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2020 (1)

February (1)

Just Saying Hi: HI everyone!! I see that we lost another Warrior. 😥 When I read the 'Light A Candle' notificati...

2019 (1)

April (1)

Just Hello: **Clarifier**--I wrote my story. It is long.  Like, I never write this much.  But, maybe it can he...

2018 (4)

April (1)

What the Heck...: #1--Let me preface this note with this:  I AM very grateful for being alive. Being able to work, ta...

March (3)

My dad's Parotid tumor. very rapid growing: My dad's Parotid tumor. ...
My dad's Parotid tumor. very rapid growing: My dad's Parotid tumor. ...
Lots going on....: WTF???  For anyone interested, my post is down yonder...and I don't know how to get it to where it ...

2017 (2)

September (1)

Happiness is Lots of Toilet Paper: Hello all,   While I read many posts from everyone, I have not posted an update for quite some tim...

April (1)

Blood: Hello all.  I know I have't submitted a post in ... a very long time, but I do try to keep up on as...

2016 (2)

May (1)

The Five-Year Club: Hello all!!........Today, May 19th, 2016, marks FIVE YEARS from my LAST DAY of RADIATION (last Chemo...

January (1)

June: Our June, from "down under", has passed away. What a vibrant spirit we have lost!! My heart is hea...

2015 (11)

December (3)

Happy New Year : Wishing Jill and ALL BFACers a Wonderful New Year!! And, remembering friends of ours who watch over...
pray for my son please: Hi all. My oldest son, Patrick, (the one who crushed his leg and had three brain surgeries, three ye...
Update on What's Going On and Merry Christmas!!: Hello All!! This is an update. I was just thinking, I have not newly ''supported'' anyone here (may...

September (1)

Chef Paul Inquiry: Has anyone heard from Paul (New York)?...

August (1)

Update: Hi all!. (TX Jeff, I know you 're listening. 😊)..... So, my Oncology appt. , July 23) went well...

July (2)

Thank you all: Hi Everyone!!   Well, my heart is heavy at Jeff's passing (Texas Jeff).  I was so hoping to be ab...
Scary Three Days: On phone. Can't type. Soooo. Colonoscopy This past Monday, June 29. Polyp found in Sigmoid colon. r...

May (1)

Oncology Appointment: Wellll.....   Thursday, May 7th, at 1300, I have an Oncology appt. LOVE IT!!  not really.  HOWEV...

April (1)

Paul: Has anyone heard from N.Y. Paul?  ...

March (2)

Appointment Changes: Well, I cancelled my Colonoscopy to be performed at a later date; on a MONDAY, so I can prep at home...
Do I Love Tests??? Need Opinion ASAP: Answer:  No.  I had a chest CT last Friday evening.  Don't know results yet, of course.  Have a...

2014 (15)

December (3)

Merry Christmas: Merry Christmas to all who celebrate Christ's birth!!!  (I KNOW Jesus was born in November..)  For...
June's Surgery: Hey, All!!   Tomorrow is June's, from Australia, surgery!!!! Resection and all that....   Please ...
Thank You All: I want to thank everyone who sent advice, hugs, prayers, etc., after my last (all, really) blog.  I...

November (3)

Do Not Know What To Do:   This past Tuesday or Wednesday, I had a #2 accident at work and had to ask my Commander if I coul...
MY Update: Well, crap!  I've wanted to write an update for a while but am flipping exhausted from the entire "...
Emily-SeeGirlLive: The last entry on Emily's page on Twitter, was that she was "breathing above the ventilator"--so her...

October (1)

Emily: Well, I was going to try to paste information from Emily's (SeeGirllive) Twitter account (I joined t...

August (1)

I Wish It Were Gas, CT, and Nether Parts: Hello all!!  Happy August, 1/2-way through.   So, here is my update thus far.   CT--chest only,...

June (2)

Flex Sig Results: I had the Flex Sigmoidoscopy yesterday, in Seattle--sans drugs.  I had had one many years ago that ...
Flex Sigmoidoscopy Tomorrow: Flex sigmoidoscopy tomorrow at 10:00.  I have almost canceled this several times. My colonoscopy wa...

April (1)

The UPside of things . . .: It just occured to me, on my . . 5th trip to the "Loo" (Martha's favorite word; maybe) this morning,...

March (2)

Ummm . . . Sunshine Please??: Well, I had my Oncology appt. at Seattle VA March 6th.  I have been having more frequent pain and s...
Big Life Changes Coming: Hi all,  Well, I'm losing my job. My boss told me Thursday, but we (LPNs) have a meeting March 6th...

February (1)

Co-worker Update: I thought those of you "in the know", might appreciate an update on my co-worker.  Her hair has bee...

January (1)

Clearing the Air: To anyone who may have been offended by my New Years comment, "May the Lord Bless you All", my apolo...

2013 (41)

December (4)

Happy New Year: Happy 2014 to all!!! May the Lord bless you all . . . .   Carol ...
Merry Christmas: Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014 to EVERYONE!!!!  Bless you all! ;) A little update on my co-worke...
Co-worker Chemo Update: "D" had her second round of chemotherapy last week.  She is parading an assortment of stunning wig-...
Gut: I just feel like crap. Tyndall, if you see this will you ask your docs (those you work with) about 8...

November (2)

Appt outcome and my co-worker: Well, GOOD NEWS!!!  (and, better, NO rectal exam! Woohoo!!--'cause I just had the scope last month)...
Appointment Anxiety: Tuesday, November 19th, at 1300 (1pm.) at Seattle Veteran's Hospital.  Review CT, Bone Scan, blood ...

October (4)

Co-worker Update: My co-worker, "D" (fake name) RETURNED TO WORK MONDAY!!!!  As usual, she looked terrific, with a ne...
Excellent Prep: "Bowel prep: Excellent" - -yippee. I was a tad worried as I wasn't as clear as last time (TMI). Sorr...
Roto-rooter Fluids: I thought I would be happy having not to drink gallons of Gatorade laced with Miralax because my new...
Checking In Get Coffee: Well, my title WAS 'Rollin' In the Deep', but some computer glitch thought I wanted to switch from B...

September (6)

Co worder Update: I took a chance and called my co-worker this morning. She answered the phone!!  She had just left h...
Bullshitters:   In my line of work I run into liars and fakers all the time. They take time and energy away from ...
My CoWorker: I don't know what is going on. She didn't answer my text last week, after I backed off for several d...
JMills: I'm just so worried about Milli (I call her "J") that I want to freaking CRY!!  Dammit! Martha, yo...
OOPS Appt faux pas : Well, guess what??  First, for those "newbies" who wonder if there will be poo issues down the road...
Waiting for Results: I've got the pre-test-result jitters. Sept. 10th, at 2:30. ...

August (3)

Co worker Update: Thank you everyone, for your comments and prayers for my co-worker, "D".  What I know right now:  ...
Urgent Prayer for Coworker Please: Hi all,   My co-worker, 'D', (after her VERY FIRST mammogram. She's my age) has been dx with breas...
Nothing Major: This past Tuesday I met a Pulmonoligist at the Seattle VA.  He was nice but I do not understand whe...

July (4)

Diet Coke over Whine: So, for anyone who read the "Whine Fest" entry I wrote last night, if you resonded, thank you, but I...
Doc visit : So,   I met my new Oncology doc at the VA yesterday. She is getting her Fellowship.  I like her....
VA Oncology in Seattle Manana: Tomorrow, July 9th, is my first appt with a VA Oncologist--AND, to, hopefully, find out what the thr...
Happy 4th: I'm late with this greeting since the day is nearly over, but I had a good excuse.  I had to work (...

June (5)

Moving On But Don't Forget: A couple of days ago Sarah Friedman popped into my thoughts. Strongly.  I see that she has been rem...
Prayer Please: Because of this sore throat, shortness of breath, and heavy chest that just won't go away (four mont...
VA Oncology: I received a call early this morning from the VA's Oncology scheduler!!  (I teared up-from gratitud...
June 3 CT Results: Something's on my lungs . . . . Three nodules. . . uh, let me get my notes.  Yes, three nodules. S...
Update:   June 3rd I had my chest, abdomen, pelvic CT at. . . the VA!!!  It should save me SO MUCH money!!...

May (4)

Zach Sobiech Video: Have any of you seen the video on YOUtube of Zach Sobiech singing his song, "Clouds?"   It's a mus...
Spouting Apology: This is more an apology to Angelina Jolie than anything.  I spouted off yesterday.  I believe ever...
Happy Mother's Day, Auntie's Day, etc: Happy Mother's Day!!  Auntie Day!!  Grandma Day!!  ...
Night from Hell and all that: Two nights ago I wished (almost) I were dead.  I arrived home from a 6-hour drive, visiting my dad ...

April (3)

Sarah Friedman: I just cannot freaking believe she is gone!!!  I can't stop crying.  It's not fair!!! ...
Blessing The World:  My knee hurts. Badly.  Two+ weeks ago, after successfully jogging the lengths of the local track ...
Checking up on people: Has anyone heard from Bgw(Barb1)?  Her last post was March 2012 . . . . She was starting a regimen ...

March (3)

Call your surgeon: Yep, that is what they told me when the nurse called yesterday morning. So, it made me think. I do t...
I called the doctor today: Well, I called the doctor's office today, after getting home from work.  My next labs, CT and Med. ...
Candles: We lost another member, Kim.  Please light a candle for her and pray extra hard for her kids and fa...

February (2)

Update: I stopped the local chiropractor two weeks ago. After calling L & I, I went to my "old" cp in Oly. T...
How To Choose What To Treat : First, I LOVE the Big Bang Theory!!! Okay. Last week I received a card to notify me of my CT...

January (1)

What to say: If there is anyone on here who had a kid with brain tumors please speak up. Preferably, adult kids. ...

2012 (40)

December (6)

Happy New Year Everyone: Hi Everyone!! PST (U.S.) we are 45 minutes away from 2013. Thank you all for your comments and ...
kid update: Yesterday, doctors cleaned out the infected sinuses of my son. They did not replace the fatty tissue...
Parent venting/apron strings: Thank you for the hugs and Merry Christmas wishes! I especially needed it today. My son, the one ...
Merry Christmas: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! First, thank you Jill, for starting and continuing, th...
Merry Christmas: Merry Christmas to EVERYONE here. It is impossible, I think, to know just how many of us are on thi...
New diet: While luxuriating in my bath-and wondering if my thighs are really that fat or is it magnification f...

November (3)

Port No More: Got my Power Port removed today!! So, here I am "resting" on good meds. :O I plan to keep on top o...
Patrick: I found out an hour ago my son Patrick, the one who had two brain surgeries in July, has another tum...
Doc visit: Yay!!! My blood work is good and I can NOT see the doc for SIX MONTHS!!! There was some debate on ...

October (5)

Doctor Plan: I've decided that, since it is getting to the end of the year and, after another $100 bucks out of ...
DJ: I know many of you already are, but we need to rally around DJ. According to his entry yesterday, h...
Thinking of Everyone: I was off the Internet for a few weeks. I changed providers. The one I did have I told to keep their...
Documentary to watch: 'Money-Driven Medicine.' Watch it. I checked it out from my local library with a little cynicism,...
My Plan: I've canceled my November blood draw and Oncology appt. (BTW, while cancelling I noticed the allot...

September (3)

Who runs the Internet: I was just writing a reply to Michele's news about her "awesome" doctor visit and "sent" the reply. ...
"Normal": Bloody stools Weird, mucousy/bloody drainage Near constant pain---in the butt: LOL!!! LITERALLY!!!...
Not going to go every 3 months: My Oncology f/u was a couple of weeks ago. White count is still down a bit, but holding steady. ...

August (1)

Heavy Sighs: I've been gone for -well, since July 7th. My butt hurt REALLY BAD for three weeks!!! Some "biopsy"...

July (3)

No Cancer: My butt hurts like hell and the plumbing is stopped up, but NO CANCER on the rectal biopsy I had Tue...
Happy Independence Day: Happy 4th to ALL OF YOU, your families, pets, etc. I love you all!!! And know, you get a prayer fro...
Bx tomorrow: So, I called the surgical center and the doctor's office early this morning to cancel my bx schedule...

June (2)

Michelle: Has anyone heard from Michelle? She had stage IV colo-rectal cancer, last entry in January after the...
My son: My eldest son, the one who fell off a cliff two years ago and crushed his leg, has to have a tumor r...

May (4)

Oink Oink: I just ate 2-1/2 (ate the other half a couple days ago) LINDEN'S chocolates, and am contemplating th...
Update: I started thyroid medication yesterday, Sunday, 5/20/12. My oncologist didn't want me to yet. She wa...
Thyroid: Endocrinologist says I don't have thyroid cancer. He thinks I have thyroiditis (which I learned abou...
Mother's Day: Happy Mother's Day to all moms!!! (caregivers too. You act like moms)...

April (2)

Alaskan Cruise: I need your opinion! Last year my father wanted to take all his kids on a cruise (he's not wealt...
Gwyn's passing: I just found Gwyn's blog (Willumpony-sp?). And subsequent Memorium. I have been thinking about h...

March (3)

Latest News: I saw the surgeon last week. After torturing me, he told me, "I don't think I need to check your bo...
Girl Scouts: The Girl Scouts are going to kill me before the cancer does. Do they not have any empathy-or sy...
Mt. Hood: I spent four days at Mt. Hood (Oregon) with my dad. He had to use up one of his time shares, so, dar...

February (4)

Recent PET/CT results: As of last Wednesday everything is fine down "south." BUT . . something showed up on my thyroid. S...
PET update: I just sat on a sewing project filled with pins!! Okay. Oncology appt to day to review recent PE...
Apologies: If I offended anyone by making a comment about the occupy movement and/or my recent reference to "li...
Where's the Doss?: Okay, this is weird but I know many of you can understand my . . (need?)to tell you all something. ...

January (4)

It snowed: My last entry was January 18th talking about possible snow. What a flippin' nightmare!! Olympia (WA...
Clarence: If Clarence (the cat) does not stop these surprise attacks (think, Kato in The Pink Panther series),...
First Snow: Today we had our first snow of the season. So, tomorrow morning will be interesting on my way to wo...
Please tell me this is normal: Last evening, just before going to bed, I sat on the floor and started to do some sit-ups. After on...

2011 (63)

December (6)

VA appt.: Tomorrow I have my first appt. with the VA. I registered back in March, right after dx. I wanted to...
MERRY CHRISTMAS : I just want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone here!!!!! If you don't believe in Christmas, well, H...
Photo update: I had to delete the photo of Sassy. Too depressing. I hope y'all don't think I'm mean for it....
Blood donation and cancer: Today I called the blood bank because they sent yet another letter thanking me for donating in the ...
Stretched to the Limit: You all are my saving grace. You all give me hope and a reason to try to see good in things. G...
Good report: Good report at Oncologist's yesterday. Yay! I had been having some pretty intense pain for over a we...

November (2)

Sassy: Remember Sassy? My(the kids and I)cat? She passed away yesterday afternoon. We buried her next to he...
Pluggin Along: Hi everyone. I hesitate to post because I have been dealing with REALLY bad shoulder muscle spasms...

October (7)

My cat Sassy: Sassy is our family cat. In "people years" she is somewhere between 96 and 102. In cat years, she is...
A patient: Yesterday afternoon, during a unit meeting, I found out a patient I had taken care of Monday, passe...
Flex Sigmoidoscopy: Yesterday, in the mail, I received the pathology report for the biopsies the Gastroenterologist took...
Muscle Tone: Has anyone out there lost muscle tone after chemotherapy? And, is the dry skin forever? Just wonderi...
Bills: I just opened my mail and in it was a bill from a collection agency. $88.94. From something back in...
Lessons: I forgot to add in the previous post that there is a lesson here, for me. I think. In regards to my...
Bluebirds, Peanuts, and Comcast: I am BACK!!! First, let me say that I have been praying and thinking of ALL OF YOU during my no inte...

September (1)

Peanuts, shots and everything else: So, a friend said squirrels or birds--or some critter probably put the peanuts in my small (really s...

August (4)

Plants: Guess what? TWO tomatoes are growing on my plant!!! I'm a first time "mom". I'm so excited!! And...
Nursing: This morning I am fried from the past three days at work. The nursing supervisor called at 05-someth...
Indian Burn Clarification: I used the term "Indian Burn" to describe the pain in my gut. I said I used to perform it on my big ...
Post tx PET/CT results: WELL . . . I've ignored posting my Med. ONC f/u results because I didn't feel like it. I will te...

July (7)

Tired of everything: I am tired of everything, and I've just "started." (compared to many of you) Thursday last, PET/C...
Tired of everything: I am tired of everything, and I've just "started." (compared to many of you) Thursday last, PET/C...
Waiting: Waiting for my Oncology appt. scheduled for 7/21. Thank you all for you thoughts. I'm a bit disappoi...
No Carbs Today: Today is PET/CT "eve." NO CARBS!!! They are all that is on my mind! (it's a control issue, I am c...
Helen Reddy: Does anyone here remember Helen Reddy from the 1970's? If not, LOOK HER UP! "I Am Woman" should...
I want to think of something ELSE!: I want to think of something else, other than "What will my next PET/CT say? The surgeon and ra...
Chemo Brain . . Really?: Happy 4th everyone!! I know it's now nearly passed, but I'll say it anyway. Two months ago-or m...

June (7)

Cat Barf: Okay, I am here trying to read posts so I can be supportive, and our 16 y/o cat is BARFING AGAIN!! ...
Four weeks out: I am four weeks (one month anyway) post-treatment tomorrow. Boy, you all sure know how to boost som...
For the Dads here: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all of the DADs here on the blog!!! Love and hugs and smiles!!! Carol...
OUCH!: So, I haven't been able to go to the pool for about six weeks. When round #2 of chemo approached at...
CBC is in good shape: I had a CBC today. Two weeks post treatment--well, almost three weeks post #2 chemo. There are a few...
Dr. Zhivago: Don't watch Dr. Zhivago. Not while you are in active treatment-or just completed. Yesterday, ...
Water off today: So, the city is relaying some pipes that run under I-5 today. (they've been working on it for a whil...

May (3)

Wonderful People: You all are such wonderful people. I caught up with reading posts because I was absent for a while....
don3frying: Okay!!! I am able to (obviously) log into this account, so am going to close the NEW one, "don3fryi...
Week 5: Week 5 is not fun. The effects of radiation has caught up with me and has slowed my pace. I spend...

April (9)

Week 3 Gone: Thank you to everyone who wrote notes of encouragement. My WBCs are back to normal range. Yay!! H...
Week Three: Hi and thank you to everyone who wrote after my last post. I haven't logged in since, because I tend...
Pregnancy Ended: Maybe that's not such a good title, but by the end of my four days carrying a fanny pack with an inf...
Chemo Pump: Today was TREATMENT TIME!! Mitomycin by a quick infusion then hooked up to my 5fu pump-the pump rem...
Countdown: I begin treatment day after tomorrow. I was home sick today with a migraine. Bad, bad. It isn't gon...
Start Date: Tuesday, April 12th at 09:00. That's the start date. Chemo pump and radiation. Right now, my tho...
Good Music: I think my pity-party of the past week is over . . . (do I hear applause??) I was praying on my ...
Frustration: Okay, I wrote a post, but decided to write about what is really bugging me. I posted a good port...
Positive vibes: I just want to tell everyone that I say prayers and try to send good thoughts your way EVERY DAY. T...

March (15)

Waiting Game: My chemo was supposed to begin 3/28/11. I met the Rad Onc. that morning, so, no, chemo didn't start....
New port …: Got power port today, any tips? How long does the pain last?...
Fatigue: First, KUDOS to all of you road WARRIORS!!! :) Thanks for the comments. I'm just really, super-du...
Iron: Had my first infusion of Iron sucrose IV. I've administered Iron Dextran to people, not the sucros...
Staging: BTW, my cancer is "1-2". The doctor said only surgery can really define that. Therefore, I "rounded ...
Operation Kill Zone: Hi all-and thank you all. Yesterday was #2 meeting with my Oncologist. Game Plan day. "GOOD" NE...
Exercise: I swam this evening for the first time in two months. I decided I don't want to feel like a Marshma...
More thoughts: After reading about Travis' "Baboon Butt" and people's comments about burns, loss of limberness (ne...
Life signs on my plant: I have a plant that a patient's wife gave me about three years ago. Therefore, this plant means a l...
Colonoscopy Results: Good news! My colonoscopy this morning revealed NOTHING NEW, only the tumor found by the surgeon du...
Hi All: I'm on tear-alert the past three days, and don't feel it ending any time soon. lol!! (not really) ...
I hate clouds: Dare I whine about the weather? I live in Western Washington so shouldn't say I hate clouds; but...
First doctor visit: Thursday was my first meeting with my Oncologist. I like her and she seems thorough, so that is one ...
'night all: I was asleep (earlier than usual, which is GOOD)got two phone calls, and here it is late. Oh well. ...
Things I think about: I am wondering how those of you who have been through treatment for anal cancer fared as far as affe...

February (2)

Today: Today I made it through my shift on just 600mg ibuprofen and one xs Tylenol. I had a Percocet in my ...
Support: In 24 hours, I have learned so much about my cancer, treatments, and . . best of all, found this si...
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Vital Info

Posts

February 24, 2011

Sierra Vista, Arizona

July 20, 1962

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

squamous cell carcinoma of the anus

February 23, 2011

Stage 2

2.1 - 3.0 cm

Negative

Negative

No

No

Difficulty going to the bathroom; telling my kids. Worrying about how to pay for tx. Seeing all the young people here. Chronic stool incontinence..which keeps me from participating in certain exercises and, definately, avoiding group outings.

REALLY be a support for others/fight for my kids

Prayer, listen, feedback.

Orange Juice! (I craved it); steak; homemade vanilla pudding.

Patience, an ear, chocolate . . .

Western Washington Oncology 2011-2012. Switched to VA in 2013, to save $$.

If you have a choice, get a port. Exercise through treatment, if possible. It helps.

Take every day head on. Prayer, whatever, too.

May 19, 2011

October, 2011

No, as of 09/24/2017. However, a sigmoid polyp--1st one, was discovered and removed 06/2015.

Chronological order: Blood-tinged drainage for months, then heavy bleeding with BMs-which I "hoped", for months, would go away. A hard skin tag, change in stool appearance, increased difficulty defecating. PAIN!

I give to various charities: St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald house,cancer charities; multiple fund-raisers. I am too tired and lazy to organize a fund-raiser. Mostly, my emotions are shot. Gone. Just...gone.

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