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!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

One of life's great joys!

I was back in chemotherapy today, something that hasn't changed in eight years. My schedule for the last five years has been every three weeks, a maintenance monoclonal antibody therapy that keeps me happily alive with no side effects. Perfect!

Steve was playing nursemaid to the chickens in my absence. I think they hatched last Wednesday so they are seven days old now. We checked on them all during the night, adjusting the lamp to keep them at about 93-95º F. Now we can start reducing the temperature toward 90ºF. They seem happy enough -- some chirping, but not distressful, LOTS of eating and drinking, periods of rest but lots of activity, but not frenetic. Like the newbie I am, I keep searching my chicken book and the 'Net for things to watch for. I will be devastated if something happens to even one of them. So far, so good!


  1. OMG, they are just about the cutest things ever! I love chickens (roosters, not so much ... they're kinda mean). I just know they'll do fine with all the loving care they're getting. Thanks for sharing! nancy

  2. Thank you so much for looking!

  3. I miss having my chickens and always loved going out to the barn to hear peeps coming from some unknown corner. My free ranging chickens were always sneaking off to have a nest I didn't know about. We were always thrilled to find them. The best were the Silkies!! wonderful gentle fluffy chickens.


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