Episode 14: Managing Chemo Brain

"I don't know where you get your delusions, laser brain." Princess Leia, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Oh, hey there!  It's been awhile.  This summer has been pretty busy.  In May I decided to audition for the summer musical at my local community theatre.  The show: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor... Continue Reading →

Episode 9: The Hair Journey

"Insert future Episode 9 quote here..." OR "Hair does not define you." Since Episode 9 only exists in its infancy at this point, there is no quote that I can attach to this blog post.  However, I did want to share a quote from the woman that shaved my hair off last October: "Hair does... 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 →

REBELLION AND HOPE: I DID IT!

"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 →

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