Tag Archives: Cancer

Reprieve

Reprieve

Last week my platelet counts had not recovered enough to begin cycle 8, so I was sent home without my chemotherapy. Its nice to have had a break, I think. Today I go back in for a blood draw and we’ll see what the future holds. I should probably have the boys in Angio (sp?) take out the stitches in my portocath, too.

boilingwater So, I almost don’t even want to write about this, because doing so gives ever more evidence that I am a masochist. But, two weeks ago, I managed to spill boiling water on my legs and feet. It went like this: We keep filtered water on top of the refrigerator. Thinking I am stronger than I am, I tried to bring it down, but dropped it on the cord of the tea kettle that been set to boil. This tipped the kettle off of the counter into the perfect pour position, which it did, on my leg.

I’m healing 2nd degree burns now.

Seriously, I ask, when will I learn patience! When will I stop, and just stop! I do think I’ve learned something this time. Yes, indeed. I’ve learned that I’m really tired of hurting myself. I’ve learned that Randin is a most amazing and caring wound dresser. I’ve learned that Silvadene is pretty gross after its been on a burn for 12 hours.

Surviving Cancer & The Relay for Life – ACS Event

Surviving Cancer & The Relay for Life – ACS Event

In today’s world, we are all too familiar with cancer. Many of us have had it, or know someone close who has. In this episode Corine & Patti talk to their good friend and two time cancer survivor, Debbie Meade. She talks about her journey with this horrific disease and her involvement with the AmericanContinue Reading

Momentum: The Movie

Momentum: The Movie

Momentum No more feeding tube…for now. I hope never again. And nothing permanent installed either. But if it becomes necessary, I’ll happily put it back in. My pride is not that great. It’s simply wonderful to have a break from the ongoing noise of the pump and the constant toilet trips. Now I am sleepy.Continue Reading

Apple Peels Turn on Anticancer Genes

Apple Peels Turn on Anticancer Genes

A new study calculated that if half the U.S. population ate just one more serving of conventional fruits and vegetables, 20,000 cases of cancer could be prevented. At the same time the added pesticide consumption could cause up to 10 extra cancer cases. So by eating conventional produce we may get a tiny bump in cancer risk,Continue Reading

Paying Attention

Paying Attention

I’ve been wanting to write for days now, but I haven’t been able to isolate that cohesive thread that so nicely brings the essay to an entry, body, and closure. This past cycle has been more a list of observances, some enjoyable, some remembered from previous cycles, and some that simply had to be embracedContinue Reading

Made It Through

Made It Through

Before I get too tired (maybe I won’t this time?) I wanted to answer a few questions, and let you know I survived the day alright. The staff at LDS Hospital is top notch, they always manage to make a day like today tolerable and, dare I say, maybe even a little fun! Two importantContinue Reading

An Overview

An Overview

I think there is some kind of pattern to when I feel like I have the capacity to write something. It has to do somewhat with where I am in my chemotherapy cycle, right now I’m in an off week…coming to the end of an off week. Last time I wrote I was just atContinue Reading

Health Care Options: Go Bare or Go Broke?

Health Care Options: Go Bare or Go Broke?

In America, we take our pound of flesh and our profits wherever we may find them. In our U.S. health care system, the opportunities to profit are plentiful no matter the pain, illness, worry or other suffering inflicted. For me, I now face a decision I have faced at other points in my life, butContinue Reading