The following post is reblogged with permission from today’s #LCSM Chat blog. ———————————————————- Most patients experience a period of stunned disbelief or shock when they hear a diagnosis of “metastatic lung cancer.”  For those who are offered treatment options, the first few months revolve around medical appointments.  Others may only be told to go home and […]

Yesterday I saw the Seattle Symphony perform a Pops concert titled “The Movie Music of John Williams.”  Being a science fiction fan, I knew many of the movies well: Superman, Jurassic Park, Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars.  I was in heaven.  Who cared the Seattle Seahawks were playing nearby? The Conductor talked a […]

An onshore flow is washing over the Puget Sound this morning. The mocha-thick fog smells of shoreline and decaying leaves.  Fall is wafting in, and it soon will be dark when I get up at 7 AM. If you detect a bit of melancholy in my words, you’re right. My emotions are foggy.  It’s been […]

Stage IV lung cancer blogger Tori Tomalia, a mother with young children, gave a great speech at a lung cancer event yesterday. She posted the speech on her blog, and gave me permission to repost the text below. Inspiring! ——————————————————————————————- Sharing Our Story I almost titled this post “Sharing My Story,” but realized that this is […]

I visited the Virginia Mason Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation department today for a consult about dealing with my chemobrain symptoms. I expected the appointment to be an introductory session: the counselor and I would spend the time recounting my cancer history, detailing my symptoms, explaining the chemobrain study in which I participated at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center […]

I hoped it wouldn’t happen.  But it did. I stepped on the bathroom scale, and my weight was higher than “that number.”  You know, that number all women have in their heads (even if we say we don’t), the one I can’t possibly weigh because it absolutely, positively, undeniably means I’ve hit an unhealthy benchmark. I’ve tried […]

Today is a relatively typical day.  I’ve been up for 2.5 hours.  I haven’t tackled any major projects yet. Why? 6:50–7:20 AM Wake up a few minutes before the alarm, take anti-reflux pill, check email, get up, step on scale, be bummed (again) about my post-cancer-treatment weight gain, resolve to spend at least 30 minutes […]

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