Natalia's journey

In reality our entire family news will be shared through this blog as our baby grows and as we fight cancer.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and that you are looking up to 2008!

I know I am excited about this New Year -- things have been getting better and better for me throughout 2007 and I intend to keep it that way :)

Sorry for being absent for so long... we've been back from Belize for almost a month now and it's been just difficult to write about the trip though it's been a good one. It's very tough to see your loved ones deteriorate and I've been thinking how hard it's been on Raymond to see me struggle with cancer and now see his mom going though memory loss. Sometimes, the focus on the sick person is so strong that others impacted remain in the shadow -- so I am trying to give Raymond attention and love he so much deserves. And thanks to everyone who sent suggestions/info on preventative care for Alzheimer's -- we took lots of vitamins, puzzles and games for our mom and hope this will slow down the memory loss process. Visiting both families has been very important yet very tiring for us -- I think we are done traveling for a while. Thus, so we really enjoyed relaxing and resting at home for both Christmas and New Year.

For Andryusha being in Belize was good too - he mingled with the kids there - he effortlessly picked up some Spanish and made great friends with his cousins. For me, this was the time to slow down and meditate about life... I think I have come to terms with cancer -- if we must die out of something, I prefer to die from cancer than say, Alzheimer's or dementia. OK, I don't want to sound depressed but I've been having ups and downs... even more down when my fellow warriors are down... like Shannon and Jesse ... and their SIX children! I can't accept the unfair fact but keep on praying for the peace and comfort for the entire family. Please say a prayer for them too!

My scans are coming up in the next month and while I am convinced that I am still clean I still appreciate your prayers -- they truly help me with anxiety before the scans. I certainly can't wait to switch to scans/checkup every six months - hopefully, this will be the case after this set of scans.

Oh, and about the pictures -- from both Belize and Moldova -- I am sad to say we lost them! Our big nice SLR camera broke down right before the trip to Moldova so we've used the cheap point and shoot camera and after I transferred pics to CD and erased the pics from the memory card I found out that the CDs got corrupted... I am so heart broken :( but will try to post some general Belize pics later - it's beautiful!


  • At 1:30 PM, Anonymous samandar said…

    Thanks for the update dear Natalia. I agree, we need prayers every day just like our body needs vitamins every day :-)

    Your story about the pictures in Belize reminds me of my trip to Ecuador in 1997. I was using a disposable camera at that time and was so proud to have hiked a 5,000 meter volcano and I have taken pictures. Later on during the trip, the camera got stolen and it was a lesson of humility from the Almighty! At the end I was content with some postcards and wonderful memories with the people and the sights.

    Our love and greetings to your family from ours ... Mioara, Anisa, Alma & Samandar

  • At 7:49 PM, Blogger Duane said…

    Happy New Year, Natalia, and also happy belated birthday!

    Wishing you and your family the best, healthiest year yet!!!!

  • At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Natalie and Raymond,

    Aloha from Hawai'i.
    I can fully relate to Raymond's concern over his dear mom's memory loss. My father has dementia and earlier this month, my sister and mother had him placed in a care home near their home in Mexico. The care in Mexico where they are at seems to be better than the US and far cheaper (thousands of dollars less each month).

    Linda and I hope to travel that way in May to visit family, hopefully with all of our children and grandchildren. Inshallah.

    We keep you in our prayers and thoughts. Much love, Chris & Linda

  • At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I'm so blind! I just now saw the link to your site on your HL board siggy. I hadn't realized how much you and your husband have traveled. All your pictures are beautiful. I'm a big world traveler, too. My 22-month-old son has been to four continents already!

    Thanks for your response to my post today. I'm glad you're doing well. Janet (Quetzal1)


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