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Here we are mid February and well on our way to Spring. Our snow of 15" melted away and we're enjoying a fluctuation between 20 degrees at night to sometimes upwards of the 40's. We even peaked to a high of 62 last Monday February 9th. That prompted us to do something special.
Carol went in for her six month checkup. Got a mammogram, and saw her surgeon. Results were... she's cancer free! That and the warm weather prompted inch thick ribeyes on the grill, fresh asparagus to accompany the steaks and a nice vase a flowers to look at while we dined in celebration.
What a great time... here we are just over a year later and she looks great, feel pretty good (just needs to get her frozen shoulder un-frozen), and now cancer free. Dinner was great, spirits were high and our daughters did a wonderful job of showering Carol with all kinds of signs, and both dressed in appropriate celebratory attire.
I'm not sure you can describe the feelings what we felt. Needless to say, we're good now. Of course many more six month check ups, plenty of doctors visits, still getting an IV med, taking a pill, but all-in-all we're doing great! Each day as it arrives prompts all of us in the Sluder family to be grateful for a new opportunity to be with Carol, and to be a family.
Thanks again everyone for the support, prayers and gestures of love. You'll never know how much we appreciate it. Be well, be safe and good night! - Eric
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Dear Family and Friends,December 2008
When I found out I had cancer (sorry if this is the first time you have heard this), I cried a lot. I had all the typical questions. Will I die? How will my family be affected? Will it ever come back? Will chemotherapy and radiation be worth it? What did I do wrong? Why me? I already have diabetes....isn't that enough?? I wondered if it would change me and what lessons I would learn from this disease. Then God opened his arms and showed me (and my family) how much he loved me. He demonstrated his love by using our family and friends to encourage and uplift us. God also showed his power by answering prayers and proving He still performs miracles!! His love is incredible and so are the actions of all of you in my life. Here is something I wrote to thank you all for helping me and my family get through this journey. We couldn't have made it without you...and my one friend.
One Friend is all you need...
One friend sends me cardsOne friend listens to me cry
One friend helps me do laundryOne friend drove me to the ER
One friend shaved his head (to match mine!)One friend bought me a hat
One friend encourages my husbandOne friend prays for me daily
One friend bought me a book on cancerOne friend made us dinner
One friend bought me a book not on cancerOne friend sent us a gift card
One friend went to the altar for meOne friend shopped for me
One friend keeps telling me he loves meOne friend calls to check on me
One friend took my kids shoppingOne friend walks my puppy
One friend sits with me at chemoOne friend organized a prayer meeting
One friend gave me my favorite ice cream (from Cincy!)One friend cleaned my house
One friend bought “day care” for my puppyOne friend shoveled our driveway
One friend organized a Walk for the Cure in my nameOne friend gave me flowers
One friend lit a candle for me (at Mass)One friend takes my kids to the movies
One friend brought me organic foodOne friend gave me MonaVie
One friend knitted me a prayer shawl One friend gave me a thoughtful gift
One friend made me a prayer quiltOne friend sends uplifting emails
One friend sent a box full of gifts from friends in TexasOne friend organized our meals
One friend brought me a huge bag full of hatsOne friend developed a blog for me
One friend takes my kids for the dayOne friend lent us movies
One friend takes my kids to the lakeOne friend gave me a book report on cancer
One friend incentivized my kids to keep their rooms cleanOne friend explains all the doctor stuff
One friend took my kids to a musicalOne friend took my kids to the pool
One friend takes care of me when I am sickOne friend gets my kids off the bus
One friend says he will never leave meOne friend took my kids during surgery
One friend honored me at a church dinner program One friend keeps me up on cancer research
One friend had a “flower shower” when I finished radiationOne friend drops by the see me
One friend sponsored me in “100 Voices of Hope” for breast cancer research
One friend took my family to Alaska when I finished chemotherapy
My one friend (Jesus) never left me
One friend is a Gift from God...One friend is all you need.
Carol Sluder-2008 Breast Cancer Survivor