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Star Word

Each year on Epiphany my church lets us choose a star word as part of worship. This is a word that can travel with us all year as a guide or a focus. In worship today we had the chance to share our word for 2022 and how it was relevant for us. I was…

The good and the bad

On January 3, 2023 I had my 59th chemo treatment. Registration was extra busy receiving all the new health insurance information for the new year. I met my annual out of pocket maximum all in one day. The cost of my treatments are around $40K. That’s $40K per treatment. My husband’s job has great health…

Leaping Lords

Early start means an early finish. On the walk to the car we can see progress on the new Siteman Cancer Center in the works.

The Third Day of Christmas – A Photo Story

On the Third Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me the care and support and love I need. We are thrilled that the tumor they treated in the fall has disappeared and there is nothing new in the scan. Merry Everything and Happy Always.

Coming Around Again

In March 2018 I joined WW. On July 16, 2019 I achieved goal weight (a healthy BMI). That was a 90+ pound weight loss. On July 24, 2019 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and learned it had already spread to my bones, liver and adrenal gland. (The next year it spread to my brain.…

LVIII

My 58th treatment – feels a little surreal. Everything in cancer land remains controlled. I have a parathyroid problem and will be seeing an endocrinologist for that. Seems to be unrelated to cancer. I think that if you have stage 4 cancer, you should get a pass on all other problems, health and otherwise. My…

Glitter

I love reading song lyrics as poetry. Today was All Saint’s Sunday and I thought of Glitter by Patrick Droney. “Glitter” String of lights on the doorWelcome back to your lifeThis is worth living forThere’s so much left in storeAnd we don’tGet to chooseWho we get to loveOr who it is we’re gonna loseOr what…

LVI

Dave and I left around 4:30 am Monday morning to go to Barnes for my scans. I had a bone scan and a chest/ab/pelvic CT scan. We stayed in a hotel last night, which makes the trip so much more relaxing. This morning I saw my oncologist and learned that my scans were good. All…

Dig a Little Deeper

There is a rather disgusting analogy involving a boiling frog. If you put a frog in tepid water and then slowly heat it to a boil, the frog does not realize it is being boiled alive. Today I realized that my cancer and cancer treatments are doing the same thing to me. I had to…

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