I'm happy to report, after a doctor's visit today, that the end of this is nigh unless there are any unexpected setbacks. My final round of chemo is on Thursday. I consult with radiologist on Monday to schedule radiation treatments, a doctor's appointment on the 21st and a PET scan somewhere in between to determine … Continue reading The Finish Line Is In Sight
I have a confession to make. I'm putting out about 1 gallon of water per day from my eyes. I'm not sad, I'm not upset, I'm just losing my freaking eye lashes, oh and my eyebrows are thinning too. I suspect eventually they'll go the way of the dodo bird. This is what I have … Continue reading The Reason For the Tear Drops on My Guitar
July 25, 2002 I was nervous as hell. Today was the day. After months of a challenging pregnancy, due to placenta previa , today was the day I get to meet my son. At 12:10 pm, following a c-section, I held that little baby for the first time. I thought I could never have been … Continue reading My Proudest Achievement and a Health Update
If you're squeamish, this blog post probably isn't for you. I spend time talking about UTIs and my experience with them. There was no other way to describe the events of this day without these details. I felt down today and had the flu symptoms of aches, fatigue, lethargy, plus the added benefit of some … Continue reading A Urinary Tract Blessing?
Greetings. I can possibly say that I do not believe I have ever slept as long and as hard as I have done today in my entire life. Which is kind of odd because it's usually day 6 after chemo that comes the crash. This is because for 5 days I must take 100 mg … Continue reading Bald is beautiful…and I won’t forget it.
Here are some revelations about my most current round: It has not been so bad. The doctors prepared me with anxiety medications and the thyroid dosage increase (which was never adjusted after it's departure from my life) seems to be slowly helping with the energy increase. I also declined the neulasta which has seemed to … Continue reading Chemo +3. Oh and I weigh in on the Better Care Act.
So I'm going to write this in two parts. The first part is going to be a catch up to all the treatment news. The second part is all the tools that I have to heal. First, the treatment. I had my second round of chemo yesterday. We had about 7 hours in the chair … Continue reading Blessings
I try to remember way back to when my mom was going through chemo to see what lessons I could garner from her experience. The sad truth is I didn't notice much. It seemed like one day she had long beautiful dark brown hair and the next day she was in a blonde wig. I … Continue reading Some Observations About Hair Loss
Greetings family and friends. I chose the title, not to mislead, but to inform. On this day, 25 years ago my mother passed away from the same disease that decided it thought it had a chance against me. Stupid cancer. So as I sit here with my bald head, I do so humbly and hopeful. … Continue reading 25 years
I have spent a lot of time talking about good moments and bad moments but I plan to dispense with that. My message today is about a 15 second interaction with a stranger that I have never even spoke to. I looked her in the eye, I nodded my head (all macho like, right?) and … Continue reading Strangers teach the best lessons