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Posted 2016-04-28T11:38:00Z

Gratitude

I have been meaning to write this blog post for some time but I was worried I would forget to thank someone.  Given my fuzzy brain and the huge outpouring of gifts, help and encouragement it is quite likely!  But it is also a bad reason not to compile the list.  So here goes....And to whomever I forgot, thank you too.  I wish that everyone going trough a really rough patch could have this much support and I look forward to a time when I am not so worried about holding my own life together and I can can give to others in need. [...]

Posted 2016-04-18T16:22:00Z

Chemotherapy Day

Thank you for all the good wishes on my first Chemo day.  Its 4:00 now. I arrived at 8:30 and have two more hours to go.  It's a long day, but easy peasy compared to the early post surgery days.   My oncology nurse recommended I try the cold cap, which cools the scalp down so the drugs that are killing my cancer cells can't do as much damage to the hair cells.  My type of chemo therapy works by targeting cells that are reproducing quickly, so hair, nails, and mouth cells are all affected.  The cold cap only works on about half of patients but since I have so much hair it might be enough to keep me looking "healthy."  So that was all unexpected; we should know if it will work by next treatment.  [...]

Posted 2016-04-15T14:51:00Z

Very Belated Oncology Report

It feels pretty crummy to start another blog post by apologizing for not writing sooner.  I am so grateful to all of you, a huge circle of friends, who are cheering me on and committed to my recovery.  You are invested in my health and you deserve to know the latest news.  That is the whole point of the blog!  So please know that if I go quiet it's not because I don't want to share but the news is hard to comes to terms with.  When I write it down and publish it to the world it get too real and too painful.  It takes me some time to process what this all means for my life.  So thanks for being patient.  (The other reason I was late posting was Nan was visiting for several days.  I will post more about her visit soon) [...]