So I guess this is my last post for this year of 2011.  I can't say that I'm going to miss much about 2011, but I'm definitely ready for a new year with new blessings.  God has given me new persepective on life this past year, and I'm appreciative of that.  I feel like I've learned to focus less on myself and the little stressors in life and focus more on him.  I think we get so wrapped up in our every day lives and what we think we have to get accomplished in that time frame, and we forget that God wants us to let go of some of these things and rely and focus on him more.  That is my goal for 2012 for sure is less of me and more of him.  I'm going to appreciate the little moments in life with my family and friends and thank God as often as I can for all the many blessings he gives me daily.  God is good through all circumstances and even cancer.  Well, I finished my last chemo this past Wednesday for this round.  Goodbye "red devil"!  I will not miss you at all.  I feel about the same as I do every week after chemo.  I'm wearing my zofran infusion pump until Monday to help control nausea, but my stomach and intestinal tract are still suffering.  They just do not like the chemo and neither do I.  I feel run down physically, and that is hard when you have a liitle 3 1/2 yr old Barbie or Rapunzel that wants you to play with her.  I have a hard time saying "no" to that.  Luckily, I have had more time at home with the holidays and my sweet husband, Chris, has again stepped up to the plate to help a lot.  Yes, my head is pretty much bald now except a few strays here and there, but my eyebrows and eyelashes have held up thank goodness so far.  I go back to Dr. Pruitt, my oncologist, on January 11th for a follow-up.  I guess we will determine then when I will start my taxol chemo treatments.  I will do 12 of these total.  They will be every week for 2-3 hours each.  Please pray that these will go much smoother for me than the first four especially since they are closer together.  I'm just ready to be completely done with chemo and then past the radiation after that.  I will probably finish chemo around mid March or so and then be done with radiation by May 2012.  Then, I will try to finish my plastic surgeries (2) before scheduling my hysterectomy.  2012 will be a busy year for me but hopefully an ending of this cancer stuff and the beginning of feeling better.  I told Chris that after all of this hard stuff I will deserve a good vacation in 2013.  He said he will take me anywhere I want to go at that point.  I will be scheming until then on where my heart desires and which island that will be!  I want to thank each of you that have continued to read my blog, send me cards and notes, and support our family through this time.  We will never be able to thank you enough.  Your support has kept my spirits up during really hard times.  God has been so good and faithful through this and will continue to fulfill our needs in every situation.  I wholeheartedly believe that God is using me to touch others through this cancer.  I can't say that I wanted to go through this, but I am more than willing if it brings him glory and honor.  That is what we are all called to do.  We are to seek his will for our lives whatever that may be and accept the challenges he gives us with faith and perserverance for his good.  He is worth every minute of it.  I pray that 2012 brings new perspective on your life and your walk with our glorious God, and that he showers each of you with continued blessings and good health.  Let's all live every minute to serve God in 2012!  Love y'all.  Shayla
Becky Weatherly
1/1/2012 00:11:48

Shayla- God is certainly using you for His glory. Every time I read your blog, I am reminded to follow your example and draw closer to Him. Brenley has an awesome role model to pattern her life after in her Mom. Your faith is awesome! I pray for God's presence each day for you and your precious family this new year. Love you!

Debbie Keeton
1/3/2012 11:28:32

Shayla, we have never met. I am Geremy, Gip and Graig's mom. My niece Kari (King) McKown sent your blog to me and I have been reading your posts and praying for your complete healing. You are so young, beautiful and strong. God is being honored and glorified.
I too am walking this breast cancer journey and God is good and faithful everyday. Soli Deo Gloria!

1/3/2012 14:27:20

Yeah for being done with the "Red Devil"! I pray that the next set of chemo is not so harsh on your body. One down, and on to the next. You have been so strong and continue to be an inspiration to all through out this process.
You said you had a few straggling hairs...I took a razor and shaved my head slick. Just a suggestion if it bothers you. Speaking of hair, mine is starting to come back in. I thought I only had a few gray hairs prior to losing it, but it seems to be more obvious now. Great! Now I am really going to have to color it! :) I am a little nervous about the whole growing out process, but I will let you know how it goes. I haven't ever had short hair on top. The shortest it has ever been is all one length at my chin...well except for the mullett days! HAHA! I may wear hats until it grows out to my chin again. Lol! As I said before, you look beautiful. It is so weird because I didn't like looking at myself with no hair. After looking at pictures of you, we are pretty ladies with or without!!
As for Bren, I felt the same way about Brae. I just hope that she won't remember when mommy didn't have enough energy to jump on the trampoline with her or chase her around the house. The wonderful thing is that they are so young. She loves you, and it seems that your husband has been awesome! Don't feel bad about your lack of energy. Just rest up so that when you do feel like it, you can make the absolute best of it!
You continue to be in my prayers, and I hope and pray that your worry has lessened.

Cheryl Weatherly
1/5/2012 22:14:04

I haven't forgotten you, just let my days slip by without sending you a message. I do think of you and pray for you daily. Thanks for your witness. You have been such an inspiration to all. You are a champion! Love you bunches.

Melissa Mercer
1/6/2012 00:26:52

As I read your blog, I want to thank you for reminding me how God is so good and that He loves us. Thank you. I will continue to pray for you each day for healing and restoration. This journey will have the hand of God and His protection upon you and your family. I give thanks and praises that the chemo is done. I pray for continued strength and healing. May God Bless You and Your Family

Linda Schrib
1/10/2012 12:47:27

Shayla, what a courageous young woman you are, and your faith has increased the faith of many. I pray for God's healing as you face each new battle. One thing that always comes throough in your blog is your love for God. He never fails us. We will continue to pray. God bless all of you.

Paula Benton
1/29/2012 14:33:27

Shayla, you are a wonderful, beautiful person. And I am not speaking of your physical person. Although it is true in both respects. There is no way to know how many you have helped and blessed. I know it is a LOT!! You have blessed me so much. You are such an exemplary Christian!! Thank you for sharing your faith with so many. I pray this second chemo will be much easier for you and passes quickly. You have handled this whole situation so very well. I have been so blessed by your total open-book approach. God is using you so greatly.

Rebekah Kerby, is my cousin. Thank you so much for listing her in your blog and requesting prayer. I appreciate it very much. I will continue to pray daily for you and your precious family. God bless you!!


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