What doesn’t make you crazy…


So the physical therapy/chemotherapy combo weeks are crazy-making! The meds needed to get through pt make me like zombie, then chemo makes me sleepy! I am falling asleep everywhere in the afternoons!

Last week, my tumor markers were high, but has dropped 50 points as of yesterday. The one tumor near the entrance to the stomach has decreased a little bit, but there are five tumors in the other lobe of the liver–we knew about one, but now have four new ones. We are going to do chemo-embolism at the end of November and the end of December, taking one liver lobe at a time. I will still do regular chemo through March.

And to make things fun, my brother, Jeremy, has a torn ligament in his ankle and a boot. We look like we have been in a fight! We are finally in therapy together! Ha! (At Hometown Physical Therapy that is, but maybe we should consider the other–it has been a long year!!)

Pepper is running instead of dancing these days, but still singing. He is so determined to keep my spirits up!!! And so determined to sing Hee Haw songs! They were on the air for hundreds of years, apparently! Their songs are neverending! #GODISGOOD

#FRIDAYFOOD #Fall Soup Part 2


landscape-1454611443-olive-garden-soup-1Alright, I am in the mood for a few different kinds of fall soup, and the husband, Pepper, doesn’t like change. He likes what he likes. Until he is introduced to something new. Then it is a struggle, just like a kid!

For a short time during round one of chemotherapy, we had a food prep service in Starkville help us out with a few meals. I was great, and it challenged our “gourmet palette.” (Unfortunately, they have closed up shop) On of those “challenging” nights was a soup with potatoes and sausage and kale. KALE. It was tough to try, just based on looks, but it smelled GREAT and was awesome once we took a chance. Most already LOVE Zuppa Soup, because when asked on Face book and Twitter, tons of people responded that it was one of their favorites! Continue reading

LUCY BARNES: ‘A Godly Woman Walking in Indescribable Faith’


Lucy Barnes begins another round of chemotherapy treatments at Hematology Oncology Cancer Center in Starkville. (Photo by Gwen Sisson)

 

She hopes that by sharing her cancer journey, she can be a source of light and hope to someone who may be struggling.

And with a lot of encouragement from a lot of friends, family and Facebook followers, Lucy Barnes has written her story in a new book titled, “A Godly Woman Walking in Indescribable Faith.” She will have a book signing Saturday from 12-2 p.m. at Blue 22 (formerly Beef O’Brady’s) and Sunday at Second Baptist Church, where she will share her testimony during the morning worship services, beginning at 11 a.m. The book is also available at www.gillcopublishing.com.

In addition to the book signings this weekend, she will be a special guest on the Tammie Tubbs Show on WEPH at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Continue reading

#FRIDAYFOOD #HALLOWEEN -inspired food #GETSPOOKY


If you do not watch the show, you cannot come. June Williams said her sister didn’t get invited last year because she didn’t watch it so she binge-watched so she could come this year!

On the other hand, Williams’ brother-n-law said “it takes some sick individuals to come with that.” But, we are talking about crazy fans of The Walking Dead television series!

So for the Fall and mid-season premieres, the group of Winona area super-fans get together to eat and watch the shows. And TWD-themed menu is so much fun, and packed with lots of ideas for a spooky-inspired dinner just in time for Halloween. Continue reading