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!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Almost back to normal

I planted some white petunias this morning and counted the sunflower seeds that have broken through the soil - five so far.  The tomato plants are standing upright and, so far, the chickens haven't hopped the fence to nibble on the leaves - or those cute little yellow flowers.  I told Steve I'm going to be mightily annoyed if the chickens start munching - he's the one who thinks it's a good idea to let them out of their pen in the evening.  The plants are in a four foot square area and I stapled chicken wire around the edges.

I read my first graphic memoir today - graphic in the sense of cartoon style drawings to illustrate and tell the story.  Fun House, by Alison Bechdel was a riveting read with several themes and story lines - one of which was about growing up in a funeral home.  The author was mentioned in a friend's blog some weeks ago HERE and I was intrigued.  This isn't the new book Rebecca mentioned, but I'm on the library hold list and will get to that one later in the summer.


  1. Hi, Barbara--So glad you got interested in Bechdel and read "Fun Home"! You chose the right word for it, "riveting"--when I read it, I couldn't put it down. I'll be very interested in what you think of "Are You My Mother?" when you get to it. It's even more thickly layered, and a fair amount of it deals with therapeutic theory and practice, so your expertise may especially come into play as you read....

  2. She kept mentioning Jung in "Fun." I found her to be quite amazing. Her vocabulary - big, long words that I'd never heard before (especially in the last quarter of the book)! Thank you for blogging her name.


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