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Purple Death Hawk 4-22-15 Building red cells

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (2)

I have spent my time worrying about maintaining my platelets and white blood cells during chemo. Now I had to look up information on red blood cells to see what I could do to improve my health.


- Do remember that this is just my blog post and not information written by a medical professional. I do my best to perform solid research, but I am not an expert. -


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Purple Death Hawk 4 - 20 - 15

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Yes, it is that day, but I don’t.

The joys of chemo. I think I have things somewhat figured out and then… This round did throw me for a loop. For some reason the queasiness took over, but by today things are relatively normal.

Went for my weekly blood work. Decided not to wait for the results today. I am still tired from last week and getting ready to have a yard sale, I have work to do...

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Purple Death Hawk 04-17-15 Neulasta injection

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Round four of the chemo series done and I received the Neulasta injection yesterday. This injection helps rebuild white cells destroyed by the chemo. It is also the part of treatment that wipes me out.


It tends to make you feel very exhausted and a bit like you have a flu. The nurse told me yesterday that I could take Claritin to counteract the effects. I just figure that if I rest for 48 hours I will get through. ...

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Purple Death Hawk 04-16-15 Numbers and percentages

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I started thinking about the expectancy numbers and decided to put it in perspective. When you hear an estimate of 6 to 12 months with 2 percent living 3 to 5 years, it does not seem optimistic or reassuring. While I need to be realistic, I also need to look at what goes into creating the data.


Data on expectancy and cancer statistics covers all of the available data. I do not know how often it is updated, but the f...

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Purple Death Hawk 04-14-15 The pillow

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (4)

 When I headed out to my appointment yesterday, I found a package sitting by my front door. A friend emailed me to say she was sending me something she made for me. I put the package inside to open when I got home.

My younger daughter and I opened the box yesterday evening and the contents, a Keepsake quilted pillow, took my breath away. This is also something I really need to share.

You need ...

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Purple Death Hawk 04-13-15 Post #50

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Chemo either kills the cancer or kills the patient. I received my CAT scan results today. When I was first diagnosed with just the lung cancer, the prognosis was three to five years. When they found it had metastasized to the bones, the prognosis dropped to six to 12 months.


I have been muttering that I am shooting for that one year, if not more. From the results of the CAT scan, my doctor is also leaning to the one...

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Purple Death Hawk 04-10-15 Follow up CAT scan

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I had a follow up CAT scan yesterday and am scheduled to see my cancer doctor on Monday. On my last visit with him, at the start of my third round of chemo, he told me that the results would let us know where what we would do next.


I can have somewhat bad days and this week has been a snarl of them. I have many questions rolling through my mind and I was not doing well at shutting them up. I have managed to write th...

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Purple Death Hawk 04-08-15 Picking your battles

Posted on April 8, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (1)

I have been a little slow on updating the blog this week. That will be part of tomorrow or Friday’s post….. depending on how well I am functioning. This particular blog may be slightly controversial, but it is something that is important to think about.


Years ago, when I first started writing, a couple of the sites I wrote for asked for a motto on my profile. That one was not easy for me. The first dozen...

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Purple Death Hawk 04-06-15 The battles

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

No, I did not post yesterday the way I planned. I wanted to post about picking your battles. I need to learn how to do that myself.


I still try to write on occasion. I received three assignments Friday. At this time, I try to only take one assignment at a time. It makes it easier to know I can work on something without stress. I spent Friday arguing with myself as to whether I should accept all three pieces.

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Purple Death Hawk 04-01-15 Regrets

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Regrets are a large part of the emotional process for anyone dealing with a terminal diagnosis. Regrets also become part of the fear. However, it is interesting in the sense that the terminal diagnosis can motivate individuals to take care of some of the regrets or issues that bother them.


Whether the thought process starts as part of a diagnosis, or just part of an aging process, the important thing in handling reg...

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