On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sitting around and getting older

I waste a lot of time. I often sit around flipping through Flickr photos and being generally unproductive while CNN is recycling in the background. Today was one of those days. It was hard to wake up, it was hard to stay awake, it was hard to Get Things Done. Most of the day was dull gray and dreary -- the mountain behind our house was missing again in the fog -- and nothing got crossed off my to-do list. But it was fun spending the morning with my friends and our eight dogs (4 women, 8 dogs). We laughed and laughed and eventually brought the sun right out. Then I worked. And was home by 6:00 pm and started sitting around again. And now I want to read. Tomorrow will be better.


  1. Hi
    I found your blog because I know the family who has the privilege of having Skilled Companion Demi whom you raised. The mom came back so excited about CCI and team training that she wrote a long email to this Yahoogroup for parents of special needs kids she started. Because of that email I found about CCI and service dogs and now I'm on the waiting list for a service dog from CCI.

    Honestly before I read that email I had no idea that service dogs existed. I knew about guide dogs sure but that was it.

    Demi goes with that boy everywhere (I'd give him a name but I'm not sure how the family would feel about it on a public blog). Many other families with kids with autism have decided to get a companion dog because of Demi.

    I'm sure like raising a small child raising a puppy is relentless and sometimes it's hard to see in the day to day grind of raising a puppy that you are changing lives but you have and you are.

    I also have no experience of chemo directly but my son went through three rounds and just dealing with the whole process was utterly exhausting and draining. I am in awe of you that you are raising a puppy through it all.

    Thank you so much!



  2. As I once heard on "Enjoying Everyday Life", we are human beings, not human doings.
    Sometimes we need to spend time simply being . . . . without feeling guilty for what we are not accomplishing within a given time.


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