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Beauty, Things I Love

My Favorite Eyebrow Pencil – Ever!

This is absolutely my favorite eyebrow pencil ever! Ever! it brow pencilSeriously, let me share the product information with you.

Universal Eyebrow Pencil

If you have thin eyebrows, an eyebrow pencil is something that you cannot afford to ignore. It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil is meant for both thick and thin eyebrows. It manages to create natural looking and believable eyebrows. To control eyebrow hair loss, it uses a patent-pending blend of ingredients that not only beautify your eyes but also helps restore your brow hair follicles.

      •Sweat proof
      •Adjusts to all skin
      •Smudge-resistant

This eyebrow pencil is waterproof and does not come off even if you sweat more.

Just for you: Women

A Closer Look: It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil has eyebrow enhancing technology that helps to transform eyebrow hair color. The eyebrow pencil comes in a universal shade, which goes well with all skin tones and hair.

You Won’t Find: Paraben

Now, what do you think about that?

I have been using this exact brow pencil for approximately six months, and this is what I have found.

It is mostly sweat proof.  I honestly believe that they sent someone out into the sun, let them sweat, and then noted that it didn’t run or anything like that. I can tell you that if you sweat like I do while at the gym, then don’t wear it to the gym.  It doesn’t run down into my eyes, but my towel looks kind of gross after wiping the sweat off my brow.

It does adjust to all skin, and hair color. This just amazes me. But, if you have dark hair, like I do, then you have to press the pencil down a little harder to get the color you need. If you have lighter hair, then don’t press down as hard. Pretty simple.

Smudge-resistant? Yep! It is! Unless you are sweating like a pig in the gym, but we already covered that.

The product information talks about how it restores your brow hair follicles, but I have not noticed that yet. When I went through chemo, and lost all my hair, I lost a lot of my eye brows. Not all of them, but they certainly thinned a lot. This brow pencil is perfect for filling them in. If my brow hair follicles become restored I will most certainly tell you!

Share some of your favorite beauty products with me so I can try something new!

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday – Jan. 3, 2012

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Black-eyed peas are not my thing. Do you eat black-eyed peas each New Year? I realize they are a symbol of luck, but I really don't do superstitions. Okay, I might not open an umbrella in the house, or walk under a ladder, but it doesn't mean I believe in superstitions. Some of them are kind of fun to do like holding your breath over a bridge, or raising your feet when you drive over a railroad track. Fun, that is all they are for me.

The year of 2011, we ate black-eyed peas to play along with the world. That is the year I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The year of 2012, we skipped the black-eyed peas, and I beat breast cancer!

This year, 2013, I started the year cancer-free! I have finished all of my treatments and surgeries. I have to take Tamoxifen for another 4 years, but that's no step for a stepper. And my hair is growing!

Today, I am thankful for my cancer free life.

My Battle with Breast Cancer

Let Me Clear A Few Things Up

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I have to say that this photo has nothing to do with this post.  I just like it. :) 

Yesterday, I posted a photo and asked you guys to guess my location.  You all guessed correctly, but I think I need to explain what I was doing there.

Yes, I was getting a treatment.

Yes, I am finished with chemo.

Part of my treatment plan is receiving a years worth of Herceptin treatments.  Let me tell you a little bit about the Herceptin treatments.  After reading this, I hope you will have a better idea what this step is for, and what it is like for me.

Herceptin treats breast cancer that is Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2 positive (+), otherwise known as HER2+.  Herceptin is a targeted treatment, and is designed to target cells with the HER2 receptors, which may help cancer from growing.

My Herceptin treatments are every three weeks, and are administered just like the chemo treatments.  They use my port to give me these treatments, and the actual treatment lasts approximately 90 minutes. 

The nice thing about the Herceptin is that it doesn't have the side effects that the chemo did.  I don't have to worry about my cell count going down, my hair falling out, or everything tasting like metal.

So, when I mention that I am going in for a treatment you will know that it is just a Herceptin treatment. 

Thanks for all of your nice emails, and comments of concern.  I am doing great!  Later this week I plan on showing you what the first step of the expanders looks like. 

Faith, My Battle with Breast Cancer, Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday – My LAST Chemo Treatment

I'm getting ready to walk out the door, be chauffered into town, and receive my last chemo treatment. 

I AM SO THANKFUL!!

Last night I laid in bed trying to figure out what kind of Chemo Treatment Fun we could have today, but I just kept coming back to the fact that I've made it to my last treatment.  Sure, I love hearing funny stories about the first car you drove or owned, jokes, and other silly things like that. 

And if you have something funny to share, please do!  I always enjoy reading them, laughing at them, and making other people in the treatment room wonder what kind of drugs I'm really getting.  McD likes reading them too!!  Really, it is part of our entertainment as we kill four hours there.

But.  Today is another Thankful Thursday.

Today I am SO thankful for my doctors, nurses, pretty ladies in the office (Lady P who keeps me honest on my Thankful Thursdays every Thursday), and my new friend Shirley. 

I am thankful for all my friends and family who have supported me throughout this whole ordeal, and who I know will continue to do so through my next few surgeries.  Thank you!!

For Wes & Jane, and Cyndi who found me at the rodeo to hug my neck and let me know I was loved! 

For all the cards of encouragement I have received in the mail. 

For my wonderful husband who treats me like a queen no matter what!!  I couldn't do any of this without you, McD!

And lastly, I am SO thankful for the rain we got last night!

So what are you thankful for? 

My Battle with Breast Cancer, You Asked - Answers

Any Questions? – Cancer Edition

IMG_0021 Occasionally, I ask you, my readers, if you have any questions for me and today I am doing just that.  But, it is a cancer edition.

Do you read my posts but still have questions about my current condition?  Cancer?  Chemo? Mastectomy?

Now's your chance to ask.

Ask away, and I will answer these questions on Friday, July 29th.

My Battle with Breast Cancer

Chemo Treatment #1

On June 23, 2011, I had my first chemo treatment.  McD was kind enough to take photos for me.  Thanks, McD!

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This is the treatment room. 

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Like I said before, McD is taking the photos and I am instructing him in almost every photo.  Almost, but not all. 

I've tried to point out the freezing spray that they used to numb me before sticking my port.  I am so thankful for freezing spray.

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Yea, I was a little nervous about what it would feel like, and I didn't want to see the needle before they stuck me.  I might have mentioned this before, but I do not like needles.

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Well, she did it.  It was the first time my port had been used, and I have to admit I was more than a little nervous.  You might be able to tell by the look on my face.

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Then they put this little plastic tape like stuff over the needle in the port to keep everything sterile.

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There are no words for this photo, but you will understand it better when you see another photo in this post.  You will know which photo it is when you see it, promise.

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The first thing they have me hooked up to is a drug to help keep me from getting nauseated.  I can only imagine what was going through my mind at this point.  I knew nothing, had no idea what to expect, and to be honest was a little scared.

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This is Nurse J.  She is telling me about the drug that will keep me from getting nauseated, and explaining that she is going to go over some things with me while I get this medicine.  It usually takes about twenty minutes for this bag.

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Here we are going over everything in a very important Blue Book.  She told me we were going to go over it, and explained how they ran out of the blue covers.  I had to bring my blue book out, and then explain to her how my good friend got it for me at the Stillwater Clinic. 

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When it is time to start the chemo drugs both of the nurses come to you, one askes you for your name and date of birth, and then they can start the drugs.  It is just a check to make sure they give you the correct cocktail.

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Then it is time to get techy.  Twitter on one, and FB on the other.

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It is time to change meds, so Nurse R comes to my aid. 

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Then my friends start showing up. :)  I doubt you can really see it, but Terry here, brought me a bell. 🙂

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Time to change again.  Seemed like time was just flying by.

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It could be because I had such good company the whole time I was there.  Thanks, Stef, for coming down and spending your lunch hour with me. 🙂

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I realized that all of the IV poles had little flowers on them all.  I thought that was a nice little touch. 

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Now you see why I was sticking out my tongue?  This is Lady P, and I really like this lady.  In fact, I like all the ladies and nurses that work here.  They make it just as fun as it can be.

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I finally finished all of my meds, and then they had to flush my port with saline.  I just have to say that saline tastes horrible.  I have learned that it is best to have a mint handy when they flush the port. Then after they flush the port they put some Heparin in there, and it doesn't taste good either.

So if you are getting ready to start chemo have some mints handy.  Cinnamon Altoids worked for me in the hospital, and I have now moved on to plain Cinnamon Disks because the Altoids were so stinkin' hot.

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And here we are, ready to go home.  Thanks to Nurse R for taking our photo.

This is what it was life for me.  I don't know if it is any different for anyone else, but this is all I can share with ya.  It is all I know.

Tomorrow, July 14, will be my second chemo treatment.  Please pray that it goes better than the last.  I will be getting an injection on Friday to help boost my white cell count, so hopefully I won't have to be back in the hospital.

I will be posting earlier tomorrow.  Hopefully you will want to play along.  It is going to be a kind of Thankful Thursday theme, so be thinking about what you are thankful for now.

 

 

My Battle with Breast Cancer

Ouch – My PowerPort Experience

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(Photo from bardaccess.com)

Well, I'm one step closer to chemo. 

I don't even know how to start this post.

I will say that I thought this surgery was going to be a breeze.  It was not.

But…

It's over, and I am recovering.  Sore, but recovering.  

Let me tell you about the port. 

It is a Bard PowerPort Implantable Port.

I'm wondering how many implantable devices one person can have.  I have two, so far.

Anyway, the PowerPort is a small device about the size of a quarter that is used to carry medicines into the bloodstream.  It is placed under the skin, and in my case it is in my chest.  I port connects to a catheter, and they catheter goes into a large central vein (jugular in my case) that takes blood to the heart.  There are three bumps on top of the port that tells the nurses that my port can receive power injections.  I'm not sure what a "power injection" is, but I am sure I will find out soon enough.  The bumps also outline the area where the special needle will go.

The needle is called a Huber needle.  Let me tell you something, I don't like needles.  I don't care what kind of needle it is, I don't like it. 

When I came out of surgery yesterday I was in quite a bit of pain.  I didn't expect to have pain.  I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, but the pain medicine that they gave me wasn't working fast enough.  We were told that it should work in about thirty minutes.  Forty-five minutes later I was still in pain, and I was near tears.  McD was beside himself, and that is not a good thing.  One of the little volunteers that pushed me to the vehicle in a wheel chair said, "He looked like a really mad drill sargeant."  I'd never heard that one before, but I bet he did.  A few minutes later here came the nurse with a syringe.  I just thought she would put it in my IV, no biggie.  Nope, she wanted me to roll over so she could stick it in my hiney.  Ummm, NO!  I refused.  You might think that is crazy, but I hate needles.  I was already in pain, and I didn't want a sore hiney too.  It took a little while, but that nurse finally realized that when I say no I mean no. 

So, in a way I am glad I have the port but I still have to be stuck with a needle just not in a vein.  This Huber needle looks pretty big, and I am not looking forward to it at all.  They say it will get better with time, but I will believe it when I feel it.  Especially since I just read that the needle sizes are 19 gauge, 20 gauge, and 22 gauge.  Have you ever seen one of those needles?  Just Google it.  I dare ya.  I don't even want to think about it. 

I wanted to have a photo of my incisions, but I don't have one right now.  I will ask McD to take one for me a little later, right now he is mopping the floors.  🙂

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see my new do.  Tomorrow I am cutting off all of my hair, well that is an exaggeration.  I am getting a really short do, and will probably look a little like Gloria Beckham when I walk out of Sondra's tomorrow. :)  I have a friend coming to take photos, so be here tomorrow evening to see me and my new do. 

Thursday I have a very special post going up.  I am going to be writing it soon, but I start chemo Thursday and I am going to need some button mashers.  You'll see what I mean. 🙂