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I just wanted to leave a quick note that Cass and I are leaving for my 16 month check. We’ll have breakfast at John’s Place and then to the BC Cancer Centre for my appointment with Dr. Sheila. I’ll post when we get back.

“Anxiety is the space between the “now” and the “then.”” Richard Abell

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It’s 10 days before my 16 month check with Dr. Sheila. This Friday I will have blood taken and the Friday afterward I will get the results and be poked and prodded at the cancer centre. I have no reason for anxiety. I feel well. My physical body seems to be in as good condition as I could hope at this point. However, the anxiety is there.

We have some news. There’s a new puppy in our lives. Her name is Daisy and she is an 11 week old Jack Russell Terrier. Poor Otis has had his life turned upside down. She is as evil/cute as a JRT puppy should be. I’ll post again after the blood test and again after my check up. Wish me luck.

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A week or so ago, Gord and Janet called to confirm dinner with us on ‘Remission eve’. They also said that they’d be bringing dessert, no exceptions.

I announce the Tom Tam cake…made with Tom’s favorite cookie, the Tim Tam!

Thanks, Janet!

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I work for a biotech company. We produce software that is used in labs working primarily on biomarker research. As with any company, we’re here to make money, but there’s another more personal driving force: we’ve all been touched by cancer and we want to help prevent and cure it.

We are heavily involved with a group called the Canary Foundation, the world’s first non-profit organization dedicated solely to the funding, discovery and development of tests that will detect cancer early – the canary in the coal mine. Founded by ex-Cicso exec and philanthropist Don Listwin, 100% of money raised goes directly to research; Don’s family foundation covers all administrative expenses. The Canary Foundation has a large network of researchers and labs along the Canada and US west coast, each focusing on a piece of the puzzle. They also provide scientific program management to make sure that all funded research activities are on track and that any obstacles are rapidly addressed and overcome. This close level of research monitoring helps ensure an unusually rapid pace of research and is very different from most grant environments where reviews are typically done annually and at a cursory level.

I’m particularly motivated towards this cause, especially after Tom’s cancer journey this past year. Tom’s success is partly due to us discovering his cancer early (that and being the oldest known and treated cancer).  However, we haven’t always been so lucky; cancer has affected my family through the untimely loss of my beloved grandmother and Tom’s mother. They were affected by cancers that can be cured in their early stages, but with the current tests available, are almost impossible to detect in time for effective treatment.

I know that most of you already have some cause that you fund, but if you feel that this research is worthwhile, please donate something to help prevent the misery of cancer. You can safely donate online here. Thank you.

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Something Old, Something New

So, at this point I’ve been blogging lumpy’s diary for nine months. Cassie and I have published more than 160 posts and you’ve entertained us with 150 comments. I’ve now been in remission for 4 months and I wouldn’t say that this is the end of this story… but for now the lumpy story is going to get more sporadic. I promise to post anything relevant to Hodgkins, my treatment, follow-on symptoms or side-effects of my treatment.

This battle is, if not won, at the very least fought to a good conclusion for the time being.  As Jim Morrison brooded, “Nobody gets out of here alive”. But today is not my day to get out.

“And in the end, the love we take will be equal to the love we make.” Lennon – McCartney

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It is the springtime of my loving – the second season I am to know
You are the sunlight in my growing – so little warmth I’ve felt before.
It isn’t hard to feel me glowing – I watched the fire that grew so low.

It is the summer of my smiles – flee from me Keepers of the Gloom.
Speak to me only with your eyes. It is to you I give this tune.
Ain’t so hard to recognize – These things are clear to all from
time to time.

Talk Talk – I’ve felt the coldness of my winter
I never thought it would ever go. I cursed the gloom that set upon us…
But I know that I love you so

These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall
This is the wonder of devotion – I seek the torch we all must hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient – Upon us all a little rain must fall…It’s just a little rain…

The Rain Song
by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin

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Well, so far so good. The doctor says my blood tests are acceptable though my lymphocytes are still low compared to normal. That is understandable because of the illness that I had. She poked and prodded me and couldn’t find anything that shouldn’t be there.

So, I would say that I can now call myself a survivor… no longer a patient. I have been free of any evidence of disease for 4 months so I think I come by that title honestly. It doesn’t mean that there will not be problems in the future but for now I live on.

We also stopped by the chemo infusion room and donated all of my leftover anti-nausea medication…Cass finally felt ready to give them up. (And she claims that she’s not superstitious!) Some of the medications cost more than $20 per pill and there are many patients that don’t have the luxury and fortune of the medical plans that Cass and I have.

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” Bill Cosby

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