Moving Day 2014

Carina has been here.

Carina has been here.

As I am going through some mild depression, I changed my shrink hosting site and I moved to a new blog chair with a different focus–not all about cancer.  Come visit me at my couch Carin’s Gratitude.

next door.

Most Read


If it is the most read book, perhaps we should join the club. I am joining a little late reading the Bible but better late than never. The New English Version, however not Catholic, seem readable without those Archaic terms.

No Visit With the Vampire

Twelve flight of stairs. I did twelve flight of stairs to my appointment with my oncologist. Today is my first appointment without lab work, so I did not get to visit the vampire (phlebotomist). My blood tests have been all normal for more than a year now that my doctor thinks, this time, we’ll skip it.

My chemo brain is not bad anymore. Of course, I rely heavily on my planner–both on hard book and digital, plus my online calendar. They help me prioritize with my scatter brain and remind me of tasks to do that helps with my forgetfulness.

Guess what? I feel brave enough too to go back to school–online. Tomorrow is my first day. If lucky, in four years, I will earn my Master’s Degree in Nursing. Wish me luck.

I am the first one here in the waiting room. Now I wait to see my doctor. I am half an hour early. I know I will pass this exam with flying colors.



Big Chair

I have nothing bad to say, about my breast cancer, that is. I remain in remission. No new news is good news, right? I am a one lucky ex breast cancer ee, haha.

As I plunge myself in the big old chair in my backyard (not as big as the one pictured above), typing awkwardly with my Kindle to write this post, I look up once in a while in front of me to my vegetable garden. The crops on my first year of planting continue to please my eyes and appetite for cancer fighting foods. I have an ongoing supply of salad greens, squash, beets, carrots, and cucumbers. Some corn, okra, cantaloupe, and pumpkins are coming. Even the raspberries that are not supposed to bear fruit until next year bring berries to my table every few days. Now, if only my teens are as easy to raise as it is to care for my garden, I’d be in paradise.

I go to my next four-month oncologist follow up in September. I am sure , I will pass that with flying colors.

I am going back in the house with a basket full of swiss chard, cucumber, and lettuce. Green smoothie, Anyone?

Summer hot in my head

Summer hot in my head

the chance of snow is long gone in Colorado. spring seemed to have ended as well as it is hot already here, like summer-hot. I still wear a wig most of the time when going out as my hair on top has couple of bald spots. it’s been more than a year in April since my last chemo. this side effect lingers. oh well, hot head. at least the cancer is not back. I am still in remission.

I made my appointment with my oncologist for this month after I received a certified mail saying they can’t contact me (my bad). I know it’s gonna be another good news. I feel as healthy as I can be. I still won’t be taking that ride my son is in– no matter how high-happy I feel though. 🙂