Sunday, August 11, 2013

Negative Positive News

With breast cancer now prevalent in two of my first degree relatives, you better believe I keep up-to-date with mammograms. It's been my mammogram-experience that I'm always called back for more views along with an ultrasound. This year however, that second appointment lead to a third. This week, I had a stereotactic needle biopsy.

Never had one? It's fairly quick and painless. You know how they raise cars up on a hydraulic car lift when it needs a repair? I was laying face down on a table just like that. It's only afterwards that there's a bit of soreness and swelling. I think they tell you to take it easy for a reason and if you're not one to abide by the advice of a medical professional and continue about your DIY tasks, you'll feel it days later. One squishy. One tender slightly larger rock. I'm assuming appearance and feeling will be back to normal with healing time.

I honestly was a little too busy to freak out or worry much. The Haven Conference kept my mind totally occupied. There really is no sense in getting sick over the unknown when an answer is right around the corner. I kept busy. Besides, even if I were to follow in the footsteps of mom and my sister, there is no option but to join their exclusive club, accept it and move forward.

It only took two days for the pathology turn around time and I'm happy to announce that I'm sporting a benign result! Hurray! Now I claim I wasn't worried but you can imagine how my day was suddenly flooded with relief. A huge weight was lifted from my shoulders and I found myself exhausted...stress even when we're not aware of it can be quite the mental work out. I guess the subconscious mind might have been a little more freaked out than my outward conscious appearance let on. But Hallelujah! I can continue supporting and encouraging my sister during her treatment by sitting in the visitor's chair rather than the recliner next to her in the chemotherapy room. 

SO: Please remember to schedule a yearly mammogram and exam. Until last year, breast cancer was not in our family medical history either and this is one of those things you want caught early or confirmed clear! 

Friday, June 14, 2013

My Family's new Breast Cancer History

My family history was -zero- for breast cancer as of the beginning of 2012.

Our family has been blessed. We all are so close, spend a lot of time together and do not take it for granted. We're so thankful for each other and I thank God daily for the special bond we share and the fortunate decades of good health, fond memories, lots of laughs and happy times.

me, brother, sister, mom Easter 2012

Saturday, May 25, 2013

CocoRosie

We have a new furry family member! Meet: CocoRosie. An Italian Greyhound.



Ever since we lost our beloved doxie (Niski) a few years back, I've been wanting to open our hearts and home to another dog but just didn't feel ready. I was just heartbroken. Even now when I think about her, my eyes tear up. I loved that little sausage dog.

Then last year, when I truly began to settle down into my empty nest, it just felt too quiet. I mean, Lalka, our ragdoll cat is super sweet but cats aren't needy. She has her own agenda, comes out of hiding or wakes up from napping and plays on her own terms. Cats are so independent. I started considering welcoming a dog into our lives again. However this time I knew I'd prefer to rescue an adult rather than adopt a puppy and so my Craig's List pet hunt began.

And I saw an Italian Greyhound who needed a home. Unfortunately by the time I called, he already had a new home but it got me to researching the breed a little more. And the breed seemed like a good fit.

Italian Greyhounds:

  • Small in size.
  • Short fur/little shedding.
  • Imaginative.
  • Funny.
  • Snuggly and affectionate.
  • Gentle.
And after more research, I discovered a local/tri-state Italian Greyhound Rescue. After more thought, I finally applied. The adoption process was more than I anticipated with paperwork and a home visit but understandingly so. Our home visit was completed by a friendly IG loving/owning couple in our town who brought their little guy with them for us to meet. He was just so irresistible. The couple so kind and knowledgable. We were approved!

I was looking for an adult female Iggy. It took about 3-4 months before we found her. 

Lucky for us, that same couple that did our home visit began to foster Italian Greyhounds in our town and had a sweet little girl. 

I was nervous. I was hesitant. Would I love a new dog as much as I loved our dachshund? Would she be a good fit to our laid back, boring life?

Name: CocoRosie
Breed: Italian Greyhound
Age: 7 years old
Weight: 10 lbs.
Favorite past time: Burrowing under the blankets, sleeping. 

Then I met her. 10 lbs. of the sweetest little dog. She's 7 years old. Calm. Relaxed. So well behaved. 

I fell head over heels in love with her. She is super sweet! Those big brown eyes. Her personality is so similar to our doxie...even down to the love of burrowing under the blankets! And guess what - she is perfectly house trained as well! Bonus!

And they aren't kidding when they call IGs "velcro dogs". If I'm on the couch, she's on the couch. If I get up to go to another room, she follows.  If I walk out the door, her nose is looking out the French door glass. If I'm on the patio, she's right there. She never leaves my side. 


CoCoRosie has been enjoying some attention over at DIY Show Off lately...






Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Surviving Anxiety at a Blogging Event

Not only am I an introvert, I suffer a touch of social anxiety. I don't really know what brings it on. I'm guessing feelings of inadequacy and lack of confidence. What if no one talks to me? What if I'm dressed wrong? Am I claustrophobic? An elevator or cozy little space doesn't affect me but airplanes and piling into a van or bus full of people...well, that makes me want to run screaming. I can feel my face getting red as my heart rate increases. My body has a strong impulse to bolt out the exit door, waving my arms in the air, ready to hail my own taxi, to walk to the destination or hi-jack a car, anything but being in that seat.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hello.World.Wide.Web.

Welcome! "Hey...you look a little familiar!" Well, if you're a DIY'er, you may know me from my DIY blog, DIY Show Off, where I share our do-it-yourself home improvement and decorating and encourage others to give it a try and to show off their hard work. And if you don't know me, "why, hello!!! Lovely to make your acquaintance! I'm Roeshel." Sometimes a girl wants to share other interests. ::::record scratch sound effect:::: WHAT?!! I know.  Believe it or not...there is more to my life than just DIY. Well, sometimes. ;) Like what, pray tell?