The good and bad kept me away

Hi everyone!!! I had no idea it has been 3 weeks since I have been here! I took a LONNNGGG break. There are of course MANY reasons while i have been away, but the main was I needed a break.

With everything that has happened so far this year, I wanted to unplug. There was also SO many things I wanted to do at home, with Andrew, and with myself, that the blog fell to the wayside.


We had a furry visitor who was dropped on my hands in the middle of the night by our cat May May


My dad came over that morning and we released him outside. He was much cuter outside!



I also have gone back to work full time. It has been a rough transition, since I am still getting my strength back. But on a positive note, I am SOOOOOO happy to be back. I have missed all my coworkers and the babies so much. ❤ NICU


I also had this amazing “friend” visit outside the window at work


On a not so happy note, I was in a car accident last week.


Luckily, everyone was ok . But the person who hit me who’s fault it was, does not have insurance, so I have to pay for some of it 😦


I also had another doctors visit while I was away. I did need to be put under, but no incisions and I was able to go home that day.


It all went great and I am just now being followed 🙂


Andrew and I are finally back at the pool~


this is him going down the FAST slide! There is just something about being out in the sun that makes me happy


I know there has been so much going on, I am sure I forgot some things on here, but I promise amanda I will be around more now!

Question for you:

What is something big (or not so big) that is going on for you the past few weeks?


Doc update: Post Kidney Cancer Surgery

Hi everyone! sorry I have been all over the place. I mean to blog everyday, but lately I have been trying other projects around the house. Pinterest is the devil when you are home and can’t do much. But this shows how I lose all my energy. I went to Target and the dollar store, was gone about an hour for organization supplies. I was exhausted the rest of the day! haha

Anyway, about the doctor. This past Tuesday I had an appointment with my surgeon. love him.

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He spent another 45 minutes with my mom and I answering questions.

looonnng list of questions
looonnng list of questions

He never made us feel like he was in a hurry, or that he didn’t want to be there (unlike a lot of docs) It was a great visit, with lots of good info!

  • Surgery went really well. Got the tumor out in one piece WAHOO
  • Other parts of my kidney were cancer free! WAHOO
  • Type of cancer I have is EXTREMELY rare in 20 year olds (almost unheard of)
  • My stage was 1Ta, which is the best you can have. WAHOO
  • Reoccurrence rate at 5 years is 5% for me WAHOO
  • I can lift over 10 lbs now!

Obviously, I knew a lot of these things after surgery a month ago, but the reoccurrence was new to me. I will get a CT scan in July to check my lungs and kidney again, and then depending on that, more scans in the future. Eventually, they should be every other year.

The one thing that bothered me was there wasn’t too much support for kidney cancer or renal cell carcinoma. I asked if they had races or organizations here in St Louis, and my doctor said not that he knew of 😦

My mom thinks I should start a race……

Well, I just wanted to give an update from my appointment, and hopefully my blog will be less medical here in the coming weeks haha. Here’s too a fast and smooth recovery 🙂


Question for you:

Have you ever raced for a cause?

-I also do the March of Dimes walk/run that raises money for premature babies. This year it is the day after my brothers wedding, so I’m not sure if I will be there


Cure for today, a walk

Today was a rollercoaster.

Good: New pancake recipe

Bad: meeting at 10am

Good: Subway while eating at Suson Park


Andrew needed to get out of the car haha. And he had a blast there

Bad: running errands before 1pm doctors appointment, my car looked like a bomb went off

Good: Around this liscense plate, it said “Happiness is being Irish” (and I was stopped at a light, NOT driving)

Double Bad: why are we going to the doctor? Well Andrew is still not feeling well. And the antibiotics (from the last visit!!) were finished today.Well there is still fluid on his ear. So we are now on a different antibiotic, and we get to go visit the nice people at the ENT office and the allergist office. Isn’t that nice……..

Good: I headed to the gym. Andrew was going to hang out w/ his dad. It was exactly what I needed. I had a few tears this morning

Well then it was all good after that. It ended w/ taking a walk with Andrew.

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Who has a walking to stick to walk around the city haha

But he is so cute and pretty much just uses it as a sword/gun/other toy haha

We stayed out till the moon came out!


Question for you:

What was something that happened to you that was Good or Bad?


Andrew and I are going out of town, and I was wondering if anyone wanted to do a guest post.

 I would love it if you do, otherwise I will have some recipes to share, and other odds and ends 🙂