IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT CANCER

I want to share a story that has nothing to do with cancer and all about the kindness of a complete stranger.

Steve and I went to the movies.  When we got to our car, the car was leaking anti-freeze to the point where if we started the car, it instantly got super hot and threatened to overheat.   We were able to cross the highway and park in a shopping center hoping the super market or pharmacy might be open at 11:30 on Saturday night.  NOPE – NOT OPEN.

A man came out of the pizza place while Steve was looking under the hood and asked if Steve needed help.  Steve asked if he had any anti-freeze.  He went back into the closed pizzeria and came out with a little bit of anti-freeze.  It was clear this man was getting ready to leave since he brought his car to the front of the parking lot.  Nonetheless, he offered to drive to the WA-WA and buy us some anti-freeze.  And he did so.  Steve paid him for the anti-freeze and offered him some money for his time, this kind man refused.

We were lucky to make it home.  As we pulled in the driveway, the car temperature was high and the car was starting to overheat.  Just in time……………..

IN CASE YOU DON’T GET THE POINT, THIS GUY DELAYED GOING HOME AT ALMOST MIDNIGHT TO HELP COMPLETE STRANGERS.  A BONUS – HE IS FROM VENEZUELA.

The next day I called the store to let them know what happened and what a great employees he was.  When I wanted to speak with the manager, I was told he was busy and by-the-way – this guy WAS THE MANAGER (I think my unintentional bias was at work).  I wanted to write a letter to  Donald Trump that not everyone who is from South of the Border is bad or a threat to this country or a criminal.  In fact, this gentleman was a kind, store owner helping his fellow citizen.

Just goes to show you, not everything or everyone is what it seems.

Oh, and about that silly cancer that I live with, most recent Pet/CT scan showed no issues from my neck down.  MRI showed no new tumors – all stable.

YEAH ME!

AND……………………………………………………………………..FUCK CANCER EVERY DAY, EVERY MINUTE AND EVERY SECOND – YOU EVIL BEAST.

 

 

 

 

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I’M BACK!!!

I realized that some people thought I was really sick and unable to post and some, well, a few people, thought I was dead.  But for those Monty Python fans – NOT DEAD YET

I don’t like to bore you my dear readers.  And that’s why I don’t post unless I have something to say.  Time is too precious for bullshit.

Here’s whats been going on:

  1.  My Brain MRIs and PET/CT scans are STABLE!!!!
  2. Continuing treatment of every 3 weeks Herceptin
  3. Family and friends have experienced the entire spectrum of happiness and sadness.  Not just for the loss of humans but for the loss of furry friends.
  4. I bought a fancy shmancy new laptop
  5. I walked 2 miles of a 5k with an amazing friend – huge for me since I haven’t run or walked that distance in a very……………long……………time.
  6. Getting on my bike OUTSIDE very soon.

That’s it for now.

OH WAIT—————DRUMROLL PLEASE – I CELEBRATED 56 YEARS ON THIS EARTH IN JUNE

Happy Birthday to me  so FUCK YOU CANCER!!!!

 

 

AND NOW……………….THE WINNER OF THE BRAIN METS LOTTERY IS…………….

LISA JOAN FRANK (bowing and throwing kisses to the lottery people). For those of you who don’t remember or who don’t know, in August, I had an ugly old tumor that reared its beastly head.  I had gamma-knife to kill the beast.  

Today Lady Luck was on my side because the beast was on life support.  Instead, a tiny old tumor decided to say hello.  Well I don’t say hello. I SAY – GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY BRAIN

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Some may view this alien as a bad thing.  Actually it’s not.  I’m happy we found him and will soon destroy him raygun

I recently decided that a metastatic cancer diagnosis should come with a personal assistant.  OK so there may be other reasons for a personal assistant but I think a cancer patient deserves this.

And what would this assistant do? Well………………………………………………………….they could use these items to prepare meals:

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On the days I go to work, pick out my clothes for me

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Keep track of my work schEdule and my medical schedule so I know where the hellhell I’m going and when.

and while we are at it, pick up my dry cleaning, wait for packages, wait for the plumber, the electrician and anyone else who needs to get into the house.

ANY TAKERS!!????????

Some days cancer is simply a blood sucking vampire who tries to bleed you dryvampire

That just doesn’t cut it with me.  Cancer needs to be cut out of our lives.  No matter what it takes.fighting-cancer

And so my faithful blog readers……………………….let’s all say it together…………………………………

FUCK CANCER!!!!!! YOU WILL NOT TAKE MY BLOOD, MY BRAIN OR ANY OTHER PART OF ME AGAIN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CH CH CH CHANGES

It’s been a while and now is the time to update my beloved readers on the David Bowie reference above.

BEWARE – FOR THOSE EXPECTING THE WORST – YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED – THIS IS GOOD NEWS.

When we last left our action hero, things we sunshine and roses.

It still is, just in a different form.

My trial tumor (the big guy) is still undetectable.  George-costanza
However, i have 2 small tumors that were previously radiated and decided to say hello.  We watched them for one scan cycle and the larger of the 2 got even larger (8mm-13mm).  I realize this may seem small to most people – it is small – but the fact that it grew quickly and almost doubled in size, it needs to be Trump bombed like North Korea.download (2)
I was very responsive to the clinical trial drug.  However, Docs concerned that the 13mm will continue to grow and then we are in a shit stew.  The decision was made to gamma knife the 13mm tumor.  raygun
The gamma knife will remove me from the current clinical trial.  Dr.s and patient agree that this is the right thing to do.
The good news is there are numerous other trials, treatment options after the gamma knife.
For now we say BYE BYE BUCKAROOS to the first clinical trial. And then we welcome the next phase of my journey through Stage IV cancer land.  A new day, a new treatment and another fabulous opportunity to say…………………….
FUCK CANCER!  YOU WILL NEVER WIN

SEASON 2: EPISODE 6

Welcome to Spring – somewhere………….Apparently Spring has sprung.  The good news – my lovely and fabulous brain has not sprung.  The flowers are blooming, the trees are dropping shit all over our yard (pretty but messy), the pollen is raging and my rose bushes are loving all of the rain.

I simply do not understand, and I’ve said this before, why doesn’t chemo kill allergies.  It certainly kills everything else.

On the bright side, I recently found a list I made in 2004, the last time I had chemo that caused hair loss and other fun things.

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Here is my 2004 list titled: “Benefits of Chemotherapy”

  1. Save on shampoo/hair products
  2. No need for a wax
  3. Extra 20 mins of sleep every morning since no hair styling needed
  4. Awesome head-flying anti-anxiety and anti-nausea IV drugs
  5. Free head shave and manicure (friends doing favors)
  6. Easier to see my big ole green eyes
  7.  Bathing suits fit better because fake boobs stay in place
  8. No longer perspire or have any BO – save on deodorant  fake boobs

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Hopefully this post will put a smile on your face.

And as always, I close every blog post with a

HUGE

FUCK YOU CANCER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!finger

SEASON 2: Episodes 3, 4 and 5

Welcome back my faithful blog readers.  It’s been awhile.  That is because my treatments and my Dana Farber visits have all been STABLE and not much to report.

We all know STABLE is a great word.  Yes indeed.  Used to be my favorite acronym was NED (no evidence of disease).  Now my favorite word is STABLE.

With all this great news, I still want to share a somewhat serious post with all of you.  Over the past few months, people close to my heart have been diagnosed with Metastatic breast cancer, others with non-cancer serious illnesses and some knowing something is off but not yet sure what it is.

As we all age, we see friends and loved ones passing on from age, illness or for reasons no one knows.  It makes me re-evaluate my life and my disease on a fairly frequent basis.

We all die.  Some from disease/illness, some from a freak accident and some intentionally.  That is why we all need to cherish every day and everyone we love (and some of the ones we just like).  Remember the old Blockbuster message “BE KIND – REWIND” ?  Well life is a bit like that.  Be conscious of your actions and how they affect others.  The little things actually do matter.  A simple ‘Thank You” can change a person’s day.  Going through a door and holding it for the person behind you instead of just letting it hit them as they follow you, let a car make a turn when no one else will, make waitstaff feel appreciated – not like they should be honored to serve you,.  You get the point.  Don’t be an asshole.

All our lives are complicated.  We may not know what is happening in someone’s life and why they are being short, dismissive or just plain rude.  These are not acceptable but before we judge, we should all breathe and think before passing judgment.

No one ever says “I WANT CANCER”.  I am not a religious person.  I am spiritual.  I believe I have an obligation to give back to the universe things I learn through my journey – both good and bad.

I hope that I do that in every-day life, through this blog and through my volunteering with Young Survival Coalition.

So please, Be Kind – Rewind – Every day.

Peace

Lisa

P.S.   FUCK CANCER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Season 2. Episodes 1 and 2.

My first 2 2017 Dana-Farber appointments started out with a whimper.  And that’s a damn good thing. Both appointments were fabulous because they were

BORING!!!!

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Sorry to spoil your fun cancer. Everything with me is good. I totally intend to bore you to death.  For all my friends and family having to deal with you I hope we all bore you to death.

FUCK YOU CANCER!  WE MAY BE BORING BUT WE ARE STRONGER THAN YOU! AND WE WILL BORE YOU UNTIL YOU GO SOMEWHERE ELSE, LIKE TO HELL.hell