Phillip launches balloon #4My cousin Phillip came to visit me from California this weekend, and I let him release balloon #4 for the fourth week of chemo.  It was so nice to visit with him and talk about our childhood memories.  Shared visits to Grandma's house, and...

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The Red Balloon

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...

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I think of all the years my husband has rolled out of bed when he was called into the hospital during the night and taken care not to wake me. In the early years, every time the phone would ring, I would wake up and have trouble going back to sleep. Then, as that...

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Blowing up Pumpkins – 25% Done!

    Blowing up a pumpkin is therapeutic, I don't care who you are. It makes me laugh. While I find a year of chemo daunting, it does give me many opportunities to have some fun. Phase I, the super sucky phase, required some form of therapy to mark the...

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First Day of Chemo

I have been trying to decide what to say about my very, very long first day of chemo.  I arrived at 9:00 a.m. and left at 2:30 p.m.  Danielle was able to be with me the entire time.  We managed to play nice with everyone.  Actually, Danielle played nice and listened...

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Chemo or No Chemo?

Several people have asked my why I'm having chemo if "they got it all," so I thought I would try to explain. Physicians don't use the term "we got it all," instead they talk about lymph nodes and clear margins (see the pathology report posting). But most of us...

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The Surgeon

On the way to the appointment with the surgeon, Gene asks me if I have decided on what treatment plan I would prefer.  He explains that if I am uncertain or uncomfortable at any point, we can walk out of there without setting a surgery date.  I go over my thoughts...

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The posts on this page were added at the request of several of my readers who wanted “the fun stories to continue.” Some are dedicated to a friend in her last weeks of life. These posts are a mix of travel adventures and random experiences and are in date order with the newest post on top.

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