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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Curly locks and first 3 mile walk....at least in a while!
Monday, June 02, 2014      203 comments

Yesterday, my hair popped into curls for the first time since growing out from chemo. I knew it was going to happen. It's quite common after chemo for hair to come back curly for about a year. I could see the waves forming, but yesterday was ... Read more
All better!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014      25 comments

I'm happy to report that my fever broke yesterday afternoon and I'm fine today! I slept all day yesterday and slept a lot more last night. I must have needed it. I felt well enough to go to a beginning line dance class today. It was a lo... Read more
running temperature on Memorial Day
Monday, May 26, 2014      22 comments

I woke up sick in the middle of the night....chills and fever (102.2 f). called the doctor on call at my pcp's office to see if I needed to go to ER. He called in an antibiotic instead. We'll see what happens. I feel very weak but no real sympto... Read more
Finished Breast Cancer Treatment!!
Saturday, May 24, 2014      29 comments

I finished the last of my radiation treatments last week so I'm now officially DONE with my treatments. It's been a long nine months. Chemo, surgery and rads....the trifecta of cancer treatments. I made it through without any serious complic... Read more
Hospitalized with Small Bowel Obstruction
Monday, May 12, 2014      31 comments

I just spent the last three days in the hospital with a small bowel obstruction. It has nothing to do with my breast cancer. I had major abdominal surgery 32 years ago that has left me with a lot of adhesions. Occassionally, when I eat too mu... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Sunday Selfies
Sunday, May 04, 2014      86 comments

Last September, I joined a chemo thread on breastcancer.org for people beginning chemo in September 2013. That thread became a huge source of support for me over the winter and many of us have become quite close. We have moved the group over t... Read more
Time for regrouping this morning.....
Tuesday, April 22, 2014      29 comments

It's been a week since I wrote my last blog. We had a good time over the weekend with lots of social activities. Dinner out with friends on Friday, hosting our family get together on Saturday, and Easter lunch with friends on Sunday. A... Read more
Hair, rads and exercise
Tuesday, April 15, 2014      28 comments

I took a new selfie last Sunday and changed my profile pic to reflect that I have enough hair to cover my scalp now. This is me at almost 13 weeks post chemo. I'm in the... Read more
Fatigue (again) but not as bad this time around
Sunday, April 13, 2014      21 comments

Fatigue from radiation therapy suddenly descended on Friday. After doing at least an hour of aerobics for the past seven days, I just didn't feel like moving on Friday or Saturday. I ended my 10 minute a day exercise streak at day 42. Oh wel... Read more
Ballroom dancing last night....
Friday, April 04, 2014      34 comments

Jim and I went to a ball room dance last night with a big band. This is the third time we have done this since we started taking dance classes last fall. It's the first time for me going when I haven't felt exhausted from chemo. We had... Read more
Back on the bicycle! Rad #1 (of 33) done!
Wednesday, April 02, 2014      22 comments

Yesterday afternoon, I got my bicycle out for the first time this season and took a short ride. By short, I mean REALLY short.....eleven minutes....1.5 miles. I was huffing and puffing on the up hills and had "perma-grin" on the downs. I have... Read more
April 1...the radiation begins today....streak continues
Tuesday, April 01, 2014      29 comments

Today is the first day of my radiation treatments. It's the my final phase of treatment for breast cancer. I'll be going daily for six and a half weeks. They say this part of treatment is much easier than chemo and surgery. I don't expect to... Read more
Radiation planning session today....the streak goes on!
Monday, March 24, 2014      29 comments

Today, I go for my radiation planning session. They will make a mold of part of my upper body to use each day to make sure I'm in the exact same position every time. They will also do a CT scan to figure out exactly where my heart and lungs an... Read more
Day 21 of 100 day streak...getting a lot more active!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014      26 comments

I've completed 21 straight days of doing at least 10 minutes of aerobic exercise each day. I'm now up to 21 minutes on the elliptical, and have completed 30 minutes of a one hour aerobic class several times. I'm intentionally building up slo... Read more
The streak goes on...now with more hair! (days 13 & 14)
Friday, March 14, 2014      28 comments

So I'm keeping up with my 10 minute minimum of aerobic exercise daily. Day 13: 10 minutes on elliptical (keeping up the streak made me do it!) Day 14: 26 minutes walking: 15 min. PT I'm at the point where I can actually see a change ... Read more

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