Category: Cancer

Six Years Ago.

Facebook gave me a notification today that exactly six years ago, I had ostomy surgery.  It also brought up a post I put up the early morning of surgery day.  As you could imagine, I was having a hard time sleeping the night before everything would change for me.  Here’s some of what I wrote:

Lists

Shirts Pants Socks I make lists.  A lot of lists. Phone Phone Charger Tooth Brush I’ve kept lists from time to time over the years, but since having chemo, I find them essential.  After chemo, I found my brain seemed sluggish, slower.  I couldn’t really describe what my issue was, but I knew I wasn’t

Restart

At the end of 2011, my oncologist had declared I was in remission.  Shortly afterwards, my brother and his girlfriend came to visit.  He had been down to visit several times while I was sick.  He spent a lot of time in the hospital with me along with his girlfriend and Danielle. At the visit after I

Patience

I don’t have much patience when waiting at the doctor’s office. My appointment is at a certain time, I expect to see the doctor within reasonable window after that appointed time. Today I’m waiting to see the doc and it’s an hour past my appointment. To be honest I’m kind of fuming about it. Why

The Week

It’s that time of year again.  Time for the CT Scan and the blood work.  Time for the barium and the iodine. None of that is really all that bad.  It’s the week between the tests and the results that still gets me anxious.  There’s something about the fact that there is paperwork somewhere in

The CDC and Ostomies

I’ve tried writing this post a few times now.  The CDC has put out new anti-smoking ads.  These ads have always been kind of in your face and shocking.  The most recent tie together the increased risk of colon cancer and smoking.  There’s this one: and this one: Many people with ostomies were offended by

Slow Down! Embrace the Journey.

It’s 38 degrees outside today and the wind is blustering.  It’s not the weather you expect in the Las Vegas desert, but if you live here it’s not surprising.  I’m wearing a leather jacket, wool hat, and gloves.  I’m walking to the grocery store to pick up some supplies for New Year’s Eve. The store

Travel

There’s no place like home. When you irrigate like I do you have everything set up just the way you like it. It’s taken time to find out what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to the logistics of irrigation and you can make changes to accommodate your needs. On the road, things

Made Me Nuclear

In honor of my PET scan today,  I give you Made Me Nuclear by Charlie Lustman. I met Charlie while getting chemo one day.  He was touring around cancer centers in Nevada, playing his guitar and singing songs.  He gave me his album which he wrote about his cancer experience.  I listened to it often

Time For Another Checkup

It’s that time again.  Time for blood work and time for a PET scan, my least favorite of the scans.  Tomorrow is blood work.  No big deal.  They’ll draw some blood in the morning before I go to work.  Do a few tests.  Should be pretty quick. Friday is the PET scan.  Unfortunately the only