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, February 19, 2012

Waiting in hope

If I sleep much more I'll sleep away all of 2012.  Today it's due to prescription cough syrup which I absolutely need, but it makes me very drowsy, even in small amounts.

Except for the cold, I don't actually feel bad and plan to return to work tomorrow.  I haven't seen the kids at Juvenile Hall for two weeks and my attendance has been irregular because of the chemotherapy cycles.  I can never seem to pull it together on the 7th day which always falls on a Monday.  Tomorrow is the 14th day so I have no excuse.

Yesterday we took Youngest Daughter to visit a group home in Windsor and hope that she will be admitted.  She would be the fourth and last client, all young women.  We met two of the girls, including her perhaps roommate, and it definitely felt like a compatible mix.  An overnight visit has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday night.  The home is lovely and the owner considers care providing to be her full-time job.  She has a very hands-on approach, never leaves anyone home alone and does all the chauffeuring to jobs and day programs.  If an errand needs to be run all the girls go along.  There are three cute lap dogs that slept while we chatted.  We were there for 2-1/2 hours and got a nice feel of the home.  As it turned out we know a former resident and had several other acquaintances in common.

Next step: the overnight on Saturday.


  1. The new group home seems like a very promising possibility--I'll keep my fingers crossed that the overnight goes well.

  2. I've got my fingers crossed!

  3. Thank you both. I'm hopeful. She really wants to live away from parents and I support her growing independence - but finding an appropriate placement is proving to be more difficult than I ever imagined.


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