The Countdown is ON!

FIVE!!!!!  Today is my fifth last chemo infusion!!!!!  I can finally – finally – see the light at the end of this terrifying tunnel.  I was absolutely giddy with excitement as I waltzed into the Chemo Lounge … in a long black dress with a side slit all the way up my thigh and my…

My Bite is Worse Than My Bark

Several weeks ago I asked my Oncologist Dr. F to cut my steroid dosage in half.  Before receiving chemo, I am pumped up with Pepcid (to inhibit histamine responses in my gut), Benedryl (to prevent allergic reactions) and Dexametheson (a steroid to crush my immune system). The steroids were giving me a bad case of…

Stubborn or Tenacious?

My Oncologist Dr. F read me the riot act today … for not going to Emerg when my fever hit 39.6C/103F on the weekend … a whole degree over the GO TO EMERG IMMEDIATELY level. I told her that I had no one to take care of my son and dogs.  She said “You’re useless…

Cancer is a Piece of Cake

I’ve been asked many times – and it’s a valid question which I don’t mind clarifying – if they got all my cancer.  It came up at dinner, and I thought of this analogy which would help answer “Did they get all of it?” The answer from me, my surgeon Dr X, my oncologist Dr….

The Chronicles of Cancer – Pink Dot Detour

This is the entire list of related blog entries written since I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. These are heart and brain dumps as I go through diagnosis and treament.  When I began to blog my journey, I decided I would write authentically and not hold back anything.  I’ve written about the good,…

Friends With Cancer

This blog entry has been guest authored by my friend Sherri, whom I love with all my heart.  She has been by my side since my cancer journey started … understands me best since she has seen a similar road … and taps me on the shoulder when she has something to say … I…

Savor the Flavor

Part Two of my sensory tour, compliments of chemo.  Part One can be found here: Sense of Smell I am home from my second infusion of Taxol – my second type of chemotherapy drug and sixth infusion overall.  I have ten more to go.  Before they give me Taxol, they stop my immune system from…

Sense of Smell

Despite another week of weakness and sickness from chemo and illness, I managed to go for a leisurely walk with Carly … My souldog and a friend tonight.  I was relieved to get out of my bedroom since I am spending far too much time sleeping away my days.  We walked along the lake at a…

Taxol on my Nerves

I’m an adventurous person.  I’ll try anything twice. Most of my childhood summer weekends were spent in rural Vermont.  My Father would arrive home from work on Friday night, grab a quick sandwich for dinner, and we would pile into the car for the over two-hour drive from the south shore of Montreal, Quebec. to…

I AM the Storm

And … I am Storm. Let me introduce you to her … as a thunder and lightning storm rages outside.  It is only fitting! Cancer may have raged inside of me, but I am determined to beat it and rage back. Today marks the end of Phase 13 – I think … if I am…

Chemo 3 done … 13 to go!

I think I deserve a celebration of sorts!  And I didn’t want you to think chemotherapy was all exhaustion and feeling on the verge of vomiting! This round – knock on wood – hasn’t been so bad.  Today is Day 3, which has been the morning I woke up feeling like death warmed over.  But…

… So this is Coco …

She’s a little coo coo.  Tower 10 as Bridget says, which I think means certifiable, without the cheque!  She’s only coming out for special occasions … à la Coco Chanel.  If you are just tuning in … I had Triple Negative Breast Cancer and am going through chemo now.  I lost all my hair after…