Posts in Communication
24. Fed Up

I am fed up with cancer.  I am fed up with treatment, treatment options, the diet, the medication and supplement protocols, all of it. My results from my last scans weren’t terrible, but they weren’t great either…

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23. Demon-Wrestling

This week I’ve been wrestling demons whose names are exhaustion, fear and sadness.  Each on their own are quite manageable, but it’s their teaming up to beat my ass to a pulp this week that’s been hard to take…

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22. Lessons From Grief

Today is my mother’s birthday, she would have been 75.  If she were alive, she’d have reveled in it, and our family would’ve all gathered to help her celebrate.  It is also the day of the funeral for Dave’s childhood friend, and these two milestones will forevermore be inextricably linked…

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20. Looking in the Rearview With Eyes on the Road

A quick update: My radiation sessions are going well.  I’m a third done and there has already been a significant reduction on the mass in my pelvis, much to the surprise of the radiation oncologist (apparently it usually takes longer to see results, especially for the type of cancer I have)… 

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18. A Week of Weird After a Week of Travel

I’ve been procrastinating writing this post for over a week because I’ve not been in a good headspace.  I’ve been in the weeds. A couple of weeks ago, I had a follow-up PET scan and brain MRI to establish new baselines after finishing chemo… with mixed results…

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16. The Power of Our Pack

Before I get started, I want to go back to entomology for a moment.  I found a new term that I should have used in the post about losing my bum… called “platter butt.”  A butt so flat you could serve on it.  I thoroughly enjoyed coming across that, and for some fun, see if you can loosely drop it into a conversation this week...

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15. Thoughts Become Things

I’ve had somewhat of an epiphany this week.  In all my research about cancer, I’ve come to the conclusion that for most it’s a symptom of something else, which is why it’s so hard to treat with conventional methods.  That is, the cancer has been given the chance to take seed and grow because of that “something else”...

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9. The Value of Friendship

“It’s your friends that make your world.”  -- Author Unknown.  My heart is so full.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been fortunate to see many friends and do fun things.  My brother and his wife visited from New Zealand and we had a blast.  I’ve had friends from NYC and Boulder make special efforts to see me when they’re in town, one even bringing me some badass wigs!  And I’ve just spent the long weekend with four of my dearest friends, women who I’ve known for over a decade...

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8. Changing My Mindset Could Save My Life

My foray into immunotherapy has started a bit earlier than expected!  During my treatment last week, my oncologist added in Ramucirumab (Cyramza) to my FOLFIRI chemotherapy.  It is a fully human monoclonal antibody drug used to target a specific cell mutation that I have, called VEGF...

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