So this is what I learned this round of chemotherapy. I am going to call the week of chemo: Netflix and Naps. I watched the full series of Billions as well as finished Homeland – I had only seen through season 3. I know – they are really Showtime Series but I thought Netflix and Naps was a good name for the week. Three naps in one day was the usual need. I don’t remember being as wiped out the last time from chemotherapy and certainly not for as long. Food tastes funky and not appealing at all. The good news is, by the beginning of week 2 – the week off of chemo – my taste has returned and yesterday I was able to walk to the voting booth and home.
If you have a favorite series on Netflix, Amazon Prime or any of the other services – please comment~ there are 11 more weeks of chemo. The good news is: having time to nap was on my list of items I wanted to attend to in 2018 – and I am getting after it!
Enjoy the podcast today – Episode #6 is dedicated to the large clan of Roshetkos, in Cleveland and now around the world. We have a great tradition of large Sunday dinner gatherings in my extended family. Here are Jackie and Liz Roemer visiting last week for a Cinco de Mayo meal – they are the daughters of my cousin, Mary Roemer, you will hear on the podcast. Of course, they brought the party with them! Additionally in the photo collage – my cousins at a more recent family gathering and the last time I was together with all of my siblings.
Our latest podcast, featuring Staci Musselman, is published and posted here on the right. Notice that big smile – a year ago, she was diagnosed with cancer and made the journey a celebration. Listen to how she took the moment to frame it in a way that made her journey joyful – and added joy to the lives of her friends and family. My first chemo was on Monday. I have had a couple of quiet days and not much of an appetite. Yesterday was a blueberry day – cause that was all that tasted good! Not enough blueberries were eaten to look like Violet Beauregarde of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory! I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of support from my family, friends and work. One treatment down, 11 to go – one month behind me and six in front of me. Maybe there is a song here somewhere? Next week is Owen’s graduation and we are all looking forward to being together as a family for this wonderful celebration. I am lining up at least one favorite thing to do between each chemotherapy session so there is more to mark off than just another treatment. I have a friend’s wedding, a big meeting with my entrepreneur friends, another wedding for a cousin, and I wish I could say some overseas travel – think I will wait until all treatments are done for that. As my cousin Charlie shared with me: Chose Happiness. It really is the easier choice. Have a great day everyone – from wherever you are reading this in the world!
Last week I had my first outing to the Dublin Rotary meeting. I feel good enough to walk three miles per day – some times in segments and then mostly I need a nap after that. Next week I start chemo and that will go every other week for six months. I will let you know more, when I know more – other than I have great support. Both Maeve and Owen will be home for the summer. At the Dublin Rotary meeting, a presentation was given on the new library in Dublin. I am co chair, with Cid Rhomberg, for the Dublin Library Capital Campaign. The new library has broken ground and the capital campaign is about to begin. Libraries have played a big role in my life, from the time I was little and walked to the library with my siblings and neighbors throughout the summer – through medical school and residency. I love libraries and I love books! Dublin’s initial library was made for a community of 3,800 people – our community will be over 45,000 by the time the new library is complete. In our community, 30% of the children arrive to kindergarten not being on track to learn to read. All of the new library updates and buildings have had capital campaigns to go along with civic funding. Libraries provide the resources to be the great equalizer in our community and keep our community strong. Feel free to donate to the new library campaign here: https://foundation.columbuslibrary.org/dublin
Had a good mile walk yesterday with Rory in the very cold weather. Today the sun is out. I saw my favorite dentist, Dr. Ford, and got my teeth cleaned before I start chemo and have to worry about being immunocompromised. A great day for a walk today. My next podcast, Episode #3, is up and my dear friend Amy is my guest. If you are struggling how to help someone in need – she seems to know the answers! (You can listen to it here on my blog, or subscribe to the links listed in the sidebar.)
Great news – I am up to walking 2 miles per day. Feeling good when doing this – although a nap is required when I am finished. Even though today was rainy, an umbrella was all that was needed to make the walk happen. Tomorrow – a bit more bundling is required as our temperatures begin to dip. Chris was able to get away and coach in Louisville this weekend and my great friend Amy went back to Hilton Head, so I was solo for about 36 hours. Several friends visited – bringing knowledge, food, gifts and love. The love is the best part. Knowledge about trying to save hair follicles was the second best part. We will have a podcast on this. Suffice it to say – saving hair follicles while going through chemo is HARD WORK. Good thing I know: 1. I have a cute bald head 2. Botox does work during chemo 3. Silkpeels are a great way to help skin both on my face and my head look good during chemo. Today I started my scar regimen: TNS Recovery Complex followed by scar recovery. These great products were not around after my last surgery. I have seen many wounds recover with minimal scarring with just these two products. The staples come out at the end of the week and I am looking forward to that. Should be a good week and keep podcast ideas coming. The rain will continue most of the week – but with an umbrella, I will keep the walks up.
I have spent the past few days eating, drinking water, resting and walking. Doesn’t sound like much – but some days it can be exhausting. I am grateful for all the kind words and flowers that were sent. I spent Monday recording new podcasts – and the next one will be out later today. Never one to miss a moment, I wrote down everything that was an advancement in my care since my last stay in 2005. Pretty Amazing!