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You Are the Artist
"Weight training is art: your body is your medium, the steel is your tool, and you are the artist. Visualize your work like a painter visualizes the composition, balance, and flow of the finished painting - before putting a brush to the canvas. You are the artist!! Paint with purpose. " -Erin Stern
One week ago today I heard the four words I hoped I would never hear again:
"My tumor came back."
Since Matt's brain surgery 10 years ago, he gets MRIs about once a year. He had one back in February, which we were told was completely clear, and his next one was scheduled for July.
A couple weeks ago, he began experiencing daily headaches, fatigue, and loss of balance. We attributed these symptoms to side effects from some seizure medications he was taking, as well as withdrawals from a medication he was taking for Parkinsonism-type symptoms. But after a few days of the headaches, we decided it would be best to get the MRI done sooner than it was scheduled.
The MRI was moved up to last Tuesday morning, and a few hours later he called me with the results-the tumor had returned. He was at work at the time and was told to go immediately to the hospital. His boss took him there, and I met them there later after I got the call from Matt.
It's been 2 weeks Matt's brain surgery. He's been doing great and has recovered exceptionally well from the surgery.
We had an easy, relaxing week last week as he recovered, even though we were anxious to get the pathology results back. I did go in to work, since Matt's parents were here to be with Matt, which really helped.
I tried really hard last week not to think about the results but to just live in the moment and take it one day at a time, not worrying or thinking too much about what was to come. I wasn't always successful at that, but one thing that helped was that I made a focused effort to live in the present, enjoy every moment, and to be thankful for each day's blessings. Things like:
Getting in a workout at the gym...
Or at home in the front yard...
Enjoying some relaxing pool time...
Taking a walk through the park...
A ride in the Jeep(after he was cleared to drive, of course)...
And walking our boy...
These things may seem like nothing...just no…
Hey guys! It's been so busy the last few days, I'm finally just getting around to posting pics from Matt's birthday weekend!
We went out for PIZZA for his birthday, of course! We went to his favorite place in Louisville-Old School N.Y. Pizza.
Now that's a pizza!
He enjoyed every bite and then got right back on the keto diet the next day. For his actual birthday Sunday I made him some Keto pumpkin protein muffins, which he really liked.
So last week Matt met with his doctor to discuss his most recent MRI results. I wasn't able to go with him to the appointment, but Matt told me that the first thing the doctor said about the MRI was that it was "confusing". Some spots showed progression and some showed regression...which basically means they don't really know if the chemo is working or not.
So he told him to finish up this cycle of chemo, and then he'll two weeks off and then do another 6 week cycle. At that point, if there is further progression i…