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Purple Death Hawk 03-30-15 Fear, part one

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Fear is something almost everyone experiences and we all handle it in our own way. We experience fear of the unknown and the known. When it comes to the known, fear becomes similar to common sense.


If you know that you are likely to break a bone jumping off a cliff and it will hurt, you are less likely to jump off that cliff. Those fears can make us reasonably cautious. I have never wanted to try parachuting; I figu...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-29-15 Prevention

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Today’s post is about prevention, but I need to take a minute to mention a friend. This friend of mine is also the stepmother of my girls and a wonderful person. Yesterday her mother stopped her fight with the hell fire. I am not going to say she lost the fight; she just reached the place where she needed to stop fighting. Jill, you are very much in my thoughts and prayers.


There are an incredible number...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-25-15 The people you meet

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I had my first round of chemo in the hospital and spent most of the five days stuck in my room attached to the IV system. From there I began the weekly blood tests and further chemo rounds at the outpatient center. I have met some amazing people at the center and online, people that give me strength to fight and a voice that wants to get a message out.

I ran into a couple with a similar bizarre sense of humor to mine. The husband has cert...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-24-15 The chicken or the egg

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Round three of the chemo began yesterday. The first day is a double dose, followed by two days of single doses. I am already feeling a bit tired, but I have time to rest. Starting to figure out how to schedule things.

I was able to talk to my cancer doctor about some of my questions. The first is that he upped my dosage a bit for this round. My first round, while in the hospital, was very heavy. It also plunged my platelet count so the do...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-23-15 Long day....

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Went in for the weekly blood work and then met with my cancer doctor. My test results were all good so I am starting the third round of chemo. I should be able to post information on the changes made for this round tomorrow. The first day is a double dose and I am worn out from hours spent in the center…..

Purple Death Hawk 03-22-15 Rollercoaster

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (1)

First, I received an email from a friend with some good information on radiation. You can read the article if you want “Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation in Small-Cell Lung Cancer”.

Now, I am going to try to explain the rollercoaster ride. There never really is a time when the diagnosis is not on my mind. I try to keep myself realistic whi...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-19-15 Radiation?

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)

When I was in the hospital and first diagnosed with lung cancer I was immediately scheduled for chemo and radiation. The original plan was to have radiation done on my right lung. After the PET scan, the doctors realized that the cancer had metastasized into the bones in my legs.


When I went to my first appointment with the radiation doctor, I was told the radiation procedures had been cancelled. When it was just my...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-18-15 The system is broken

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

I have been promising an update with information on Social Security Disability. This is designed to help others understand the SSDI system and how it works, or does not work.


I will again say that I am not requesting anything financial from anyone. I do have some resources available to me. (I can also earn a little over $1,000 per month without affecting my disability, if I choose to try to write for pay.) However,...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-17-15 Imagination

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

I spent a good three hours today outside, cleaning up my garden. Burned the old bramble and tree branches in the fire pit. Once the ash cools, I will work it into my compost. I figured I got some good exercise in the process. The work also helped me get some emotional strength back.


I remembered to put sunscreen on my head and even put some on my ears. The scent of the sun lotion took me back to Myrtle Beach and a v...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-16-15 Six weeks

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

No, I did not post yesterday as I planned. I did finally reach a point of scraping the bottom of the barrel for strength. Yes, this carp can get overwhelming. On the health front, I had my weekly blood test today and all of my numbers are doing fine. If they stay that way, I can get my third chemo round next week.

On the car front, the phone started ringing Friday. The numerous “accident victim advocates” that want you to unde...

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