Chemo, Christmas & New Year’s

I have been in better spirits this past couple of weeks. I loved being together with family and friends during the holidays. I was so happy that everyone was feeling well and we were able to be with both our families for Christmas. [include file="adleft.php"]It has...

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Emily Helck: Fellow breast cancer blogger

This morning, we saw Emily Helck with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts, talking about her breast cancer journey and how she chronicled in a weekly photo shoot the way her body has changed over the past year. I have already learned from Emily's blog, RTONJ: The Real Tumors of...

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Holiday depression

I finished the book Empty Mansions that I had downloaded from the library to my Kindle. That was pretty fascinating, to read about the wealthy Clark family and how much the heiress Huguette gave away to her caregivers. [include file="adleft.php"]I am now in the middle...

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The Kindle Fire HD is so stinking cool!

I love to read and never thought that I would have a need for a Kindle or any other e-reader device. There's nothing like the feel and smell of a real book. I like to look at the bookshelves and know that I completed most of those displayed. A few years ago, just for...

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Video: Mehndi (henna tattoo) on my head

[include file="adleft.php"]We had a very quiet Thanksgiving, Mark and I celebrated by ourselves at home. We went for an afternoon walk at Petrifying Springs in Kenosha. Then on Saturday my girlfriend Michelle came over and decorated my head with a henna tattoo (also...

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Video: Finishing A/C chemo, starting Taxol

[include file="adleft.php"]I can't tell you how great I feel right now. I have the worst of the 4 treatments behind me and I got through the first treatment of Taxol without any problems to speak of. The first night after treatment I had so much energy that it was...

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How to tie a head wrap: Video tutorials

[include file="adleft.php"]When I found out that I was going to have to undergo chemotherapy and that my hair was going to fall out, it didn't really bother me. I never had a breakdown or felt bad that it was all going away. I kind of wanted to embrace it. I figured...

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Video: Pierogi making and Petrifying Springs

The last treatment of chemo really affected my digestive tract and I think I finally got my system working the way it should. My next treatment is the last of A/C, then I move onto the 12 weeks of Taxol. I am excited to be done with the A/C and ready to move forward....

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Video: Chemo treatment 3

[include file="adleft.php"]Well, I'm three quarters of the way through the first phase of my chemo treatments. This was round 3 out of 4 with Adriamycin and Cytoxan. I have been told that these drugs are the roughest, because your white blood cells are hit so hard....

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Ellen’s haunted house video and my reaction

My sister in law Karen shared this video from The Ellen DeGeneres Show -- "Andy and Amy's Haunted House" -- in the comment area on my previous post. While I watched Amy and Adam go through Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights, Mark caught my reaction on camera...

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Video: My head shaved after 2nd chemo

I wasn't sure what I was going to do when my hair started coming out. I thought that maybe Mark and I could tackle it on our own with a pair of clippers borrowed from my sister Marianne. Then last week I received a phone call from my sister Kim who works as a nail...

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Video: Hair loss, chemo treatment 2

It's happening, my hair loss has begun. So it's a good thing I have the appointment for my head shaving on Thursday. I have been wearing a cap when I sleep as well as when I am sitting around the house. I find it helps to make my scalp feel a little better and it will...

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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes for breakfast!

I came across this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Pancakes the other day while I was tracking my food online at the Weight Watchers website. I absolutely love anything to do with pumpkin so I just had to give these a try. I was really happy with the outcome. They were...

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‘Look Good Feel Better’ cosmetics workshop

Everything so far is going well with my breast cancer treatment. The very good piece of news that I received this week is that I have tested negative to both BRCA mutations (BRCA1 and BRCA2). So that makes me feel better for the chances of any of my six sisters coming...

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First week of chemotherapy: Wig selection

Last week, besides beginning chemotherapy, I had my appointment for my wig fitting at Lucia's Wigs with The Salon in Kenosha. Melissa Simon is the wig specialist there and is such a kind and compassionate person. She is very knowledgeable about dealing with cancer...

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Chemotherapy-friendly food from a cancer cookbook

I took yesterday to make some staples to have on hand for the up coming weeks. Mark and I are trying to figure out what I should and shouldn't be eating. We were supposed to meet with a dietitian on my first day of chemotherapy treatment but for some reason her...

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Neulasta after first chemotherapy treatment

Today I am feeling great. Yesterday was not too bad. I woke a little nauseous but that went away. We had to go back to the hospital for my shot of Neulasta. The only thing I noticed yesterday was being a little sleepy most of the day. I lightly slept while Mark drove...

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First chemotherapy treatment

I got one round of chemotherapy down and it didn't go that bad, as you can see in the video. I got home and decided to take the neighbor's dog for a walk. I felt like I had all this energy and the evening was gorgeous. Our neighbor a couple of doors down has been...

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I have breast cancer

(Above: Phoning from Froedtert's Clinical Cancer Center, Milwaukee, 8/27/13) It's been a while since I have added a new blog entry. Really the site was not up for the past year or so. I have decided to bring it back because I am faced with a new chapter in my life....

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