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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Glioblastoma Multiforme

The following is a post from Misha, my oldest sister, who frequently writes on my blog about her quest to lose 100 lbs. The irony is that, we calculated today that she probably lost 95 lbs since she started. However, about 30 lbs of that has been in the last few weeks. Obviously, she isn't dieting anymore, but she still loves reporting her weight loss to me :)  She is extremely thankful to have those extra pounds gone now, so she can face this battle with a healthier body. We read her the comments left here, and they always raise her spirits.

My dear friends, I have decided to post my story today. I am sorry that I was not able to speak to each of you individually first.

On 3/30 I had a seizure. After some surgeries and a lot of tests, I have been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer called a glioblastoma multiforme.

But this is what I want to tell you. This thing did not take me. I could have been driving and it could have been over right then or I could have hurt someone else.

I cannot explain to you the overwhelming sense of peace and happiness that I am experiencing everyday! It's no secret that I have already had the most amazing life and everyday is sweeter than the day before.

I fall asleep every night in the arms of a man that I fell in love with in 1977 and he is my rock. My children are my pride and joy and my parents and brother and sisters just pour love on me everyday.

My hope is that you realize that everyday is a gift, to take, to find joy, passion, another chance just to smile and be touched or touch someone.

I feel that I have a lot more tomorrows and do not want you to be sad for me. We tend to have this odd little ego trip of immortality, but the truth is we really don't know how much time we have. My secret to you is, we have today! Find your joy today!

I love you all!
Misha after brain surgery with her beloved Sugar Free popsicle
You can read all of Misha's posts HERE

Monday, April 15, 2013

Asking a Favor

UPDATE 4/27/2013: I wish I had good news to report here, but I don't. My family is going through something very unexpected, confusing and frightening. It is just to painful to share, and frankly saying or typing the words is surreal. Misha tells me to remember that the only thing that matters is those you love, and to remember to tell them that everyday. I love you Misha.

Tuesday morning Misha, my oldest sister who frequently writes here on my blog, will be undergoing brain surgery. A lot has happened over the last two weeks, all of which she is recovering from really well. But in the process they found masses in her brain that need removed and biopsied. She wants to tell you all herself, but currently she can't do that.

So I'd like to ask for your positive thoughts and prayers, and encouragement for her and her family. She always reads the comments here, even from the hospital bed. My gut says she is going to do great, no matter what they find. But still she has many daunting days ahead and your support would will mean a lot to us both. Thanks, Amber

Monday, April 1, 2013


My sister is currently in the hospital for health issues, so she won't be writing her update this month on her goal to reach 100 lbs of weight loss. Despite some scary stuff, she is going to be okay and hopefully will write all about it when she can. Her birthday is Tuesday, so if you have a moment leave a quick comment for her. I know it will cheer her up when she is able to read this and feeling better!