Jan 302015
Back to Work and Loving It

Ahhh, it is good to be back to work.  I am not able to maintain my regular schedule yet, but just to go to work, accomplish something, see my coworkers, and, last but not least, earn my paycheck, feels really good.   Of course, by this summer I may have a desk like the gal on […]

Jan 202015
Back to Work and Chemotherapy Round 2

Work.  Yup, I go back to work tomorrow.  I am very excited to see my coworkers again!  I work with a great bunch of people and I miss them.  I imagine they are looking forward to seeing me come back too so I can work my desk   I am feeling a little bit nervous.   […]

Jan 142015
Ostomy oopses:  For ostomates only.

Ostomy oopses-yuk!  Why for ostomates only?  If you don’t need this information, you may want to skip over this blog because it is on the TMI side and a bit gross.  When a ostomy has an oops, it isn’t pretty!  I wasn’t sure about posting it, but a quick Google search showed I am not […]

Jan 062015
Chemotherapy Round 1

Chemotherapy round 1 is now complete-only 7  more to go!  I am so lucky, I think the most common treatment for people with this condition is 12 rounds.   I am hoping to miss the worst of the side effects given since they are cumulative and I have fewer rounds scheduled. My chemotherapy takes place […]

Jan 022015
Sometimes Courage Whispers

Sometimes courage comes in small packages, more of a whisper than a roar.  It can be the simple things, facing another day of radiation, getting out of bed to get the exercise you need to recover from an operation, continuing with chemo treatments in spite of the side effects, that take the most courage.   I’ve […]

Dec 262014
Halfway Point-Rectal Cancer treatment

I am about halfway through treatment for rectal cancer.  I went in today to have an IV port inserted to help with chemotherapy injections.  If you’d like to know more about how these ports work, there is a nice blog, written by a cancer patient, here.   The insertion was painless  and only took a couple […]

Dec 202014
Medical provider and patient communication

First off, let me thank all the medical care providers helping me beat cancer!   My treatment plan is about 1/2-way done and at every step I am getting the best results possible.   I’m giving a shout out to GOD and the power of PRAYER, too.   Thank you to all the friends, family, church […]

Nov 032014
Cancer hear me roar!  Cancer takes a knock down blow.

Cancer “I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar!  (Katy Perry) And cancer did hear me roar!   When I checked in with my surgeon, I found out that the chemo-radiation treatments reduced my tumor to invisibility!  I was pretty excited!   Although they can’t see the tumor, they still have to remove that area so […]

Sep 262014
Last week treatment was tough

Treatment was tough, but at least it was the last week of combined chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  I had so much I wanted to blog about-but I was just too run down to get to it.  Between chemotherapy fog and radiation fatigue, I ran out of antidepressants for a few days, creating a perfect storm […]