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You mad, bro?
So if you read the article about me in the Dallas Morning News, you’ll know that my initial reaction to my diagnosis was anger. You also might assume that I’ve spent most of my adult life angry, being a trial … Continue reading
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Five Finger Death Punch to Cancer
So, the plan ever since we found out that I was stage 3 (not stage 4, which would have taken away surgery, or stage 2, which might have taken away chemo) was for us to do four steps to get … Continue reading
Let’s talk about running, baby.
Let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the good runs and the bad runs that may be…. Uh, sorry. Having a nineties flashback for a minute there. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while … Continue reading
Is this the end?
“Black and white soldiers alike wonder if this really means freedom. Not. Yet.” – Hamilton So, surgery, chemo, and radiation are all over. And that means cancer treatment is over, right? Sort of, but not really. The day after radiation ended, … Continue reading
I thought radiation came with superpowers.
“I like your tattoos,” the waitress said. I was startled. “I’m sorry?” “Your tattoos,” she repeated, pointing to her neck. “Oh.” I self-consciously touched one of the stickers with the sharpie marks underneath it. “They’re not tattoos, actually. They’re marks … Continue reading
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Counting sheep has never been my thing
I can’t sleep. In and of itself, this isn’t really surprising. Insomnia is a side effect of chemo, along with night sweats, for which my oncologist prescribed Gabapentin. The Gabapentin is supposed to make me sleepy, too, but it doesn’t. … Continue reading
Cold capping, or how I learned to stop worrying and keep my hair
So, of all the things that have been going on with my treatment, the cold capping has gotten the most interest. Many people have asked me if it’s new – it’s new-ish, I guess. I know people use cold capping … Continue reading
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So, now that the tests had been done and the second opinion obtained, it was time to start the part I dreaded the most – chemotherapy. In particular, my chemo regimen would include four rounds of Adriamycin and Cytoxan on … Continue reading
Recovering from surgery
I was pretty out of it immediately after surgery, but I had a lot of visitors to cheer me up. Mostly that first day I remember being hot and annoyed and in pain and unable to sleep. I had those … Continue reading
It’s funny now but at the time, we really did feel like we had waited forever for surgery. In truth, it was barely a month after my diagnosis. But as soon as you hear you have a malignant tumor, all … Continue reading