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The Glass is 1/4 Full

You know how when you hear something, but but your brain expects to hear something else, you end up believing your brain instead of reality?

I saw the oncologist today, and I expressed how happy I was to have completed two of my four chemotherapy treatment. He glanced away from his computer terminal, looked at me with a gentle, slight smile, and told me that it was eight sessions of chemo and not four. I had confused the number of months of treatment with the number of individual treatments.

It's 3/4 empty to me.

Two down, and six to go.

I told him how bad my last experience was, so he added something to my chemo cocktail to prevent the delayed nausea and vomiting I wrote ineloquently about in my last two posts. Some people react worse than others, he said, but this new ingredient should help.


It IS nice to have my appetite back and have enough energy to cook. Rachel and I made tomato and basil risotto with spinach for dinner and there were no leftovers. It was a one-pot recipe, so cleanup was a breeze.

Although last week was rough, I'm still positive and full of gratitude. People have said that I am courageous for having such a good attitude, but I don't know about that. What else is there to do? Nothing? Ignore it and hope it goes away? I got to do what I got to do to get better. Or, as Colt Luger says, "Sometimes a man's gotta do what a man does." (from F is for Family)

Still having lots of fun with the Nintendo Switch. It's great for chemo sessions and rainy days. Let me know if you get one, and we can be online buddies and play one-on-one Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

I have been pondering a GoFundMe to proactively raise some money for when I have surgery some time in March. I know I'll miss a bunch of work. I will get approximently 60% of my wages from short-term and long-term disability insurance (I hope), but I doubt that will be enough to cover bills and other expenses. The son of my friend with leukemia started one against his father's wishes and raised over $20,000. My friend says he was embarrassed at first, but he's happy his son did it. I'd have to put aside my pride and be humble to it. Please leave a comment or send me a message and let me know what you think!

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Thanks for your support!

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