World Lung Cancer Day 2015

Yesterday was World Lung Cancer day. We spent it letting Raine play at a park. He ran and jumped and squealed and shouted. There was a sand pit with a "mountain" that he fought hard to climb up to the top of...over and over again. Sometimes older children held his hand and ran with him … Continue reading World Lung Cancer Day 2015

June Recap

June was a bit of a blur, awaiting Dan's CT scan, awaiting Dan's results, and blowing off steam afterward. I'm so sorry to have left everyone hanging after my announcement and no follow-up post! For shame. {I hope you all concluded that no news is good news!} I recently read "10 Tips for Coping with Scanxiety" … Continue reading June Recap

Medical Update & Announcement

Hello, friends. I write to you this afternoon from my kitchen table with Sufjan Stevens playing and my laptop flanked by a glass of 2014 Giovanni and a small bowl of tiny blueberries from our yard. It's not a bad June afternoon. Which reminds of one of Dan's all time favorite songs... Dan is doing very well. … Continue reading Medical Update & Announcement

Eight Months

I took this photo for Instagram, 34 weeks ago. The caption was "Quiet noon hour." Four friends of mine 'liked' it. It wasn't the only photo I took that afternoon of myself. I was in the business of taking selfies back then. I took selfies or made Dan photograph me constantly to promote the clothing that … Continue reading Eight Months

Happy Friday (Great News!)

The results are back and I bet you can guess by our celebratory selfie in the oncologist's office that they are good! The MRI of his brain showed NO infection, NO clots, NO new tumors, and all lesions are confirmed necrotic--Dead. "Tumor necrosis" is the fancy medical term for that, and I feel like I … Continue reading Happy Friday (Great News!)

Medical Update: The Left Lung + Platinum Chemotherapy

  Let me do my very best attempt to bring you up-to-date with Dan's health. After the last CT scan, we did in fact proceed with two more platinum chemotherapy infusions (pemetrexed, ruxolitinib, and cisplatin) -rounds 5 & 6. After round 5, he was bed ridden for a week. His taste buds and other fast growing cells continued to struggle … Continue reading Medical Update: The Left Lung + Platinum Chemotherapy

Our 3rd CT Scan

Today we discussed the results of Dan's 3rd CT scan with Dr. Duffy. To recap, the very first scan introduced us to NSCLC Adenocarcinoma in all its glory--to me, what looked like splotches of ink and dark blobs inside his chest. Our 2nd scan was the first scan to tell us if "IF" his initial chemotherapy … Continue reading Our 3rd CT Scan

The Friday Before Christmas

  It is hard to believe that three months ago to this day, we were receiving the shocking news about Dan's cancer. All we knew at that time was that it was considered stage 4 lung cancer because it had spread to his spine, lymph nodes, and brain. In a strange way, I don't even feel … Continue reading The Friday Before Christmas

Shine A Light Tonight

We are on for tonight! At 6 pm Pacific time, I will host a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event. Please join us at Upper Park in Carlton, OR, or from the comfort of your own home. We will light candles and/or shine flashlights and share stories to raise awareness for lung cancer. It … Continue reading Shine A Light Tonight

Thanksgiving 2014

One week ago, Dan was hospitalized again. Our experience taught me many things. #1, of course, again, is that everything around us is beautiful and luxurious. We are so lucky to have everything in place as it is, and enjoy it how we can. The comfort of our own bed, the taste of ice water, … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2014