Oh my word, you guys... For someone who very much likes, and functions well in, routine and order, these past three weeks have resembled this: We have been down at the SCCA [Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for those of you just joining our broadcast] nearly every weekday for the past three weeks as Corey has … Continue reading Chunky Gold & Tattered Capes
August 31 was our "Intake Day" at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, officially beginning the process for Corey's stem cell bone marrow transplant. During the pre-transplant/workup phase they schedule several appointments throughout the course of a day so you're accomplishing a lot while you're there. Day 1 was [meant to be] mostly about meeting the … Continue reading (Positive) Rhinos and (Negative) Comas
So we're taking the month off. Kind of. Corey's lab results at the end of Round 5 were really good. He's not in "clinical remission" but his numbers are close enough that they decided skip the full chemo regimen this month and take a pause in treatment until we begin the next phase. Two of … Continue reading A Kaleidoscope of Grace
Gah! Has it really been a month since I last posted?! I've been meaning to post, then I decided to wait because there wasn't much new to report, then I had some things to report but had to take a few days to work through them in my head, so, well, ta-daaa! Here's a new … Continue reading Close Yer Tabs!
Well, I MADE IT! I mean we.... we made it. The last day of school has come and gone, and we are officially on summer break! Can I get an A-MEN from all the parents out there? (And really, "I made it" is a pretty accurate statement, because those last couple weeks of school are pure craziness for … Continue reading 1,000 Cranes & Decidedly UNwaterproof Mascara
How is it possible that life has been so full and crazy and all the words synonymous with busy (because I really don't like that word; it seems like such a contest word to me. "I'm so busy!" "You think you're busy? Look at my busy!" Gah! Stop it!) that our cancer journey is not the … Continue reading Hang-Ups & Single-Use-Capes
There are mountain people, beach people, city people and country people. I'm a beach girl. I love everything about the beach. Some of my favorite memories from when I was a kid are from when we'd go to Southern California to visit my dad's grandparents. I remember chasing sunsets down the Pacific Coast Highway, burying ourselves in … Continue reading Here’s to Free Hands
Round One is in the books. We arrived for our appointment last Friday and got all checked in. We were there for an appointment with Robin, the APRN we see every 2 weeks or so. Because of a scheduling snafu, we didn't end up seeing her but Corey was also scheduled for an infusion and injection … Continue reading In the Through
For those of you following along, this is week 3 (days 21-28) of Corey's first round of treatment, which means Corey actually gets a break from the chemotherapy drugs this week. Yay! There are, of course, other drugs he's taking daily during this week, but he gets a break from the two chemo drugs, soan that's … Continue reading Dear Me, your Cape is the Wrong Color
We've met some really nice people throughout this foray into the world of chemotherapy and cancer treatment. Not only have the doctors, nursing staff, medial assistants, schedulers and everyone in between been great, but the injection and infusion center is wide open, with no partitions, which lends itself to open conversation and a spirit of camaraderie. … Continue reading I’ll Take a Round of Chemo… with a Library on the Side.