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Good news today:

The jaw pain is gone. Consciously relaxing my face and shoulders has been amazingly helpful… as has been a wonderful massage by Virginia at Intrinsic Touch. (I highly recommend her:

I survived the post-steroid crash. Yep, it was rough. Next cycle, on no-steroid day a trusted assistant will come over and lock me in a cage like a werewolf at full moon, so that the world will be safe from me until the bad feelings pass.

Bummer news today:

I ran out of shampoo this morning, but I haven’t gone bald yet. *sigh* You just know that if I go spend $3 for a new bottle of shampoo, the minute I get home with it every hair is going to sproing off of my scalp, the way the wheels sproinged off the sabotaged car in The Great Race. So I guess I’ll be fumbling around in cabinets for leftover hotel-bottle shampoos.

Embarrassment of riches:

I am overwhelmed with good wishes. I am also, unfortunately, overwhelmed with food. Y’all are right–I don’t feel like cooking–but right now I don’t feel like eating much, either. Things are still on standby about a sign-up-for-meals calendar. Please: For now, no food.

To tell the truth, I’ve never had any problem keeping my body fed, but I have always appreciated help keeping my spirits up. Let me suggest some non-food ways you can show your support:

  • Send me mail. A postcard, a card, a note, a bizarre newspaper clipping, an anonymous ransom note.
  • Make me a mix CD or a copy (legal, of course) of one of your favorite CDs.
  • Can’t go wrong with flowers (nothing with a strong scent, please).
  • Get me a kid’s craft kit, colored markers, clay, origami paper–you know, art therapy.
  • Do something nice for someone else and tell me about it.
  • Come over and take a 15-minute walk with me.
  • Lend me a DVD or videotape, or e-mail me some good YouTube or Web links.
  • Give some attention to my cat… if the weather’s mild, maybe she’ll let you take her for a walk.
  • Help me move all the boxes of clutter into Kirby’s room (sorry, Kirby!) so they aren’t cluttering up the downstairs.
  • Any other ideas? Anything indulgent?

As always, thank you to everyone who’s helped, offered to help, called or e-mailed, and listened to me vent. Hey–day after tomorrow is wig-shopping day! I’ll let you know how it goes.



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  • dswope: I just happened by after my I received an email from a close colegue that he was headig for IVPalooza. All I knew was that it was a form of chemo.
  • Brian: Hi Penny; When I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma I found your site. Reading about what you went through was incredibly helpful to me. Tha
  • Tricia: Still here; still caring; still rooting you on!