The Big C

Follow this special category if you want to find all the posts about my journey through pancreatic cancer. I found out about it in July 2018 due to an onset of jaundice. The tumor had grown to the point where it pinched my bile duct, and if there’s no bile draining from the liver, some stuff called bilirubin ends up in the blood stream. It made me all yellow, even the whites of my eyes. It’s ironic; jaundice allowed us to catch the cancer at a relatively early stage, so all in all, I’m grateful for getting jaundiced. Ain’t life weird?

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OK, I’ve Had Enough

Last weekend I went back to the hospital again. This time we used 911 si we got transported to the old St. Jospeph’s Hospital which have just been renamed Virginia Mason Hospital,, Tacoma. Not quite as swank as VM Seattle but I’d say level of care is comparable. Again with a high fever, weakness, general […]

Thinning My Stuff, But Not My Weight.

Anyone who says that us chronic disease “experiencers” (I refuse to call myself a “victim”) are lazy and “have it easy” certainly does not know what is involved. There is real work involved, work that we normally see as trivial. Gaining weight is one of my major goals right now because I’m down 116 lbs, […]

Mind the Gap – May 2022

OMG, so many things have happened recently and I have not been keeping this blog up to date because of recent health challenges. Let’s talk about last month’s timeline. The blog entry before this one was all about going back on chemo. Well, that has been suspended for now. Instead, it’s all been about my […]

I Just Packed 36 Shirts

I wore those shirts when I weighed around 220 lbs. Those shirts are huge on me now. I’ve lost inches off my chest and waist. My bone structure defines the limits now, so my shoulders and arm/leg lengths stayed the same. I had to buy some smaller shirts. I like to wear them to my […]

Chemo Day!

I’m typing this early in the morning. I have to be in the Seattle hospital at 8:15 to start my now-standard every 2 week infusion. Except this day also includes a CT scan. I think we’re doing those monthly. This year I’ve had so many CT scans that I feel like the full-time airplane crews […]