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Avon Walk

February 6, 2009

I’ve committed to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (July 2009)!  It’s a big commitment, and with your support I know we can accomplish this goal together!

How about this teamwork… I’ll walk the 39 miles in two days and your part is to help me meet my financial goal (trust me, you got the easier half).

Click on this link to go to my donation page.

Thanks in advance for your support, and please remember that every little bit adds up.



Rose Colored Glasses

February 5, 2009

My positive attitude and smiles have eased many of your concerns, but I also want to show the real side.  To be blunt; it kind of sucks.  I make the best of it all, but it’s still a drag and I thought a photo might help you visualize that it ain’t always rosy.

And many of you have had questions about the chemo so I thought I better explain that too….

  • The chemo is an IV drug given at the hospital 4 times over the next 12 weeks; so I go in once every 3 weeks which means I get a nice rest in between each treatment.  The chemo is a prophylactic measure because they feel they got all of the cancer cells and this is to be extra sure.
  • The chemo attacks any potential bad cells along with the good.  It also damages fast reproducing cells such as hair follicles, the mouth lining, nails, healthy bacteria in the stomach, etc.  The body just cannot reproduce cells faster than the chemo is killing.
  • I battle with instantaneous famine about every four hours because I think my stomach is not absorbing food nutrients normally.
  • Before, during and a few days after chemo I have to take a steroid pill to help counterbalance any fluid retention that the chemo can cause.  The pill also helps with anti-nausea and it is… how shall I say…a poop prohibitor.
  • For the following five days after each chemo treatment I have to have at-home injections with a drug that boosts my white blood cell count.  Mike has stepped up to the challenge like a super-hero and he gives me the shot into a pinch of stomach fat each day.  I make a big-scrunchy-baby face, but it barely hurts.  The worse part about the shot is that the drug makes me achy so I dread the aches that follow.

And now to my photo.  On the left side of the photo are the items I have to give up for a short time and the items on the right have become my new norm.  (I still have hair, but I suspect it will be going in the next couple of weeks)


Day 6

February 4, 2009

I knew the moment I published those confident words of “easy” that I would be shown otherwise, and my earlier doubts, “is the chemo really doing anything” has been proven so.  The chemo gave me a giant spanking and I’m slowly coming out of my two day time-out.

Many warned that it would feel like the flu and that pretty much sums it up.  Not the stomach flu luckily, just the tired, achy, glassy-eyed, big pity party kind; where the daily shower would use up the last little bit of energy reserves each day.  And then the next 12 hours would be spent feeling miserably bored, switching between the bed and couch just hoping that a different television set would offer up something more entertaining, but it never did.

And now Mike and I no longer speak the standard measure of time; it has morphed from words such as “Monday” and “Tuesday”, to chemo lingo in which we count the days from the first treatment; Day 4, Day 5, etc.  So for you it might be Wednesday, but for me it is Day 6 and that is exciting, because it is one more day further from the initial treatment, which means one more day toward recuperation.

Day 3 of Chemo

February 1, 2009

Well, so far so good with the chemo!  It’s 3:45pm and I’m kicking it on the couch, watching the Super Bowl and eating chips & nachos.  I was warned that day 3 might be a bit more of a drag and it has been slightly, but nothing too bad; I’ve just been a bit more tired so I had a good nap before the game.  So far it’s been easy – dare I say that!?  So, keep up those great prayers for a healthy next few more days and then I should be over the hump!

{Just about to leave for Church this morning}