Finding Joy In The Journey

Everything was moving right along.  The first two chemo treatments were behind me, the turbans and wigs were here and as a family, we were adjusting to our new normal. We were literally looking ahead which was easy to do because Paige and Case became engaged on February 8, 2009. . So we had plenty of…

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Not So Boldly Bald

Friends Making a Difference After the side effects of the January 15th chemo subsided, the next two weeks were pretty normal.  I was working every day and Monica, Principal’s Secretary, made pink curtains for my office.  She was so thoughtful.  I was learning to embrace the pink. During chemo education, I was given suggestions for some wig…

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The Day I Met Red Devil Chemo

Red devil chemo was waiting for me. On January 12, 2009, the port was in place and we were ready to go. A portacath is a small medical appliance inserted near the left clavicle and had a tube that went directly to the superior vena cava. This positioning allowed the infused chemotherapy to be spread throughout the body quickly and…

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Making Sense of It All

Chemo Education Before you start chemo, you have to attend Chemo Education.  I had never heard of Chemo Education.  Chemo Education is scheduled with a nurse.  My nurse was the sweet nurse from Dr. Wonderful’s office.  I am going to refer to the Hematologist-Oncologist/Chemo Doctor as Dr. Wonderful. Doug, my husband, went with me to…

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The Beginning of Hope

On December 31, 2008, I met with the Hematologist-Oncologist. She worked me in as her last appointment on New Years Eve day.  I did my research on her because choosing the right chemo doctor was a life saving decision.  She completed her fellowship at NYU and there were no sanctions or malpractice claims in the last 14…

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