With Cancer you get AC

We remodeled our house last year leaving what to do about heating and cooling up in the air.  Where we live the heating isn’t a problem, it never gets that cold.  The cooling is another story, our house is 80 years old with no insulation and open beam ceilings. The loved one said he couldn’t possibly have his wife with cancer experience another sweltering summer in our house. He put a window unit in our bathroom for the bedroom and bathroom and another one in the living room.  After this humid week end with thunder showers it was awesome to have cool dehumidifed air.

Beware of “good advice”

Good advice comes in a variety of packages.  Today it was given to me by a member of my old church.  She had actually given me this advice a few months ago when I told her I had cancer.  She admonished me not to eat anymore sugar and surely I knew that it was feeding my cancer.  This afternoon she told me to look her in the eye and answer the question “Have you given up sugar?”  I told her I eat healthy but that I had not given up sugar.  We went back and forth about whether her advice was based on science or anecdotal evidence or a few peoples opinions. I left and went to Mr. Frostie and had a small hot fudge sundae…

The Gifts of Cancer

My energy isn’t what it was before I got cancer.  I can’t do everything I used to do but I can do some other things.  I went to go for a bike ride several weeks ago and I knew I couldn’t do my usual hill bike ride, I did not have the endurance for it.  I went for a 45 minute bike ride in the community where I live and it was wonderful.  I rode my bike to La Jolla Cove a few days ago and the surf was too big to swim in my condition.  I planted myself in some shade and watched the lifeguards earn their pay.  They did lots of rescues.  I did some fun people watching including some really goofy students from LA.  All sights and experiences I wouldn’t have had without the big “C”

The Cancer Fight

Many people have told me I need to fight cancer and take care of myself.  I believe my part in “the fight”  is to take my chemo and get my labs drawn and keep living the life I know as best I can; suit up and show up.  God has taken up the fight for me and I’m not sure how it is going to go, but I am going to do my part.  Fighting is something I don’t want to engage in, I get angry too easily as it is.  I am going to ask God to fight this fight, take care of me and count on him to do so…..

Irreverent sense of humor

This is very useful when you have cancer.  It helps with everything, especially for not taking cancer seriously.  The loved one has an irreverent sense of humor that keeps me laughing.  Today I got a card of encouragement from some friends of ours.  I told the loved one “I got a card from so and so”  He said “a happy cancer card”  Congratulations you have cancer.  Not quite, but it is funny….

Good Cancer Day

I had a great day!  I did everything I wanted to do, trained and exercised dogs, went to gym, cut and color hair along with a few other mundane things.  Really great after the previous 2 days with chemo and a delayed reaction to a new drug.  The reaction is unusual after you leave the chemo room.  I spent the next morning in the ER and the afternoon getting another dose of chemo.  Next month I will know better how to manage my symptoms and it will go better.