Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas and Recovery

Wow we are in the month of December already. Time flies indeed.

Any plan for Christmas? As for me I have decided not to put up Christmas tree this year. I just want to take it slow and reflecting on all what had happen in my life. My children so far don't mind.

As I mentioned in my last post about my surgery, I can say I am doing a lot better now. I have no more pain just slight uncomfortable feeling that probably will only be gone in years to come. I feel a lot better now though and I do not have the burning throbbing sensation anymore. I thought those sensation would never go away but it did. I am so super happy about that. I am able to drive now too and no discomfort in my armpit area and I can lift up both of my arms though I could not force it to go any higher.

About few weeks ago though suddenly I have what they call spitting stitches. Yes sound weird huh? yeah stitches suddenly pop up from the incision luckily only on the edge. I called up my surgeon office and the nurse told me I can just go ahead snipped it using nail clipper or I can come down to surgeon office and let them snipped it for me. It felt like a whiskers. Not hurt at all just feel weird something sticking out of a skin like that. I searched on the internet and some women had the same thing happen to them not just mastectomy but other kind of surgery. I guess the dissolved stitches not fully dissolves and my body spit it out. I will go see my surgeon again in January just to see how am I doing.

Anyway this is all for now until next time. You all take care and be safe where ever you are. So many bad things happen these days and I hope there will be peace in this world of ours. Treat today with kindness and treat each other with kindess and respect. God bless one and all ...

Monday, October 19, 2015

Surviving a Stage 0 Breast Cancer

Hi Readers,

Not sure how many people stumble upon my blog, and if you are one of them I would like to say thank you for stopping by. I am not that interesting kind of a person but that is okay I believe every one is unique in their own way. Every one have a story to tell, that is why we are so unique in so many ways.

It has been a long time I did not write anything in my blog due to many reasons. Besides spending times with my family I am still active doing a part-time job at clixsense. Always nice to have extra cash you never know when you might need them. 

My family is important to me. Besides spending times with my family and enjoying a short visit by my brother this past months, I also have a medical problem which I would like to share here.

About 2 months ago I was diagnosed with a stage 0 breast cancer on my right breast. It was a DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) which I did not expecting it at all, why me? I took it hard but I was soon realized that it is what it is I have to get through it no other choices. My radiologists made an appointment for me to see a surgeon. To be honest I purposely delayed my appointment by moving the date of the appointment to the following week, because I guess I am still in denial and do not want to face that I have to go through surgery to remove the cancer cell plus I am still recovering from the biopsied procedure.

I was so nervous the day I met with my surgeon and he explained what kind of cancer that I have. He said I am very lucky same as what my radiologists told me earlier, the day she told me the result of the biopsied she took, that I am very lucky to catch it early. The cancer cells were in my milk duct and he described is as a non-invasive breast cancer and the cells has not yet invade my breast tissues. I am truly lucky because it is treatable. I am so glad also there were no cells detected in my lymph nodes and no cancer cells in my left breast.

So here comes the treatment plan laid out in front of me by my surgeon. He explained what type of surgery which is consists of lumpectomy and mastectomy.  Before I went and see him the whole week I spent in searching and research and chat and talked to other women that had been through it all and majority of them chosen mastectomy and some even regretted their decision for not doing the double or bilateral mastectomy because years after their cancer came back again. I do not want to go through that again have to make another decision.

From what I learned and from what my surgeon told me decision to do double mastectomy came in very easy for me. I am at peace with that decision. He told me since that I have Stage 0 cancer and there was no sign that I  have cancer cell in my lymph nodes and the cancer cells has not yet spread to my breast tissues there will be no chemo or radiation treatment needed after the mastectomy. I was so relieved in knowing that. My decision to also remove my left breast the healthy side not easy but like I said no regret. I don't have to worry about mammograms and the possible biopsies procedure that I have to go through, none of those anymore make me happy and at peace though.

October 1, 2015 was my chosen date for the bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction surgery and now I am still recovering. My surgeon only took one lymph node on my right breast and pathology result came back good, no cancer cell and the rest of my breast tissues also came back good.

I am still sores but it is getting better each day. Second week I find it hard. I still have constant burning sensation on my chest from the surgery every time I sit down or lying down and have to take over the counter pain medicines to ease the sensation though not really help me that much. Every now and then I felt this shooting pain, itchy crawly sensation on my wound and I am glad did not last long. I read it is normal, I just hope the burning sensation will be gone soon so I can be myself again. As I was sitting and typing this I can feel the throbbing sensation not pain just burning throbbing, good thing it is bearable. I guess this is a sign I need to sign off for now till later.

Last word from me for all women out there and men too, please, please, please go and do mammograms, it will save your life if you catch breast cancer earlier. I never done mammogram in my life until my husband nag me to go and that one and first mammogram boom! I found out I have cancer, I was very blessed that it was Stage 0 and now after the bilateral mastectomy I am cancer free.

Thank you for spending time in reading this and God bless you all!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

What to write ???? Family and Work

It has been a while I did not update my blog. Well, my family and I are still alive and well. Praise God for that. My children growing up so fast. My eldest will be 15 in a few months, my middle child will be 11 soon and my youngest son my dear sweet Joseph is 9 years old. My husband and I are so blessed to have them in our life. 

Our son Joseph, who has down syndrome will be in 4th grade under special development class this August 2015. He loves school and no trouble at all in getting up every morning. He rides a special needs school bus to school every morning, which is absolutely no problem at all for him because he loves it. I always scared that he might not want to ride if I am not with him, but it was quite the opposite. The bus driver and the helper, they are so kind and so nice to him, that make me happy and I know Joseph is in a good hand every time.He had some temper tantrum at school recently even at home and we suspected that he may have autism. We will get him evaluated as soon as the appointment date is set. His health so far so good. He still on medication for his hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease) and also still on a gluten free diet. Gluten free diet is not that bad, at first kind a hard but after a while he gets used to it and I myself get used in cooking gluten free food for him.

Speaking of sport. Both my daughter and my other son playing soccer. Joseph, we have not enrolled him in any sport, but he will be enrolling for special needs Olympic this year. It is going to be fun and I know he is going to love it.

As for myself, as a stay home mom, I am still active doing some work at ClixSense a pay to click site which is more than clicking ads and surveys by the way, they offer so much more to help you earn extra cash. It has been great working at the comfort of your home, even though you did not make as much as a regular job outside the house. If anyone or if you are already a member of ClixSense and looking for a Sponsor I be happy to be your sponsor and if I see you serious and active doing all the tasks ClixSense has to offer I be happy to upgrade you to premium. You have to have a lot of patience and dedications because I be honest with you this is not a get rich quick pay to click site. You have to work for it and as you know money do not just falling from the sky. Do not be afraid the tasks or work at ClixSense not hard at all, as long as you honest with your answers when you do surveys and follow instructions when you do tasks for Crowdflower you will be fine. CrowdFlower is a crowdsourcing service, they specialize in microtasking - distributing small and discrete tasks to online contributors such as myself via Clixsense. You can pick and choose what job you want to do and no pressure at all. The payment for each job are varied. So if you are a member of ClixSense and not yet have a sponsor or are you looking for a trustworthy working online website I highly recommend Clixsense. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Do you like Asian food and sometimes scratching your head trying to find what online store that has all the Asian food that you needed? Well, look no further, I highly recommend, I highly recommed the eFoodDepot. This is where I order most of the items that I could not find in a regular Asian store where I live. There are many out there but so far this one is the best. So go and check it out at eFoodDepot

Merry Christmas from our Family to yours!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Soccer Season

It is soccer season again. My son Andrew, his team won the game today. It was their second win. It was a good game though the weather a little bit chilly. I do feel bad for the other team though because I know how it feel when you are in the losing team. Last year my son's team loses almost every game but one thing about the kids, they do not take it to heart, the main thing they have fun and enjoy the game. When I asked my son about losing he said he doesn’t really care though would be nice if they won. Sometimes we as the parents make it a big deal which there is nothing wrong for being that way.

As for my eldest, she is playing for the high school team. No winning moment yet. She will start playing for AYSO once she is done with the high school soccer season. Both of my kids doing really well in soccer considering they have no prior experience in playing soccer. This year is my son third game and second year for my daughter. She used to do gymnastic but she decided to stop. 


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Update On Joseph's Celiac's Blood Test

Joseph's blood test result finally came out and I am not sure I should be glad or disappoint about it. It is a little bit of both I guess. I want the best for him I thought I did all I should do when come to his food, trying to avoid all gluten product in his diet.I honestly thought his blood test came out with no trace of gluten. His dad spoke to his doctor and he told him that the number has gone down significantly from above 30 to 5, although I am not sure what the number really meant. Something to be glad about when come to think of it. From over 30 to 5 that is a huge changes.

I am starting a list of food I have been giving him. The nutritionist is going to take a look at it. The suspected food are french fries from Five Guys Restaurant, fries from McDonald, Doritos and Cheetos. I need to remove all of those from his diet. Even though the package says no wheat in them. Poor Joseph he loves those two chips and as for the fries I can make him home made french fries. Have to be more cautious from now on when we go out to eat. Really nothing that he is able to eat at the restaurant that we normally goes to. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Orientation Day and Going Back To School

Time flies ..... Next week my children are going to go back to school. Going back to the old routine. Waking up at five o'clock in the morning for me is tough but I am looking forward to it though. It is going to be hard on the first day because I know my children have been sleeping in a lot since the school summer holiday started. It is hard for them to open their eyes at five thirty in the morning, that is the time I start waking them up.

Today is my youngest son orientation day. He is going to ride a special needs bus again this year. He loves it too. He is going to have two new homeroom teachers, special needs and also for regular classroom. He is talking a lot during this summer holiday. His famous phrase at the moment is "fine!" when we told him to go get his glasses or go get his own cup, he will say to us "fine!" 

Last night I was on the laptop and I can hear him coming, at same time he says he want to play on the computer ( he said pay puter as playing computer ) he thought that nobody on the laptop but then he saw me on the laptop and he changes his mind and walked back to the living room, I can hear him saying "never mind", he is so funny. This is big thing for me and when he is able to express himself like that, that is a huge development. I am so proud of him just as proud of my other two children.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ride a Bike

Learning how to ride a bike.  Hmm I do not remember how long it took me to know how to ride and I don't remember when my first lesson was. I rode on both boys and girls bicycles . I got into a minor accident a couple of times on the boys bicycle. I could not control the speed because I went down the hill too fast and I crashed into some bushes. As for my daughter it took her a day to learn. She is a fast learner.

Anyway, yesterday my nine year old boy had his first lesson. He got the idea, but not quite there yet. I tell you I have no patience in teaching. He doesn't appreciate me yelling at him, poor kid. Who wants to be yelled at anyway right?  If I give him a choice, he would rather not learn. He told me he is afraid he is going to die or something. This is how much he dislikes learning and fear of getting hurt. We are going to try to get him on that bike again this afternoon if not raining. What a weird summer this year but I cannot complain more. Rain is good for the farmers and the crops.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Stir Fry Mustard Green

Stir Fry Mustard Green

One of my favourite vegetables. Some people probably doesn't like mustard green because they are bitter but for me I love the bitter taste. And good thing about this is that it is gluten free as well perfect for my son who has Celia Disease.

Ingredients :-

1  bag mustard green already cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon of salt
a pinch of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) optional
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
3 tablespoon of cooking oil
or if you want healthy side you can use olive oil

Directions :-

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add your garlic powder and onion powder in the oil until brown in color. Then you add your mustard green then you add the salt, and Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and this is optional. 

Stir them completely until the mustard green cooked. I like mine to be crispy so I leave it a little bit longer in the pan.  Make sure you do not over cooked it. Serve it with white steam rice and fried egg.

Sweet Heart Cake


8 oz custard flour
8 oz butter
8 oz sugar
4 eggs
1 oz milk
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoon nescafe

Directions :-

Beat eggs till creamy then add in custard, flour bit by bit until finish. Beat again for 20 minutes till became cream.  Add in butter, milk, baking powder, vanilla and nescafe. Bake in an oven at 350 degree F.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mobile Phones or Cell Phones

What is the best I-phones brand to buy? My mobile phone as British said it and Cell-phone as American said it is two of the same thing. What I have right now the battery seems not working as it should be and sometimes it turned itself off. The next mobile phone I want to get I am leaning towards the I-phone. I must say though I-phone that I looked at the price is beyond our budget. 

I did my searching and it said that Apple’s I-Phone 5 became the best selling smart-phone and this report was back in February 2013. It is a lot to choose from and that make the decision more harder. Need to do more digging before I decide on the next one to buy in the future. I know my 13 year old daughter wants to have an I-phone that meant we need to get hers too.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

How many of you loves to cook out? A lot I am sure especially during the summer. 

For my family if we doesn't cook out we usually either going to McDonald or Burger King to get Hamburger. We do not trust their french fries though when come to our son Joseph, it is a big possibility that cross contamination with the breading from the fried chicken nugget and possibility cooked in the same oil. Sometime I make my own french fries at home for him. For the hamburger bun I bought Udi's Gluten free hamburger bun from Publix. You can find it at the frozen ailes. You can find gluten free fries as well at your local supermarket. Some marked gluten free and some don't so you kind a look at the label every time. The brand I trust when come to frozen french fries is Ore-Ida.

For the restaurant that we trust to have a gluten free fries is Five Guys Burgers and Fries.The cross contamination that I can think of that could happen at Five Guys is with the bread, but so far Joseph is doing fine after eating their fries. Speaking of the hamburger I am not much of a burger eater but after I tried their burger I must say it is delicious and juicy and the french fries are fresh.  You really have to get there early if not when lunch time came, that place is packs.

School and Sports

In five weeks’ it is time for my children to go back to school. I am going to miss having my children at home. I know my nine year old doesn't want to go back to school. He rather be at home playing on his I-pod, Nintendo and playing his X-box games. 

My son Joseph on the other hand loves to ride a bus to school :) He is going to be in second grade under special educations standard. I am looking forward to see his new progress. As for my daughter, I cannot believe she is going to be in eighth grade this year and my other son is going to be in fourth grade. My children have grown a lot. 

School time means time to do school supply shopping. When time to shop for school supply we always looking for a good deal place to shop and always good to start shopping early. 

Speaking of sports both my daughter and my son decided to do soccer this year. We have not decide yet on what we going to enrolled our son Joseph in. At the same time NCAA Football season is going to start soon too and followed by NFL Football. Have you heard of NFL Football Fantasy. Good place to get the latest news and headliners and many more. 

When I first came to the United States of America I have no interest in watching football. Took me few years then I started to watch not until I found out how the games is played. I must say it is a gut wrenching when you see your favorite team doesn't play well. My favorite College Football team is Alabama Crimson Tide ( Roll Tide ).  And as for the NFL Football Team gosh I have quite a few. I love the New England Patriots, Baltimore Raven, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins. Too bad did not get to see Robert Griffin III playing more at the last season. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pictures taken using Canon PowerShot A640 - Our Visit to the Zoo 2013

Mini Vacation - Zoo

Well readers, my family and I just got back from a short trip to the zoo. Spent a night at the hotel, my son Andrew loves staying at the hotel even if it was only for a night. We had a great time though my son Joseph is not much into walking around so we had to rent a stroller. Glad the zoo had one big enough for him. The weather was okay, not that hot compared to the last time we went.

Camel Riding

Joseph the Lion

Andrew the other Lion

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Clash of the Clans Game and Other Games

Okay there is one game called Clash of the Clans. My kids playing this game and they got me interested. Now I want to play this game on facebook and found out that we cannot play this game on facebook. From what I understand we only able to play it on I-pad and I-Pod. We have I-pad and I-pods at home but I never get my hand on them cause they are my kids toys LOL so I have to stick to my own game that I am playing on Facebook that is Chefville. 

I used to play another Zynga's game called Farmville but the game got out of hand in my opinion. Too many stuffs and goals and now I heard a lot of new farms added which sounds tempting to go back. The last time I went back to my Farmville loading is insanely slow it got a lot worst. So no going back in playing Farmville for me. I am playing Chefville now though not as much anymore I am going to my Chefville game most of the time to help in accepting request from my Chefville neighbours and do simple tasks. I am so behind on the goals. 

I tell you those game on Facebook they are addictive but yet fun. I tried Candy Crush and few others but that did not last long for me. When I am stuck at certain level that really turned me off and I ended up blocking the game. So only Chefville game left for me.

If you are a Facebook game addict always remember your real life and your family have to come first. Remember now your dishes and your laundry are not going to do itself ..... and kids need to be fed .... :D

Saturday, July 20, 2013

CUP SONG LYRICS - Anna Kenrick

I've got my ticket for the long way 'round
Two bottle whiskey for the way
And I sure would like some sweet company
And I'm leaving tomorrow. What d'you say?

When I'm gone, when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me by my hair
You're gonna miss me everywhere, oh
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

When I'm gone, when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me by my walk
You're gonna miss me by my talk, oh
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

I've got my ticket for the long way 'round
The one with the prettiest of views
It's got mountains, it's got rivers
It's got sights to give you shivers
But it sure would be prettier with you

When I'm gone, when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me by my hair
You're gonna miss me everywhere, oh
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

WaxVac - Gentle and Effective Ear Cleaner

I don't feel like sleeping tonight already 1:19am I am still up. But it is okay tomorrow is Saturday. I thought I want to tell you about the Wax Vac the Gentle and Effective Ear Cleaner as seen on TV. Well, I bought one of this from Publishers Clearing House and I must say it is really working in sucking water from your ear. 

For ear wax not so much unless if you have dry and loose ear wax. I am yet seeing it sucking the ear wax though so I am not really sure if it is working or not but when come to water yes. When I first got it I did a testing on how it suck the water and it is really working. It is good to have around especially when you and your kids like swimming. Water tend to get inside the ears a lot so this is good gadget to use to get the water out. You can use it after shower too just to get rid some of the water that trapped in your ear if you do not feel like wiping it with a towel. 

Forget about using the Q-tip, it can irritate your ear and sometimes the cotton part tend to get stuck in your ear if you are not careful.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Unwelcome Feeling

I am sure many of you experiencing not welcome in any situation. It feels like you just want to hide under your shell or your pillow or under the bed you feel very small. The worst feeling in the world when someone accused you of something that you do not mean in doing and no intention in doing. My children is my happy place especially my son Joseph, he is my special happy place every time I feel unhappy, he manage to bring back happiness in me. Though he was born with down syndrome he knows when mommy is sad. When I look at him all my troubles went away. Anyway no use in feeling sorry for myself.

Last night he took a bite of pizza that her sister left on the table and as I mentioned before that he cannot eat anything that has gluten in it. Luckily his dad caught him and took it away and told him to spit it out and oh my he got mad. When he is mad he tend to hit himself on the head. Poor baby I wish I can carry what he has.

Stir Fry Cabbage

Ingredients :-

Sliced cabbage 
Salt ( to your liking )
Pepper ( to your liking )
Garlic Powder ( to your liking )
Onion Powder ( to your liking )
Vegetable Oil ( at least 1 tablespoon depend on the amount of your sliced cabbage )
Chicken meat ( sliced ) if you like to add meat


I usually eye ball the measurement on my sliced cabbage. 
Heat the vegetable oil in a pan. At least 1 tablespoon. Once heat sprinkle your onion and garlic powder in the pan.Stir until golden brown. Make sure not to burn them because they brown pretty fast. After that you put your sliced cabbage in and stir really well. Then you add salt and pepper and if you like monosodium glutamate ( MSG ) you can put that too but not too much just a pinch goes a long way. Stir fry to your liking. I like to have mine solf so easy for my son to chew and I usually served it with white steamed rice. You also can add already cooked pieces of white meat in the mix.  Enjoy and Happy Cooking!