The Fight

The Fight

May 2015

We’re in one heck of a fight, yeah you got that right.
With the ring of a bell, headed into what some call our personal Hell.
It’s routine now, chemo, sleep, repeat.
How many rounds is this?
Good question, we count birthdays and chocolate bars around here.

This year it started in November, as far as I can remember.
A break from chemo, but hardly a break from the fight.
Our regular cocktails weren’t giving a good enough buzz
Shhh, not that kind of cocktail-no need to call the fuzz.

December rolled around,
We did our best to deck the halls.
Surgery with the doc, coming up on number two.
Jimmy made himself known, said ‘doc sir, you get this right.’
I guess a liver’s pretty important; at least that’s what they said.
According to Jimmy, not as important as his little Lizzie, ‘she is my wife’.
Huntsman became our hang-out, and despite all the casseroles- we ordered plenty of take-out.

 

Lizzie was brave, obeying the doc’s orders.

In a room without her family, but not completely alone.
No anesthesia today, although there was hardly a hooray.
She held her breath, swallowed her fear, and let the chemo beads roam.
The doc’s hands were steady, everything was ready.
A surgery more precise than any before, one bead placed, two beads, and more.
Her family waited two sets of heavy doors away, heavenly angels held her hands.
“Be brave,” they whispered, “stay strong. God understands.”

One successful surgery later, we’re not sure who was more relieved-Jimmy or the doc.
Cancer and vertigo ruled our party, making most driving licenses invalid.
Chauffer Lindsey and the Subie to the rescue.
Who thought of buying the clutch anyway, those U of U hills are madness.
Back home to Kamas, casseroles and chicken noodle soup waiting.
Two cute little kiddos, grandma’s home soon to be invading.
Cheers to a Christmas, and a New Year too.
The doc said no more chemo, rest your tired head and renew.

January and February rolled right along.
Like the rest of the world, our days got busy.
Two degrees to pursue, one to finish.
Two little boys to raise, and crime to diminish.
A classroom of kids to teach, for everyone has to learn math.
And boy did the cancer grow back fast.

March came with a bang, but Lizzie was still under the weather.
The toughest trooper we know, but could this be her time to go?
A trip to Huntsman’s acute care clinic, fighting cancer can have its perks.
A cancer scan, emergency day-after chemo, and no more teaching math.
Not the way we wanted it to go, but only God sees our path.

It’s now the end of May and we’ve been plugging away.
Lizzie’s strength is back, her cocktail as strong as ever.
She’s getting closer to being out from under the weather.
As far as we know, everything so far so good.
We appreciate the love, and from me personally, the five-star food.
Your creamy soups sure know how to change a person’s mood.

We’ve got a scan coming up, we’re nervous-duh.
But we’ve got a little something more on our side.
No matter how long we do this, 3 years has been the ride,
We testify God lives and loves us enough to send his son to die.
Cancer’s scary-it’s a bully, it’s a threat.
But it’s also lessons to be learned and people to be met.
It’s forgiveness, and love, and growing up real fast.
It’s looking to the future instead of being so tied to the past.

We don’t have the answers, so there’s no point in the questions.
How ‘bout a hug, a smile, or maybe a joke?
If we talk about cancer anymore, we may have to choke.
God has the answers, this is his game.
Please, we don’t want to be thrown into fame.
We just want to live, to love, and to learn.
For simplicity, normality, and the shadows we yearn.

We’ve been ever blessed, we could never say thank you enough.
You all need to remember, at the end of the day Lizzie is still tough.
We’ll keep our cocktails for now, and we’ll pray for a trial.
Not the kind we have now, but a clinical, please no denial.

 

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When all is still and quiet, When there’s hardly any light, I lay with the comfort of my friend, the keeper of the night.
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This is a post about relying on faith when job-hunting, and is hopefully relatable to recent college graduates.
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Gluten Free Poppy Seed Chicken

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  • 2 Chicken Breasts (cooked and pulled)
  • 1 Cup Of Cooked Rice
  • 2 cups of milk/water in a small sauce pan
  • ½ cup of Shirley J Cream Soup & Sauce Mix (or a half a cup of any cream based sauce mix you prefer to make)
  • ½ tblspn of poppyseeds
  • ¼ cup of grated cheese
  • Pinch of onion powder
  • Gluten free bread crumbs
  • 1 tspn of gluten free chicken granule
  *I cooked my chicken in a crock pot previously and shredded it. If you’re short on time you could use cubed or canned chicken.*  
  1. Combine your cream based sauce, chicken granule, poppy seeds, and onion powder in a small sauce pan and bring it to a low boil.
 
  1. Serve over cooked rice and sprinkle cheese and bread crumbs above before eating.
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Gluten Free Almond Flour Banana Bread (Easy Guide)

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Here's my latest recipe for easy gluten free banana bread using almond flour.

  • Ingredients:

    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 1 1/2 - 2 mashed ripe bananas
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
    • generous helping of chocolate chips
    • 1 tbls of butter or butter replacement
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 2 small bread pans or 1 large bread pan
    • coconut oil
    • 1/8 cup oats (optional)- if you do add oats, be sure to add at least 2 ripe bananas so the texture of the bread isn't dry
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  • Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350* F
  • Coat your pans with a generous amount of coconut oil (I like to spread it on with a paper towel so it's even)
  • Combine almond flour, (optional) oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt in a bowl
  • Add the lemon juice, vanilla and egg and stir
  • After mashing bananas in a separate bowl, stir those in as well
  • The final touch is adding as many chocolate chips as you like (I go for the generous side of things)
  • Pour batter into one large bread pan, or split evenly between the two small (batter should be 1/2-3/4 the way up the smaller bread pans. If using a larger bread pan spread it more thinly so the inside can cook as well.)
  • Bake at 350* F for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the middle of the loaf and removed cleanly. Cooking time may be shorter if you use multiple smaller bread pans.
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