Wow, thank you all for all of the kind words and encouragement…it has taken me so far! Last Wednesday, with the new tumor penetrating the bone in my spine, Dr. O’Keefe recommended a Reclast infusion to help strengthen my bones. This is something given to osteoporosis patients so Dr. O’Keefe thought this may help slow down the damage to my spine. I was hesitant because it would mean another IV and potentially several undesirable side effects: muscle and joint aches, nausea, chills, headache, fatigue, and fever. However, I couldn’t go against the advice of my doctor. Other than the minor pinching from the IV, the infusion went well. But the next day, Thursday, I was hit head on with fatigue and severe sore joints like I’ve never experienced before. I felt as if I woke up 50 years older. Just the excuse I needed to stay in bed and continue my video lessons in American history. Other than a few visits with family, I spent the rest of the week in bed trying to regain my strength. I made several attempts to blog, but just couldn’t find the strength to type, let alone put my thoughts together. By Sunday, I had improved, but I was still sleeping most of the day and could barely stand up from a seated position because of the pain in my knee.