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September 23rd, 2009

Walking At My Own Risk

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m supposed to be exercising every day on the advice of my naturopath, Haley; common good sense; and because I’m 64 pounds overweight. I’ve managed to walk once. Concentrated walking. With a flannel hat. Which caused me to overheat. Yesterday, I finally found a cheap bandana that would cover my head properly. I was […]

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September 20th, 2009

Guess I Still Have Chemo Brain

I thought maybe when I switched from the “Red Devil” chemotherapy regimen to the current Taxol/Lapatanib cocktail I’ve been receiving, my chemo brain would go away. It has improved somewhat, but there are still vestiges of stupidity left. Early this week, I purchased three new non-stick pans for the kitchen. Now, it is one of […]

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September 15th, 2009

Yes, I’m Still Alive

I’ve had several people e-mail and call because it’s been over a week since I’ve blogged: “A bit worried… haven’t heard anything from you… ya still around?” First of all, the bathroom is still not done, not for lack of trying, of course. Rich, the poor guy that’s been spending “thankless” hours on it will probably […]

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September 5th, 2009

It’s Hard To Be A Woman #1

I thought maybe I was putting too much eyeshadow on in order to draw attention away from the fact that I have no hair. My eyes were watering constantly, but when I stopped wearing eyeshadow, the problem continued. I finally asked the infusion nurse during my last chemotherapy treatment what the deal was and she […]

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September 2nd, 2009

Cancer Is A Full-Time Job

I remember when I used to have a life. It wasn’t that long ago. Gone are the days of hanging out with friends just for fun; now, all life revolves around cancer. I get what people mean by “before cancer and after cancer.” Tomorrow, I have three appointments: an electrocardiogram, a blood test, and a […]

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August 30th, 2009

Entertaining During Chemotherapy

Just because I’m still in the middle of chemotherapy and feeling like death warmed over, the world does not stop. My daughter is making her public profession of faith today, so consequently, we are having 25-35 people over afterward to celebrate. I’ve mentioned that our bathroom was gutted and the contents of it and the three […]

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August 25th, 2009

Chemotherapy & Food-Combining

Since my last “Red Devil” chemotherapy treatment last Thursday morning, I’ve noticed that as time goes on, my food-combining gets wackier and wackier: 1. Raw carrots & raw almonds 2. Raw cucumber & salt 3. Lemon & ice water 4. Split pea soup & sourdough toast 5. Chocolate chips & mint ice cream (nothing wacky […]

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August 20th, 2009

One Last Meeting With The Red Devil

Today is the last time I need to confront the “Red Devil.” All I can say is one big fat hallelujah. Adriamycin might save a person’s life, but it sure is the devil. I’ve been mentally preparing myself for it all morning. Actually, I’ve been running around juicing lemons (helps with nausea), eating a protein shake […]

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August 19th, 2009

Pre-Chemotherapy Frenzy

Just when I thought life couldn’t get any crazier, it did. For the few days leading up to my next Adriamycin/Cytoxan chemotherapy treatment (tomorrow), I find I start running around in a frenzy trying to catch up mundane things like laundry and toilet-cleaning. At least I only have one toilet to clean because the other […]

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