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, October 14, 2012

Back in between

I'm clearly not the right generation for modern technology.  I do fairly well, I think, when I compare myself to my peers, but at some point I just throw up my hands and wait for a technician to pull into the driveway.

That's where I am today.  I was able to get four computers connected to wifi when we got a new combination router/modem, but I lost the wifi capability on my Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPod, printer/scanner, one landline (the other two work).  Steve has never been able to use wifi for the printer from his laptop.  So that's six reasons to have someone else figure out, someone from Youngest Grandson's generation who probably can't legally work.  I'll make the appointment tomorrow and then just wait it out.

Steve was at Trinity this morning, just like old times, and I joined him for the later service.  As usual, it was good to be among old friends.  Today's a good day for me, I was even well enough to hobnob at the coffee hour.  Demi was with me throughout, true company for me on any kind of day.

I'm back into another one of those in-between times.  I have no medical procedures until October 30th, when I begin a new course of chemotherapy.  Gemzar, I'm told, is one of the easier regimens.  The last woman I talked to didn't even lose her hair and was able to continue working, so I'm more hopeful. Another woman mentioned hair thinning and fatigue, but seemed to mean it was doable.  In the meantime, I want to recover from the radiation and infection - I'm still in lots of pain - and get things done before the next onslaught.  By my count that's 17 days.  The wireless guy should be here by then, although, with a list that long, he might not be able to finish before I start in again.


  1. You did (much, much) better than I would have done in connecting your various devices--no loss of honor in calling in an expert at this point!

    I hope that these in-between days give you a chance to breathe and do things that you want to do.

    I also hope that the pain subsides asap. I feel like giving your radiation oncologist a very firm talking-to--thank goodness you took matters into your own hands and got yourself tested.

  2. Thanks, Rebecca. I was disappointed in the radiation oncologist. I don't question his expertise on radiation treatments, but move one inch afield and it's easy for him to overlook the obvious. To this day he believes most the pain was in the tumor. His rationale was that the pain would have subsided when I saw him after 4 days on an antibiotic. Well, by the 6th day it did!

    As for technology - well, my hands are up in surrender mode!

  3. Many years ago I had a doctor who incorrectly diagnosed some pains I was having; she suggested that I had a chronic condition instead of a tumor. A different doctor found the tumor, and once it was removed the pain went away. The first doctor nevertheless maintained that I had a chronic illness even though there was no more pain and no other symptoms of a chronic condition presented themselves. She just wouldn't admit she had overlooked the real cause. So your radiation oncologist has company (more's the pity)!

  4. Oh, that's scary!


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