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When Life Has Other Plans…A Personal Story of Mine.

If you personally know me, then you will know that I am an absolute control freak and possibly a bit OCD too.  I’m not controlling over other people, I just like to have full control over what I do in my life, but sometimes life has other plans.

If you follow me on Twitter (@MichelleRivera5…shameless plug) or Facebook, or just on this blog, then you will know that I just had a serious health scare.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about then please read my last blog entry to catch up.

After finding a lump on my neck in February, which was a swollen lymph node, I spent a month, which felt like a year of my life going through blood tests, Ultrasound, CT Scan, and then finally surgery.  The CT Scan showed that I actually had several swollen lymph nodes on the right side of my neck, not just the one I could see and feel, therefore the Oncologist (a surgeon who specializes in Cancer), said that it was “suspicious” and that he wanted me to schedule a surgery as soon as possible to remove the entire lymph node and then send it to biopsy.

You can only imagine what I must have been thinking.  My Oncologist said he did not think the swollen lymph node was a result of an infection.  The first 2 weeks I had this lump, I figured it was most likely an infection, so when he said he didn’t think it was an infection, fear completely set in.  Suddenly Lymphoma Cancer seemed to be a very real possibility in my life.

I felt completely and utterly out of control and all I could think of was not being around to raise my baby girl…soon a hopeless feeling set in, but it was one I had to keep hidden inside because I did not want my baby girl to see any of the sadness that I felt.

However, at night I found myself crying a lot, I think because it was the only time I could let it out.  My husband kept telling me, “You haven’t been diagnosed with Cancer.  Let’s just keep thinking positively.”  I tried to keep positive, but it was extremely difficult.  Hearing words like “suspicious” and “surgery as soon as possible” from an Oncologist does not make you feel like things are in the positive light.  All I kept thinking was, “Why God is this happening to me?”

Of course I scoured the Internet, the absolute worst thing to do when you are going through something like this to find out as much information about Lymphoma as possible.  I was so stressed out about it that I actually started breaking out into hives on my hands and arms, which by the way, has now become almost a daily occurrence and still has not gone away (the hives come and go…Benadryl is my new best friend).

The Oncologist said, “If it’s Lymphoma it’s treatable.”  However, all I heard was “If it’s Lymphoma you’ll have to go through chemotherapy, radiation treatments, you’ll feel very sick, you won’t have the energy to take care of and play with your daughter, your husband will have to take care of you, you’ll have to put your TV Hosting career on hold, and you’ll lose all of your hair, so basically you won’t be the same person you once were.”  Yes this is what my brain was actually processing.  The life in which I always wanted to be in control of suddenly had other plans of its own.

I prayed, and prayed, and prayed, and asked for so many prayers too and then finally surgery day was upon me.  It was on a Thursday.  That weekend that followed was one of the worst weekends of my life.  I was in a lot physical discomfort, and I was also feeling very overwhelmed by the whole situation.

Between the meds and running a fever of 100.5, which the Oncologist said was just a result of my body trying to heal from the surgery, I was not doing well during that weekend at all.  Finally after 5 miserable days of waiting, my results came in on a Tuesday afternoon.

It was not Lymphoma.

Of course this was great news, but I surprisingly did not feel as relieved as I thought I would.  I had just spent an entire month thinking that I could possibly have Cancer, so even with the news that I didn’t, I still felt like I was just this vulnerable human being who really didn’t have control over her life.  Let’s face it, life often has other plans for us, it’s terrifying when you really think about it.

My husband says, “You can’t live in fear.”  He’s right, but it’s an amazing thing when you realize that you’re not as invincible as you thought you were.  I guess that’s just a part of growing up.  Yes even in your adulthood, you can still grow up.

So now I’m left with the thought of people who actually do have Cancer.  I think about those who didn’t get the lucky or blessed good news that I received that Tuesday afternoon.  I look up to those people more now because they are true fighters and I wonder if I could have been up for that same fight?  Especially since I had already felt so knocked down just waiting for my diagnosis.

At this point now, I thank God and all of those people who said prayers for me and to those people who sent out positive vibes into the universe for me as well.  However, I am left with an urgency to want to learn from this experience and try to make a positive contribution somehow.

For those of you wondering, they still don’t know what caused my swollen lymph nodes, they just know what didn’t cause it.  I’ll take my blessings where they come.

Pregnancy Goes Viral In Hollywood?

It’s being called the “Hollywood Baby Boom,” but in my opinion it’s the “Hollywood Baby Explosion!”  Is there something in the Cristal because it seems like pregnancy has gone viral in Hollywood?

Today a celebrity baby bump is all the rage and announcing your preggers when you’re a celebrity is a lot bigger (pardon the pun) than announcing your latest movie project.

2011 has barely begun and People Magazine has already featured 23 celebrities who are expecting babies and 2010 wasn’t lacking in the baby mill either!  It kind of makes you wonder, is having a baby a more chic accessory than a Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Handbag?  I know that’s terrible, a baby is NOT an accessory, but you can’t deny this growing trend in Hollywood.

At first the road to Hollywood Parenthood seemed to be all about adopting babies from out of the country, but that is so Angelina Jolie 2007!  Now it really doesn’t matter how you have a baby in Hollywood: adoption, surrogate, or just the good ole’ fashion way of getting “knocked up.” Anyone else out there not like this term, but absolutely loves that movie?

Okay, I digress, like I was saying it doesn’t matter how you have a baby in Hollywood, all that matters is the sweet bundle of joy that comes in the end, and that you’ll get to pose with he or she on the cover of some celebrity magazine once they have finally arrived.  So anyhow, with all this said, it really is quite amazing how many celebrities are actually coming up pregnant today in Hollywood.

Now I was joking earlier about Hollywood babies being a chic accessory, however, in harsh reality there are people who believe that this is exactly why celebrities are having babies.  Those people are skeptical to why such a large number of celebrities are turning up pregnant all at once.  Is it really just the fashionable thing to do in Hollywood and a great way to get some publicity?  Or is it just a mere coincidence?

I have a difficult time believing a celebrity would have a baby just to get some publicity, especially when so many of them are A-List celebrities and they don’t even need the publicity.  However, isn’t that part of the reason why Joan Crawford adopted her children in ‘Mommie Dearest?’…And perhaps I am naive to say that an A-List celebrity does not need the publicity, when really publicity is what keeps their careers thriving.  Regardless though, I still don’t think this is why so many celebs are having babies right now.

So here is my theory on why I think so many celebrities are getting pregnant in Hollywood.  I think it’s because a lot of celebrities are having unprotected sex, that’s why.  Duh! Were you expecting something deeper or more complicated?

We all know that some of these Hollywood pregnancies were planned, while others were not.  So perhaps in some of the cases of those that were not planned, there was something in the Cristal that contributed to them getting pregnant after all…

It’s called alcohol.

Mariah Carey w/Husband Nick Cannon Having Twins!

Mariah Carey w/Husband Nick Cannon Having Twins!

Kate Hudson Expecting 2nd Child

Kate Hudson Expecting 2nd Child

Penelope Cruz w/Javier Bardem

Penelope Cruz w/Javier Bardem

Christina Applegate Expecting Her First Baby!

Christina Applegate Expecting Her First Baby!

Jane Krakowski Looking Fabulous On The Red Carpet, Baby Bump And All!

Jane Krakowski Looking Fabulous On The Red Carpet, Baby Bump And All!
Ivanka Trump Recently Announced She's Pregnant On Twitter!

Ivanka Trump Recently Announced She's Pregnant On Twitter!

Victoria and David Beckham Expecting Their 4th Child....Maybe they'll have a baby girl this time!

Victoria and David Beckham Expecting Their 4th Child....Maybe they'll have a baby girl this time!

Actor Kevin James w/Gorgeous Wife And Baby Bump.

Actor Kevin James w/Gorgeous Wife And Baby Bump.

Maybe pink for Pink!  On Ellen she said the doc thought maybe a girl although it was still a little soon to tell.

Maybe pink for Pink! On Ellen she said the doc thought maybe a girl although it was still a little soon to tell.

Alicia Silverstone keeping up her healthy lifestyle while pregnant.

Alicia Silverstone keeping up her healthy lifestyle while pregnant.

Jennifer Connelly Glowing!

Jennifer Connelly Glowing

Beautiful Laila Ali

Beautiful Laila Ali

Natalie Portman Wins The Golden Globe And Looks Stunning Expecting Her 1st Baby!

Natalie Portman Wins The Golden Globe And Looks Stunning Expecting Her 1st Baby!

Click Below For Full Celebrity Baby Gallery at People.com:

http://www.people.com/people/celebritybabies/gallery/0,,20458970,00.html

Has American Idol Jumped The Shark?

With Simon Cowell’s departure from American Idol many people wondered if the show could go on without him?  However, in showbiz, “the show must go on,” especially when the show makes billions of dollars in revenue.  Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, you did just read BILLIONS, not millions of dollars, that American Idol has made….And yes there is an “s” at the end of that word (“Billion”) as well.

Now the most recent stats that I could find in regards to American Idol’s money making machine is from an article entitled, ‘Idol Riches,’ which was in Portfolio.com in April of 2009.  It was also an article that the L.A. Times referenced to.  This article was written after the completion of eight years of American Idol and the dinero was broken down into something like this:  Overall TV Revenue was at $6.4 billion dollars, summer tours were estimated at $30 million dollars a year, CD and music sales were at $600 million, license deals were at $400 million and spin-offs, these are shows that basically copied American Idol’s concept was at $715 million dollars.

So let’s just think about this for a minute, these stats were after eight years of American Idol.  Therefore, can you imagine how much money American Idol has made by now?  Let’s just say that everyone behind A.I. (Fremantle Media and FOX) was not about to give up this show just because the bitchy Brit who everyone loved to hate left it.  No way!  Instead of taking their success and billions of dollars and retiring the show in all its glory, they decided to revamp it, like any other self respecting, money hungry production company and TV network would do.  C’mon let’s be real, as real as we can be anyway when in regards to talking about show business.  This industry is about making money, just like any other industry, and that’s the bottom line, well at least that’s the bottom line for them.  However, maybe that’s not the bottom line for you, the fans of American Idol.

Many fans have said that the essence of American Idol (a.k.a the biting, smug, blunt honesty that is Simon Cowell’s judging style) is what sets it apart from other TV talent shows.  Many fans believe that absolutely no judge will be able to take his place and that the show just won’t be as good without him.  So of course this all leads to my question, “Has American Idol jumped the shark by going on without Simon?”  I guess we will find out when the season comes to an end and we can compare the ratings to other seasons.

However, there is one thing that is for sure with the premiere of the new season of American Idol, it looks like the two new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are definitely more on the sugary sweet side that was Paula Abdul, rather than on the biting side that was Simon Cowell.  Some people might find this refreshing, while die hard fans might find this to be boring.

I did watch the show tonight and I was pleasantly surprised at how likeable all the judges were and how well their chemistry seemed to work together.  Unfortunately, there was nobody on the judging panel to hate and not really any cunning remarks to laugh at, like in the good ole’ Simon days of American Idol.  There was also really no Good Cop, Bad Cop, which led to less controversy on the judging table.  As a matter of fact, the judging table was pretty soft in my opinion and Randy came off to be the toughest judge of all three of them.  I know, Randy is the nice one though! Exactly my point, they’re all nice this year.

I did tweet the question of what everyone thought of the American Idol premiere tonight and here are some of the responses I received:

@GoodMommyhood said: “I was entertained…but very different, missed his cut-throat approach to judging!”
@Normmy33 said: “It sucks.”
@SocialSideMedia said: “Pleasantly Surprised.”
@snackygirl said: I recorded it but haven’t watched it yet. I’m not that excited.
So there you have it, some of the mixed reviews from this season’s American Idol premiere.
Now for those of you who are missing those mean comments from Simon Cowell, well perhaps there is a chance that Randy Jackson might be able to be mean as well. Randy recently told Jimmy Kimmel on his late night show that he would give Jennifer Lopez a seven on a scale from one to ten on her singing ability. Ouch! I wonder what Jenny from the block thought about that?
American Idol Then

American Idol Then

American Idol Now

American Idol Now

The Power Of Bieber Fever And His Fans Like @BieberSoCal Who Helped Bring Him There!

Bieber Fever, have you caught it yet?

It seems to have become an epidemic amongst teenage girls everywhere!  However, teenage girls are not the only Justin Bieber fans out there in the world.  As a matter of fact, Johnny Depp has recently been reported as contracting Bieber Fever, when he was photographed backstage of a Justin Bieber concert with singer Avery on Saturday, December 18th in Miami, Florida.   Apparently the A-List actor had a song request too, so while Justin was on stage he reportedly said, “Johnny Depp wants to hear ‘Baby’,” and so of course he sang it.

So now that we are on the subject of A-List celebrities, and teenage girls who are fans of The Beebs, Selena Gomez was once again caught with Justin Bieber, this time at an IHop in Miami, Florida.  Yes this was during the same time he had his December 18th concert in which Johnny Depp was spotted.  Supposedly shots were taken of Selena and Justin holding hands!  I have included the pics of this, so you can be the judge.

Now the most recent rumor surrounding Justin and Selena about their trip to Miami is a bit juicier than a little date at the IHop, well sort of anyways.  According to America’s Life & Style magazine, while Justin was staying at the Gansevoort hotel in Miami he actually ordered room service for both him and Selena.  This certainly has many people wondering, “Could this be young love?”  It’s so reminiscent of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, isn’t it?  Sorry, I think I’m showing my age and digressing all at the same time.  Anyhow, both Justin and Selena have maintained that they are only good friends, so all I can say is, we will see.

Back to Beiber Fever though, he really is the Breakout Artist of 2010.  At first I didn’t get it, but then I saw the kid perform on Ellen and then I fully got it.  I understood it 100%!  He is a talented kid, he can sing, he can dance, he’s cute, and he has that great hair that he’s always tossing back and forth, which just makes me want to cut it, so he’ll stop doing that, but once again I get the appeal of it all though.

Also, he’s not scary to parents, so they are cool about their tween and teen girls gushing over him.  They are even willing to buy their girls concert tickets to go see him perform, and you know what, moms are getting in on the fun and gushing over him too, while they use their kids as an excuse to go see him in concert.

Let’s face it, when Kim Kardashian flirts with the idea of having an innocent crush on Justin Bieber (and we all know he had a real crush on her at one time), then perhaps no woman is safe from Bieber Fever.

With all this hype around Justin Bieber you have to recognize his faithful fans for supporting his talent.  Honestly, without fans it doesn’t matter how talented you are, they are the ones who truly fuel the fire, or in this case raise the temperature that has now become known as Bieber Fever.

The great thing is that I think Justin realizes this and appreciates his fans, as well as reaches out to them.  One standout fan group that absolutely amazes me and truly demonstrates the power of Bieber Fever is the Twitter profile @BieberSoCal.  This Justin Bieber Twitter Fan page appears to be run by two friends Saisha and Jennifer who are 100% devoted to Justin Bieber, but they are not the only ones devoted to him. @BieberSoCal has over 64,000 Twitter followers who are also equally devoted to The Beebs!  Now if that doesn’t show the power of Bieber Fever, then I don’t know what does.

I mean this is not Justin Bieber’s Verified Twitter account I am talking about, this is simply a fan Twitter account, and yet look at how many of his fans are following it! And why? Because they all share one very important common denominator, and that is their love and pride of Justin Bieber.  It’s Bieber Fever at its finest.

Therefore, if you haven’t caught Bieber Fever yet, don’t be surprised if you do.  I believe Justin’s talent will surpass just being another teen idol and that his star is on a continuous rise.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Holding Hands?

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Holding Hands?

What Do You Think?

What Do You Think?

Johnny Depp With Avery At Justin Bieber's Concert

Johnny Depp With Avery At Justin Bieber's Concert

Bieber Fever

Bieber Fever