Day Six

Day Six of Hospice care for my husband at our home.   The title of this post was supposed to be Day One of Hospice.  One of the palliative team who visited my spouse in the hospital, among other things, had asked me if I had a blog.  I told her I did and that I enjoyed blogging but had not been able to in quite awhile because life had been keeping us pretty busy.  She recommended that I start posting again.  Well, I thought, I would like to write out some of this stuff that is in my head, write it for me and not wonder if someone will read it.  ...more

Why John Nappi Wants People to Just Say Yes!

John Nappi wants to shout, “Just Say Yes!” from the rooftops. He wants to see the words plastered on tee shirts and bumper sticker and posters. He wants people to ask, “Say yes to what?”...more

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today around 1:30 in the morning the house phone rang.  It was the Palliative Care nurse calling. My husband, Robert, had passed away.It was 11 months after his emergency surgery for a ruptured colon and subsequent Stage 4 Colon Cancer diagnosis.  Just 3 weeks shy of Robert’s 49th birthday. Only 2 weeks after our 16th wedding anniversary which was celebrated while Robert was in MD Anderson and I was camping with the Cub Scouts....more
I don't know if there's really a "should" when it comes to grieving. Everyone does it in their ...more

Hubby Update - Palliative Care

Hubby was moved to MD Anderson’s Palliative Care unit on Sunday, Oct. 21. Palliative Care focuses on aggressive treatment of symptoms with the goal of improving the quality of life for the patient....more
I just stumbled on to this post, right after I saw the one you posted about your husband passing ...more

Hubby Update - Bowel Obstruction #2

hehehe….snort….pardon the pun.On Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, Hubby was scheduled for his follow up appointment for the Clinical Trial Phase 1. We were hoping to be able to start the trial....more
*hugs* I hope it stays clear this time and he can get on the trials soon.more

Hubby Update - Bowel Obstruction

Around 8:30pm Thursday night Hubby and I headed to MD Anderson ER. Hubby’s stomach and back pain had intensified and he’d started vomiting.Charlie spent the night at a friend’s house. The boys thought it was super cool to have a sleep over during the week.Around midnight X-rays were done and by 2am a CT scan. The ER doctor diagnosed Hubby with a bowel obstruction. The least invasive method of clearing out the blockage is an NG tube, which Hubby protested but ended up with.The NG tube seems to have done the trick. Hubby’s stomach is no longer distended and tender....more
I'm so glad they were able to resolve this issue without surgery and I'm extra happy that ...more

Hubby Update - Clinical Trials

Yesterday Hubby and I met with Dr. Naing at the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy (CCTT) at MD Anderson. This is the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Clinic....more
Oh how hard to have to wait for insurance to approve it - I so hope and pray the process happens ...more

I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.

This weekend marks a significant anniversary in my life. My life was saved exactly half a lifetime ago. I was 27 years old 27 years ago when I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I had no family history. I was young , healthy and fit- not exactly a high risk candidate. Yet there I was, spending the 1984 holiday season being probed and tested for a variety of symptoms that had grown too worrisome  to ignore. Sudden weight loss ( at 27  I wasn't going to question  that one !), fatigue and crippling abdominal pain were more than just stress due to a hectic season and home remodel....more

Nae's Nest

Sometimes I truly believe I am dying. I am fighting depression as well as cancer on a daily basis.On Dec 9, 2009, I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. It has spread to 1 lymph node (stage 3) and has gone through a few layers of the colon wall. There are 3 types of colon cancer. Type 1 is the least aggressive; type 3 is the most aggressive. Mine, thankfully, is type 1.However, given the fact it has spread to lymph nodes gives it the grade of "stage 3". In Colon Cancer, stage 1 is curable, stage 4 is terminal....more

How You Can Help

Les Chisum, in the hospital following surgery for a broken hip sustained due to weakness associated with chemotherapy    Thank you for your support in taking time to like our page and our cause....more