having... even though I felt like it was the most beautiful day ever, unfortunately many would disagree (hehehe). It was horrible winds (that even warnings were coming on TV) and thunderstorms with heavy heavy rain. And sometime around 5pm a long hail storm hit our town. Here's a picture:

Even though it doesn't look like much, it was a lot (especially for sunny California). But nothing could bring my joy down (especially since I love rainy days :oP).

Thank you again for everything. I'll continue to keep you posted but for now... this was a huge relief!

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scrappy Time?

I only was able to scrap a couple of pages today! No scrappy time really. But it's ok! I was able to get out of the house and spend some time with my mom and grandma at the mall today! Everyone is getting ready for the cruise that is in a couple of weeks! And everyone can't wait! I sure can't! I'm tired of just thinking of this stupid cancer crap! Also, by then all my results will be in and hopefully all will be ok. As soon as I come back from the cruise, I will be having my surgery, but I will be ok!

Here's one of the pages I scrapped today!

I hope to scrap a lot more tomorrow! Thank you again for your continued support, thoughts and prayers! I love you all!

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Slowly Recovering Physically and Emotionally!

Last night was a very hard night for me once again. This stupid waiting game for the Uterus Biopsy results. So this morning (around 8am) I decided to call San Francisco just in case they had forgotten to call me (even though the results would be 7-10 days from Thursday the 17th! lol) The operator said that some new results came in for me but wasn't sure since he's not authorized to access them, but that he would send a message to the Doctor to give me a call by the end of today.

That freaked me out! OH MY GOSH! Was it the blood test results? or was it the biopsy results? 9 am came around, 10, 11, NOON, and still no call! My husband called me during his lunch admitting that he was a nervous wreck too. I was dying of anxiety! Finally, 1:37pm, I see UCSF flash on my phone and I freaked out. I answered and it was the nurse, she said that the blood tests that were done (specifically BLOOD TEST CA 125) came out all NORMAL! The biopsy test wasn't in yet, but this test was apparently very important and it came back normal. The nurse told me that as soon as the biopsy comes in she'll give me a call. For now I'm just so relieved that the blood tests came back showing nothing!

According to (a gynecologic cancer support site recommended by other cancer patients I know) this is what the test tested for:

Cancer antigen 125 is a substance that is produced in the fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and the lining the lining of the chest and abdominal cavities (the pleura and the peritoneum). The CA 125 test measures a sugar protein that may be released when cells are inflamed or damaged. CA 125 levels are usually measured by a blood test, but can also be detected in fluid from the abdominal and chest cavities. Levels under 35 kU/ml are considered normal.

Ovarian cancer cells may produce an excess of these protein molecules, as may some other cancers, including cancer of the fallopian tube or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus). Occasionally an elevated CA 125 test indicates other benign activity not associated with cancer, such as menstruation, pregnancy, or endometriosis. However, in early stage ovarian cancer, this molecule may not necessarily be released. Thus, the test is not an effective screening test.
The CA 125 test may be used diagnostically in combination with other tests such as vaginal ultrasound, and can also be used to monitor the progress of patients with cancer: increasing levels may indicate a recurrence, while decreasing levels may indicate a response to treatment.

Notice I underlined about the test not being effective in early stages of ovarian cancer. Well, I was told that this is the case, but normally cancer in the uterus is normally found with this test no matter the stage! So, I will continue having a positive attitude over all this! Another test they did was to check to see if I had cancer cells in my blood stream and that came back normal!

I'm so thankful for all God has blessed me with. And I hope he continues to bless me with wonderful results. I have so much faith and so does my husband. Roger and I are also very thankful for the wonderful support each and every one of you has given us. Our family and friends are amazing.

So after I received this amazing news, my scrapmojo was back in action! And here's all I did today.

Even though we continue to wait for the biopsy result of the uterus, I feel a lot calmer. God is amazing! And so are all of you! Thank you again for those encouraging and inspiring words.

Happy Scrapping Everyone!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Time is so SLOOWWWW!

I feel like it's been 3 weeks since I went to San Francisco for my uterus biopsy! This waiting game is killing me! Especially when I'm alone! Most of the time I'm ok.. but there are those moments when I just have horrible thoughts and I get anxiety attacks. My husband tries to help but it's just so hard sometimes. I just hope time speeds up.

Our families and friends have helped so much in this waiting game. I just hope it flies from now on. On Saturday, my husband, parents and grandparents went to the mall with me (well drove me, hehehe) and my parents got me 2 more pairs of shoes!!! One for our upcoming cruise and the other just because they are so gorgeous! Check them out:

And then the biggest surprise! As you all know, I love designer purses and shoes! My parents got me my Quilted Michael Kors Hamilton bag that I have been wanting since it came out! I already have the large green hamilton leather bag but I wanted the smaller one in quilted! I was so excited when they got it for me! I love it love it love it!!!

So, that was my Saturday. Sunday we went to my grandparents and then dinner at my in-laws'. We ended up playing wii and it was such a blast. I totally forgot about all my worries. I had such a great time playing bowling and table tennis!

Today, my mom took me to Joann's where I bought the Mod-Retro Stacker by DCWV and some fabric rements. We then went to Target where I found the School Grad DCWV stacker with stickers for a clearance price of $4!! I also found my BIC Markers I use clearanced for $1.87!!! What a bargain!

So of course I was dying to scrapbook. And I did.. I scrapped a page.

I really hope my days go by so much faster than they have. It's a horrible feeling to be in the dark about your test results. But all we can do is wait. I continue praying everything will be ok.

Happy scrapping everyone!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Scrapbook Expo

As you all know my first doctor appointment was Thursday at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) facility. I wasn't nervous until I spoke to the doctor. She told me that even though my doctor had said he had check my uterus and everything was ok, he never actually did a biopsy of it. He only did a biopsy of the left ovary. So she ended up doing a biopsy right their in the office and it hurt like so much! Now, I'm a nervous wreck about it. So many things are going through my mind. What if the doctor was wrong and I do have cancer in my uterus. Am I really ready to give up ALL hope of ever having kids of my own? Can I take all this pressure? Will I be able to wait all 7-10 days for the results to come in? She said that my doctor had sent over the "tumor" (yes, she confirmed it wasn't a cyst anymore, it was a 5.5 inch tumor!), but the tumor was in fragments. That's a big deal because she wasn't sure if the tumor had been ruptured inside of my in order to take it out or if it had been ruptured to analyze it afterwards. If it were ruptured inside of me, the chances of me getting cancer on the uterus or somewhere else would increase dramatically, but if it was taken out as a whole then most likely everything will be ok (except for the uterus until the test results come in).

She also said that I will have to do a CT Scan (which I already scheduled) and she did confirm I will need a surgery done. The type of surgery all depends on what the results say. If everything is ok (as we are all praying) then it will just be a laproscopic surgery to check my insides as well as do a 10 point biopsy of all the organs. She will also be removing my appendice (spelling?) because I've been having troubles with it and she doesn't want it to get any cancer since it's so vulnerable. I'm hoping all is ok with my test results and that the surgery is an in and out procedure like the have planned so far.

I have my appointment to find out my test results on Thursday, March 31st. Please keep praying for me. Even though my dr already confirmed that no matter what I will be needing chemotherapy (all depending again on the test results) as little as 4 sessions (in 3 week intervals), I'm ok with all the precautionary steps that they are taking. I just hope that I'm done with all this cancer stuff and that all my tests and my surgery are and will only be done for precaution instead of necesity.

Anyways, after leaving the doctor at UCSF, I decided to call my doctor here and ask him if he had taken out the tumor in pieces or as a whole (since it would determine how serious the chemo could be and how likely the cancer could of spread). I got a call last night (31 hours later!) and he said HE TOOK IT OUT AS A WHOLE!! He also said that even though he only did the biopsy of the left ovary (and that came out ok) he did look at the uterus very well and saw nothing out of the ordinary. He said he was more worried of the left ovary but that was ok! That was fantastic news! Even though it wasn't confirming I was alright, it significantly changed things around and lowered my risks of mastasis (spreading of cancer due to cancer cells escaping from a tumor or cyst) to pretty much UNLIKELY! It definitely made my weekend and I feel somewhat better of the uterus being safe.

I want to thank everyone that has been praying for me and being up to date with my situation. Truthfully, Thursday night, when my husband and I were alone, it was very difficult for me. I'm very happy to having a loving supporting husband. Once in a while I do break down, but Roger is such an amazing person and I can't thank God enough for sending him into my life.

Since January, my friend and I had been planning to go to the Scrapbook Expo on Friday, March 18th in Pleasanton. Truthfully, I didn't want to go. I just wanted to stay home and in bed all day. My parents, my husband and my friends kept saying I should go but that it was upto me. They know something is definitely wrong when I say no to something about scrapbooking. Friday morning came around and after convincing my to go and I convincing another friend to go, all 3 of us ended up going. I'm happy I went. I was able to spend time with my friends and give a big hug to my friend Nancy (Homesclscrapper). Most of the time I was able to enjoy myself. I won't say this whole situation left my mind, but it was put to the side to enjoy so many cool products.

Here's what I bought:

There was such great prices and booths this year. I hope everything is ok so that when August comes around I'm even more excited to go to the San Jose Scrapbook Expo! I got all this for abotu $20! the two packs of paper where each $3.50!!!! Yes!!! I know!! Amazing!

After the expo, my friends wanted to go eat at The Cheesecake Factory! It was so delicious!

Here is my meal. Caramel Chicken!

Here is my friends' plates. Fired Calamari and Clam Chowder Soup and the other one is Fettucine Pasta with Sun Dried tomatoes and sauce.

Afterwards, my two funny yet piggy friends lol (just kidding girls) wanted a cheesecake slice! I of course had to try them both hehehehe.

Sabrina being funny here with her Oreo Cheesecake

and the other slice of cheesecake (raspberry)

I had a great time... and so far a great weekend. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers! :o) It definitely makes my day.

Happy Scrapping All!