30, Pregnant and Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Welcome to the Oesch Family Blog. This blog will allow you to follow along as our family grows, we tackle my breast cancer and live life to its fullest.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Emma's Personality continues to Shine Through

Here are some other photos of Emma over the last week.
getting better and better with her sippie cup


she loved this game...Cheers!

Go Mizzou...watching the Bowl Game

looking at the first snow of the season

hanging out in my cute new outfit

Emma's Nursery Gets a Splash of Color!

While Mumsy was in for Christmas, she helped add a splash of pink to Emma's nursery to celebrate turning one years old. Before I was pregnant I fell in love with the Pottery Barn Little Lambie nursery. And I love the fact that it was neutral with whites, off-whites, khakis and brown.

Now, since our little angel is turning one we spiced it up a bit. The tree is budding with little hand made roses for Emma Rose, and we have added splashes of pink throughout her room.

Thanks, Mumsy!
just getting started

halfway there

the tree is ready for Spring!

Emma loving on her lambie

Emma's First Christmas

We had so much fun with Emma on her first Christmas. We continued many traditions that we had blended from each of our families.
  • Kicked off the holiday with Christmas Eve service
  • Had a big Christmas Eve dinner
  • We changed into our Christmas pajamas
  • We set out cookies and milk for Santa
  • We set out a carrot and water for the reindeer
  • We read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • We woke up to check the cookies, carrots and presents under the tree and stockings
  • We stayed in our pajamas Christmas morning
  • Rett smoked a turkey for Christmas dinner
Emma enjoyed the tissue paper and bows the most. Next year she will have a better understanding of what is actually happening and probably tear into the wrapping paper more.

one lucky girl!

"if I go to sleep early, will Santa come early?"

in pajamas ready for Santa to come

Santa's chocolate chip cookies

reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Santa was hungry

and so were the reindeer

waking up Christmas morning

our best present ever...Emma!

activity table!

toy chest!

Merry Christmas from us to you!

Ringing a Bell Never Felt So Good!

Tuesday, December 20th is a day that I will never forget! It was my last chemo treatment ever. After 16 months of chemotherapy this day was an emotional day for me, my family and friends and the nurses that I have become so close with. Thank you to everyone for all of the support you have provided me this year and half...it will never be forgotten. And with modern technology of Skype, my mom and grandparents were able to "be there" with me at the end!

Here's how we celebrated the finish line!

Sporting the Team Jenna shirt

last treatment finished

Mary was one of my nurses throughout

so happy to begin to look past breast cancer

ringing the bell to signify the end of treatments!

Kris was my very first nurse and we grew very close

thanks for donating over 15 pairs of shoes for others to reach their finish line
The toughest part of my journey is complete. Chemo done. Surgery done. Radiation done.

Now onto the important proactive stuff. I still have a daily pill, Tamoxifen,  that I take in order to block the estrogen in my body as my breast cancer was hormone receptor-positive. I will continue to take this for a little more than 4 more years. I will continue to have follow-up doctor's appointments and twice annual mammograms. For now I will keep my port in until we decide I am in the clear and can have it removed...until then, I will have to maintain it with regular flushes.

Remember to remind your loved ones to get an annual exam up until 40 years of age and then schedule mammograms yearly. Being proactive is the way to beat breast cancer!

Love, Jenna