Well I am 7 weeks out from surgery and still going to the Dr. two times a week. I am still a little swollen and still having fluid removed from my belly. All of this is not going to stop me from continuing to live life every single day because I AM WORTH IT!

Out of the blue on Tuesday I received the sweetest message from Crystal the owner of Embellished Elegance, a local boutique here in Madisonville. Crystal told me that she has been following me on Facebook and reading my blog and watching my progress. She then proceeds to ask me “I wanted to know if you would be interested in modeling for Embellished Elegance Spring Preview Fashion Show on March 2”? Needless to say I was shocked by this request….I have never been considered model material being as I am short and stocky.

The thing about EE is they do not discriminate against peoples sizes or age in their shop. EE caters to every shape and size. You can go in the boutique and find so many awesome things and the prices are great! The other great thing is that this fashion show is a fundraiser as well for TEAM LEXI…TEAM LEXI is a non profit organization that raises money for Childhood cancer, and we all know raising money for Cancer is near and dear to my heart.

So, you ask me if I am doing this? YES I AM….You know why? Because I am worth it πŸ™‚

I told Crystal, please tell me I don’t have to wear heels because I cannot walk in them. Crystals response was “No heels in my store”. Thank goodness because that would be a train wreck for me…LOL I am a flip flop and sandal girl I told her and Crystal is the same.

Thank you so much Embellished Elegance for this amazing opportunity. It definitely gives me something to look forward to and something to work towards in my healing process.

Go check out their site at
You will love their cute stuff!!!




What is Bondi Band you ask? Well let me tell you who they are in their own words.

“After extensively searching, but unsuccessfully finding, a fun, fashionable headband that did not slip, Rebecca Buckley, Founder of Bondi Band, received the inspiration to create her own line while vacationing in Bondi Beach, Australia.

After returning home from Bondi Beach, the experiment and development process began. She created the perfect design, incorporating elements of both function and fashion, and began hand sewing Bondi Band headbands in her hometown of Lewiston, Maine in February 2005.

Although Bondi Band began with only headbands, it has expanded to a full line of headwear, compression products and accessories in comfortable, colorful options to fit every lifestyle and personality for active women, men and children.

Bondi Band’s philosophy is to make great products at a great price and deliver superior customer service.

Along with offering functional unisex, high quality, American Made products, Bondi Band donates 10% of all profits to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.”

So why Bondi Band you ask? I ask you Why not? Cancer research is near and dear to my heart. Being a two time cancer survivor I feel that it is very important to continue with research and development and using sources that we can to find a cure. Bondi Band is so gracious in donating proceeds to Cancer research and for that I am so very thankful! Thank you Bondi Band for all that you do.

My son is a Bondi Band lover as well. He has a thick head full of curly hair and he sweats a lot as well. he loves these bands because it keeps his curly hair off of his forehead and keeps the sweat from running down in his eyes. I love this band as well because I sweat mostly in my head and on my face. This band is great and is so multifunctional. So come on what are you waiting for? Go to and browse their store. You won’t be sorry


WOW 6 weeks Out from Surgery!

WOW 6 weeks Out from Surgery!

What a great way to end my Dr. appointment yesterday at Dr. Breazeales office. I asked about getting on the Arc Trainer and the answer from Eve was “Yes you can but make sure to take it easy. You may feel a little funny at first but that is normal but of course go ahead and try.” So try I did and I enjoyed every minute of it. 10 minutes doesn’t sound a lot to most of you but those 10 minutes to me were heaven! I was so excited and I felt so good, I think I will try it again today πŸ™‚ Not only did I get on the Arc for 10 minutes I rode on the recumbent bike for 5 miles and then I did a Bicep and Tricep work out. I did not do my usual routine and usual weights because I am not allowed to use direct core and I can’t life heavy so I used 8lb dumb bells and exercise bands. I never imagined lifting 8lb dumb bells would make me sore but I am and I am sooooo happy!!!!! I love this feeling and have missed it so much!

Yesterday Eve and Stacey drained 42 ml of fluid off from my belly. This time around it was a little more uncomfortable but not unbearable. They make sure that I am as comfortable as possible. It is a necessary procedure to go through and believe it or not it is not an uncommon thing to have to go through. I am still on antibiotics and still have to wear a binder 24 hours a day 7 days a week except for showers. The binder helps with the fluid so I will continue doing everything that they ask of me.

Again, I am so thankful to have a group of people that care so much about not only me but about all of their patients. I am blessed to be in this family at The Breazeale Clinic….Love them all!


Road Blocks Are a Part of Life and in my Healing Process

Road Blocks Are a Part of Life and in my Healing Process

I am sorry I haven’t blogged for a bit but things have been all over the map for me these past two weeks of recovery.

Last Thursday my post op visit with Dr. Breazeale was fabulous. Healing was going great, I was still taking antibiotics and things finally looked to be going in the right direction. I was given the thumbs up to start riding the recumbent bike as well as lifting very light weights. We all know how exciting that is for me right!!! πŸ™‚

Fast Forward to Tuesday of this week (1/14/13). I noticed some swelling going on in the left side of my lower belly. I had just finished the last of my antibiotics on Sunday. The swelling was tender and I knew exactly what was going on, my belly was accumulating fluid and it was not a pretty sight. Wednesday the swelling was worse so while at work I went to the school nurse and she confirmed what I believed and that was definite fluid build up. Once again I took a picture of the area and we sent it to the Dr. so they could tell us what we needed to do. Of course I knew what the answer would be so off Melinda and I went to Knoxville so that they could check it out. Once again it was confirmed there was fluid as well as some redness so Stacey and Eve both decided that I needed to be put on another round of antibiotics and they also took pictures of my belly for Dr. Breazeale to view and I had to return to his office today to see him personally.

Today in the office Dr. B walks in and automatically gives me a hug. He is such a great Dr. and is very caring. I showed him my belly and of course he was squeezing and mashing trying to see exactly what was going on. Well he looked up at me and said ok we are going to have to drain in. That is when the big needle comes out (YIKES). Dr. B ended up draining 80 ML of fluid from my belly plus I had a spot directly on my incision that had what looked to be a little abcess and it had to be drained as well so I had to be poked with a needle there as well….oh my the stuff that came out, nasty.

I told Dr. B “I have done every single thing right. I have followed all the rules that you have given but my body is just pissing me off”. He replied with “I know you have done everything but there are some things that none of us can control and right now my biggest concern is getting you completely healed and taken care of”. I love this man! He is one open and honest man and I will always know where I stand with him and my health.

I will return to his office tomorrow to have more fluid drained and I am fine with that. I will continue doing everything I am supposed to do. I will continue taking my antibiotics and I will continue fighting. This is just another bump in the road, a little detour, a road block, but I will keep driving!

In the end, In time, things will fall right in place and I will be 100% and ready to move forward in a life of health and happiness!




Well what an eventful third week of recovery it has been. On the second week after surgery I had one of my drain tubes removed and everything was perfectly fine. I didn’t even feel the tube being removed. After we left the Dr. office I was hungry so we went to Smoky Mountain Brewery to eat. Once we ate I thought it was a brilliant idea to go to Victoria Secret to buy me some smaller panties since I am now missing 6lbs of skin that I was carrying around on my lower abdomen.

We got home around 5:30 and that is when hell broke lose. I was in so much pain and so very sick. I thought that I came down with a virus or that it could have been the partial Ruben Sandwich I had eaten. During the night I began running fever and all day on Saturday I was so sick and kept a fever. Melinda called the Dr. and they promptly put me on the highest powered antibiotic as well as me staying on the antibiotic that I was already on. I couldn’t however start the antibiotic until Sunday because it was so late and no pharmacy was open. I then had to be at the Dr. office at 8:30 am on Monday morning.

I got to the Dr. office and I was still sick and running fever, by this time I was so emotional and yes I was crying because I was supposed to have a flawless process. I am the strong one I am not supposed to get an infection. I was not supposed to be weak. It was during this meltdown that Tammy at Dr. B’s office knelt down in front of me and reminded me of how far I had come in my life and how strong I had been through this entire process thus far and also how I had held myself together and stayed strong during this past year. Melinda was reminding me the same thing but at that time I felt so very weak.

Once in the exam room, Eve, checked me out and verified that yes I did have a pretty nasty infection. She marked the infection areas which covered my entire left hip and right above my incision and right below my incision. She took several pictures and sent them to Dr. B and then called him and they came up with the game plan of my treatment. Keep my antibiotics up, both of them, eat tons of yogurt, keep the drain tube in so that the infection could continue draining out of my body and then return the next day to be looked over again. The next day I returned and the infection was better but I had to go back again on Thursday so that Dr. B could examine me. Thursday came and I felt like a whole new person….far from being 100% but my goodness I felt human. He told me I was healing great, the infection was clearing very well and that I was doing fabulous.

Fast Forward now to Friday night at 9:30pm. I came back to my room to go to the bathroom and when I sat on the toilet (yes I know TMI but I told ya’ll it was going to be honest) and noticed that my drain tube had come out about 3 inches….this freaked me out a little. I drained my drain tube ball but when I tried to re-suction the ball it would not work. This was the tell tale sign that the drain tube was no longer engaged but had come loose. Again, Melinda called Stacy with Dr. B’s office and explained everything and Stacy said exactly what I was afraid of…..”Melinda, you will have to pull the drain tube” Melinda responded with an “OH MY”! So here we go….I go and get Kayla and she gets the gloves and we go back to my bedroom and Melinda goes to work. It took maybe 5 seconds to pull and I honestly did not feel a thing. I go back Monday to the Dr. and we will see how things are looking then to determine the next step.

Once again I am blessed to have Melinda and Kayla here with me. My nerves, emotions and strengths have definitely been tested and I do believe that once again I am coming out stronger! I am a SURVIVOR and I will come out VICTORIOUS!!! This too shall pass πŸ™‚