The faculty of making stupid discoveries by accident. The name of my first Fantasy Football Team. Neither of which have anything to do with this blog. I just like the word. Deal with it !!!!!!
Monthly Archives: August 2009
and I have no excuse except that I my brain has turned to mush and I have nothing remotely interesting to write about. At least nothing that I think is interesting. Not that my blog has ever been really interesting but at least it was mine. It still is, I know that but I feel like someone else has taken over my body and thoughts so…
No, I am not drunk. No, I am not stoned. Maybe just crazy.
Although my official date is not until October 28, 2009, I had my 5th year annual check up with the Radiation Oncologist this past Wednesday.
I really never thought I would see the 5 year mark. The surgery went well, the chemo and radiation went well while they were happening. However, it was the after effects of said radiation and chemo that almost killed me.
Happily enough I managed to kick them in the ass and well, here I am 5 years later. Somedays I almost forget – but then a little twitch or pain shows up and I am again reminded that I am a SURVIVOR. That’s right I am A CANCER SURVIVOR and try as I may, I will never really forget. And to be truthful I don’t want to forget. Forgetting would mean that I didn’t care and that’s just not true.
See, as I have said before I will tell anyone who will listen and even those who won’t about the dangers of heartburn and living on antacids and prescription Acid Reflex drugs. Listen up people, believe me YOU DO NOT WANT TO GO THROUGH WHAT I DID!!!!
Although cancer stats are getting better on the whole there are some that are not getting better and EC is one of them.
I implore you – if you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis please, please see your Doctor and demand that you get a scope. Barrett’s Esophagus is now becoming a “common” disease and it can be treated. A very small percentage of people diagnosed with Barrett’s will be diagnosed with EC. I cannot see wating till that time – so if you have heartburn, if you scarf down handfuls of Rolaids or Tums and they are becoming one of your major food groups, go to the Doctor. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. JUST GO!!!!!
I am one of the lucky ones thus far – don’t wait to be able to call yourself LUCKY because it might not happen that way.
I know I go on and on about EC but I have to. No one and I mean no one would want to have this incidious form of cancer. Believe ME.
I wish I actually had time to waste away doing nothing. It seems the more I try to streamline my life the busier it gets.
I spent all after noon “polishing up” my resume and writing a dynamite cover letter for a position I am applying for with the Alzheimer Society. The cover letter is a killer, if I do say so my self but it had to be – I lack the specific post-secondary education they are asking for. Somehow Police Sciences is not the same as Media Sciences. The only thing they have in common is the “Sciences” part although I did have to take a course on Media Relations when I took Police Sciences.
The position I am applying for is one of a Fund Raiser. As someone who cares for two Alzheimer patients on a 24/7 basis I am well aware of the need for funding that this agency and others like it require to offer the services that it does to the people who need it the most.
The job is part time only, 22 hours a week. In addition to me being perfect for the job, the job is perfect for me. Recently we were approved for 24 hours of respite care a week. This means that I can hire someone for up to 24 hours a week at $10/hour to look after mom and dad while I am at work and it will be paid for. Anything above that will be our own responsibility but that is ok. I can’t see us needing anymore than 5 or 6 hours on top of the 24.
I am really excited about this job. I know I can do this. I am no stranger to fund raising – hey, I used to sell the most Girl Guide cookies in my group. Fund raising for cash is the same just a little different. The principles are the same the outcome the same just different. (If you understand what I just said, you too can be a fund raiser…)
Anyhow, wish me luck. I am dropping off the resume on Tuesday, tomorrow is a holiday here and they will not be open. I’ll keep you posted.