Chicago

A little more than a week ago I heard the sobering news that a friend who is about a year ahead of me on this whole cancer-ing trip is experiencing a reoccurrence- with metastasis to lungs and liver.  This time around it is about more than her breasts.  She is so beloved by her wonderful family and intimate…

“When I grow up I want to be an Old Woman”

This last treatment seems to be a doozy. My blood counts, for red, white and platelets, were predictably at there lowest point when I went in for my last chemo treatment on the 1st. Because I am due for surgery on April 28th, Dr. Anderson scheduled a nuelesta shot for me- adding a whole new…

Moving forward

So, we actually decided against changing to the treatment plan outlined in the April Fools post – though we hear it’s working great for some (see 4/1 comments). Tuesday’s final session of chemotherapy went smoothly. Now we’re in recovery mode, and Preparation-for-Surgery mode. Iris is spending extra time horizontal, reading books pertinent to treatment.  We’re planning…

Super Powers

If you believe that breast milk rocks, then you need to know about Hathor the Cow Goddess, really you need to.  Many of the comics are a bit on the snarky side – so if you think babies breastfeeding in public is wrong, you probably won’t find the comic very funny. As of 1998, the…

Resiliency

Early on Dr. Allderdice had me fill out a whole page of questions, and sign it. One of the Questions was “How committed are you to your healing?”  He was asking for a percentage.  I said 100%.  So when I feel whiny about taking 25 pills everyday, or doing hydrotherapy in the shower (which means…

Grateful

Wow. Thank you to everyone who attended last night – we were surprised to see so many venture out in the weather.  What a beautiful event. Grace Episcopal is a gorgeous church, Andrew filled the sanctuary with sweet notes, and Rex held the audience spellbound with the fascinating story of Mozart.  We snuck in at…

Inspirational People

My chemo treatment in Portland went well- the 2/3 dose of Steroids seems to be working much better this week- less grumpy snarling, though I am still a bit of squirrel girl on speed.  I also found a most excellent hat in the hat basket in the treatment room – the kindness of a stranger…

Pick your Poison

There are times when we all have to pick our poison. When I chose to use  big Pharma medicine,  I signed up to get poisoned.  This is definitely a case of the ends justifying the means.  From the perspective of the mainstream Oncology world, I will have a hard year that hopefully will be followed…

“You’re soo sensitive.”

A kind nurse at St. Vincent told me during BC Bootcamp (the first intense week of my diagnosis) that taking this journey is not about being Tough, it is about being Resilient.   On Tuesday Joe and I traveled into Portland to see Dr. Allderdice, the Naturopathic Oncologist.  I enjoy seeing him, as he is honest, direct, kind…

A.C.K. Road show to PDX

Here you see The A.C.K. Road Show in Portland getting some Yew and Platinum, as well as the targeted therapy infusions that are reserved for HER2+ lotto winners like myself. Treatment #2 went without any drama- no sneaky sedative this time so the full effect of the steroid they give you made me a bit…

Milestones & bumps in the road…

It is one month since the biopsy that started breast-cancer-bootcamp-week  on December 3rd.   The initial acute phase of finding out the details of my diagnosis, and starting treatments is passing, and the process to redefine normal for our household has started.  Today Laura and Jon helped me get a new buzz cut. It was…

Winter lights

Martin picked out a little noble fir tree from the friendly older couple on Claremont Road. We enjoyed talking with the chainsaw-weilding woman, who is also a bakery owner – hers is in Warrenton.  We talked about the recent cold snap, frozen water pipes, and her Cherokee heritage.  Joe’s upbringing in the Texas panhandle made a…