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 31, 2011

Chemo day (but it's not really chemotherapy)

Demi kept me company this morning while I received my every-three-weeks dose of Herceptin, a monoclonal antibody, whatever that means.  Some cancer patients research the bejesus out of their treatments, always questioning the decisions recommended by their oncologists and staying on top of every charted note.

Maybe I would be like that too if I believed the health care being offered merited such monitoring, but the truth is, I've lived about eight years (and counting) longer than anyone anticipated so I'm not particularly interested in second guessing the experts.  Instead, I just sit and draw while Demi sits and watches.

So we're done.... for another three weeks.....


  1. Sometimes it's good to question but usually that's when the doctors don't seem to be making headway. I think if what is happening is working then why concentrate on it. Get on with life, er drawing!


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