Medicine

Thin Skinned

   I’m thin skinned. I don’t mean I’m testy, and take everything I read and hear the wrong way, I mean I really have thin skin. My skin used to have layers upon layers of epidermal material. It took a lot to make me bruise and in most cases my skin rarely broke open, except […]

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   Being back at home means that I must deal with reality and get myself back on the program. This means back into the clinics for blood-work and rolling up my sleeve for more vaccinations. There are also things to be handled around the house, and although I may not be the man I once […]

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Give It To Me Straight Doc

   I know there is a question, that you my loyal reader may wish to ask, but are too polite to do so. Now that the transplant is done, and there is no further treatment available for my type of cancer, how long do I actually have to live? The answer… I don’t know! I’m […]

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

   The one thing I can honestly say, is that a massive dose of chemo medicine is everything advertised and then some. From one day to the next you don’t know what to expect. Wake up feeling good and you’re puking by lunch, or wake up feeling like crap and puke first thing, then go […]

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In Fistfuls

  The dictionary.com definition of Chemotherapy is: “the treatment of decease by chemicals, that have specific toxic effect upon the decease-producing microorganisms or that selectively destroy cancerous tissue.” My simple definition: It’s a chemical cocktail, for dealing with cancer. For the last six months I have been receiving chemotherapy. Four months of weekly injections. Then […]

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By The Numbers

   I don’t speak medical-ese. I don’t understand it when I am told what drug I am receiving and how it will cause a reaction within my bloodstream causing a certain gland to create a certain bio-gene, etc., etc., etc. I don’t need to understand, that’s what the medical professionals are for. It is helpful […]

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Nausea

   I am now at Day 7 of the final portion of my cancer treatment, aka the transplant. With the transplant completed, all that remains for me is to manage through the side-effects. There are three effects that I feel I am trying to manage. Fatigue, an overall tiredness and lack of energy. Pain, which […]

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Back In You Go

   I have a private room at the Health Sciences Centre in the Big City. It has a single bed, a small desk, a small reclining chair, and a small private bathroom with a bathtub and shower wand but no shower curtain. Oh yes, how could I forget, it has a 55” flat screen TV. […]

PICC Me

   As has been the case since the beginning of my cancer treatment adventure, the anticipation and anxiety created by an upcoming procedure, has been worse than the procedure itself. The one exception has been having to give myself fourteen injections, that was worse than I had thought it would be. On Day One of […]

Like It Isn't Bad Enough

  The time is finally here for me to head to the hospital for my stem cell transplant. I been home for the last few weeks, allowing my body time to heal from all the puncture wounds that it sustained during the ‘harvest’. Giving me some time to regain my strength, so I can handle […]