It's Jackie, your bandlady, reporting in from Alabama! Good to hear from you all. In general things are plugging along. Jake and Shelby are now 13 & 15 and now in track season. Both are in the band and Shelby made district honor band this year; one step below All-State. My oldest, is now married, and teaching across the state. Halle, my granddaughter is now almost 6!
I'm still teaching band and English but starting to wonder how hard it is to get disability. I currently take Tykerb, Xeloda and Gemzar but have now found a small (b b size) lump on the left side of my chest. The size of it doesn't concern onc. and I, just the fact that it showed up at all while on 3 meds. We are "thinking" this week and what the next step is. Actually he and DH think it might be time to quit my job. Not giving up -- just hoping to take down the stress level and add some life years. Anyone have experience in this? I think I can get teacher retirement disability - which cuts my pay in 1/2 . . have a disability insurance policy but not sure how it coordinates. Really want to go for SS disability but not sure if I'd qualify. Would love some words of wisdom. My fatigue has become unreal. Yes, I can teach as I force myself through the day - but then have no energy period for the evenings to cook, clean, or anything. Weekends consist of me in napping most of it away. Surely there is more to life than sleep???
MK -- we, too, have a new Yorkie - Max - to go with our 4 big dogs. He is soooo funny to watch trying to play with our Golden Retrievers. They just sit there while he jumps around them on his back feet. He is a very sweet lap/nap dog which I very much need right now.
Bev - I want new bedroom carpet
and to all my other breast friends - much love!
A new part to a quote I love -- "When God closes a door, he opens a window . . although there may be hell in the hallways