A Day at the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden - Dallas Arboretum

Saturday, November 16, 2013

 This has to be the coolest family attraction in the Dallas area.  For more information, you can visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/children/galleries.

First Family Vacation - San Diego

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

We went on our very first family vacation to attend uncle Jason's wedding in San Diego.  While there, we decided to visit Disneyland since Anaheim is only about 2 hour drive from San Diego.  [Photos at Disneyland will be posted in part II].  It was a fun filled weekend with lots of precious memories. Surprisingly, the kids were very well behaved on our flights.  Unfortunately, the daily tantrums were unavoidable.  But overall, we had a wonderful time and the kids still talk about the trip after 3 months. Can't wait to go on our next family vacation.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ethan & Sophie Brooke are showing more interest in legos as they get older.  For those with kids, you know how difficult it is to keep all the pieces together for any toys, especially legos.  Currently, we keep the legos in their original box until I find the perfect solution to store and organize them.

Diaper Cake for Baby Greyson

I made this diaper cake for a friend's baby shower.  I'm such a procrastinator!  I started going shopping for supplies 2 days before the baby shower without any clue what I wanted to do.  Desperate....I just grabbed anything that looked cute.  I borrowed a friend's cricut and started working on it the night before the baby shower.  I guess it didn't turn out too bad. :-)  It took longer than expected b/c I spent too much time playing with the cricut.  It's on my wish list!  Can't wait to get the cricut one day.  

My Cancer Journey

Thursday, June 13, 2013

 Photos courtesy of Alyssa Maisano Photography

First of all I would like to give thanks to my family and friends.  Special thanks to my husband, parents and sisters for all their help with the kids while I was away for treatments.  Without their support, I would not have had the will or strength to fight. 

My name is Tammy Lee and in 2011 I was told those fateful words: “you have cancer”.  That was only about 6 months after I had my daughter and my son was 1.5 year old.  Few other diagnosis strike fear into our hearts as thoroughly as a cancer diagnosis.  I was diagnosed with Choriocarcinoma, a rare form of Gestational Trophoblastic Disease.  I underwent a surgery called D&C and received a few months of chemotherapy.  Surprisingly, neither surgery or cancer scared me.  But I was scared for my kids not having their mother.  I was cancer-free in May of 2011.

About a year later in August of 2012, I was devastated when I found out my cancer relapsed and I had to go through it all over again.  My whole life changed from there.  Chemotherapy was more aggressive this time and required hospitalization 3 days per week with countless days of recovery in bed.  It was very difficult to cope because I had to be away from my kids most days.  It was not easy holding down my tears each week when I had to drive myself to the hospital and spend a few days there without Jae and the kids.  I told myself again to fight, because I wanted to see my kids grow up. I have strength in my heart and spirit that I never knew I possessed. My kids gave me the strength to go on.  I want to be the one to brush their teeth, read to them, snuggle with them, and remind them how much I love them and how completely special and unique they are despite their imperfections. And going through cancer with people cheering me on and responding with love and compassion always gave me a boost.  

This has been a tough few years for us.  It has been a rollercoaster of emotions and thoughts that will never be forgotten.  Nothing about cancer is easy, and raising children while battling it is particularly not easy. My kids have been aware that I’ve been sick but we are fortunate enough that they are too young to comprehend the magnitude.  Some days, I find myself driving my kids around and just shedding tears, trying to hide them from my kids because they’ve seen their mommy cry way too much. Even if they are small enough to not remember the treatment, they could tell mommy was really sick. When we tell them mommy has to go to the hospital, they understood. 

Cancer has touched my life in many ways. Being diagnosed and going through this traumatic change in life has made me prioritize my life and concentrate on my family, health, and helping others.  Throughout all the treatment and pain, my husband and I would take our kids to the playground.  Took them to birthday parties and playdates.  I wanted my kids to have a normal life despite my situation.  Just the little things in life meant so much. I love watching my children grow and learn.  They are my life.  

I must admit having cancer is one of the most frightening experiences people can go through. The hair loss which often results from treatment, while temporary, is a real fear. Watching helplessly as your hair falls into your hands each day can be a devastating and depressing experience.  It can be painful to look in the mirror and see someone you're not. The baldness is a constant reminder of the disease, so it can be a real hurdle to overcome. At first after shaving my head, I was very conscious.  When in public, I always wondered if people were staring.  Each day I would put on my hat, gather my inner strength, and go forth with the day.  I think it's important to remain positive and keep in mind that hair loss is not your fault and it's only temporary.  It just exemplifies the fact that you will never be the same person that you were before you were told you had cancer.  Spend your energy fighting the disease and staying healthy. The hair will take care of itself.

I'm currently being treated at MD Anderson.  I was transferred from Baylor a few weeks ago.  After weeks of very uncomfortable scans, MRI and tests, the experts at MD Anderson concluded that I may have another type of Trophoblastic Disease.  Surgery is scheduled for next week.  This may only be a crabshoot but it's worth a shot.  If surgery doesn't get rid of it, I will be sent to Boston to see the world's expert in treating this type of cancer.  That means back on chemo again.  {really dreading that}  Fingers crossed that surgery will take care of it.

Friends often ask how I'm able to stay positive through all this.  I realize that moping will not change anything so might as well make the best of each day.  

Weekend Getaway

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hubby and I got to sneak away to newport and laguna beach for the weekend to attend a friend's wedding.  I can't remember the last time we traveled anywhere together...maybe 6 years ago.  The weekend went by too fast.  We stayed with a friend so we didn't get to spend enough alone quality time with each other.  But we got to see old friends and attended a yacht wedding with the most amazing view so we can't complain.  We went to the montage resort in laguna beach for mother's day brunch.  It's a beautiful hotel by the beach.

I admit I missed the kids like crazy...constantly texting my sister to check on them and looking at their photos on my phone.  Jae and I are looking forward to traveling with the kids in July to San Diego.  It will be our first trip together as a family.  I'm super excited just thinking how much fun we'll have as a family.

I apologize for the poor quality of these photos.  I didn't want to lug my dslr around so i took these photos with my point & shoot camera.

Diaper Cake for Baby Brennan

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I made this diaper cake (inspired by Pinterest) for a friend's baby shower.  It was a hectic couple of weeks before the baby shower so I had no time to go to the craft store until the night before the baby shower.  I was pretty stressed out and stayed up until 3AM to work on this.  I was quite happy and relieved that it turned out as expected.  Thanks to my friend, Kity, for lending her Cricut and staying up late to help.

Family is Everything

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Photos courtesy of our friend, Anna

Dear friends...

I hope you are having a wonderful day.  I am writing from my hospital bed as I am currently undergoing in-patient chemotherapy.  I have been a follower of the blogging world for a little over a year now.  I have been very inspired by other bloggers to start my own blog but did not take the plunge until now due to my crazy hectic life as a working mom, wife and cancer patient.  

Please meet the FAMILY! They are my EVERYTHING and the only thing that keeps me going.

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