Posts in Lymphoma

Adventure #2, as of July 20

Hi Folks,   Here’s an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS. It’s been a packed 4 weeks.   Quotes Floating in My Mind:   ” ‘Tis but a moment from the sublime to the ridiculous.” Napoleon   The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. Tagore   When you face adversities, I firmly believe God helps you find the strength inside yourself that you need. Mom, a veteran of helping as a cancer caretaker at this point   People are frugal in guarding their personal property;… Read More

T-cell Lymphoma Battle #2. Join Me, Please.

FIRST CONTACT Back in 2016, what felt like a tickle in my throat turned out to be a rare form of Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma (PTCL). It was doubling every week. I had the divine providence of living near an excellent cancer center – – Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) – – and a brilliant oncologist, Dr. Andrei Shustov. The upshot? We stopped this bullet train in its tracks. The cancer fell to “below detection.” Yes! THE ENEMY RETURNS But… like any self-respecting cancer, this one mimics the soldiers in the… Read More

Adventure #2, as of June 12

Hi Folks,   Here’s an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS.   Quotes Floating in My Mind:   Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. Marilyn Ferguson   Tender love and care toughen you up, because they nurture and strengthen your capacity to learn and adapt—including learning how to fight, and find your feet, to hardship later in life. Noam Shpancer, Ph.D.   Your goal is to get busy living. Even when the body says no. My cousin Laly   Most failures are one-time costs. Most… Read More

Adventure #2, as of May 12

Hi Folks,   Here’s an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS.   Quotes Floating in My Mind:   God put rainbows in the clouds for a reason. Maya Angelou   If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~~~ Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. ~~~ It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. ~~~ It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it…. Read More

Adventure #2, as of April 26

Hi Folks, Here’s an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS. To acknowledge spring, I will include a few shots of blooms in our neighborhood. Quotes Floating in My Mind: “You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits.” Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2, verse 47​​ “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” Jack London, American novelist “Never postpone a good deed which you can do now, Because death does not choose whether you have or haven’t done the… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Mar 30

Hi Folks, My chemotherapy is done. I am so elated. Day 3 of 3, of cycle 4 of 4, as of Saturday, Mar 28. So, I thought it good to send an update on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. But given the stress of these times, if you would like, “virtually” join me to dial down our daily stress. Sit comfortably. Close your eyes. Breath in, hold for 5 or 10 seconds. Breath out, hold for 5 or 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times. Okay let’s go…    Quotes Floating in My Mind:… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Mar 17

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from the last 5 weeks on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS.   Quotes Floating in My Mind: ” ‘Tis but a moment from the sublime to the ridiculous.” Napoleon “What would be the point of living if we didn’t let life change us?” Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 1 “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds,… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Feb 12

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from the last 3 weeks on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. Quotes I Kept in Mind Last Week: The matador beats the bull. The bull is the strongest. The bull hits the hardest. But the matador is the smartest… Muhammad Ali Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. Victor Hugo The gem cannot be polished without… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Dec 31

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from Dec 23 – 31 on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. Quotes I Kept in Mind Last Week: “Dear God, give me wisdom, I am very much in need of it for this moment.” “I pray I am with you in the baptism of today.” Abe, many times a day Thanks Yous To Mom, my sisters Cindy & Susan, and brother-in-law Chris for making the Holiday Week so nice. And special kudos to Chris for a real life version of… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Dec 23

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from Dec 16 – 23 on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. Quotes I Kept in Mind Last Week: “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” Thich Nhat Hanh “Life’s what happens while you are making plans.” Front cover of Winnipeg Free Press, sometime in 1974 Thanks Yous To my Mom and sister Cindy (she flew in… Read More