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Planting daffodils
Monday, October 28, 2013      24 comments

Today, we planted 90 daffodil bulbs right outside our kitchen window. I'm looking forward to enjoying them in the spring. Jim did the hard work....digging up the old bed and digging trenches. I did the fun stuff....putting the bulbs in th... Read more
Getting better....I think
Sunday, October 27, 2013      16 comments

I felt funny about writing about something as personal as a UTI in a blog, but I'm glad I did. Thanks to my SparkFriends, I've learned about d-mannose and AZO capsules, both of which are helpful in preventing UTI's. I'm not sure which one I wi... Read more
It's back......
Friday, October 25, 2013      24 comments

My UTI came back again 36 hours after my last dose of my antibiotic. Now, I'm on a week long course of a different antibiotic along with a urinary tract analgesic. I hope this antibiotic kicks in soon. It was a long night last night.... Read more
Wk 8 of chemo begins...ups and downs of last week
Wednesday, October 23, 2013      23 comments

I'm off to Nashville today for wk 8 of 12 chemo treatments of Taxol. This past week was probably the hardest week so far (other than week 2 when I may have had food poisoning), but in retrospect, it was managable. The things that made this... Read more
UTI last night (UGH!) first real problem since starting chemo
Monday, October 21, 2013      18 comments

This week has been a bit harder for me than the other weeks of chemo. I noticed that I needed more rest so I suspect that my red and white blood cell counts are dropping a bit. Last night, my suspicions were pretty much confirmed when I sudden... Read more
Wk 7 of chemo (all good) and son coming to visit!
Friday, October 18, 2013      20 comments

It's Friday morning and I'm looking forward to my son and his wife coming to visit today. They are flying in from Chicago to celebrate their second anniversary here in Tennessee. They were married at our house two years ago. I'm really looki... Read more
Ballroom Dance Class and Hope Connection Cancer Buddy
Tuesday, October 15, 2013      13 comments

Today has been an eventful day for me and it's been a good day. My husband and I went to our first ballroom dance class today at the senior center. It was a lot of fun and felt like a workout! We practiced the fox trot and the swing. We ... Read more
October 13: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Sunday, October 13, 2013      10 comments

Unless you live under a rock, it's hard to not know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Everywhere you go, there is Pink this and Pink that. Even as a person currently getting treated for breast cancer, I think it's a little over th... Read more
Yesterday was a hard day...
Sunday, October 13, 2013      19 comments

One of the things about getting chemo is that there a pattern that seems to develop during the course of the treatments. For me, I usually have about 48 hours after each treatment that I feel pretty good. Then I go through a "crash". It... Read more
Chemo #6--Half way though Taxol treatments!
Thursday, October 10, 2013      23 comments

I got my sixth weekly infusion of taxol chemo yesterday. It marks the half way point for that chemo. I will have my last taxol the day before Thanksgiving. Needless to say, this Thanksgiving will be a very specail one for us. I am still... Read more
Chemo week #5 more good news....
Wednesday, October 02, 2013      28 comments

I'm at the infusion center at Vanderbilt waiting for my 5th of 12 infusions of Taxol. I'm amazed that things are going so well with this chemo for me. For the second week in a row, all my blood tests are absolutely normal. My red and white bl... Read more
Are you dense....feel your boobs!
Monday, September 30, 2013      20 comments

Well, another piece of the cancer puzzle fell into place for me over the weekend. I have always known that my breasts are considered dense by radiologists and it makes mammograms harder to read, but I never really understood how much harder it ... Read more
Week Three of Chemo .....Done! And some good news....
Friday, September 27, 2013      29 comments

This week I when I went for my chemo treatment, I met with my oncologist. As part of our meeting, she measured the tumor in my breast. It is SHRINKING!!! After being one third of the way through my first type of chemo that i'm getting, it has... Read more
Simple Life Surprise!!!!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013      29 comments

Yesterday, I got the most WONDERFUL surprise in the mail. FLORIDASUN sent me this.... It's a Simple Life 2014 calendar!!!! It is the cutest thing. It's probably too ... Read more
Second week of chemo finished...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013      27 comments

I've just finished my second week of chemo and will be going back to Vanderbilt tomorrow for my third infusion. This week went noticably harder than last week. I was hoping it wouldn't be the case, but since the chemo is cumulative, it makes s... Read more

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