Monthly Archives: January 2013

San Francisco Firefighters to the rescue!

An enormous exaggeration, of course, but I had a phone call from Tony Stefani, President of the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation (www.SFFCPF.org) of which I am a board member (currently in absentia), two days ago.   Tony successfully battled … Continue reading

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Day to day activities are immensely time-consuming, but vital

We’re now on the 5th post-radiation day, and today was the first day Peter has emerged from the house.   He had labs at Duke in preparation for tomorrow’s appointment with Dan George (oncologist).   It’s times like this when I realize … Continue reading

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Back to ‘normal’ and I continue to be thrilled with Duke Cancer Center, and Duke in general

Radiation 2 was completed on Thursday, January 24.  When Peter completed Radiation 1 at UCLA he was given a certificate for showing courage, perseverance, and dignity.   Duke doesn’t do that (hooray!), but the radiation techs indulge in hugs and farewells, … Continue reading

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Talk to everyone, ask any question, read everything, evaluate for yourself, and be a pain in general

Despite all my high-flung words, I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to accepting things and jumping to conclusions.  For example, Peter’s undergoing focused radiation for the second time.  This time, I had thought the emphasis was still on … Continue reading

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Stories in the night

There’s a commonality of experience in a hospital which is extraordinarily comforting, in a strange sort of way.     Peter went from the ER to the oncology ward at Duke Medical Center, and I stayed there with him for 75 hours.   … Continue reading

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Things I knew all along, but now I really both know and appreciate them

And these things all come under the heading of Support.   I’m very good at looking up and finding out things – blessings on the Internet, my iPhone and such.   What I’m now starting to get to grips with is People. … Continue reading

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Another town, another ER

Philosophizing, looking at the broad picture, planning for the future – all those things have temporarily gone by the wayside, thanks to another bump (well, more like a major pothole) in the road. For some days, Peter has been favoring … Continue reading

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