Ring the Bell
I totally forgot (#chemobrain) to introduce you to Jerri! Jutta and Gerry came to Chemo #15 with me so I that is how I named this wig. Meet Jerri! Jerri tells fortunes! That’s when I got her way back in 2011 for $15. She has been through many belly-dancing events with me. Jerri bellydances. Jerri […]
Go Red! Go Sasha!
Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. There is a plot culminating into a climax … followed by an anti-climax to the end … and then the epilogue. Today – as I completed 16 chemo infusions in 5 months (23 weeks), interrupted by 5 trips to Emergency and 2 hospital stays totalling 10 days […]
The Number 22
So sorry I haven’t been writing. I’ve been out dating! Had lots of first dates, but have spent the last two weeks with one ruggedly handsome 6’2″ firefighter. Date #1 was six hours of talking at Brock St. Brewery then Milestones … Date #2 was eight hours of hiking then more chatting and getting to […]
The Countdown is ON!
The Number 22 has always figured prominently in my life. It’s been there as a blessing … a guide … a warning … a safety number. Matthew, my only child, was born on February 2nd … 2/2! When I got Carly, our chocolate lab puppy, she came from a puppy mill. They told me her […]
My Bite is Worse Than My Bark
FIVE!!!!! Today is my fifth last chemo infusion!!!!! I can finally – finally – see the light at the end of this terrifying tunnel. I was absolutely giddy with excitement as I waltzed into the Chemo Lounge … in a long black dress with a side slit all the way up my thigh and my […]
Stubborn or Tenacious?
Several weeks ago I asked my Oncologist Dr. F to cut my steroid dosage in half. Before receiving chemo, I am pumped up with Pepcid (to inhibit histamine responses in my gut), Benedryl (to prevent allergic reactions) and Dexametheson (a steroid to crush my immune system). The steroids were giving me a bad case of […]
Cancer is a Piece of Cake
My Oncologist Dr. F read me the riot act today … for not going to Emerg when my fever hit 39.6C/103F on the weekend … a whole degree over the GO TO EMERG IMMEDIATELY level. I told her that I had no one to take care of my son and dogs. She said “You’re useless […]
The Chronicles of Cancer – Pink Dot Detour
I’ve been asked many times – and it’s a valid question which I don’t mind clarifying – if they got all my cancer. It came up at dinner, and I thought of this analogy which would help answer “Did they get all of it?” The answer from me, my surgeon Dr X, my oncologist Dr. […]
Friends With Cancer
This is the entire list of clean blog entries written since I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. These are heart and brain dumps as I go through diagnosis and treament. When I began to blog my journey, I decided I would write authentically and not hold back anything. I’ve written about the good, […]
This blog entry has been guest authored by my friend Sherri, whom I love with all my heart. She has been by my side since my cancer journey started … understands me best since she has seen a similar road … and taps me on the shoulder when she has something to say … I […]