Let's just dig right in, shall we? The clinical trial is off and running and last week was the first in October I wasn't in Portland. I will be there next week and the week after, and then my schedule moves to an every-four-week-visit timing. This first month requires more travel because I'm getting 2 … Continue reading Clinical Trial Update
There's a part of Brené Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection that discusses the idea of expectation. How if you tell yourself you have ZERO expectations for name-your-thing, that you're not actually protecting yourself from disappointment or that you don't care. Instead, you're denying yourself the joy of the thing happening or the support if the … Continue reading Okay, so now what?
Usually, no news is good news around these parts. It means I'm living my life and things are chugging along. I wish I could say that has been the case. But as ever, chronic disease is chronic (it's in the name!) and so we've spent the past two months getting information, and then more information, … Continue reading What’s going on?
There's this relationship tool called the "5 Love Languages" -- you can take a simple test to see what your love language is. I am overwhelmingly "Acts of Service" -- if you clean for me; you basically have my undying devotion. It's a fun way to understand how you show and want to receive love, … Continue reading Keep calm and keto on. Plus other things.
Let's start with some administrative items: November's blood work & oncologist call occurred without incident. All blood marker levels are within in the normal range -- my CA-125 was slightly elevated, but my HE-4 was down a significant amount. (No, I cannot thank the diet for that yet since the tests were done about 4 … Continue reading Keto Life: Week 3 (and then some)
And with one thing and another, October is nearly over. This past month felt more like *real* life than any other since chemo stopped. It's almost as though I can pretend that nothing at all happened and life has always been this way, right? Riiiiiiiight. My work on mind, body and spirit continues! I joined … Continue reading Things & Stuff: October Edition
First off, I cannot believe it's nearly October. Time, she is flying! Kenji and I had a discussion recently around perception of time and how it changes as we age. We figured out that a 50 year-old's perception of a single day is just over a week to a 1-year-old. Put *that* in your pipe … Continue reading Things & Stuff: September Edition with Added Science!
The holiday season is upon us! Just kidding. Sort of. (I'm sure Costco will have their Xmas display any day now...) It's just I like a punny title and that's all I could come up with today. Bear with me, as today is the first day it doesn't feel like I've been punched in the … Continue reading Shingle all the way
I saw this reposted on Instagram, and it's pretty damn close to explaining my sentiments as I go through this. From @bymariandrew: I've been trying to draw something about living through a traumatic experience for a while, but it's a really sensitive and complex topic, so I'll just focus on this one part of my … Continue reading On life after trauma
It's been nearly 30 days since my last post. I'm constantly amazed at how time seems to pass in the blink of an eye. There's much to report, so let's get this party started, shall we? Most importantly, we met with my oncologist today and are now officially in "wait & see," or as I'm … Continue reading 30 Days & What Have We Learned?