Thursday, September 06, 2007

From Donna

My 12 year old grandson has an assignment in school to write about someone who inspires him. He asked if he could write about me and wanted to know my cancer story. So, he wrote his essay and I want to share it with you. I am so blessed to have him in my life.

My Inspiration
Anthony Woodward

My grandma’s name is Donna Davis. She is a breast cancer survivor, and she has faced this disease with bravery, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor. Even when she is not feeling well, she is always the first to help her family and others around her. She has a quiet strength that inspires me to know that even when things aren’t going my way, I can make it through anything with my own strength. She has also shown me that I can stand up for myself without being afraid.

Before my grandma found out for sure that she breast cancer, she knew it in her heart that something was wrong. Just before Christmas last year, she had to have surgery to remove the cancer. In the months after the surgery, she went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Instead of waiting for her hair to fall off from the chemotherapy, she decided to shave her head herself. She always tells me that bald is beautiful.

I asked my grandma how she was so brave, and she said that it was her faith in God. She said that God walks with her on her journey back to health. She is not afraid of cancer because she knows there are good doctors and medicine to make her well. My grandma was brave in sharing her story with others through her blog on the Internet. Her courage has enabled her to walk her journey with dignity.

From the moment that my grandma found out that she had cancer, she accepted it and decided that she would do whatever it took to cure the cancer. Even when she went through her treatments, which made her weak and were painful, she was always positive. She told me that because she kept a positive attitude, she felt that she made it through without being very sick or being depressed. Her family and friends, who supported her, helped her to keep her positive attitude. In my grandma’s blog, other people have made comments that her positive attitude has been an inspiration to them. My grandma says that when you keep a positive attitude you can get through anything.

My grandma has a lot of great qualities, but there is one that I would like to mention in particular. Grandma says that God has a sense of humor and that He definitely gave her one too because she could not have made it through without a sense of humor. She said that God helped her to laugh at herself and her condition, and to make jokes about it. There was a medicine that grandma took that made her stay awake 24/7, talk non-stop, and made her very hungry. She said that she really acted funny when she took these pills. I think she was loopy. With all that my grandma has gone through, she is happy and looks forward to many years of health and spending time with family and friends. She has inspired me to know that no matter how bad things seem or what may happen, there is always hope and a way to get through anything, with faith in God, and the love and support of those around you.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

From Donna

OK, so here I am with my lump still intact. Do you know how difficult it is to do nothing (and I said I would not do that)? My doctor looked at my last scan and she also had a pathologist look at it and she really felt that the lump is nothing to be concerned about. It is soft, which is a good thing. So for now, she just wants me to watch it and if it changes, let her know.

I do have a lot to tell y'all. Since my lump episode, I went on vacation to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Yep, I'm a Yooper! It was great seeing my mom, brothers and sisters etc. Every time I hugged one of them, I had a melt down. You just never know if and when you will see them again.

My sister got remarried to her ex-husband - anything worth doing once is worth doing again. I am so happy for her. Tom is a great guy. I even did a little dancing at the reception. I caught up with old friends and reminisced.

I had lunch with Judy and Janis, two of my high school buds - Class of 66'. Here is a pic of the three of us.

On my list of things to do before I die (in about 50 years), I wanted to stay at the Holiday Inn that overlooks Munising Bay (Lake Superior). Yep, not a lot of high aspirations for me - the Holiday Inn will do! Anyway, the view from the balcony was absolutely beautiful. As you can see from the pic.

Isn't this an awesome view? One night I stayed up late - after midnight to watch the Perseid meteor shower. There were about 60 meteors per hour - the sky was pitch back, with a billion stars, and meteors flashing across my view.

Just goes to show you how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things.

I have got to share another fantastic photo "op" with you. I was out on the lake and took this pic of a family of eagles on Grand Island using my zoom lens.

I got back from vacation on August 16th and attempted to go back to work on the following Monday. I started coughing during the day and my throat was bothering me so I went to the doctor the next morning. They took x-rays and found out that I have bacterial pneumonia. I guess because my immune system was basically non-existent, it was easy for me to get sick and I probably got it on vacation. So for now I am home but hope to go back to work soon.

I did see my radiation oncologist today and I do have - guess what - another lump. It's kind of under the arm in the bend. It is a hard lump (not good) but again we are watching it. I admit it, I did break down and cry when she told me. I am due to see my surgeon soon and I am going to get his opinion on what I should do at this point.

My daughter, Misty and her family are now living here. They are staying with us until they can get on their feet and find a place to live. I must say that it is quite different having three kids in the house. Yes, I do freak out from time to time. After all, I have not had kids around in years and my house is just not "kid friendly". But, you know me, I have my rules and as I told the kids - I'm their worse nightmare! LOL

I do love my grandchildren and it is good to have them close.

So, that's it for now. God Bless.