Headlines Sep 12, 2015

Wasp Breaks the Golden Rule Well, it finally happened. I woke up to find a wasp directly above my head, in my bedroom. I’d been aware of the small nest in the space between the screen and the glass in my middle bedroom window for some time. I even wasp watched occasionally. I hoped no … Continue reading

I fall in love with refrigerators

First it was Smeg, in Pastel Blue. I met him in a West Elm catalog and it was love at first sight. A refrigerator that’s not black or white or cream or stainless steel?! A refrigerator with style?! Heady stuff… I’d been looking, casually, all year. Provided that nothing else breaks down, collapses, etc, a … Continue reading

Stayin’ Alive

Six weeks and two days ago I made an appointment for a routine port flush on Nov 9. Four weeks ago my parents bought plane tickets to visit me Nov 8 – Nov 15. One week and two days ago my OBGYN found a lump in my left breast during a regular check up. She … Continue reading

Hi Ho, Hi Ho

I returned to work on Aug 22 and I haven’t had the energy for much else. But working again is a good thing. It’s far better than I thought it would be. It simply takes more energy than I ever thought a desk job could. I’m confident I will get stronger and stronger and eventually … Continue reading

A Farewell to Chemo: Behind the Scenes

I can’t think about the day it was decided I can quit chemo without acknowledging yet another blessing. BlessingS, actually. You see, the Friday evening before my all important Monday appointment with Dr. P., I got into my car and it wouldn’t start. I realized maybe the employees at the establishment where I get my … Continue reading

A Farewell to Chemo

I am thankful for chemotherapy. It’s a valuable weapon in the fight against cancer. I am even more thankful I don’t have to take any more chemo for the foreseeable future. It made me feel awful. This past Monday morning (Jul 30) I was actually trying to prepare myself to face another round of pill … Continue reading

Pill Chemo, Round Three

Sorry for the silence here at cancer central, folks. Round three was a doozy and I’m still recovering. Here’s the short version of the story: I lost 10 pounds in a little under two weeks. The long version of the story goes like this… The first week of Round Three wasn’t so bad. I was … Continue reading

Pill Chemo, Round Two

I’ll keep this short. I already wrote about the major drama of Round Two. Chemo manifests its true colors in the second or third cycle/round. For me, this means a new (to me) side effect has appeared on the scene: my feet and hands hurt. It feels like I have a bad sunburn on the … Continue reading

There are good days, too

I don’t want to leave the impression that the past five months of cancer and chemo has been all sorrow, pain, and vomit. It’s been a remarkably good experience in many ways I won’t expound on right this minute… One thing I enjoy doing on a day I’m feeling well and the weather is nice … Continue reading