I’ve made a big decision
My Journey Through BC, Cardiomyopathy & Stage IV Breast Cancer ~ LMBC
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4d ago
So sorry I have not posted since April 2021, but I'm here now.  Like so many, life has taken twists and turns over the last few years. To start, me and my family are all well and back to normal routines as much as possible -- but still masking frequently and being as cautious as possible.  We are fully vaccinated and boosted against that beast of Covid that has been looming over us all since March 2020. But today is an EXCITING DAY! I got my labs and CT scan results last week and today I followed up with my oncologist. These appointments and scans have been happening every 6 months n ..read more
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Noteworthy Anniversaries of March
My Journey Through BC, Cardiomyopathy & Stage IV Breast Cancer ~ LMBC
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1y ago
Nearly a month ago Mark circled the 52 on our calendar.  A FULL YEAR! But there are some other noteworthy anniversary that this year and especially the month of Mark bring to mind. Cancer diagnosis being the BIG ONE. Every Tuesday we've increased the number of weeks that we've been sheltering in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  And it gets noted on the wall calendar. We have hardly left the property -- much more so than most we know.  We've had all groceries delivered, but maybe for once or twice. We've done a few curbside take-outs (maybe a dozen at most), and only when we ..read more
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Saying Goodbye is Hard To Do
My Journey Through BC, Cardiomyopathy & Stage IV Breast Cancer ~ LMBC
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2y ago
We said goodbye to our sweet big white lioness late Tuesday night.  Sweet Tessa (Contessa di Brookfarm) is now resting and guarding from above.  It was a hard last day, but she finally passed in her sleep near midnight, lying under her favorite persimmon tree with Mark staying vigile to the end.   Tessa was the best dog ever, and that is hard to say as we've had some amazing pets over the many years.  She was not only an amazing livestock guardian dog (LGD) and loved by all who visited Brookfarm; but in later years after all the alpacas were placed in new homes, she be ..read more
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Are We There Yet ~ 4th Escape
My Journey Through BC, Cardiomyopathy & Stage IV Breast Cancer ~ LMBC
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2y ago
4th Escape   Tomorrow will be week 23 of the Shelter in Place for Covid-19, and last week was my 4th escape from the farm during that time, each time for a doctors appointment! We are staying safe, staying home, working on the property, tending a large garden and three-month-old chickens, baking and making sourdough, knitting, spinning, keeping busy and healthy. And the last two morning experiencing amazing thunder storms, downpours, and wind.   It hasn't been too hard, the staying home part, with the help of delivered groceries and connection with outside friends and family via phon ..read more
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Continued Good News - Still NED
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2y ago
Continued Good News - Still NED I zoomed with my oncologist the other day.  A first for me.  Not the Zoom, but with someone other than friends or family.  All went well and he continues to share good news with me from my latest labs and CT Scan.  My immune system is doing well, and there continues to be no changes or new "stuff" on my CT Scan.  So 6 months later and I am still NED. (No evidence of disease).  Take that you evil C!!! Other than the garden, loads of beautiful and delicious veggies (making a ratatouille right now), doing some quilting, sewing dresse ..read more
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3 Outings in 18 Weeks
My Journey Through BC, Cardiomyopathy & Stage IV Breast Cancer ~ LMBC
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2y ago
That's correct; I've been out of my house and property only three times in the last 18 weeks. And a CT Scan today warranted this third outing. Let's hope it brings as good news as the last one back in December. We are Sheltering in Place (SIP) and fortunate to be able to do it so well. But am glad to be back in my safe home right now. I'm working around the property more, sewing and knitting more, baking more (specifically sourdough and pizza on a weekly basis), and napping too. The heat is hard on me in the middle of the day. Fortunately we are together, Mark and I, and that makes it all ..read more
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Me & RBG
My Journey Through BC, Cardiomyopathy & Stage IV Breast Cancer ~ LMBC
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3y ago
RBG (Ruth Bader Ginzburg) is cancer free.  Hip Hip Hooray!  And on the same day of her great news, I too got some great news, which i am thrilled to share.... I AM NED. NED: No evidence of disease. So while I cannot say I am cancer free (did you know we all have cancer cells in us), Snd I’m not sure RBG can say that either, I can say that my latest CT Scan shows no progression and no evidence of disease - NED.  What the CT scan does show, is some little blips that are probably scar tissue from the dozen or more tumors that were in my liver in March 2016, and for a few years after.  But ..read more
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN...
My Journey Through BC, Cardiomyopathy & Stage IV Breast Cancer ~ LMBC
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3y ago
ON THE ROAD AGAIN... Summer has flown by, as you will notice since I haven't posted for over 3 months. And this post took weeks to complete and upload due to recent fires and PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutdown). There is lots to catch up on. Let's start with ~ I send heartfelt wishes to all those in the Geyserville/Healdsburg/Windsor CA area, and the huge area surrounding those neighborhoods and most of Sonoma County, some 100 residents who lost homes, thousands who were evacuated, or lost power for up to a week and more from the 77,000 acre wildfire that is burning out of control at this ..read more
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