Archives in Category: Cancer

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It’s a Puzzle

Earl and I often pass the winter days doing jigsaw puzzles; they play to our strengths.

By that, I mean we each have our own way of seeing things: politics, religion, philanthropy. In fact, if you know what one of

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Up or Down

I don’t know what’s magic about the number 33, but that’s the number of radiation treatments I’m scheduled to have.  According to Earl, I’ve finished 23. But according to my calculations, I have ten to go.

I wondered if there

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Preliminary Report

It’s half-way through the month, and I am still monitoring the parking situation when I go for my daily dose of radiation. I won’t reveal all the details now, because I plan to share final observations at the end of

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One Day

Today Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day coincided. It’s the first time in over seventy years. The New York Times noted this with great hyperbole, as if you must celebrate one event by ignoring the other. I disagree. Why not celebrate

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Doc Day #5

As usual, I came armed with questions for my weekly visit with the radiation oncologist. This time, they were relevant to what’s happened since our last meeting.

There’s the rash on my right breast and chest area, as well as

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Liam

I haven’t mentioned Liam in a while; he’s the giant radiation machine that zaps me five days a week. I guess it’s because he’s becoming a routine part of my life and is not so unique. Which just goes to

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A Weekend of Dancing

Yesterday Earl and I saw “A Chorus Line” in South Bend, and today a friend and I saw “The Greatest Showman.” The first was live theatre and the second was at the local cinema. What they had in common went

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Snow

If you’re wondering what it takes for a patient to miss a radiation appointment, the reason has to be pretty serious. A cold? No. An invitation to meet our Mayor? No.  Free tickets to “Hamilton”? Probably not.

But

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Every Little Thing

The thing about cancer is that if you’re not careful it colors everything else in your life.

For instance, radiation requires that you stay close to home, since you go to the hospital every day of the work

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Doc Day #4

Yesterday we met with the doctor, and I came prepared with my weekly question.

“What happens when the radiation sessions are done?”

When I had ovarian cancer eight years ago, I needed a blood test every

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