Those of you who know me, know that I love symbolism and a good theme.  While I have enjoyed blowing things up after each chemo round, I find the temperatures in the single digits take some of the fun out of it.  So I have had to come up with something symbolic to do after each treatment in phase II.  I decided to take my friend Marion’s suggestion to channel my inner Pooh:

“So remember Winnie the Pooh and his red balloon floating up and away . . . when your cares are too heavy, just tie them up in that balloon and watch it going up, up and away!”

I plan to release one red balloon every week for the next 12 weeks when I get home from chemo to represent one more step towards remission.  For those of you who live in the area, on March 28th, after my last session in phase II, I plan to release an entire bouquet of red balloons and laugh and clap as they go up, up and away.  Please plan to join me or release your own balloon.


A red balloon for each round of chemo.


balloon flying away

When your cares are too heavy, tie it up in a balloon and watch it going up, up and away.