Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 42

Hey, I didn't take a photo today. Oh, well. I just sort of didn't get to it. I'm very tired today. Noelle came over and hung out with me and we made some carrot, beet, spinach and apple juice. It made me feel a bit better. Then my neighbor stopped by and brought me all this delicious food from Henry's. Soups, breads, jams and all kind of goodies. We have awesome neighbors. We have awesome friends. We're lucky.
Ok, I have to go to bed. Photo tomorrow...promise.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 41

Rachel, Jesse and Sarah came over and made us pizza for dinner tonight. mmm mmm. So good. And Rachel made a delicious dessert. We had a wig out. Here are the pics....












Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 40

My new best friend. I think I'll call him R2-D2. Had fun at chemo today. Yeah, that's right. Fun. Tammy came with me and we played scrabble and talked knitting. I'm pretty tired right now but I feel ok. Will be hitting the sack early, for sure.


Auricular Acupuncture is offered for free at MGH Northshore. The guy gives an amazing foot rub.





Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 39


Back to the beach again today. Yeah, I'm wearing my cancer kerchief. The wig is a little impractical for the beach. We had fun again. Ridley splashed in all the tide pools. My dad came with us this time and Violet and my mom stayed home. On the way home we stopped at Marshall Farms near Wingarsheek. These little cuties were there. Ridley fed them some kibble and they were dancing around all happy. Then we went to Captain Dusty's for an ice cream. It was customer appreciation day to our delight. $1 cones!!!

Chemo tomorrow. I'm starting to just view it as an inconvenience. But it's a temporary inconvenience. Before I know it I will be finished.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 38



Ok, ok. Oops. I missed a couple of days of posting. Sorry about that. The methotrexate has given me some weird vision side effects so I didn't really feel like being on the computer. It is getting better, but still, things are quite foggy any further away from me than about 4 feet. Bizarre. And my hair is officially falling out. Boo. Oh, well. I washed my hair this morning and it looked like I had pet a brown cat in the spring.

Violet got 4 teeth in this week! Bring on the steak.

Went to the beach today with my mom and the kids. It was GORGEOUS! You can't feel bad when you surround yourself with beauty. It was perfect. I found some baby sand dollars.

Had acupuncture today as well, which always gets the day off to a great start.

Treasures...





Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 35


Oh hai.

I'm home. Finally. Jasper seems happy to see. Violet and Ridley were definitely happy to see me. I feel good. Just a bit tired. I have to go to the hospital for the next three days to get a shot to increase my white blood cell count, but other than that, all is well.
Can't complain. When I walked around the cancer unit and looked into people's rooms, I felt pretty lucky to be me. And very lucky to be home today.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 35


Bored. Still here at the hospital. They need to give me 24 hours of Leucovorian to make sure my white blood count goes up. I guess they have gone down a bit so they don't want to send me home yet. Tomorrow. Oh, well. Best to play it safe.
Good news is I took the MTX with no issues. I feel just fine. So now I know what to expect. So far my treatment is going really well. I don't have any reason to think it won't continue to.




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 34


Cancer's going to fuck off a little more today. Take that cancer!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 33

My Aunt Nancy sent this along for me. Everyone can use an angel to watch over them. I go to the hospital tomorrow for my methotrexate treatment. Fun, fun. From what I understand I am going to be very bored. Bored is good. Bored is very, very good.
Tracy, Kara and Jess sent us over dinner from Henry's. It was so delicious. A feast. Thanks ladies!!!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 32

First fire of fall.

I had a very relaxing trip to acupuncture this morning. It got my day off to a great start. Met with my oncologist this afternoon. My heart is A+ and she said..."You look great. You look like you are kicking cancer's ass". I knew I picked the right doctor.
John and Beth brought us dinner tonight. A nice relaxing evening that ended with a kickass game of hide and seek with Ridley and all of us.

Day 31

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 30



Leonie took me to a private beach in Gloucester today. Her friend owns a rental property there and he said we could park at his house and walk down to the beach. It was such a gorgeous day. We sat and drank coffee and had a photo shoot. Noelle and the Bradburys came over for dinner tonight. It was a feast. I'm still full.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 29


So here is the wig. Real human hair. You don't want to know how much this thing cost. My parents were so kind to buy it for me. Was it traumatic? Yeah, a little. Did I cry after she shaved my head? Yeah, a little. But, I made a positive from a negative. I donated my hair so I'm going to focus on that and not the stupid cancer. I love the wig. It makes me feel good. It's not terribly comfortable, but hey...and sorry but there is no way you are seeing the photo of me bald. Nuh uh. No way.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 28


Ok, so I came out of the fog today...finally. I feel REALLY good today. Lots of energy and a clear head. I had an echocardiogram today. They had to check my heart to make sure it can handle the methotrexate treatment next week. Guess I'll find out next week what the story is on that, but I'm sure I'm a-ok.
Tomorrow is going to be...well...I'm not sure how it's going to be. I'm going to Salon at 10 Newbury to have my head shaved and have them fit my wig to my head. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I guess kind of sad. But it will be nice to be in control of my hair loss and not have to watch it fall out little by little all ugly and patchy and nasty. I have false lashes and eyebrows for when those fall out, which I hear will happen probably sometime next week. Sigh. Well, the beauty of hair is that it grows. And this too is just part of the process and I will get through it.

Bye bye hair. Nice knowing you...



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 27


Some people have asked me what my chemo sched is. Here ya go....







Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 26


Acupuncture!

I went to New Harmony today and had my first session. It was nice. A very interesting experience. I have to say I feel very light today. I assume it is a result of the acupuncture. I am so happy to be off those efffing steroids, too. They are evil.

My dad and I took Ridley to the playground today. The weather was amazing. It was good to go out and walk. Now I'm spent. I've organized my day and night pills for the week (hahaha) and now it's time to take some and go to bed.


Day 25


Went to bed at 7pm this night. Missed my blog post. Doh! Just crazy tired. Drop kick from coming off the steroids.

It sucks to have cancer, but what doesn't suck is really nice free makeup. I got the hook up yesterday at MGH in this seminar they run for cancer patients where they teach you how to tie scarves and apply makeup. Check out all this free stuff!!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 23


Happy Birthday Choe!!! We love you!


Tired today. But other than that feeling fine. Still managed to have some fun at Chloe's second birthday party.


Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 22



She looooooooooooves him. He's already torturing her. hahaha.

I talked to Victoria today. She is the herbalist my Aunt Nancy recommended. We spoke for an hour on the phone and she gave me a ton of nutritional advice. I am supposed to be eating organic. NO GMOs. She said if I could juice at least once a day I would be doing myself a world of good. Guess it's time to drag my juicer out of the cabinet and start using it every day. She is sending me some Native American herbals to help me recover from chemo successfully. Sounds good to me.
I feel fine today. The anti-naus meds really work. Thank god. I do feel tired though and foods are starting to taste kind of funny. Otherwise, I can't complain. I feel like my body has responded well to the treatment.
My mom and I did some shopping today with Violet. Girls afternoon out. It was fun.

I really love hearing from people. Please keep in touch. It may take me a little bit to get back to you, but I will.

I think I may need to get one of these. My bald head will thank me this winter. Some girl on Etsy makes them. Maybe I should learn how to knit and make one myself. My only criticism is that she could have put a wayyyyy better button on it. A vintage button would be rad.










Day 21


OOPS. Forgot to post last night. I was so relaxed from my yoga class I spaced. I even took a photo of my egg to post. This was my second dinner last night.

For some reason I can't get photos to post right now...will try again later. Stupid interwebs.

Uh...here we go. This is an egg....it's not a brain.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day 20







Today went well. Please excuse the terrible photo. I made it through the entire treatment so I don't have to go back tomorrow. Feeling tired but ok. Only slight waves of nauseau here and there. Can't complain about that. The port was actually really great to have. It made injection a lot more comfortable. Thank you everyone for all your positive thoughts today. I really think I can feel it. It energizes me and helps me to get through everything. I'm so thankful that my parents are here to help. I don't know how Rob and I would get through this without them. 1 down, 5 to go.

Oh yeah, and kindly go fuck yourself cancer. You will soon be nothing but a memory.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 19

Think I have enough pills to take? Well, tomorrow is the kick off of OFUC. I went to the acupuncturist today and we discussed a treatment plan that will work with the chemo to help me feel better. I'm so thankful to everyone who donated to my alternative medicine fund for making this possible. Tomorrow will be a breeze.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Today was a great day. Jen had us over for brunch and served us up her delicious biscuits and gravy. Ridley and Maxton enjoyed their brunch at the kiddie table. Everyone over the age of 3 was ready for a nap after that. It was really nice spending time with old friends. I hope we all don't wait as long next time. I'm seriously so lucky to have all these wonderful people in my life. They are going to get me through this. I'm starting to get nervous about starting OFUC on Wednesday. The waiting is the hardest part. Yeah...that's totally a Tom Petty song. You got me.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 17


Day 16

A lot of family visiting this weekend, which has been great. The weather has been beautiful. Planning to go to the beach today. Lots of resting and napping for me and Violet. :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Day 15



Port. Ouch. The procedure was totally fine. They gave me a really nice sedative and I zoned out with my headphones to Beach House during surgery. It hurts pretty bad now, though. Hopefully tomorrow it will be less painful.
I spent a lot of time in bed today due to the pain, which sucks because I had been feeling really good. Oh, well. I pretty much wasted the day away with oxycodene...

This is what is under there...



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 14

Another win for me. Got some additional test results that were very positive so no 5 day hospital stay for me. Only three nights total for the whole OFUC. Not bad at all.
Went into Boston today and had my wig cut to my hairstyle. It was actually pretty fun. The weather was perfect.