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July 23rd, 2009

Scarves 101

I have learned a few tricks during my new scarf-wearing habit: 1. When a friend drives you to your writing class in her bright orange MINI Cooper convertible, you might want to tie the loose ends tightly around your chin so it doesn’t fly off in traffic. 2. When you are sitting in said writing […]

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July 20th, 2009

Ten More Days Of Freedom

It amazes me how obsessed I am with the calendar all of a sudden. Before the chemotherapy treatments, I was happily in la-la land and never knew what day it was. Now, everything revolves around when the next “Red Devil” appointment is–in this case, July 30– so I have ten more days of freedom. A […]

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July 16th, 2009

Where Did I Leave My Head?

I rolled out of bed this morning at 8:00, quickly made a protein shake, put on some makeup, and proceeded to walk out the door on the way to my doctor’s appointment. Did I mention that I was bald and forgot to put my scarf on? Oops. My mom already caught me yesterday without a […]

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July 14th, 2009

Multiple Meals

It’s been five whole days since my second “Red Devil” chemotherapy treatment and I still haven’t thrown up. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but it is a huge deal to me. Last time, as I’ve previously mentioned, did not go so well. Today, I had two separate meals delivered. I […]

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July 12th, 2009

Appointment With A Toilet

I haven’t had one… yay. Thank heavens for better nausea drugs. During my first chemotherapy treatment, I wanted to quit on Day 2 (too many visits to the toilet). This time, I’ve been able to eat food and it actually tastes like what it was intended. And, it stays where it belongs. I have, however, […]

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July 10th, 2009

Eating Like A Horse Alright!

What is it with women and weight issues? I pulled out one of the light reading books that the oncologist had given me titled Chemotherapy Blah, Blah, Blah and happened upon the paragraph that began, “On average, women gain 7 pounds during their course of chemo treatment.” I always thought women lost weight due to […]

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July 9th, 2009

Appointment With The Red Devil

  I have another appointment tomorrow morning with the Red Devil. That is the nickname the nurses give to the drug, Adriamycin, which is part of the chemotherapy regimen I am being given. The drug is red when it goes in, red when it comes out, and truly is “the devil.” I could think of a […]

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July 9th, 2009

Welcome to my new blog!

I’m going to summarize the few e-mails that I previously sent out: Cancer Update #1: June 4, 2009 Thank you to everyone for the recent phone calls, e-mails, and cards… I had a port-a-cath put in this morning and will be starting chemo soon. The mastectomy has been put on hold for now. The surgical […]

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