The Cancer Band Plays On

We had a PET scan on September 30. On October 7, we received the results: the latest round of chemotherapy had not halted the progression of the cancer. My oncologist suggested MD Anderson, but then he thought they might be able to get a Phase 1 clinical trial at Texas Oncology. While we waited in

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) is the film that started the grande dame guignol (aka “Hag Horror” or “Psycho-Biddy”) film craze that peaked in the 1960s, but has never completely ended. Some might suggest that Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. (1950) really started the ball rolling, but even though it’s a bit creepy at

Not The Best News

One week ago today, we got the results from our latest PET scan. The esophageal tumor was about the same as it was when I had my last endoscopy in May (which was smaller than it had been originally), but the cancer in the liver and lymph nodes had progressed. This was certainly not the

Chemo and Me – Round 1

My first round of chemotherapy really ended on June 22. The regimen was set up in three-week cycles. The first week is a big blast of cisplatin and epirubicin, with fluorouracil (5FU) administered via a battery-operated pump that I carried with me everywhere. I was generally in the infusion chair for about 5-6 hours on those days. On the other

It’s the C-Word

I’m referring to cancer, not any of the other C-words that you might be thinking about. I hate to claim it as my cancer because I want to get rid of it as soon as possible, but regardless of how I feel about it, it’s my companion for the time being. To put a finer point

Remembrance of Blogs Past

Sadly, mine fits into that category, since I haven’t made a post in nearly a year. A lot has happened since then. We have been homeowners for almost a year and we haven’t gone insane or bankrupt. The house is still standing and the yard is more or less in good shape. I’ve kept most

Land, ho!

30 days in the offering and closing, but almost two years in the talking and planning and dreaming! It sounds like it should be an epic movie, but it’s actually much simpler and paradoxically, more complicated than that. Robert and I bought a home. Our first home. We have a real, honest-to-goodness grown-up mortgage (our first