Come alive!

Sitting in the infusion center waiting on my Herceptin to be mixed. The longest part of these sessions is not the time it takes to actually administer the drug, but waiting on the pharmacy. The drug is so expensive that they do not make it ahead of time until your blood work is processed showing…

Onward and upward

And my saga continues…. Yes, I’m glad to be done with radiation. That’s pure bliss. Albeit the burns have been another thing of their own. But today’s update has to do with my 3wk protocol of herceptin, which helps prevent cancer from returning. 3 weeks ago my counts were too low so we had to…

Loved

Happy Valentine’s day to you all! On this day filled with my latest signature color of pink, laced with wonderful treats, indulgence, and love, I remind myself of some words that provide true life: “Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:10 Now… Getting…

Best day ever!

Hope for others Join me as I raise funds for the nonprofit F C Cancer Foundation. What they provide for cancer patients is very near and dear to my heart. In my personal battle against cancer this year I have experienced how crucial it is to never loose hope. Fxck Cancer Tri Team has an…

“Are we there yet?”

We would repeatedly whine this from the backseat rows our embarrassingly big blue 15 passenger van (nicknamed the Smurf) to our father. Without fail, his autopilot response to an impatient group of 6 children was, “15 more minutes.” No matter the real time remaining, this was his reliable answer. Well Dad (I know you’re reading…

Lucky #37

Floating on Air The night still young yet the windows already steamy at the Milange dance studio. Underneath glamorous chandeliers, dancers enter a world beyond the ordinary. It’s the dead of winter so underneath many layers they dress to impress, heart’s set upon cutting a rug. This is the smile of a girl feeling an…

Rooted

1/15/19 3 radiation treatments down…17 to go! They are going well. Actually it’s a breeze. I’m glad for something easy! I’m in a clinical study which administers 4 weeks of radiation (instead of 5 weeks- which is the current standard of care.) The study is looking at the benefit of shortening radiation duration to determine…

Staying in the game

12/27 I got a few tattoos today! 5 of them to be exact. Are you surprised? Don’t believe me? No really, I did. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little. Yes, they are tattoos, but nothing fun or artistic. I was tattooed with 5 little dots on my chest and stomach in preparation for radiation- the final…

It’s a gift!

The herceptin infusion I received yesterday was a gift to my future self. I have to make the choice to see it that way. Herceptin shouldn’t make me sick, lose my hair, or destroy my fast growing cells once again because it isn’t a toxic drug. Instead it is supposed to block the Her2 protein…

Celebrating!!!

12/1/18 Cancer Free!!! I have waited a long time to write those words. Well, long for me as I reflect back to that day I found the lump in April. I recognize that my journey has been relatively short compared to some. For those still fighting: stay strong, stay positive. Cancer is an evil so…

The drain of draining drains

11/29/18 No more drains connected to me. Good riddance! Got my drains taken out today!!! I feel like Pinnochio, joyfully singing, “I’ve got no strings on me!” And I’m just so thankful for this because after 2 major surgeries I have felt the burden of being stuck in the trenches, waiting in agony and needing…

A new shade of ugly

Nothing entertaining to say, just a quick update, and I need to limit my typing because of my fingernails. They are separating from the nail bed even more. Typing feels terrible.   I’m home from the hospital and the recent surgery seems to have been a success. Dr. Lai opened me up through the same…