Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Flashback - August, 1966 - 'Clarksville'

Take the Last Train to Clarksville
The Monkees !

Sunday, November 21, 2010


This past Friday was the one-year anniversary of my last chemo treatment. I remember walking out of the chemo center with mixed feelings. So very glad to be finished, but a little regret that I wouldn't be seeing the people who took such good care of me, the people on the same treatment cycle as I was.

It's been a tiring, but good week. Still quite sore from last surgery, but is beginning to subside. I can sleep on my side again .. very carefully. The incisions under my arms have been more painful than those on my chest during both phases of the reconstruction. The implants are starting to 'drop' very slowly .. expecting it to take 2 - 3 months before they look 'right'.

I've finally started my chemo hat project .. crocheting caps to take to the chemo center to give to those taking treatments. Extra soft yarn to keep tender chemo-heads warm. I've made about 30 so far. My first few were with regular yarn, but they're way too coarse; will probably drop these off at a shelter. They're fine for folks with hair, but too rough for sensitive heads.
Father S has kindly agreed to bless them with a prayer for the people who will receive them.

Wow .. a whole year .. doesn't seem possible. I am blessed. I am thankful.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Flashback - 1969 - Aquarius

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
The Fifth Dimension

Monday, November 8, 2010

"I want you to know ...

...that my friend and coworker, Jillian, did her second 3-day, 60-mile walk for Susan G. Komen this past weekend. Jillian wears ribbons for those who have succumbed to ("in memory of...") and those who are beating ("in honor of...") breast cancer. She carried you with her this year.
I love you."

That was the email I received from my closest friend yesterday.

How do I say a meaningful 'thank you' to such people? To my dearest friend who loves me, 'warts and all', who has squealed with me in my happiest moments and held me in my lowest. To a strong, warrior-woman who, although I've never met her, carried my name along with others to heighten awareness of the ravages of breast cancer. To the Susan G Komen Foundation that raises funds to find a cure, that provides accurate information when we are newly diagnosed and searching for answers, that holds up before us brave women (and men) who have fought and won, who have fought and lost. To the surgeons and oncologists who have guided me. To the compassionate nurses who changed my bandages and administered chemo drugs. To my family and friends who have held my hand. To my Blessed Mother who cradled me in her arms and spoke softly to me of the love of a God I had long doubted.

Thank you. You have touched my heart. You have touched my life.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Flashback - 1963 - 'It's My Party'

'It's My Party'
Lesley Gore

Video title says '1965', but was actually released in 1963. There have been lots of remakes, but this remains the standard.