31 March 2010
Why did I cry? As I watched the video, I was quickly reminded of the many brilliant and wonderful medical professionals at the Rockefeller Cancer Institute who are working diligently to save my life. From oncologists and surgeons, to nurses and lab technicians, to receptionists and pathologists, and the rest – ALL of them comprise the care teams that are diligently working to cure hundreds of cancer patients each day. Watching the video was a very sentimental moment for me, causing me to contemplate how to thank them all. Any ideas?
The past two days have been very good for me - no mouth sores no fever, no infections. The daily medicines prescribed by Dr. Makhoul are obviously working since chemo treatment #2 has resulted in very little side effects! Yesterday I got a little excited about feeling so well, so I attended three meetings and lunch with some agency colleagues. At the end of the day, I was exhausted. So today, I stayed home and handled my work from here, between a few naps.
Thank you friends for your continued support and all of your love. I feel it and it keeps me energized each day. I oftentimes worry about those who are fighting cancer and have little or no support networks. You have made me a very lucky cancer patient. Thank you!
BLOGGER'S NOTE: This is the first time I've posted a video file on this blog. So, I think I'm going to need to consult with some experts as the right part of the screen is not visible. My recommendation for you to watch - click on the top left of the video screen so that you can watch it on YouTube so you can get the full effect.
30 March 2010
- Intentional Will: God's will is unfailingly positive and creative. He has an intentional and positive purpose for every life.
- Circumstantial Will: Based on the circumstances of life (death, illness, war, natural destruction, sin and human folly), the intentional will of God can be disturbed.
- Ultimate Will: Our recovery from the circumstance to a unity with God, a faith with our father. Whenever life becomes far more treacherous than we can handle alone, it is God’s Ultimate Will that we turn to Him for guidance and light for our "sacred journey."
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With that said, I did not post today for a variety of reasons. I had more energy today than I've had in a long time. So, it seemed like a good day to clean my closet.
It was a busy day with friends today -- Maggie and Mickey, Eddie, Frances Jane and my brother -- and I enjoyed the time with them. All of them were good medicine for a rainy day.
Tonight I watched the historic health care debate and the ultimate vote. Better than a college football game for a policy junkie like me. I posted plenty this evening on my facebook and twitter, so I won't go into much detail here. But I will say this . . . I have never thought of myself as a radical socialist, nor have I ever desired to live in a communist or socialist country. However, by virtue of the passage of this bill, I will no longer need to worry about being plagued by the pre-existing condition of inflammatory breast cancer. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was right when she revised the famous quote by Tip O'Neill: "All politics is personal." Tonight's debate became very personal for me. I've recently learned that with inflammatory breast cancer, there are some companies that might try to prevent coverage for my own daughters. That's just not right.
This new health care law is not perfect, but I think it moved America's health care system in the right direction. The gender gap for younger women has grown significantly in the last year; in 2009, 25-year-old women were charged as much as 84% more than men for individual health plans, compared to as much as 45% in 2008. Gender ratings by the nation's largest insurance companies has been in practice for many, many years. Now is the time for women to stand up and be heard. Being a woman should not be a pre-existing condition.
More tomorrow. Looking forward to my much-welcomed second chemotherapy on Tuesday. The good news - I can physically tell that my chemo cocktail is working!!! This is good . . .
20 March 2010
With thanks to our friends Mark & Janet Baker, Anna-Lee has boarded Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Oasis of the Seas, for a 7-day cruise with her BF Meg. Here’s a photo they were nice enough to send via iPhone. Love you girls and know you’re having much fun!!
Allyson has enjoyed the weekend with her lovely Jeff – celebrating his birthday and tonight attending her last Chi Omega formal at Mizzou, all of this in about an inch of snow on the fist day of spring.
19 March 2010
Typical for Americans, we have taken the matter of hairstyling to a much higher level. It’s estimated that there are 400,000 hair salons in the United States, employing 1.7 million beauty professionals. Total US salon revenues equal a staggering $56 billion each year with another $38 billion spent on hair care products at stores like Wal-Mart, Kroger and local grocery stores.
18 March 2010
My hero Ellen sends me this: “Things will get better. Your job now is to take care of you. Eat ice cream, drink cranberry juice, and in the down times, thank God for chemotherapy in that aren’t we glad there is a cure!”