Me and Pepper at one of the last chemo treatments in Round 3.

Even now, to say or write down the words “colorectal cancer” seems unreal. On one hand, there is an incredible disconnect between me and those words. On the other hand, those words have completely changed my life.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in August 2015, but I had been sick long before that day. Continue reading

Gaining weight and growing hair — go figure?


For the most part, my side effects of chemo have been more irritating than debilitating, and I hope it stays that way!!!!!! I laugh and tell people I’m gaining weight and growing hair. I think I have gained 3-5 pounds every time I walk into the Cancer Center in Starkville. The nurses all say, “that’s wonderful! That means you haven’t lost your appetite!” Well, okay, I guess that’s all good, but pretty soon, I’m going to have to do something about it! It is starting to get out of hand!

And I am growing hair, not losing. One of the many things I am learning, is that more than half of what you worry about NEVER happens!  While I was looking forward to losing a few pounds, I expected to  lose hair. But so far, so good. I’m growing hair, not really losing! YAY!

I also bought a juicer that I can’t use, because one of my medicines makes me hyper-sensitive to cold (and Sonic is advertising milkshakes — and they are all I can think about some days!!!). I can’t drink anything cold, so everything has to be lukewarm. And I can’t touch anything cold — so if you see me in the grocery store with winter gloves on, you will know I am not just a weird-o, there’s a real problem behind the craziness! Toes are cold too, but if I dodge and weave around the frozen and refrigerated foods sections, it’s not so bad. I will probably be wearing thick socks all summer, but that’s okay.

I’m tired and have achy bones, but that could also be that I’m 44. Hard to tell. Continue reading