This is Lisa, Stacy’s twin sister, and she asked that I post a short update on her recent happenings since the treatment is making her pretty tired. We recently had a fun weekend visit with her and the girls were ecstatic to see Aunty! It was a kid-centered weekend, and it was a joy-filled circus! :-D. Some of the girls highlights were visiting a wonderful park in Palo Alto (Magical Bridge playground) and coloring Aunty’s hair with hair chalk (and their own too ;). They were rainbow heads by the end of the event! Stacy and I enjoyed catching up over crepes or sushi in the evening and cappuccino next to the Christmas tree in the mornings. We had a wonderful host, Betsy, who made the stay very comfortable for us in her beautiful home.
Since she is a few weeks out of her first “sandwich”, or cycle A, Stacy has started to feel pretty exhausted and is now experiencing pretty painful mouth sores as a result of the chemo doing it’s job. It kills all fast-growing cells, like the cancer, but that also means other fast-growing cells are affected (lining of the mouth, stomach and intestines, and hair, to start with). This makes eating pretty painful and difficult. So it’s smoothies and mashed potatoes, and whatever else goes down easily. Jamba Juice gifts cards are always welcome! I asked her what would be helpful for people to send, and she reported gas cards, or Jamba Juice gift cards. I’ve had so many people ask what they can send, so I hope to keep up with ideas on this site.
We are hoping that the doctor will release Stacy to enjoy some long weekends back in Chico soon. She has wonderful support and cozy friends in Palo Alto, but there is no place like home when you aren’t feeling well. So prayers and good thoughts that she can get some time in Chico coming up, especially around the holidays!
Stacy just got her head shaved yesterday in preparation of losing it momentarily. She did that during her first cancer battle in 2007, and marched back in this time to shave it off before it fell out. She has a perfectly round head, so she’s always a beautiful bald woman! It is sad, but it is a powerful reminder that the chemo is doing its job!