Hard stuff.

Update on my Grandma – not the news we were wanting. She has stage 4 liver cancer. She has 6-8 weeks if left untreated and maybe 8-9 months with treatment. She’s going to go ahead and have a PET scan to decide if she wants to do chemo treatment to shrink the tumors. Keep those prayers coming.
I was so happy to have Jake home on Sunday night. We ate dinner together and then went to my Grandma’s house to spend some time with her. Funny story – she teased me because she’s on Percocet for pain and thought she saw a squirrel in her condo…I believed her! Turns out, there was no squirrel. She and Jake made fun of me for being gullible. 
Excuse my wrinkly hands, ha, but my Grandma was showing us some of the jewelry she has saved over the years. This is my grandfather’s wedding ring. He passed away a few years ago, so it was nice to see this ring again.
My Mom cracks me up. I guess she thinks all of these smiley face emojis are bald man. Jake told me that offended him.
Do we need a bigger blender?
Does anyone else get really excited when their smoothie is the perfect consistency? I don’t usually measure out ingredients, so it’s kind of a crap-shoot on what we are going to get every morning. I just like to keep things exciting! ; ) I did end up measuring this one out, and it was perfect.
Here’s the recipe if you are interested.
This was the most perfect hard-boiled egg in all of history. I don’t know how it happened, and I guarantee I will never be able to do it again, but I am going to enjoy my eggs this week.
This lunch is the bomb. Life hack: add ground bison to your ground beef when making meatballs. HOLY. YUM. These have garlic powder, turmeric powder, & onion powder. Once I mixed everything together, I rolled them up & let them simmer in a tablespoon of olive oil & 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos for maybe 15 minutes! That’s it. So. Dang. Good. I put the meatballs over spaghetti squash, mushrooms, & spaghetti sauce.
I treat myself to one of these every day after lunch. I like them because they are sugarfree and have just the right amount of caffeine.
I got the news about my Grandma 30 minutes before I left work. I tried to distract myself so I wouldn’t cry, so I snacked on some carrots and try to knock out some work. I am going to try to be positive about this entire situation, but we are definitely all heartbroken.
My Grandma had some friends in town last night, so I went to dinner with my Mom and Dad just to spend some time together. I feel so bad for my Mom (and all of her siblings_. I can’t imagine losing her, so I have no idea what she is going through right now. It’s hard enough having your Grandma be sick, I can’t imagine what it would feel like to see your Mom be sick.
I hope everyone’s Tuesday is wonderful. Thank you so much for the kind messages texts and phone calls. They mean so much to us.
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  1. Joanie mcWilliams

    Hi! I will introduce myself, I am Joanie McWilliams, 72, married, have two children, live in Rochester, MN (10 min from Mayo)….my husband Denny and I have two children, Chuck 49 and Amy 46. Both of our kids are married and we are blessed with two grandchildren. My husband Denny and your Grandpa worked together for the phone company in Sioux City, IA for many, many years. Of course I knew him simply as Ron and he was such a nice person, always with his joy of life and big smile. I reached out to your grandma over FB and we have enjoyed each others posts for some time. What I so admired about her was her strong faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. It was obvious she had such a strong love for her family, she posted so many gatherings of all of you together and you could just see her joy. When learning of her diagnosis, I cried wondering why is this happening to such a good soul? Unfortunately, I have lost members of my family to that horrible disease, cancer. I lost my sister to cancer, she was only 52. It was not long after we had lost our dad to cancer and she told me that she didn’t know if it was more painful to have cancer or to be the loved ones suffering from seeing that person so sick. She finally confided in me that she knew her pain would stop but those loved ones left would continue to suffer the loss, I have never forgotten that. I have since when on to lose 3 other siblings to cancer.
    What brings me comfort is knowing the Lord will bring strength. Nothing about cancer makes sense, it has no boundaries as to who it touches. Life is short so just make the most of your days, you appear to be a young and beautiful woman, your whole life ahead of you. You are all so very blessed to have a family that is close and loving, your love for your grandma will come through you. My prayers will continue for your grandma and family, as I said earlier may our Lord give you all strength at this time, God Bless🙏🙏

    • Chelsea

      Oh, Joanie, it is SO nice to ‘meet’ you. I cannot tell you what your kinds words mean to me. Thank you! My Grandpa was such a wonderful man – it is nice talking with someone who knew him.
      I am so very sorry to hear about your own experiences with this awful disease. It is the absolute worst. You are so right – all we can do is lean on God during this time. We appreciate your prayers so much! Thank you for making me smile today. <3

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