|Subject: Get Well Soon !|
Posted Oct 6, 2008 by Researcher 220722
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Sorry I haven't replied before now but I haven't been hootooing at all since August. RL has kind of caught up with me and, although I still spend quite a bit of time online, I've been mostly hanging out on my blog.
Thanks for all your kind thoughts and good wishes. I'm more or less recovered from the last operation, though they didn't end up doing the liver resection because after they opened me up they found a whack of other small peritoneal tumours. I've been told I will now have to do a six-month chemo course (a different chemo than the one I was on all summer) and after that they'd try the liver op again. I'm seeing the oncologist this week to find out when I'll be starting the new chemo.
It's been tough, but there have also been plenty of good times. I've been quite overwhelmed by the support I've received from friends, including those who have helped by sending donations (there's a paypal link on my blog), because I haven't been able to work since May and have no idea when that is going to be possible again. Though I have a small group of students who are happy to do 'whenever' classes with me ... whenever I feel up to it. I'll be doing some this week and probably next week. After that I will have to see how the new chemo affects me.
I'm extra grateful to my friends, both RL and online ones, because my family hasn't been supportive at all. Other than occasional IM chats with my youngest brother, they say there is nothing they can do for me.
On a brighter note, I'm very lucky to have Nog with me because he has been wonderful. I know that sometimes he's been almost as scared as me, but he tries not to show it and he is always there when I need him. Over the past few months we've worked things out so that we are both getting what we need ... it's always important to remember that the 'carer' has needs too.
So, I am kind of 'on holiday' until the next bout of chemo begins. I had the staples removed from my incision on Friday and I'm able to get out and about for daily walks. And so I am carping the diem right now because I know that darker days are ahead.
Please excuse me if I don't get back here much. I just feel a bit stretched thin talking about the cancer stuff, which is why I am sticking to just doing that on my blog. Everyone is welcome to read and comment there. I've also had to tell non-blogging RL friends that I just can't keep up with emails, or even phone calls, for much the same reason, and have asked them to visit my blog for updates about my health. I just don't want to be talking about cancer all day long, all over the place, you know?
Here are a couple of links, the first for my current blog page and the second for only those posts that are cancer-related.
Ever since zoomer posted that thread on Ask about me being in hospital I've been visited by quite a few hootooers and it's been great. Hope you stay in touch.