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!

Sunday, January 08, 2012


Yesterday was another lovely one in northern California and tourists were out in full-force.  Steve and I walked around the Plaza with all the other amblers and dog walkers - including the woman nudging a yapping chihuahua into a store saying, "Now use your words nicely."  (She was probably from San Francisco where folks are truly goofy about their small-breed canines.)  There were no empty parking places and the businesses were full of shoppers.  It is so nice to live in a vibrant community.

On second thought about that woman - last week I was in Trader Joe's and in an aisle where an employee was stocking a shelf.  "Okay, Cart, have it your way," I heard her say.

I looked at her, she looked at me.  "Uh, were you talking to your grocery cart?" I asked.

"Yes, I was!" and we both had a chuckle.  People fascinate me no end.

By evening I had a fever which sort of freaked me out given my current lack of an immune system.  I've been avoiding crowds and anything germy - have let Steve do all the chicken care, for example - but still the thermometer was reading close to 102º.  I was told to go straight to the emergency department if I had a fever above 100.5º that I couldn't bring down below that threshold with Tylenol.  But I did!  I took two tablets and was below 100 an hour later.

Don't you just love it when you can avert a crisis?


  1. Hurray for Tylenol!

  2. Absolutely, works for me!

  3. I'm so glad you have the energy to get up and go out. That's wonderful - just don't want to overdo it. Continued prayers for your healing!


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