Episode 6: Return of the Fatigue

"Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force."  Yoda, Star Wars: Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi For much of my treatment (chemo and radiation), I felt like some Sith Lord put me in a Dark Side trance and at the end of the day I'd be like, "What just happened?"  I wasn't feeling... Continue Reading →


Episode 5: The Radiation Strikes Back

"The force is strong with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet."  Darth Vader, Star Wars: Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back Radiation therapy:  Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and                                    ... Continue Reading →

Episode 4: A New Normal (and A Tough Decision)

"Uh, everything's under control. Situation normal." - Han Solo, Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope What is "normal?" When I first started my cancer treatment, I would come across the phrase "this is your new normal" a lot.  What does that mean?  Normal is relative to the person that's answering that question.  My... Continue Reading →


"We have hope.  Rebellions are built on Hope!"  Jyn Erso, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Today is the big day and another special edition of my blog!  I am currently sitting in a chair getting my final Herceptin treatment!  When I started my first treatment on September 22, 2016, this day felt so far... Continue Reading →

One Year Later – Trusting the Force

“The Force will be with you, always.” Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope “Close your eyes. Feel it. The light…it’s always been there. It will guide you.” – Maz Kanata, Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens I really can't believe that one year ago, while sitting in my living... Continue Reading →

Episode 3.2: Revenge of the Side Effects ~Clouded by the dark side of chemo~

"Hmm. To a dark place this line of thought will carry us. Great care we must take." Yoda, Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith Cancer is the menace, but the side effects from chemo can create many "dark side" moments.  I had hoped when I was diagnosed that I wouldn't have to... Continue Reading →

Episode 3: Revenge of the Side Effects ~Dulling my Jedi Senses~

"This is where the fun begins." Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith    (But I type this sarcastically...) The Chemo cast: Taxotere, Carboplatin, Perjeta, and Herceptin Supporting characters: anti-nausea, anti-vomiting, anti-anxiety, fluids, Neulasta, and steroids Chemotherapy basically causes a war within your body.  While the main goal is to stop... Continue Reading →

Episode 2: Attack of the Chemo

"I call it aggressive negotiations." Padme Amidala, Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones It bears repeating: In my whole life, I was only hospitalized when I was little and that was because I was dehydrated.  The only reason.  And that was a LONG time ago (in a galaxy far, far away).  So,... Continue Reading →

Episode 1.3: The Cancer Menace ~The dark side… and the light~

"Remember: Your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace When faced with your mortality, you find yourself in a whole new reality.  It changes you.  You see things differently, are more aware, and....  Suddenly, I was becoming aware of what the word "mortality" really meant.  Was this... Continue Reading →

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