Friday, February 20, 2009

Back to Camp Chemo

This morning was my third round of chemo. So far so good. Everything went as it should. My blood counts were good and the drugs were administered accordingly. I was lucky to have a wonderful friend, Terry, help me pass the time while "lounging in the chair," and the time really did zoom right by. We chatted, shared pictures, and laughed quite a bit. It seems that whenever I'm at camp, the nurses always seem to come by to tell me that "someone is having way too much fun over here." (Who me?? Imagine that! lol) Well, it sure beats sitting there for THREE HOURS and having a miserable time. Right? Might as well make the best of it, is what I say. (Not to mention getting it over with as soon as possible...only one more A/C chemo treatment left. Then I get switched to a different chemo drug called Taxol which is given once a week for twelve long weeks.)

I really am hoping that the stomach medication I've been taking this past week leading up to chemo day will really do the trick and eliminate that nasty reaction I had last week. Keep your fingers crossed (or any other body parts that you think will work) that it's doing what it's supposed to!

Yesterday afternoon I had a wonderful time at the public library. I met two Riverside families there (it was planned) and I even ran into two other Riverside students while I was there. I had lots of hugs and well wishes, and it was wonderful to see familiar faces. It seems like such a long time since I've been at school, and I really am missing my students and all of the other boys and girls that I'm used to seeing on a daily basis. I'm constantly asked, "When are you coming back?" and yesterday was no exception. I just tell everyone the same thing...I'm doing everything that the doctors and nurses tell me to do so I can get better and come back to school. I'm just not exactly sure when that will be.

We are expecting a snow storm tonight in Michigan, but I'll believe it when I see it. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. If you are in a warm climate, soak up a few rays for me.

Joanne (I've been drinking Earl Grey tea the last two days...don't you love changing taste buds!)


  1. It sounds like things are going pretty well! I have those body parts crossed for you for no bad reaction! Interesting jump from Taco Bell to Earl Grey! What's next... caviar? :0)

    Take care and I will send warm thoughts your way!

  2. We truly enjoyed 'seeing you' too. It was nice to just sit and chat. The kids needed to 'see' for themselves that you really are okay, and know that mom's not just saying that. Your color is good, your attitude is wonderful, your humor is terrific! Of course. Thank you again for the awesome cookies!! What a great surprise!

  3. Just read through your blog. What an amazingly positive and funny person you are! What a beautiful smile you have. My little (in my fantasies) tummy is growling looking at that Boston Creme Pie cake. Looks very yummy! Knew you had cooking/decorating talent from seeing your website, but those wedding cookies look wonderful!

    Someone said in an earlier post they were thinking of you in Dallas, well it doesn't stop there. Prayers and thoughts are with you in Central Arkansas too!!

    Hang in there, you have more support than you may realize!


  4. Joanne, I'm happy to hear that you are faring OK in chemo-land. I made some of your special chili today trying to warm up and thought about you! We are buried in snow and can barely see the river out the window of our condo. What a welcome back to Michigan!!!! I can't wait to see you in your "new do". I think you look cute and perky and younger. Remember though (when you're not in the mood for the head prosthesis)............ BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! Warm wishes and positive vibes coming your way from South Haven. Can you feel the energy????? Love, Nancy