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Purple Death Hawk 03-05-15

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This post is meant to try to provide some answers to the question: “What can I do for a family member or friend with cancer?” I have noticed this question is asked frequently and I am trying to find some answers.


Do note that this is not my wish list. I just want to have fun with my girls for as long as we can and we are working on that.


Being a friend



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Purple Death Hawk 03-04-15 Other donations

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (2)

This post may not come under the most cheerful I have written, but it is important. I will try to add humor where I can. I have written about going through my excess “stuff” and taking items to a local thrift store. This is one type of donation.


For those of us living with an “expiration date”, decisions should be made about organ or whole body donation. This does not sit well with all cultu...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-03-15 Chemo!

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (1)

I went for the blood test and was able to begin the second round of chemo yesterday. I do not even know what the test results were, just that I got the go ahead. I might ask today how things were looking to keep track.


I know it must seem crazy to be so excited about getting a slow chemical poison drip, but then I am a bit crazy. I was worried about this second round. In the hospital, they gave me an anti-nausea dru...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-02-15 Four weeks

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (2)

It has been four weeks since I went into the hospital and my world changed. It has also been four weeks since I had a cigarette. This is a good thing. I have not smoked in four weeks and I do not even want to. Not the least bit interested.


The hospital did give me patches, but they never really worked that well before. I did quit smoking twice before, but somehow still had the desire. In the past four weeks, I have ...

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Purple Death Hawk 03-01-2105 Spring?

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes I just want to scream that this is not happening. Maybe at some point I will stand in the middle of my yard and bellow. Right now, I need all the energy I have. I will say that for anyone in this fight or friends and family of those fighting, getting away from the constant reminder of the battle can help. It just is not that easy to do.


The mirror reminds me. The occasional out of breath or aches in m...

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Purple Death Hawk 02-26-15 SSDI info

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have started the process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance. I have been declared disabled. Over the years, I have avoided applying for any assistance that I absolutely did not need. At one point, a few years ago, I was told I qualified for food stamps. I may have been qualified, but I did not need them.


Now I know that I cannot work to the level I could before....

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Purple Death Hawk 02-25-15 Writer mouse

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1)

The past two weeks after leaving the hospital have been full of numerous appointments. Next week I have one every day. No wonder I am tired. I have also had a lot of time to think. On that note, this post is not meant to be brag, it is meant to be encouragement.

A bit of background. I started out working as an auto mechanic ...

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Purple Death Hawk 02-24-2015 Cranky mouse

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Note: Possibly useful information at the end.

Yesterday I met with my cancer doctor for the first time since leaving the hospital. Again, he is kind and honest. He also has a good sense of humor, pretty much required when dealing with me. I had my third blood test done; last week’s test showed everything was perfect. Now to see if I can begin my second round of chemo. The harder and faster we can hit this, the better. Yes, I was act...

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Purple death Hawk 02-23-2015 Cleaning up

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

So, I am taking some time to go through my excess clothing and stuff and lighten the load. It needs to be lightened. I love prowling thrift stores and clearance sales. Plus, a lot of my clothing is at least 15 to 20 years old. I do not need this much stuff. If I have not worn it, do not like it or it does not fit, it is being donated.

I dealt with both my mom and dad's passing. I do not want my girls to face cluster...

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Purple Death Hawk 02-22-2015 30,000-mile tires

Posted on February 22, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (1)

I found my humor for the day. About one week before my world turned upside down, I decided to get new tires for my car. At first, I was only going to buy two, but decided the price was good and I should get four. The tires on the car were ten years old. This is approaching some kind of record.

My car is a 2000 Plymouth Breeze with 118,000 miles. I only put about 5,000 miles on a year. (This will hopefully change with a road trip or two.) ...

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