My New World # 12:  Celebrations and Tribulations
By July 9, 2018 2 Comments Read More →

My New World # 12: Celebrations and Tribulations

I have a wonderful feeling of accomplishment in achieving my two goals:  In April, I made it a year (50% don’t), and then celebrated my 81st birthday in June.  I spoke words of appreciation to my doc about getting me this far,  and I believe it has been one of my best years, I think, […]

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My New World # 11:   Spring Forward
By March 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

My New World # 11: Spring Forward

SPRING HAS SPRUNG: It has been a very frosty winter for Houston,  and our landscapes are littered with dead sago palms and other tropicals.  Nevertheless, spring is beautiful this year as some plants seem to  have benefited from the cold weather, the azaleas are stunning.  And like me, for example.  My frosty winter is turning […]

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My New World: # 10

A TMI Health Update:  As you know, I have been taking chemotherapy every other week for the last ten months.  It’s been very good, my new normal, but after my last evaluation, we discovered that the tumors are growing a little again.  This calls for a new strategy and  an eight week round of two […]

Groundhog Day Revisited
By February 2, 2018 2 Comments Read More →

Groundhog Day Revisited

Almost everyone knows about Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog in a small Pennsylvania town who predicts the weather  each Spring.  If he sees his shadow, he runs back into his burrow for six more weeks of winter. This centuries old tradition comes from German folklore that holds that many animals can predict the weather and that […]

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By December 15, 2017 4 Comments Read More →

My New World #9: The Season of Friends & Family

It’s been a long interval between my posts as the trifecta of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are upon us all.  My favorite time of the year, I suppose.  I love Jitterbug’s joy at Halloween as she anticipates and greets the children most enthusiastically at the words, “Trick or Treat!”  She, of course, understands that phrase to […]

By September 21, 2017 10 Comments Read More →

My New World # 8: THANKFULNESS

May I take back all my petty complaints from my last post (Everything’s Breaking Down (Except Me )?  Now, so much THANKFULNESS:  JITTERBUG has recovered from her bout of severe pancreatitis and has adjusted to the  meds which control her Addison’s Disease. Before, during, and after Hurricane Harvey, she was a very, very  sick dog and […]

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By August 19, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

My New World #7: Everything is Breaking Down (Except Me)

Let me say first, that my tests yesterday showed good progress and no new growth; however, I am about the only good news in my world this week. Most distressing is the illness of our little Jitterbug. She has been in the hospital for almost a week, and poor baby is very sick.  Her blood […]

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By August 2, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

My New World # 6: Marching toward Evaluation Time

I am taking my final infusion of Round Two as I write this today.  These six to seven hour chemo treatments are a great time for writing these posts, catching up on a little reading, listening to my chemo playlist, watching  television. I have discovered some great television shows, unknown to me before, and some […]

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By July 16, 2017 7 Comments Read More →

My New World #5: The Incredible MDA

Last week, I had minor surgery to install a port in my chest.  It’s rather interesting as this device, implanted beneath the skin, allows the IV needle to deliver chemo drugs directly into the big vena cava coming from the heart, so those increasingly painful IV’s in your poor stressed arms and hands are no […]

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By June 16, 2017 5 Comments Read More →

My New World # 4: A Quick Update

I appreciate the many prayers and good wishes as I approached my first evaluative CT Scan yesterday. Today I received very good news from the doc that my tumors have decreased in size and the 8 weeks (4 treatments) of chemotherapy appear to be effective in blocking the spread to other organs.  SO I am […]

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