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!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday in May

Golden Laced Wyandotte
It took me forever to get my day going; I'm still having lots of energy lags.  But I did run some errands, made it to lunch with friends and to my cancer support group.   This evening Steve and I walked the dogs for a mile (after watching two episodes of Doc Martin, our current favorite).

I also sent an email message to my oncologist to thank him for keeping me alive long enough to see my son's graduation.  Law school wasn't on the radar when I was diagnosed in 2002 so it's a surprise to me even now to realize I was there and how his goals have developed.  Sometimes I think it's pure nosiness that keeps me alive - and then what happened, and after that what came next?  I just don't want to miss out on any of the news!


  1. Barbara, I'm so glad you were able to see your son's graduation - what a thrill it must have been!

    Who really knows what life has in store for us - every day a mystery and a path to walk. May you always walk in beauty and grace.

    Watch out - Doc Martin is highly addictive!

  2. I beet your son thought it was wonderful you were around for his graduation too! My son-in-law is going to law school now. It's been a lifelong dream and he seems to be doing well. When does your son take the bar exam?

  3. Hi Elizabeth -- We watched 3 episodes of Doc Martin tonight so you are absolutely correct!

    Hi Timaree -- He's waiting until February because his boss, the mayor of Honolulu, has an election this fall and the office will be busy.


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