An Update With Special Thanks!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Here is an update on my spring and summer:

“Most of the shadows in life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

I completed 18 weeks of chemo on June 21. The first two rounds (6weeks) went fairly routinely. I went into the third round and completed four intense treatments on Thursday and by the weekend I had the flu that was going around here in early spring. I lost eleven days as I could not eat, lost almost 10 pounds in eleven days, did not respond to antibiotics and wound up with anemia. The oncologist went ahead with round four even though I could not walk without assistance. I eventually was able to totally take care of myself on a limited basis around the end of May. For four straight weeks after I had the flu, I had to go to the clinic daily. The last of these four weeks was chemo for four days again. My white and red blood counts tanked and I had to finally take injections for my white count and two transfusions of blood. I am beginning to feel human again as the calendar moved into July!

I have been able to work at the computer for 30 minutes but today I wanted to let you know that I am still here and that I never stopped thinking about you! Imagine my surprise when I started back on my computer last week and found email, comments, and even SPGoodies! I apologize to each of you for not being able to answer and am really sorry if the lack of a response caused you to be concerned. On the other side I do hope that each of you know that I felt the strength that you passed on to me.

To my special SP friends listed here I say thanks for being there and it means much! I also know that there are others who have left comments and that I appreciate them also!


I will try to keep in touch as I go forward. I also have some good news! It looks as if we have sold the farm and tentatively we have set a date of 8/16 to leave for our new home in NC! I will keep you posted!

In the last week I have been able to go back to reading poetry. Here are a couple that I will share that really run the gamut of my spring and early summer!

I Walked a Mile with Pleasure
By: Robert Browning Hamilton

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But I was none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned the day
When sorrow walked with me.

Time To Stop Struggling

Life is unfair, sometimes the sadness we can't bear.. 
This was a feeling I could never share...
I am strong, strong enough to move on from this pain, 
I won't feel the shame, my life is not a game, 
I am tired of these tears and my fears... 
I will cherish my inspirations... 
I will find my dream, I promise, that's what I will achieve.. 
I believe in miracles,
I won't fall, I may be lost but I will be found...
I will fly like a butterfly through the night, will have a pleasant sight, afraid but I will fight... 
Know no boundaries, free my mind of all the pressure,
I want so much to be free, so much I want to see... 
I want to reach the sky, I want so much too fly... 

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    I am so sorry that you sick I am just glad that you are back and feeling human again. emoticon emoticon
    1815 days ago
    I"m glad you're feeling better and hope the new move does you wonders. Hope
    1815 days ago
    I am so glad you are feeling better and thank you for the update! As a survivor who had 2 years of chemo, my heart hurt reading your blog post. I was fortunate but I remember the sick days. Know that you are in my thoughts, prayers and blessings of health are sent your way. Keep up the good fight and pray that a better way to meet this cancer challenge comes soon.
    All my love is sent to you emoticon as you continue this journey.
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    so glad you are back emoticon emoticon
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  • MOGAL1946
    Yay! So glad to hear from you and know you are getting better. You have really had a rough go and so glad that you have battled your way through it all. Take care of yourself and keep it touch as you feel like it. emoticon emoticon
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  • CAT609
    Iam so glad to hear that you are feeling better. I am sorry I didn't know about it. I wish I could have done something for you. I know that chemo does a number on your body! I am so very thankful that you are OK. Make sure you keep getting your rest! Don't worry about responding to us. Take time for you! You are the best!! emoticon emoticon
    1815 days ago
    emoticon It is so good to hear from you that you are back and okay. Of course we all understand that you were going thru too much to answer our mails and comments, but the good thing is that you are back and feeling better! emoticon back! emoticon
    IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

    1815 days ago
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    1816 days ago
    Great to hear you are feeling better now. Your perseverence is something i admire about you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1816 days ago
    Glad to have you back!

    1816 days ago
    Oh my dearest friend!! You are back! I felt so very sad because I thought you had passed away and you are back! emoticon emoticon I have a new phone number, email and a new apartment. I know you are trying to catch up so take your time.

    I am SO happy!!!!!! emoticon emoticon
    Love, Chelsea
    1816 days ago
    You have been through quite a rough time emoticon , I'm glad to see you back hear and posting. Please don't feel bad about not responding to each email, comment, etc.; I totally understand how it is when you are not feeling good, and I'm sure everyone does too. I am so glad you are feeling better now!
    1816 days ago
    it is good to hear from you

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    I admire your perseverance and your courage! You inspire me!
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