So I have some time to blog...as most know I'm fixing to start my journey to Oregon from Ft. Sill/Lawton, Oklahoma. And moving within days. My husband is medically retiring from the Army after a total of 23 years 4 months and
22 days of service. We've been soo overwhelmed with the move from active duty back to a civilian life(well me on that) but after 23 years it's a lot harder on hubby because it's all he's known. And even though I grew up in the Navy, I was a civilian for a
short while and then married into the Army via my hubby. So the stress of the change over, the packing, the separating from our belongings for a short time....the added stress for separating from my parents whom I've only been away from for about 2 years out
of my life when I was 18 until I turned 20 and the fact I have an ill sister and moving away from my adoptive sis who's due with her baby in October, it's enough to put some serious bricks on my shoulders....so ya know I'm stressing, stressing on the move,
the finances because of going from one type of pay to the next and when that starts, and getting us across country. Leaving my side of the family and going without a lot of my normal everyday items that i've luxuried myself with(my cookbooks, pots, pans, waffle
iron, BBQ grill. My cake decorating supplies.....Sniff Sniff, regular Dish Network and my shows...Sniff Sniff some more.
I know I'll make it. But still, it's all a huge huge change for myself, hubby, my kids and my side of the family. The trip ought to be interesting with 2 cats in the back traveling with the 4 kids and the cats not knowing what
the heck is going on. But what I'm excited about is this..well I'll start with the little things to the BIG news.
My hubby has to turn in a lot of equipment to CIF(don't know the name of it but it's really a fancy lettering for the Supply office). Anyway, we had a tenant steal some of his gear out of our storage while he was on the property
and we were soo worried about the final cost. Military gear is NOT cheap a duffle for of stuff was just over 1500 dollars worth of gear, and because one major item happens to be his body armor he was issued in Iraq. He doesn't have it to turn in or could
offord to replace what the tenant stole. So today, he turned in what gear he had and he had soo much extra stuff minus the few things and the body armor he didn't.... it equaled more then want he was orginially issued and no cost out of our pockets....well
that was a load of my brain today my husband was so relieved I think he shed a few tears of joy over it. Then I had an appointment and that was good also today...Then my packers were late getting to the house due to a meeting, but was good for us because
we had appointments as well, then they worked threw their lunch and finished ahead of schedule. Took them 4 hours to finish packing us out today...wooo hooo. Then my mom calls with my sister's news on her health.. And I had to pull the truck over.
Our prayers are somewhat answered....for the good more then the bad. And I cried with some relief that the proverbal "fat lady" AIN'T singing anytime soon!! Thank GOD!
The pathologist called my sister and said he had the results but couldn't tell her because the doctor was out of town....well isn't that just a crock! Soo some in the doctor's office stepped in and read the report because they
knew we have had enough of the wait and see business....And yes my sister has Mast Cell Diease but it's called Systemic Mastocytosis (http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/Condition/8616/Systemic_mastocytosis.aspx<
BUT not Leukemia, which in this form is rare. SOOOO Praise God! But however left untreated with her having the precursor of the severity. Because her case is rather hard and it's not the lighter side of the diease. It could turn into Leukemia. She does have
Mast Cells in her colon, stomach, mouth and in her blood stream. Sooo a load has been lifted off of our shoulders and we can have some relief. The down side is...still no cure but with Chemo, steriods, antihistamines will help her deal with this issue. Make
her comfortable and hopefully give her a better prognosis on her life. Along with the other stuff. And because my sister as Factor V Leiden Thrombophilia (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/factor-v-leiden-thrombophilia<
a blood clotting disorder. It's a lot to chew as well, with her now being allergic to every citrus under the sun(she's not happy about that), being Lactose Intolerant(extremely upset about that), being that she has Celiac diease (hates that with a passion)
and I can't think of the heart condition that she burdens and she no longer has a thyroids but only the para-thyriods because she like several members in my family including me has thryoid diease.and with this Mast Cell Issue, she's delevoped Petechiae (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/petechiae/MY01104<
which has left this rash like issue all over her body and looks aweful. But my sister also has cervical cancer for the 2nd time. The 1st time she had 30% of it removed. And no clue what stage it's in. I mean my sister has been threw the ringer. She was a
premie and has had struggles with surviving thus far, my sis Mendi is a fighter, always has been and I hope she always will be. My concern was when we first found out, they told her it was Mast Cell Leukemia and ruled out everything else. She was deciding
not to do the chemo....granted, it's her choice and no matter what, I'd stand beside her, but to know she wasn't going to fight this....blew all our minds. Because we all just couldn't believe she'd throw in the towel. My dad had a serious talk about her babies
and giving up isn't something that she teaches them....Mendi doesn't like the idea of all this...no one would. But to know that she's decided to kick it's in the arse and get the show on the road...just proves why I love my sis very very much. SO I had to
share my bit of good news.
And I want to thank all of y'all for praying for my family, because prayers are totally worth a smile on someone who needs it.
I would like to also ask....be a donor...pay it forward...help some one else. Because your little jester, gives that person or that person's family a glimmer of hope. That there are kind people willing to help out of the goodness of there heart.