Friday, February 18, 2011

Crafters Wanted

I don't have a crafty bone in my body - I've always wanted to be creative, but it often ends up in a pretty good laugh. Just ask my brother-in-law Mitch what 'craft' he got stuck with this Christmas.

When I was up in Edmonton getting radiation one particular morning I was so devastated and I was getting out of the shower just bawlling - how was I going to face another day of this? And I felt Got say - If you could only see the future I have planned for you, you would be so happy.

I've been trying to remember this every time I get down.

So here's the call - if you are crafty, I would love little 'signs' of this statement I could put around my house to reminge me.

My address is:
Brenda Odovichuc
12 McCune Ave
Red Deer, AB
T4N 0H2

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Brain Mets

This is the hardest post I have ever tried to write - so please bear with me.

My last CT scan showed fairly steady bone mets but growth on my lives. Because I was exhausted from the chemo pills and Tykerb my doctor did not see any problem of taking a month off. We were even going to escape to somewhere nice to try and recuperate. Our eyes were on Panama.

Only a week later I started suffering from a really bad headache and I was struggling with my balance. I was getting really scared. Carman called the doctor and he sent us to the ER for a head CT. And ever since my world feels like it has completely shattered. The cancer had spread to my brain in several spots.

Days later we were in Edmonton an I was getting 10 rounds of full brain radiation. We also decided to radiate the lower part of my back to help elevate pain.

Cancer to the brain has completely brought me to the lowest point I think I can be. I fear it will rob me of who I am. It has impaired my ability to walk with steady feet. And if you know me you know how much I love to walk. The doctor is hopeful the radiation will help improve my steadiness, but it really frightens me.

But even as dire as my situation looks, I have hope that God will still completely heal my body. My God is that powerful!

Tykerb Covered - THANK YOU!

Thank you each any every person who signed my petition to get Tykerb covered in Alberta. Each and every signature counted to make a difference. Over 2000 were collected. A special thanks to those who went above and beyod in collecting signatures -especially complete strangers.

It was very disheartening when Tykerb stopped working for me, but I wanted to fight for those who the drug willl work for. Tykerb will prolong for so many women. Yoou helped give the gift of life.

So thank you, thank you, thank you. For signing a piece of paper. You just help save a woman's life!