Monday, February 11, 2008

Update on my Life

Hey everyone! So I figured it was about time I got my own blog up and running since the family blog isn't updated terribly often and so that mom isn't always sending out update emails about me.
Everything is so normal this time around, it's weird for us! My heart has been doing almost as perfectly as any transplant goes. I feel like my heart is working a lot less, and I have more energy than I used to. Of course, I haven't returned to school yet, so we'll have to see how that goes. Waking up for early-morning seminary will be the killer!
Last week, I had my first PET scan post-third-heart-transplant. Everything was looking good! The scan was clear, which means I still have the cancer beat! YAY!
My last biopsy results were a 1A. That's not a perfect 0, but the pathologist said the bit of rejection she had to report was so minor, she almost didn't say anything about it! The nurses are still messing around with meds, but I'm slowly going down on the prednisone, and we were able to switch one of the rejection meds.
The three month mark is approaching, and I can't wait! Three months means back to school! I'm getting pretty sick of coordinating with teachers and tutors about tests and assignments. It'll be nice to not have to worry about making up work.
Plus, it's FREEZING COLD in this state, so Mom and I are pretty much stranded at home all the time. Supposedly it's going to start snowing later tonight, but we already have a foot on the ground! We did go grocery shopping today, but even then we were frozen just getting into the car from the garage! We're getting a little sick of being home with each other all the time! Speaking of which, I need some good lunch's impossible to come up with something creative everyday when there's only the same options in the fridge! School cafeteria food is starting to sound pretty good!
My 15th birthday was certainly memorable! Mom and I went to see the movie Enchanted, which was very good. We were the only two people at the entire theater, except for a few employees. When we got home, Mom smelled a funny smell, and it turns out one of us had accidentally left our gas stove running! The fire department came over to make sure the house was safe, and we were fine. Sure makes for a great birthday story, though! I had a great birthday dinner the night before, and decided to go with good old-fashioned chocolate cake for dessert, along with homemade ice cream and hot fudge - YUM! Mom and Dad gave me a coupon to go to EFY, and I got accepted into the Tacoma session the week of June 30. I'm very excited!!! I also got a sweatshirt, a couple of CDs, some books, and some new piano books, too! All in all, it was probably the best birthday I've had in several years! My 10th was spent in an apartment in NJ where we didn't know anyone and all of our stuff was in a truck driving across the country. My 11th I don't remember very well. My 12th I got hospitalized on the day I had planned a sleepover. My 13th happened around the time I found out I had cancer, and we had just moved to Chicago last year, plus I got hospitalized a week later!
Besides school work, my day is pretty much spent looking up news on the internet, sending emails, playing on the Wii (which is a great invention - highly recommend getting one!), and watching Brady Bunch while I run on the treadmill! If you want, feel free to email me at! I love getting new emails!
Hope all is well with the rest of you! I miss everyone in New Jersey, Utah, and various other states where you've moved! I certainly never run out of people to keep in touch with! Keep watching for more updates - nothing else going on this week, but I just might post some interesting news I find!
I'll get some pictures up as soon as I can get some recent ones loaded!


  1. Welcome back to blog-world! Thanks for the update. We're so glad you're feeling so well. I'll be sure to check back often to keep track of you. Paul and I have salads everyday for lunch. There are zillions of ways to make a salad, from the less-than-healthy-but tasty fried chicken salad to a better-for-you California avocado and oranges, it's unlimited!

  2. Lauren,
    You are too cute!! Love the Blog and I think it is a cool idea to keep us posted like this. But don't forget to call me too. Love ya, T

  3. hola lauren!!! awesome idea about the blog! you are an amazing girlie!!! bunches of love, danielle : )

  4. Lauren,
    You've done a magnificient blog! Loved all the pictures - seeing and reading about your fun trip! You're an amazing and beautiful young woman. Thanks for the Smile Moments!!!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!
    Love you,
    Sis. Adams