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Morning Person

I used to be a morning person. Then I started working at home on flex time and became a night owl. Now, at least for the next six weeks, I'll be a morning person again for radiation (an important part of my complete breakfast!).

I get radiation across the road from the cancer center where I had gotten chemo. I already knew the facility because my breast cancer support group meets there. This time I bypassed the main lobby and went directly to the treatment lobby, through a patients-only door in the back.

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The Next Phase

Oddly enough, I have not felt depressed since I got my cancer diagnosis. I've stated earlier that I feel as though I am on a perilous adventure, but an adventure nonetheless. My mindset is that I am facing this intruder head-on and fighting the good fight. I also realize my limitations and have been cutting myself a lot of slack where and when I need to.

That said, I have teared up exactly three times in connection with this process:

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Shufflin' Off With Buffalo/An Adventurous Week

One to go!


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(The moon is based on my shot of the May 5, 2012, Supermoon.)

Almost ready for blast-off! If all goes well, my final chemo infusion will occur later this week. *happy dance*

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Sleepytime

Two chemo infusions to go!


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The arch is based loosely on one that I had photographed in Ybor City, a neighborhood in Tampa, FL. The eyes are based on an imprint from one of my homemade art stamps from about 20 years ago.

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Whew!

I am now down to my last three chemo infusions.


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The bird is based on my 2006 photo of a wood stork at the St. Augustine, FL, Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. The park includes a rookery, which birds can enter and leave freely. The gators at the rookery serve as natural bodyguards against predators.

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Masked Marvel

I am now down to my last four chemo infusions.


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(The butterfly is based on (and color altered from) my photo of a Palamedes swallowtail. The azaleas are based on my shot of one in my front hedge.)

As I type this entry I look pretty much like this:

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Pumping Iron, Part 2/Ruminations

Seven Taxol infusions down, five to go!


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Pumping Iron/Genetics, Part 2

I am now halfway through my Taxol infusions. Six down (in addition to my four earlier Adriamycin/Cytoxan infusions), six to go.


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(The birds are based on photos I took of swallowtail kites in my neighborhood.)

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Genetics

Five Taxol infusions down, seven to go. My next chemo will occur tomorrow if all goes well.


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I had plenty of questions for the ARNP this last time and am still left with several mysteries. One in particular made her bump up my meeting with my oncologist, whom I normally see every three weeks or so. I will see him tomorrow instead.

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Watching the Bloodwork

This past Thursday was my fourth Taxol infusion. Eight more to go!


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At least, that's the plan. We'll see what my body says.

I've been feeling relatively fine, all things considered. Certainly I'm not up to pre-chemo snuff, but my side effects have been mild thus far.

My bloodwork, however, begs to differ. Here are a few examples:

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