Since Blogger was "kind" enough to delete my blog about B17, I started a new one. I haven't gotten everything set up yet, but at least you have my cancer story. I re-read it again. It's been so long since I've read it, I'd forgotten some of the details. It was good to read, and I encourage all of you to read it as well. It's not as long without the pictures I had with it in the original post on the first blog. The pictures made me laugh as they'd pop up between paragraphs. Anyway, it's too much work to put the photos all in again. Besides, I'm not crazy about my hair. My bangs have never cooperated! The only time they looked "okay" was in the 80s when we wore our hair BIG. It's amazing I ever got my bangs as high as I did, considering they're naturally so straight and flat.
Okay, enough about my hair.
I hope you enjoy the new blog. I love the apricot pictures I found (and yes, purchased). I didn't purchase my own domain, so I know I'm at the risk that this will be shut down as well (even if I do purchase my own domain, it can happen; the World Without Cancer site has been shut down more than once, and they've purchased their own domain, sigh). For me, it was just too expensive. The domain was affordable, but with the website it would cost me over $100 a year. Yes, that's not bad for an entire year, but putting down that much money up front is a bit pricy for me.
In the meantime, I've saved all the pages that were so generously recovered from my old blog by my amazing Facebook friends (THANK YOU!!!) and I've backed everything up on a separate drive. Pop in here when you can as I slowly get things up and running.
On November 1, 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage Four Non-Hodgkins T-cell Lymphoma when my oncologist found a tumor in my head. He gave me radiation for this tumor, which continued to light up on all the PET scans for the rest of my treatments, but the growth had stopped. Within a year-and-a-half I was given eight rounds of chemo (including 22-hour bags and other numerous amounts of smaller injections of chemo that are innumerable—nearly bleeding to death twice), 35 treatments of radiation, a stem-cell transplant (which included "enough chemo to kill a healthy person"—my oncologist liked to say—along with full-body radiation), and numerous amounts of drugs and one magnesium vitamin.