Tag Archive: chemo

Nov 13

What you can do to help a friend going through cancer

Last night, I got a message from an old friend. Not our annual ‘it’s almost thanksgiving so let’s talk about Jesus and the Kosher Turkey’ message (still one of my all time favorite things on the internet, ever). The kind of message that sadly pops up too often on my screen: ‘My friend is starting …

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Dec 20

It was one year ago tomorrow

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This is a screen-shot from a limited-list status update from Dec 21 of last year. I can honestly say that I had NO IDEA I had cancer that day. I did have a moment of ‘what if?’. But it was the holiday season, I went to work and totally put it out of my mind. …

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Oct 30

Dude, Where’s My Car?

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My cellphone is full of pictures like this. The location of my car. I have completely lost the ability to remember where I parked my car. I know it’s not an uncommon condition, but I never had this until I got chemo. Since then – NO CLUE where I parked, ever. Compounding the problem is …

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Oct 01

These Are the Days In Between

Alternative Title: 30 minutes or it’s free. Today was my first non-chemo Monday. Except it turned out to be a lot like a chemo Monday. 8 am blood draw. *Insert 45 min for a urologist*. Still have kidney stone, nothing to be done, wait to pass it. Usual 40 min for oncologist. WBC stable, not up or down. …

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Sep 24

My first post-chemo day

Yesterday was the last chemo. I have some weeks til radiation starts, and I’m wondering if I’ll be able to go to work at least one, maybe two days a week during this time. Not one to waste time debating, and due to a scheduling fluke where super manager Dee was off today, I went …

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Sep 23

chemo style, one last time

Last chemo. Very anti-climactic as it’s not the end of treatment, just THIS treatment. But I’m dressed very much like my normal self, so there is that

Sep 21

A ‘Touchy’ Subject

I can’t feel the tips of my fingers or toes. Neuropathy is the fancy word. It comes along with Taxol. I didn’t have it, until literally this week. With one friggin week to go, and suddenly, numb. At first, it was just a couple of toes, during the big walk, no big deal really. But …

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Sep 16

People who Chemo Together Pee Together

A funny thing happens at chemo: everyone has to pee at about the same time. What happens is that the nurses sit 5 or 6  people at the same time and get them hooked up, which takes a little while. Then they do another group of 5 or 6, and so on. We all get …

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Sep 12

Fun Chemo Facts – 2nd edition

4 months ago, I posted a list called Fun Chemo Facts, but I’ve learned so much more since then, I thought I’d share with you. most of it involves bodily fluids, so you have been warned. the sandwiches never change: it’s always egg salad. Bring a sandwich lukewarm spinach soup is possibly the cruelest thing …

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Sep 09

The calendar of doom

**warning, this post contains a lot of self-pity, aggravation and general moodiness. please do not respond with rainbows and puppy dogs, I will kick your ass. I’m serious** You see that calendar? It’s on the fridge. Every week when I come home from chemo, we scratch out the 2/3 lines for that day. We were …

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