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Excited and nervous.

Hi Everyone,

I am sorry but I am up to my old tricks again. I forgot to write down everything again. I think I am preoccupied with a lot of things. I will tell you that Lauren seems to be doing ok. She is worried because she had to miss a chemo in order to get ready for her Therasphere procedure on Wed. She will miss another one after as well. I have heard chemo keeps working for quite some time after the treatment and in order to have the radiation treatment, it had to be this way. Thank you for your continued thoughts, prayers, and cards. They mean so much to Lauren. If anyone wishes to send Lauren a card, our address is:

3648 Mulberry St. NW

Uniontown, Ohio 44685

Thank you. I'm sure she will need some cheering up after this procedure. Some people handle it well and others get really sick. Main things that can happen are: stomach pain, exhaustion, lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting, fever. Doesn't sound like much fun, but if it kills her tumors it is so worth it. She is so tough. She will fight very hard.

It seems like a lot of our cancer friends are really sick right now. Lauren and I are both so worried about all these ladies. If you could, please pray for Kim, Sharon, and Liza. Thanks.

Lauren has been working hard at Giovanni's new house. They are getting a lot done little by little. On the days Lauren doesn't feel real well, she will go over and lay on the couch while Giovanni paints.

Last weekend, the one before Mother's Day, Lauren and Gio went to Gio's cousin's First Communion party. Lauren was sitting all day. They went to Gio's after the party. She called me and was all worried because her ankles were really swollen. It alarmed me at first because  a lot of people with Lauren's cancer get swelling in the legs, ankles, and their belly. Usually when this happens, they have to have a procedure where they drain the fluid off their stomachs, and it seems like they have to do it all the time and get really sick. She said her legs or stomach were not swollen. I said maybe her ankles were swollen from sitting all day and from eating party food. I told her to lay down and put her feet up. I also told her to drink a lot of water. It seemed to help and she hasn't had it since. So, hopefully I was right. We will ask Dr. Z about it next time we see him.

Lauren has been shopping a little here and there. We went to Wal Mart two days last week. We found some really cute maxi dresses there and bought a few for summer. They are nice to wear out to dinner with a light cardigan. Mark took Lauren shopping on his day off. They both love to just walk around and look at things. I hate to shop, so that is my nightmare. All my years working in retail really soured me on shopping.

Lauren and Gio had a fun time Friday night. Gio's Granpa invited them to dinner at Tangier, a very nice restaurant in Akron. Gio's Dad went with them too. They have a cabaret club there, and after dinner they went to see a show starring The Scintas. It is a variety show that has been put on there for years by this group. They sing, tell jokes, and do impersonations. They also do shows in Vegas. Lauren and Gio had a ball and really enjoyed the show. She said their dinner was so good. That was so nice of Gio's Grandpa to do this for them. He is such a generous man.

We are going to be doing Relay For Life on June 15th. We are very excited about this. So far, Mark, myself, Lauren, Gio, Stephanie, Ryan, and my Mom and Dad are on the team. We are very sad that Kristen and Bruce cannot participate. They are both on call that weekend.  We have had a nice donation from Mark's boss, Bruce. We invite anyone who would like to donate or join our team. If you go to Relay For Life, you can donate or join by typing in our team's name which is Wozer's Warriors. Wo or Wozer is Lauren's nickname. Please, if you donate, make sure you donate in our team's name, not just a general donation. We need all the help we can get ! All the money goes to cancer research. We think it will be a fun time and we know it will mean a lot to Lauren.

Giovanni joined a summer bowling league with some friends and they bowl on Thurs. nights. Lauren wishes so bad she could be on the team, but every other week she is gone for chemo and it wouldn't be fair to the team. So she has to settle with going to watch. I thinks she still has fun because she gets to see her friends.

Mother's Day was very nice. Kristen and Bruce had planned to come for the weekend. Kristen then found out she had to attend some training thing 7-4 on Sat. So that shot that idea. Mark and Lauren got up early and made breakfast. Bacon, eggs, hash browns, toast, blueberry pancakes, and cinnamon rolls. Wow!! It was delicious. Ryan got up about the time it was all done. I got a nice card and Amazon gift card. I was informed that this went with my birthday present which I will get on my birthday on Tuesday. Hmmmm. Wonder what it could be? Ryan had to work and Gio was with his Mom. Mark, Lauren and I went to a barbecue place for dinner. Mapquest said it was 40 miles away, but it seemed more like 400. We took Rt.44 the whole way and let me tell you it was nothing but farm country and little towns. If you know my husband, he drives like a freakin' Grandpa. Really slow. But ever since we got our Explorer, he likes the get up and go it has, and drives a little faster. The speed limits in these towns changed with the blink of an eye and you had no idea what it was. 55 to 25 45 to 35. Geez. Well, when we were going through Mantua, Mark was going about 45. He says less than that. All the sudden, we see a cop and he points at us and turns on his lights. Great, a speeding ticket for Mr. Pokey. I couldn't believe it. If anyone should get a ticket, it is me or Wo. We both drive kind of fast, but only sometimes and never in residential areas. So we get pulled over and the policeman was so nice. An older gentleman. He said he clocked Mark at 45 in a 25. Mark was super polite and didn't argue and said he was sorry. The officer went back to his car with Mark's license. He came back and asked Mark if he had kids. He asked who Lauren and I were. He said that being it was Mother's Day and all, he was not going to issue Mark a citation. I could not believe it! He just warned him to slow down. He said had he given him a ticket, it would've been bad because 20 miles over the speed limit is reckless something or other. We would have probably had a huge amount to pay. Thank you so much for nice people !! So then if Mark didn't drive pokey enough before, now he will really be slow! Haha. We got to Blazin' Bills and it was packed. It was in Troy, Ohio wherever that is. We had to wait for about an hour. We finally got seated and ordered an onion loaf for an appetizer. What came out was the hugest thing we have ever seen. A mountain of onion rings. I think we ate about 1/3 of it. We all ordered ribs for dinner. It took an hour to get our food. Good lord. The ribs, when they finally came were excellent. Mark finished his, but hardly touched any of his side dishes. Lauren and I only ate 1/2 of our dinners and brought the rest home. Guess what Mark is having tonight for dinner. The waitress was really nice and brought us all little red vevet cakes for dessert. I guess I was only supposed to get one because of Mother's Day, but since we had to wait so long, she gave all of us one.We thought we would be home by 7 or 8, but we didn't get home until after 10. What a long ordeal. Great food, fun company, and never a dull moment.

 Mark, Lauren, and I will be leaving for Michigan tomorrow afternoon. Ryan will be dogsitting. We will be going out to dinner with Bruce and Sis for my birthday. We will have to be at the hospital on Wed. before 11 and Lauren will have her procedure at 12. We are going to stay overnight on Wed. and will come back home sometime Thurs. i will let you know how everything goes. Take care, please pray for Lauren, and God bless you all. Until next time...

Love, -Pam