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Purple Death Hawk 07-30-15 55

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I made it to 55. I know when I was a teenager, 55 seemed like it was light years away. Six months ago, I was not even sure it was possible. My birthday was not a cause for a giant celebration, it was a time for me to quietly embrace that fact that I am still alive.


I spent the day just doing whatever I felt like. I actually did some work on my car. I have been fixing cars since before I could drive them and it just...

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Purple Death Hawk 07-24-2015 Grazing in the garden

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been picking up a few articles to write each week. Normally just two or three. That is enough for now and about all my brain can handle. I have been spending more time in the yard, and working on the car, now that we do not have rain six days a week. Taking advantage of a few dry days.

Working on the car and yard keeps my mind off everything. Hopefully I will get some regular blog posts done soon, I have some ...

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Purple Death Hawk 07-16-2015 PET scheduled

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I finally received a call from the hospital and my PET scan was approved by the insurance company. It is now scheduled for the first week of August. I want it done yesterday. I do understand that the doctor wants to wait a good month or so to see if the cancer is stopped or if starts growing again or spreads.


The waiting time between the scan and the results is the hardest part of the test. When I called the doctor&...

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Purple Death Hawk 07-11-15 Day Tripping

Posted on July 11, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (2)

Facebook has been insisting that I update my status. The computer-generated demands also seem to think that my avatar and background photos should be changed to something that I currently like more than what I have showing.


How about not. How about Facebook might not like the new photos I choose. As for my status - “Not dead yet.” Works for me and yes, I have watched too much Monty Python.

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Purple Death Hawk 07-02-15 Five months

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)

I am now at the five-month mark. This can be a very bumpy ride. Yesterday I met with my cancer doctor to begin the next part of the journey and I found my baby boy cat that had been missing for four days. Funny, the sense of relief made a huge difference in how I am feeling.


To keep it as simple as possible, my body has bounced back well from the chemo. I no longer have to have weekly blood tests, all of my counts h...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-25-15 Retirement part two

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I am coming up with solutions for the battle going on in my brain. I have decided that balancing my drive to be productive and my need to live life while I can is doable in stages. Basically, the stages of what I may or may not have left. I do not have all of the answers now, but I have a plan.


For the next few months, I will be almost fully retired. First, it is summer and I really enjoy working outside in my garde...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-21-15 Retirement (?) part one

Posted on June 21, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I am supposed to be working or at least accomplishing something. This is my brain talking to me. I am also supposed to be “retired”, or disabled. This is my doctors and my body talking to me. These two ideas are not playing well with each other.


I do not consider myself a workaholic, but I am an accomplishaholic. I feel guilty if I am not doing something constructive. I look at my hobbies and the things ...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-16-15 Jurassic World

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Awesome. This is one movie sequel that is as good as the original. I have heard that some have complained about the plot. Seriously, you know what the plot is. A bad guy thinks messing with nature and genetics is a good thing. You are not watching this movie for the plot. You are going for the exercise. I jumped out of my seat about a dozen times.


Why is the Jurassic series important to me? When the original was re-...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-14-15 The $100 hair cut

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

My hair is trying to grow back now. I have about ½ inch of fuzziness. Half of it is shiny white and the rest is unknown at this time. It looks like it might come back as my deep red tone. On an interesting note, in the days B.C. (before chemo), I did have a nice thinning area. (Read bald spot.) Now what is coming in is solid and the formerly bald area is covered.


Last week at the grocery store the bagger called...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-12-15

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s blood test results were good, in the normal range for two weeks after chemo. Platelets were on the low side, but they usually do drop and then come back up by the third week. Of course, next week I will not be getting the standard three rounds of chemo. My body may not know what to do with itself.


Day two of the large yard sale. Yesterday was in the mid 90s and exhausting. Fortunately, a neighbor j...

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