Friday, October 17, 2008

First Day at School!

The week following the chemotherapy treatment was pretty tough. It seems that she experienced side effects typical of 5FU usage, but it was still pretty tough. It was difficult to eat and sleep, but 10 days later, she is almost back to her old self!

And to mark the occasion, she made her way back to school on Wednesday for the first time. And her first official day back at work was on Friday, just in time for the annual school staff/faculty photo.

Here is one taken at home!

Here is one with Celeste, her youngest granddaughter.

Today also marks the first day in a week long intensive course in Qigong.

Qi means air, breath of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.

Gong means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement.

Qigong means the skill of cultivating vital energy. It is a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), using the mind rather than needles, herbs or massage to direct qi.

Her next chemo session is scheduled to begin the 3rd of November. We have decided to delay the 3rd session of chemo to try out qigong and an appt with a TCM doctor.

We will also try and schedule into there a visit to Taiwan to visit with my grandmother (Shirley's mom) and the rest of the family!

My mom won't say it, but she loves and appreciates the comments on the blog! So, students of ISF and even former students of CAIS, please don't hesitate to write comments on the blog if you want to as well! We welcome all positive thoughts!


JeffreygeneHK said...

Lily, i'm glad that you've got this blog up and running. It's nice to hear updates about your mom, with this blog i can feel connected with what is going on while giving her the space she needs.

I'm a teacher at ISF, Shirley hired me in '06 and i've been working here since.

It felt so "normal" to see her at work last week. Shirley, we miss you and we support you!

Best wishes to you and all your family.

-jeff pierce

Sarah Mar said...

Dear Lily, Thank you for posting all the details regarding your mom's progess. Please tell you mom that all the Chinese teachers at ISB are praying for her and wish her to get well soon.


Travel Blog said...

Shirley I'm really sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you on your last visit to San Francisco. Regardless I wish you the very best. Besides I'm not too worried as you couldn't ask for a better daughter to guide you through it all.


Ji-Mei said...

It is so great to see your photos and learn that you made back to school last week. Thanks to Lily to update this blog for all of us who care so much about you and your family. I do believe that the exercise to connect mind and body will strengthen you further and help you to recover sooner. I will continue to pray for you and send my positive energy your way.

Mary Jew said...


I just learned the news from Ji Mei. She shared the blog and I am so happy that you are doing better. I wish you the best and please take care and our prayers are with you.

You really are looking great and in great spirits as usual. I really admire your energy,and dedication!

Anonymous said...

I love you Shirley!

I love you Lily!

Your family in California misses you daily.

xox Mel

Slim said...
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Slim said...

yes cute little boy. seemed very pleased with his grandmother. good family

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