Updates from Nay {5/20/16}

Hi everyone. I'm Megan from Absolute Mommy, and Nay has asked me to update her blog today. I'm hoping going forward I'll be able to post updates on Nay and share lots of information with you. Nay is the type of person who is in the throws of life, in the real eye of the storm, but still wants to make sure that you all in blog-land know that she is thinking about you. That Nay, she's a stand up gal!

I've known Nay for five years. We met in blog-land and she has been the kindest, sweetest, most loving friend in my life. She is always the biggest cheerleader, no matter who you are or what you are doing. She is raw and real, and one of the bravest people I know. Bravery is what is going to get her through this new journey.

Today Nay sent me a text and wanted me to tell all of you that she hasn't abandoned you. That she is "fighting the fight". The fight being AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She wants you all to know that she started chemo a week ago today, and today is the last day of that seven day round. Nay says that treatment has had it's ups and downs, but her body has really been giving her a run for her money. She says that she has thrown up and been nauseous, running fevers (101-102) pretty much everyday, and that she's not eating much due to a swollen mouth. Jello and thin smoothies are what she's been enjoying these days.

Wednesday night Nay was transferred to City of Hope Hospital. City of Hope is a research hospital specializing in cancer. When I asked her how she felt about it, she said, "I feel awesome about it". She is now receiving specialized care and according to her text yesterday, they played Motown Hits for an hour yesterday. Her room opens up to the Nurse's station, and they play music for an hour a day to encourage the patients. Which is perfect since Nay loves music. Yesterday it was some Gladys Knight and the Pips. Nay will be at City of Hope until she is through her treatment with is roughly another thirty days or so.

Today, Nay cut her hair in preparation for losing it. This spoke volumes in Nay's ability to focus on what she can control, for now. She sent me a picture with the hashtag #chemohairdontcare. Classic Nay, still I cried, and I'm sure she did too.
Since her diagnosis last week, I've been racking my brain trying to find ways to help Nay and her family. What can I do so many miles away? That's the hardest part about meeting your tribe online and not in your own neighborhood. Today she asked me to write for her, and I hope I've done her voice justice. You dear readers, can help her too. You can tag her on Instagram with encouragement or funny memes, find her at @coffee-n-ink. You can post to her Coffee-N-Ink Facebook wall. Even better you can click the Go Fund Me link and help with every day expenses. Nay and her family would appreciate it.

Here is the last part of the text from Nay today. She is wearing her brave like a superhero cape. Still, she has words to encourage us all, to reassure us that she is okay. Thanks Nay.

"All in all though, I'm feeling well. 
I'm learning to live this new phase of my life as best I can. 
Yes, I still cry when I think about having cancer .
but I know this isn't my forever".

Dear Nay, 
We hear you. We pray for you. We love you. 
Your Friends in Blog-land.


Whatcha been up to, Nay? (Three Things Thursday)

A major goal this year is to engage this wonderful blogging community consistently. What better way than to link up with blog friends! 

Together, the three of us came up with Three Things Thursday.

 Just three things to talk or write about. Five seemed like too many and "one thing" was like we weren't even trying! So any three things that are on your mind. Any three pictures from Instagram. Three complaints about your day/week. Three of your favorite treats. Seriously. Any three things!  So write it. Publish it. Yell it from the mountain tops! 

Just be sure you come back and link it up here! For some extra fun follow us on Instagram for some three things posts! 

Use the #threethingsthursday, and let's start talking!
Absolute Mommy

Well, after yesterday's post, you definitely know what's been up with me lately :)  But, oh lovey!  There is so much more!

 I am thrilled to say that I have completed my first online college session!  Whoop Whoop!  I am definitely patting myself on the back for this one.  In a short 7 weeks, I've completed two classes towards my degree in Liberal Studies.  Oh yeah, didn't tell you that, huh?  That's my major.  Once that's done (two years), I'll start my Master's in Fine Arts and BAM! I'll be done.  Online college is way more time-consuming than I thought it would be, but definitely worth it so I can go at my own pace and finish up these classes fast.  I have a two-week break and then I start off my Summer term.  Go, Nay!

Speaking of two weeks off!  Those two weeks off start right now.  It's going to be awesome because I get to start it off with a Mother's Day weekend and then ELEVATE!  I know I've said this before, but other than my birthday, ELEVATE is my absolute favorite time of the year.  It's the day totally devoted to all things blogging, networking, bonding, eating, and loving on friends that I only get to see once a year.  I'm most excited to see my tribe, the original #elevatehomies of course, but there are so many new women that I'll get to see.
Warning to all the newbies at ELEVATE this year, I'm a hugger.  Or as Megan and Kristine like to joke, I'll smush ya....and you'll like it.  LOL


 In between all this celebrating and ELEVATing, I'll be doing my other favorite pastime:  READING!  I will finally have some time to read up on my TBR list.  It's only a list of three right now (ha!) but hey, it's a list.  Any suggestions on what to read for the next two weeks?  Holla at me!