04-04-12

Hello Everyone!  I’ve had the dead head for a while and haven’t felt creative enough to blog, but I’m getting my mojo back now.  Yay!  I am not one of those that feels the need to blog everyday, especially when I don’t have anything interesting to say!  Here’s what has been going on.  I had my appointments at MD Anderson last month and learned that I have graft vs host in my gum tissue and possibly in my liver.  The only way to determine if my liver problem is graft vs host would be to have a needle biopsy, neither my team nor myself is interested in that at this point.  Instead they are treating me as if it is graft vs host, so it is back on the steroids again, “liver pills”, and prescription mouthwash for my mouth problems.  This news about the liver was a big downer for me.  However I do have weekly blood draws to check my liver function and it’s at least not getting worse – sometimes it is improved.  I will go back in a week to be checked again.  At the same time I had a flare up with the deep vein thrombosis, and a round of chemo with side effects that were worse than usual.  Yes, I was about to throw myself a pitty party!  Things are definitely much better now…. I am very thankful!

The fun things about my trip to Houston were the two video interviews I had while I was there.  One for MD Anderson’s website for new patients, and the other a documentary on The Rotary House.  I was soooo nervous, but Jo was awesome at the interview process, putting me completely at ease.  And so was James, the videographer.  They were awesome!  When I get the DVD for the MDA piece I will post it here.  The Rotary House piece will be ready later in the summer.

Here is the link for my last MD Anderson blog post:       http://mdanderson.org/cancerwise      You can then scroll down to my post or search Holly Easley in the search bar.

Yesterday was Wade’s birthday, one of those ending in “0”.  We had a great day together!  I love that man!  We are in Saint Louis while he is attending a short business meeting.  We will go home tomorrow.

Thought for today:  (This one is for me!)  “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.  Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”  Lucille Ball

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12 thoughts on “04-04-12

  1. rap55 says:

    Dearest Holly!!! I have thought of you a lot lately and it is good to hear from you. Keep that positive outlook, Holly, because that has been your strength throughout this whole experience. It is not easy, but I know you work at it each day.

    The wonderful people working with you are a reflection of the wonderful you!

    Please give Wade my belated birthday wishes.

    A BIG HUG!!!!!!!!!

    LOVE,

    Rosanna

    • hollyeasley says:

      Thank you Rosanna! I have been loving your blog posts and pictures…..what an incentive to get well so that I can come to see you! Hugs to you Rosanna! I miss you and love you!

  2. Becky Scurlock says:

    Hi friend,
    I so enjoyed getting to see you in Nashville! It was such a treat to see your beautiful smile and get a Holly Hug 😊 You have the ability to uplift and inspire and I always feel blessed to see you or read your posts. So I really want to see the clip that you referenced in your post, but the link just takes me to a page full of ads. Obviously I am doing something wrong, but if you know another way to get me to the right site, let me know.
    Still praying for you and hoping that you feel encouraged by the knowledge that God loves you, as do your many friends and family.
    Please give a late birthday hug to your sweet husband from me.
    Love ya,
    Becky

    • hollyeasley says:

      Hi Becky! It was wonderful to see you in Nashville….one of these days I am going to come see you so that we can hang out! I would love that! I changed the link, it worked for me the first time, but I’m having the same trouble you are having! So I have edited the link. It is a little bit more trouble, but it should get you there. Take care! Love you, Holly

  3. Monica Dunlap says:

    Sweet Holly,
    What a courageous woman you are!!! You inspire me every time I think of you. GOD is with you and I pray you’ll feel HiS peace. Have a Blessed Easter!!
    GOD’s Blessings,
    Monicsa

  4. Adriana "Andy" says:

    Hi Holly, I don’t know you well, our daughters brought us to know of each other and I’m so glad for that. I was missing your blogs. I’m not very religious at all but when I read your stories It makes me think -How can it be? – How can this woman with so much on her plate not give up? Then I think, it has to be her faith or religious believe….but whatever it is WOW! Thanks for keeping me going with your blogs. Tell that wonderful man of yours happy belated birthday!

    • hollyeasley says:

      Hi Andy!
      You are right….I am so glad our daughters are friends and have brought us together! I love Dina and I love you too! Thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement! It means so much to me! It truly is what keeps me going! Have a great weekend! Holly

  5. Louis says:

    Holly,you Love that man and we Love you and that man !!!!!
    You are an inspiration to all who know you.
    We Love you so very much.
    Mother And Daddy

    • hollyeasley says:

      Thank you Daddy! You are absolutely the best daddy in the whole wide world! I’m counting the days until I get to come see y’all! I hope you and Mother have a great Easter….I will be thinking of y’all! That man and I love you lots! Holly

  6. cindy weatherly says:

    Holly, I think of you often and lift you up in prayer. I love reading your blog and keeping up with your courageous fight. Hang in there, trust God and know that he is using you to witness to others through your trials. I am so thankful that you have a wonderful mate to see you through all of this, as does my sweet daughter, Shayla, with her husband Chris ,that is a huge blessing from God! I enjoyed seeing you in the airport, you looked wonderful, as always, even fighting cancer. God bless you and I hope you and yours have a wonderful Easter!

    Love, Cindy Weatherly

    • hollyeasley says:

      Hi Cindy! It is so good to hear from you! It was great to see you at the airport…it has been a long time! I so appreciate all of your prayers, kind words, and encouragement. It truly makes this journey easier! I’m keeping up with Shayla on her blog and pray for her. And now I have a face to put with her name
      after running in to her at Harrington. She is an amazing woman – inside and out! And such an inspiration! I pray God’s richest blessings on your family. Hopefully the next time we run in to each other we can have time to visit! Love and hugs, Holly

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