Always choose the window seat……

I have always loved nature and being outside. I never realized how much until I had to be constantly inside after receiving chemo treatments. You see, you have to sit ” inside ” the hospital room with tubes hanging off you while having treatment and then must stay       ” inside ” your[…]

Celebrate every Victory, no matter how small……

  The Patriots just won the Superbowl. Their 5th one and the parade did go on.All victories should be celebrated no how many times you win or are a success at something. I attended a class on Parade day when the instructor responded to my comment that I wish I was there in this way:[…]

One Year Cancer FREE!

As many of you know, I used the vision of the Wicked Witch of the East melting/shrinking as I had my chemo treatments. The chemo would go directly into my tumor and shrink it. It did shrink. I then underwent 6 weeks of Radiation to kill the cells. Surgery was March 2, 2015. The doctor[…]

And the beat goes on……….

The tumor has shrunk to about one half it’s size. The Doctors are pleased. I just want the thing out of me. It is now time for the second type of treatment to begin. Radiation. Radiation will kill any cancerous cells or burn the outside of the tumor so it can no longer grow. It[…]

The Tin Man wanted a Heart

I had just finished my 5th chemotherapy treatment. Halloween was a couple of weeks ago. My vision from the Wizard of Oz was working, albiet slowly. The tumor was shrinking. It needed more water/chemo. The tumor in my lung was very large and was pushing on my heart. Being too close to other major organs,[…]

It’s ALL Good!

I soon began to have a second Mantra: It’s all Good! Life truly is about perspective. Day surgery was a breeze compared to a Chemo treatment. I was in and out in a day! I was shutting off the blood supply to the tumor through the embolisation surgery. I was just happy not to have another[…]

Are we there yet? Are we done yet? Enough!

Chemotherapy, 2 different ones, Doxorubicin, a 15 minute push, as they say in medical terms, and Ifosfamide, daily for 3 days in a row, was beating me up. I could feel my strength depleting. I just wanted a break. I had finished my fourth treatment. Resting was lying or sitting up on my daughters couch[…]

Time to ‘Shrink the Tumor’

I made the decision to shrink the tumor so surgery would hopefully have clear margins and get the whole tumor out of me! I wanted to maintain my strength. I wanted to still be me. Whoever that is. Can I still be that person? Will I be that person while going through this journey or[…]