Serendopeity

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 !!!!!!

About Me

I am a 5 1/2 year survivor of Esophageal Cancer.  Nothing quite changes your life as much as someone telling you “You can die from this”.  Taking my cue from that, I have decided that no matter how long we live, it is never enough time to do the things we want, say the things we want to say, fight the fights we want to fight. 

This blog is my attempt at some of those things.  I can say what I want and fight what I think is worth fighting for. I can vent till the cows come home even if no one is listening.

One thing I believe strongly in is the need for early detection of Esophageal Cancer, which for ease of typing will henceforth become “EC”.  Early detection is the one thing that can save your life if you are diagnosed with EC. It saved mine so far.  You can read more about EC on the EC INFO page.

I am addicted to coffee and would just about anything for a cup of “good” coffee.  I am a Java Junkie Extremis.

I am sometimes politically incorrect – I don’t believe that anyone can be politically correct all the time.  It’s impossible not to have an opinion on something contraversial, but I do not go out of my way to hurt anyone by what I say.  Just because I may disagree with your opinion does not mean that I do not think you are entittled to that opinion. 

I love watching Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy. If that makes me a bad person, so be it!

If you can’t find me here at my blog, you can find me playing MahJong Solitare at Yahoo Games under the name Nicole Davis Wallingford or surfing other blogs.

I am the primary caregiver to both my parents.  Each has been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease.  They have lived with me for over a  3 years now and everyday is different.  Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry but I would like to think that we spend much more time laughing than not.  Alzheimers is a horrible disease.  At least with cancer you have an opportunity to be well again.  With Alzheimers you don’t.  Expect a lot of venting about this, it consumes most of my life and is one thing that causes me the most pain.

I live in the country.  It is a pretty little town, but there is not much here to do.  I left Toronto in 2003 and sometimes I wonder what the hell took me so long?  I would never go back to live there, I prefer the fresh air, farmer’s markets in the summer and the ability to walk my dog without fear  at all hours of the night. 

Ah yes, my dog.  He is a portly Chocolate Lab who goes by the name of Bosco.  If you have ever seen the TV show Third Watch, you know who Boscorelli was.  A brash, always in trouble rookie who just didn’t know when enough was enough.  That is my boy Bosco too.  Although I think my Bosco weighs in at a heftier weight that the TV Bosco did.  My Bosco loves to eat (he is a lab afterall) and will scarf down almost anything.  He does not like pickles or lettuce in any shape or form but you can sneak some in if it’s on a burger or a sandwich.  I have been told that he has “human eyes”.  Sometimes they seem to glow, but not in a scary vampire way.  I love my dog and would sacrifice my own life for him if the need arose beause I know that he would do the same for me. 

I lost the weight and he gained it, but is slowly losing it.  I used to be really, really fat (believe me I was).  Now I am just fat and that’s ok.  I like who I am and how I look.  When I was sick, I was at the lowest weight I think I had ever been since I was about 12 years old.  I look back at those pictures and think OMG!  I actually looked like someone who had cancer.  I managed to gain back some weight – another story for another time – and like I said I like who I am now.

Last year we added an addition to the canine portion of our family.  We are not sure what Maggie’s parentage is but she is as cute as a button and answers to Monkey more than her name.  I am not sure why that happens – we give our pets names but then call them something else…

This is Bosco and Monkey together…

 
I keep my best friends close to my heart because we cannot always be in the same physical proximity.  I lost two of those close friends this past  2 years ago, 2 weeks apart and it still hurts.  I miss them. 

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I do.  Feel free to comment, good, bad or indifferent.  I enjoy spirited, polite discussion but be forewarned there are things I will not tolerate and reserve the right to delete your comments if you cross that line.

Recently I have taken on a new “project”.  I send care packages to Canadian Soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.  I have named my project “somethingfromhome” and if you are a CF soldier deployed in Afghanistan or know of a CF soldier deployed please have them email me at somethingfromhome(at)gmail(dot)com. 

If you want to know more about me you can always check out my 164 Things…page.  You can access it here.

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4 responses to “About Me

  1. sharon ricci January 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    portly? i love that word.

    i’m going to try to use that word in a natural sounding sentence tomorrow. it’s my challenge for the day (that and getting out of bed before 10am).

    to bosco, to nancy, to brighton and to your parents, shalom – deep, meaningful, and lasting shalom!

    sharon

  2. knowledgetoday March 30, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  3. Birdieguy August 30, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I found ya Nancy! lol Great site – Keep up the good work!
    ~Alan

  4. Melanie brigham November 1, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I am enjoying your writng and hearing of your life. My boyfriend has EC and is just recovering from the surgery. His name is Ashford. You may have been my postings on the EC site, where I just read of your 6 year mark. Happy bowling!!

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