Monday, January 7, 2008

Meet Our New Friends!!!


I don't know if you've been following my blog or my other website but a few months back there was a really sweet message from a fellow cancer survivor around my age who ended up being LDS, (Mormon), like me. We wrote e-mails back and forth and she has inspired me so much with her amazing attitude, spirit, and sense of humor. Thursday, her and her boyfriend Sam drove out to see me from the Sacramento area! Sam has family further south so they were able to visit them while they were out here. We had a fun time together! I wish so much that we lived closer but who knows what the future holds! When they arrived at our place in Camarillo we sat around and talked for a little bit. Alena put a little book together for me with some pictures of her cancer journey, thoughts from her blog and a sweet little letter at the end. What an amazing gal she is! After looking through that, Alena and Sam took us all out to Baja Fresh for lunch. Then we went to Trader Joes to get food to make dinner later. After wandering around for a bit and getting some good stuff to eat, we went to a cute little yogurt place and got some frozen yogurt, which I haven't had in years! It was yummy! Then we came back to our place. Alena brought a scrapbook of her as a baby and through her childhood so I looked through that and became more familiar with her family. They look like awesome people! Eric got home from work around 5 and Alena and I started on dinner shortly after. We, more so Alena, made Salmon, Quinoa (not sure exactly what it is but it's really good), and steamed broccoli. The salmon was really good so it inspired me to cook it a few times a week. Good for the brain! After dinner we had some really good laughs with my wigs! We took pictures in them and the guys even put them on! It was hilarious! These are lifelong friends now and I am so grateful for Heavenly Fathers hand in leading us to one another. Alena has a really good friend named Hilary who is friends with Eric's sister-in-laws sister-in-law Leslie. Leslie kept telling Hilary to tell Alena she has to meet this girl named Shelsi. Alena had already found me on her own through a search she did on the internet: Hair growth after chemo. She looked at the images and one of my pictures came up. I didn't have any hair but she decided to click on it anyways and it brought her to my shelsisentinel website. One way or another we were bound to meet! Anway, that's my post for the day! Hope you are all having a great New Year! Bye for now! Oh yeah, I'm going to be receiving 4 focal treatments to the spot in my brain where the cancer recurred this week so by Friday I will be all done with radiation! YAY!!! Then we'll wait at least 2 weeks to get an MRI and then we'll know the plan from then on. I should be completely done by March!!

5 comments:

amyndodd said...

That is so cool. I have read her blog and was also very impressed with her attitude... almost as much as I am with yours!!! I read in her blog that she lives close to Roseville which is where my brother and Sister-in-law live, but I didn't know they had a connection. Small world!!!

Davianne said...

Thats awesome!! So glad you found each other. It's always good to know someone whoes gone through it already.

Valerie said...

What a treat to finally meet one another. They seem really sweet!

AshbyFamily said...

I'm so happy for your new friendship...I only wish that I would have pushed Alena's friend Hilary sooner for you two to meet. Hope you are feeling good. It was nice to meet you at Thanksgiving. Say hi to Eric.

Leslie Ashby

GRANDMA LORRIE said...

IT WAS GOOD TO MEET YOUR NEW FRIENDS. I'M GLAD THAT YOU CAN BE A GOOD "SUPPORT" FOR EACH OTHER.
IT'S CUTE TO SEE THE "LIGHTER" SIDE OF YOU GUYS--KNOWING THAT YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH.
YOU GUYS ARE A GOOD EXAMPLE TO US ALL. LUV YA!