Thank you for visiting my blog. I wanted to create it so that all the people close to me can check in to see what happening in my treatment, and how I'm doing. This doesn't mean that I don't want to hear from you. Please feel free to call, email, text any time. But I apologize if I don't always get back to you. This new cancer journey of mine is a full time job, and I'm doing the best that I can. Please know that your thoughts and prayers mean so much to me...keep them coming! Thank you for all your help and support takes a community, and you have all given us that.
With love and gratitude,

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

We got great news today...the tumours in my liver are shrinking! After only two treatments, my oncologist was mostly hoping to see that they weren't growing anymore. Of course, I was hoping for more than that. I am so happy to hear something positive, and know that at least these awful treatments are working...Chemopolitans, as Jen calls them! I've read that distance prayer can actually have an impact, so thank you everyone...keep sending them my way!
Next round is Friday...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

We got home from Boston yesterday. It was nice to see so many people, especially Mark's parents, and Wendy, Steve, Michael, Jessie, and Kayla. The Bat-Mitzvah was great...Jessie did really well, the party was fun, and the kids all looked so beautiful. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures. I guess I wasn't feeling up to it, and I was wearing really stupid shoes! So if anyone got some pictures, please send me a few. The travel and all the festivities tired me out more than I thought they would.
Sunday morning Mark left for Chicago, and I checked out of the hotel to go to Wendy and Steve's. Later that afternoon, exhaustion and the fear that I was getting sick overcame me, and I had a little was a big one! But Bunny and Wendy took very good care of me. They fed me chicken soup and sent me to bed...thank you for everything you did, and especially for giving up your bedroom for me while we were there. Our last two days were relaxing, and the kids all got to play together. Wendy and I also got to spend some time together, and she took incredible care of me. She even booked a seat on our flight home, so she could help me on the trip, and then went home in the evening. I'm sure I would have managed, but I was so grateful to have her with me.
We've decided to hire a nanny to help out at home. Just looking after myself is more than I can handle most days. If you know of anyone, please let me know.
Thank you again for all the kind emails. I'm sorry I haven't replied to many of them, but your support means so much.
Love, L.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Well, I managed to do most of my packing today. I'm looking forward to a little getaway in Boston. I'm still a little tired and cranky, but overall, round 2 of chemo was a hundred times better than the first. Here's a picture of my new wig, and my friend Alissa. Although I've buzzed my hair off, I still have tons of stubble, and my head is itchy and driving me crazy. I wish I was bald already!!! But the wig is beautiful.
Thank you for all the posts. I love reading them.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Well, my second round of chemo was yesterday. Apart from being long, everything went well. This time they have sent a home nurse for three days to give me extra fluids...hoping I will be less dehydrated, and feel better. I'm just a little tired, but for the most part feel good, although I hate this IV in my hand. I'll be going to get a port inserted into my chest, to facilitate access to my veins, so I won't have to get poked anymore. I seems kind of gross, but most people highly recommend them. That's on the 22nd.
Thank you again to everyone for a fridge full of food, and especially Alison for coordinating it all. Also to everyone for driving the kids, taking them for playdates, and taking me to appointments. It is all such a huge help.
Thanks for all comments, and votes on the hair too! I'll update you on the wig look soon.
All my love,