My name is Lisa. I am 37 years old and living in Indiana, United States. I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia) early in 2013. I am in remission, but undergoing maintenance therapy. 2013 was a year of warrior training. I went through so much. Cancer is awful, and even though I know I had it easy compared to most other cancer patients, I would not wish it upon my worst enemy. My cancer wreaked havoc on my whole body, inside and out. I felt so sick. My teeth hurt, my body bruised by a simple touch, my stomach and digestive system acted like I had a stomach bug. I had the heaviest period of my life (gross!). Going through treatment wasn't easier...chemotherapy can make you very sick, and the pills (all the meds) can cause other issues. I had my gallbladder removed, I came down with C-diff, I was always tired, I lost my taste buds and lost tons of weight. After I started to feel better, I gained all my weight back plus an additional 25 pounds! Now I'm dealing with obesity and trying to get my body healthy. Your muscles atrophy and disappear. I had to go to physical therapy for 6 weeks to get my strength back. My mind is a bit shot. I forget things, get lost easier, and ask people the same question over and over. I'm hoping keeping my blogs will help my mind.
Other than the cancer stuff, I am a substitute teacher and special education paraprofessional. I am also a Realtor---two things I love doing but they are both very stressful. I haven't gone back to work yet...but hopefully I will return part time very soon. I need to get over my viral infection first and amp up my immune system.
I have too many hobbies, I'm kinda a psychopath in this way. I love to bake. I mean really bake, not use box mixes and grow my own yeast kinda bake. I just ordered a gnocchi board with the giftcard my boyfriend gave me for Christmas. I can't wait to make homemade gnocchi!!
I also love crafts of any sort. I knit, sew, crochet, paint, draw, and design. I have a weird sense of style, I try to dress classic preppy, but other stuff gets mixed in. I have no concept of my age. I don't feel 37, and I definitely don't look it.
My mom and dad raised me in a conservative manner. My mother taught me to sew and always told me I could do anything I wanted. I believed her and still do. I try new stuff all the time...sometimes I love it and immerse my life in it and other times I don't. But, I always try something that peaks my interest.
I was a vegetarian for 11 years-- when I was 18-29. I don't know why I continued to eat meat when I started up again, and sometimes I feel guilty when I eat meat, but I still love veggie pizza and don't need to have meat in a meal. I do love liver sausage, bologna, ham, and shrimp, though, more than I ever thought I could.
I don't have any children. My boyfriend and I have been together for eight (I think) years. I just moved in with him a couple months before the cancer. I have a dog, his name is Frank. He is from a local shelter, and they estimated his age around 2 years when I got him. I have had him 3 years this past thanksgiving (we call it Franksgiving). He is pug/beagle/mix and hates strangers. He really hates strangers. He tolerates my niece, who is almost 2. She is a ray of sunshine and I love seeing her. She rarely calls me Aunt Lisa...mostly its Leesssaaaaahh!!
Family is everything to me.