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So how am I?

So how am I? How am I, really? Now that I am exactly 2 years out from the start of my treatment, a time that felt like armageddon, its a good time to reflect on where things stand. I’ve just completed … Continue reading

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What really happens during radiation therapy:

What really happens during radiation therapy: “Not sure why my kin staked a claim here in Cleavage Valley, Linda County. There was pesticides and alcohol from back in the day, but not ‘nough for those pioneers to write home about. … Continue reading

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Constant World

    Constant World Mid-morning sings A summer song on my small town street.   Where the street crosses the creek The woods muscle right up to the edge. Someone watches me from in there. What is she doing here?   … Continue reading

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Ralphie wants to know

Ralphie wants to know why I am no longer a frenzy of activity. Why am I acting like a dog, lying around all the time? He thinks it obvious that the loveseat isn’t big enough for both of us. Yes … Continue reading

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How does a bald woman get shampoo in her eyes?

  How does a bald woman get shampoo in her eyes? I admit that it is unlikely that a bald woman would have a need to use shampoo. But if she did, she may be caught unawares as to the … Continue reading

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How is an oncology nurse like a midwife?

How is an oncology nurse like a midwife? Near the end of labor during the birth of my second child fear unexpectedly possessed me and I began a whiney, shallow-breathed, feeble chant of, “No, no, no, no. I don’t want … Continue reading

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I was just thinking maybe I have this chemo thing down.

      I was just thinking maybe I have this chemo thing down. When Nurse Brian said days one through three would be high-energy days he meant in comparison to the days that would follow, not in comparison to my … Continue reading

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Can a day be both normal and not normal all at once?

Can a day be both normal and not normal all at once? On Sunday I shaved my head (not normal) and joined friends at the beach (normal) even though I thought I might get nauseous and have to turn around … Continue reading

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I’ve just finished my fourth breakfast

I’ve just finished my fourth breakfast. It is 11:30 a.m. I had steel cut oatmeal with walnuts and cinnamon. An hour later I had a hard boiled egg on flat bread. At about 10:30 I had 10 crackers with leftover … Continue reading

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What really happens during chemotherapy:

What really happens during chemotherapy: Bert tried to grab hold of the slick cartilage at bone’s end, but not having hands made that difficult. Tears ran. A defeatist, “How will I ever get to the trabecular bone tissue if I … Continue reading

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