Orion & Mary of the Miracles

Last night we didn’t take my daily walk until after dinner, when the sky was dark and filled with stars.   Orion hovered over our house as he does each winter. I have a special relationship with those particular stars.   When I was a child, and knew even less about the constellations then I…

“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…

Time for a new hairdo

We’ve all seen that hair loss is a standard part of chemotherapy. Here at the Alderbrook Chemo Klinic™, (you might know us better as ACK!) the time has come to get a jump on things. Miranda came over last night and, using the barber chair that is part of our living room furniture, shortened Iris’…

A Bigger Piece of Sky

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Christmas Eve we were the happy recipients of Carolers- who braved our treacherous steps to come into our house to sing and be offered Wassail treats. Christmas coincided with the ebbing of the  more acute chemo side effects- which meant we spent Christmas day playing, & being  happy-…

Know any Funny Movies?

Yesterday evening a visit from Cesily and Cippy came with the reminder that laughter is very good medicine:  So this is an official request for funny movies, or Utube videos, or Netflix suggestions.  Just in case the antics of my three darlings and the chickens aren’t enough. So far feeling better than expected with my…