I administered my last injection on Friday, December 16, 2016. I was so happy about that, and about Sophie arriving that day for her winter break from Reed College. Then I was convinced by my journalist friends Treena and Suzanne to string with them for Thomson Reuters for President Obama’s Hawaii vacation for five days. I did it two years ago, and I really enjoyed myself while updating my editors on the President’s every move (we’re on base, he’s working out at the gym) (he’s having dinner at Vintage Cave) (he’s GOLFING).
But last year I was getting the daily immunotherapy treatments in the Kaiser Permanente chemo ward and wasn’t available. Plus, interferon makes people cranky and depressed. I wasn’t very good company. Despite that, my family has been so very supportive of my ordeal. Now that the year of treatment is over, I only have to go in for scans and follow-ups for the next few years. I hope I kicked that melanoma stage 3a away. My hair is mostly straight and fuzzy now, instead of curly. I hope my curls come back as I do not like this straight hair and bald spots. I also lost 40 pounds, that I don’t want back. I think I gained about eight back, but it was for a good cause, five days of Kalapawai Deli sandwiches and two dinners courtesy of the President’s communications folks.
Tomorrow Sophie returns to Reed College. I am so happy to have her around. She and her sister get along like sisters, if you know what I mean. Fun, torture, teasing, laughing, all those things. It made me smile a lot to see how much they enjoyed each other. One thing I am especially pleased about is how comfortable she is at school. Reed is a small school. She lives in the dorm called Woodbridge, also known as the MadSci dorm because everyone who lives there is in the sciences. At Reed, girls and guys live in theme dorms (theater, math, language, outdoor life (inside), math, literature. Not only do the students take classes together, but they can look to each other for advice and ideas while at home. A few days ago I told her with all her ukulele playing these past three weeks, that she made me think of a student we saw there when we were moving her in. He had long hair, wore mustard colored pants, and walked around playing the ukulele. She knows him and he’s a senior. Of course she does!
Today I started bicycle clinic with Boca Hawaii, another thing that I missed the entire 2016. I was on my bike for a couple of spin sessions a few months ago, but I was still on Interferon and I couldn’t keep going. Now I’m back. I’m not training for races or triathlons, I’m training because it gives me a great feeling. Eventually I get to know everyone, so socially, bike riding with Boca is a great joy to me. I will probably start swimming soon, too.
Yeah, it’s been awhile since I updated the blog, but with the immunotherapy and depression, I tend to lay very low. I wasn’t motivated and I was often down in the dumps. And I want my curly hair back.
One of the things I did last year was take sewing classes from Craftgirl808. Sewing relaxes me, even if I’m tearing something apart for the third time. I’m collecting vintage tea towels to turn into purses and bags.
They have a nice softness to them, and I line them with a Hawaiian print fabric to give them a little heft. If you got any that are faded and you’re tired of, pass them along? I think I should create labels before I get too deep into this new venture.
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