I’ve heard that a person drowning doesn’t look like they’re drowning. They’re in well over their heads, treading water, exhausted, but somehow they think they’re doing a decent job of keeping afloat. Every gasp for air a desperate fight for survival. I get it. The last month has been a constant struggle to keep my… Continue reading Just Keep Swimming.
When Dr. B explained the results of my scan showing new cancerous cells, we discussed a few options. One of the many things I love about my doc, he always takes the time to explain medical jargon in real terms which enables me to stay positive and hopeful. From our very first appointment, he assured… Continue reading Clinical Trial at MD Anderson
It’s weird. Even when you know what to except, it still manages to take you by surprise. I’ve been told repeatedly that at some point the cancer would grow resistant to the current treatment. Every Dr’s appointment, I would hold my breath. Afraid of the results of my latest scan/blood work/biopsy. Every strange pain, headache,… Continue reading In the Blink of an Eye
Sitting in Alaska this past winter, feeling tired, worthless and depressed. I figured out a way to make my upcoming Dr’s appointment a bit less ominous and frightening. Plan something fun around it! Make it into a trip. A bit of an adventure — follow the sun. Anyone who’s known me for the last decade… Continue reading The Universe has a Wicked Sense of Humor
January 19th will forever be an unforgettable date for me. It’s the day I first heard the words; “You have cancer.” The last year has been crazy. Slow and painful. Quick and joyous. Exhausting and exhilarating. Overwhelming and even more overwhelming. There have been a plethora of crappy-ass moments (pun intended). Who the fuck wants… Continue reading Happy Cancerversary?!
My dad worked non-stop for a couple/few weeks getting Gabriella 2.0 ready for #vanlife. How did this adventure begin, you may wonder? Here’s Gabby’s story. My dad retired from the auto parts business a couple years ago. He worked on the family cars growing up. I always ask him any car related questions. So, I… Continue reading Vanlife, Down by the River!
Damn! Where has the time gone? Time has a much different flow these days. The days/weeks/months are a jumbled mess since my diagnosis. Some days I feel “normal”. Wake up, have breakfast (so I can take my chemo pill). It usually helps with nausea if I eat food with the pills. Run an errand or… Continue reading Livin’ Life to the Fullest with Cancer