Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Melanoma...a deadly cancer

Sandie's (on left) battle with melanoma ended in February 2010 as most of you already know.  Now one of her dear friends, Judi Gray, is losing her fight with this horrible disease also.  

Judi actually got melanoma before Sandie did.  There was a spot on her leg that kept bleeding and wouldn't heal so she went to the doctor and was told it was melanoma.  Like Sandie, she had surgery and was told they got it all, and all was well.  Later, Judi found a lump on her thigh while shaving and went to the doctor again.  Again they told her it was melanoma, but they got it all.  Over a period of several years this is how it went.  Then she started getting severe headaches, just like Sandie had, and her worst fear had happened.  The melanoma had spread to the brain.  They put her in the hospital and put a shunt in the brain to do chemo but then realized the cancer was in the spinal fluid.  At that point the doctors told Judi, her husband and two children there was nothing more they could do.

When Sandie had her surgery, Judi was there for moral support with that famous "Judi Smile".  Always encouraging her dear friend to fight.  And Sandie did fight.  All the way till the cancer attacked her brain.  Within two weeks of Sandie getting that prognosis they told us there was nothing more they could do for her and she would be going to Alive Hospice.  The very next day Our God took Sandie to be with him.

Now, Judi is in Alive Hospice but is hanging on every day and getting sicker and sicker.  It is such a difficult time for her family, watching over her and not being able to comfort her.  I pray for peace and comfort for Judi and strength for Les, Michael and Taylor.  I know now we had such a blessing with the Lord taking Sandie so quickly.  

For any young girls out there that may read this, please be aware of what the sun and tanning beds can do to your life.  It can end it.  Is a tan worth that?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Nail Art...

Okay, so our first attempt at nail art was from watching a You-tube video.  I thought the
converse shoes were so cute, but they were pretty hard to paint on such a small
little nail.  Lots of coats and a steady hand was needed.  We certainly didn't have
the right tools for the job either.  I thought they turned out alright though for a
first try.  Cassidy wasn't as pleased as I was though, so after about an hour
the nail polish remover came out and off they went.

Next, we decided on just painting half the nail and doing some polka dots.  Oh, so
much easier.  But the best part was that she loved them and they have lasted over
a week now.  Hurray for grandma's with patience.