Friday, April 9, 2010

Birthday and Macarons

A year ago today (April 8, 2009),  I received a Stem Cell Transplant.  I was diagnosed with a brain tumor when I was sixteen years old.  I was treated with surgery and radiation, and the tumor was gone.  Eversince then, the tumor has seemed to come back.  Thirteen years down the road, the tumor showed up in my spine and then after four years, it came back in the lower brain area.  I received chemotherapy during both those times.  Last year my doctor recommeded that I try a new procedure so the tumor won't replapse again.  Well, it has been a year and I am cancer free!  I am very blessed to have my family and friends who have supported and prayed for me throughout the difficult times in my life.  I am also very thankful for all the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who have tooken care of me before, during and after my stay at the hospital.  I remember after receiving my transplant, my nurse came into my room and wished me "Happy Birthday".  She told me, "it's your birthday because you just received brand new cells and your body is just like a brand new baby".  So tonight I went out for dinner with my family to celebrate my first "birthday", technically.  We tried out a new Thai restaurant, nothing special to post about, I'm just happy that I am here and had the opportunity to have the Stem Cell Transplant.

Okay, so now about the macarons.  A few weeks ago, I finally had the chance to taste the delicious "macs".  I almost melted when I had my first bite at the macs.  It was nothing I had imagined.  It was the Fleur de Sel Caramel Macarons from La Provence Patisserie in Beverly Hills.

I live in the South Bay and I was eager to try the macaron again.  Good thing my sister(in-law), Bern, found this place in Lomita called Pastisserie Chantilly where they had macarons.  We were there as soon as she fouond it.  They only had three flavors when we went.  Sesame, Green Tea, and Vanilla.  I loved the sesame.  They were a bit smaller than the ones from La Provence, but still delicious.

After trying out the macarons, I have been researching about the macarons.  I've been wanting to give it a try and I did.  I will post on my next blog on how it went.


  1. Happy Birthday! Wish I was there to celebrate. Why am I not on your blog list? Geez.

  2. Thanks Joy! We can celebrate again next time you're in town!