Saturday, July 31, 2010

How Dare I Feel Down

I've been off of chemo since mid-June.  I kept up with all the parties and family and running around. No afternoon napping for me.  Moved into Mom-mode in trying to organize Colleen and getting her ready for her big move to college.  Spent the last 4 weekends focused on Michaela and her softball practice and local weekend tournaments.  Survived last week's flood.  All in all, I've been "living normal"...doing all the regular stuff of life.  Small, day-to-day activities that were elusive this time last year. 


I'm feeling really restless.  Incomplete. Lost.  I was close to breaking down and having a good cry fest today.  I actually planned on going to a chapel this afternoon to just be alone, unfindable, and see if I could make any sense of my current state of mind.

I'm feeling anxious and desperate.  I need to work again.  As in MONEY.  I'm scared. 

Then, I read on the colon cancer message board that I frequent, that one of "us" - a fighter/survivor, has taken a turn for the worse.  Colon cancer spread to her brain, nothing they can do, she has a  13-yo child.  Donna is such a beautiful spirit. She's probably pretty tired of fighting.

My CT scan is in 2 weeks.  Am I still cancer free?  My colonoscopy is in Spetember, will the "symptoms" I'm having now mean the  cancer is returned?  The thought of only being "free" for a short while is unerving.
How do people keep fighting and fighting when they get recurrences? dare I feel one bit sad or depressed.  Because today, I am cancer free, and here, and have every reason in the world to be happy.  Donna doesn't get that.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chemo Is Officially Over....Now What?

After weekly chemo from April 2009 thru June 2010, I am done with chemo. I had a few breaks during that time due to infections, blockages, and other delightful set backs.

Then, as many of you know, I found my way to Sloan Kettering in March 2010 and had 8 tumors removed from my liver and one ablated. There is no protocol for post-resection chemo. Some believe that doing chemo when there is technically No Evidence of Disease, is stupid. Some people think some chemo is a bit of insurance.

I had 4 cycles post surgery and just had a break due to family and vacation etc. I went to chemo today, ready to do a few more rounds and I asked the Oncologist, OK, how many more cycles do you think?

Doctor basically said that doing "mop up chemo" is no guarantee that the cancer won't come back. If it's going to return, it won't be because I did or didn't do more chemo at this point. So, I said, let's end it.

Now, my CEA in June was 1.9 and today was 2.1. Still normal, but......?????

I'll do a CAT scan in 6 weeks amd blood work, then my first colonoscopy in September, since my diagnosis in March 2009.

So, now what? For 15 months, my life has been hospitals, surgeries, chemo, procedures blah blah blah.

I guess the mental/emotional battle begins. Re-establishing a life. Getting a job (hah, me and a gazillion other people) Learning to not live in fear and panic and anxiety of Cancer's Return.

Any Post Treatment Tips Welcome!!!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Still Trying To Decide Where To Put This Cancer

No exact end date for chemo, but I'm sooo ready to be done with it: the rash, the long sleeves and pants, the cracked skin and painful sores on feet.  So very very minor in the scheme of tings, but it gives me something to bitch about - a need I have.

Seems like some things have been put in my path the last few days to make me start thinking of the future, but still the subject is CANCER.

  • At church yesterday, as I turn behind me to give The sign Of Peace, the young woman behind me is the counselor from Wellness House from the women's support group. Damn my chemo brain for forgeting her name - she remembers me.

  • a Mom at Michaela's softball game and I were talking and she's seen me all draped, hooded, hats etc all precaustions against the sun I am so very sensitive to due to chemo.  We talk and she she shares that a friend of hers, mid 40's is also battling colon cancer.  I offer her my number to share with her friend - I will be of service in any way her friend may want to connect with me.  To find out that someone is fighting and survivng the exact disease is really important....there's sooo much sadness and grim statistics and death that surrounds this disease, anything remotely positive is appreciated.  I hope she calls me to connect and I hope I can be of service.

  • there was another thing but i forgot it. damn chemo brain...oh yeah, my Wellness House Ladies are getting together Wed night.  Betty, the connector of the group, was missing on everyone and told us she'll be hanging out at a bar and waiting to see if any of us show up!!!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Time To Re-Focus and Lay Out the Gratitude List

I've been in a funk since my surgery. I'm cranky, I'm still fatigued and healing, I'm emotional and just plain lost.

As I was showering this morning, it hit me like a brick - One year ago, I needed Lee to help me take a shower: He wrapped my emaciated body in saran wrap to protect the ostomy bag; He installed a hand-held shower wand so I could sit on the shower chair since I was too weak to stand for very long.

I took a look back at a post I wrote in May and I listed things I Missed:

  • Food on My Terms
  • The way food USED to taste.
  • Wiping My Ass
  • My "Before" Clothes
  • Wearing MakeUp/Clear Skin
  • Stamina
  • Q-Tip Satisfaction: I no longer produce ear wax, no need to Q-tip. Freaky, I know.
  • Fitting into my Bras- I used to somewhat dislike my large Marges, now I miss them 
  • Diet Pepsi: The bubbly, crisp, sweet drink in the middle of the work day. I drank maybe 3 per week, not a soda-aholic by any means. Any carbonated drink tastes like acid.
  • Ketchup: How can I eat my diet of hamburgers without it? i need a condiment, damn it. The acidity of the tomato is not a pretty thing for my tongue, throat, tummy. On the same vein, I miss MY homemade Spaghetti Sauce.(gravy, for my Italian friends). My red sauce was soooo my comfort food.
Except for 1-2 items listed, I either have all those things back, or almost back.

  • The simple act of taking a shower, unassisted is so much more satisfying now.
  • I don't need to go into detail about how grateful I am to NOT have an ostomy bag, I gave you all much too much detail last year!
  • Picking up Michaela from school
  • Eating together as a family

The little things that were unavailable to me one year ago are now an abundant blessing one year later.




Monday, April 26, 2010

To Blog or Not To Blog - That Is The Question

I'm in this very strange place - one month ago, I had a surgery that was not an option for me, until a series of miracles made it an option for me.  While I am technically "cancer-free", said with fingers crossed, I am still in treatment for the next 3 months or so in the hopes that some more toxic chemicals will nuke any microscopic cancer cells.  So many conflicting emotions on this- will this additional chemo make any cancer in my body more resistent to the chemo?  Will this chemo effect me in other ways yet to be discovered?

I'm also having flashbacks of what was happening to me a year ago - a year ago  I was just one month post-surgery from the colon resection.  A year ago I was trying to get emotionally and physically get used to having an ileostomy.  A year ago was so very sad, so very scary. Every day I'd wake up and then be shocked into the realization - I have cancer.

So now that I am in a very different place than a year ago, do I keep on blogging?  Last year, from March through November, there was a constant stream of hospitilizations, surgeries, treatment issues, setbacks and bouncebacks to keep all my friends and family, hopefully, I can quietly continue my chemo, have scans and pray for continued remission.

I expect most of my challenges from now on will be mental/emotional ones - figuring out how to recreate some kind of positive life for me and my family - what do I do?  Where's the right place for me to give back? Work- do I even try to get back in the game?  What are my options?
I'm sure for anyone in "remission" the mental part is a tough phase - you go from almost dead to alive - from hopeless to full of hope. I feel like there's an expectation of me to "live BIG", to be a walking advertisement of life after cancer, reverence to the miracle etc....yet I "know" that my surgery, while a wonderful thing. does NOT take me completely out of the woods. I have a 60% chance of recurrence. My surgeon told me not to thank him for Five years, that oh-so important cancer statistic.
what do I do? how do put it all in it's proper place?  I guess I'll keep praying and hope it's not too much to ask

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Return to The Dark Side - Chemo Begins Monday

I start chemo on Monday. Same drugs, same schedule- one week = long infusion of full coctail, the next week, short infusion of Erbatux.  Scan in three months.  The one drug - Ironotecean, has some toxicity to liver, so Dr. Lo said she will maintain very low threshholds and numbers on bloodwork, to make sure not an issue.  If so, that drug will be taken off the list.

So, halting of hair growth - it's the typical curly chemo hair.
Back to the nasty rash on my face- it's been nice having clear skin the past few weeks.  I went to NY with a horrible rash and it cleared up about three weeks later.
Back to being hooked up to a pack full of chemo to lug around for 2 days.

I have mixed emotions at this moment - I am sure that I want to do this "insurance" chemo, in the hopes that any lurking cancer cells will be nuked.  But I am ready to be DONE with it all.  I don't want to be around sick, dying people.  I don't want to be in the Cancer Hospital every day feeling sad for those who may not have it as good as I do right now.

I'm not sure where I fit in right now.  It's wierd.  I don't like it.

Friday, April 9, 2010


I need me some of this to get through a different hurdle in my lane.

Hebrew 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Riddle Me This: NO Standard of Care post Liver Resection?

So, my Onc calls me back - I left her a message about re-starting chemo as per Dr. Fong, who did my liver resection a few weeks ago. He suggested 3-6 months, same chemo as I was on.

Onc states (once again) that I have her stumped - that there is NO STANDARD OF CARE after a liver resection. Can that be true??? the oncology field has not a recommended treatment plan after a successful liver resection? 

One person at the American Cancer Society Message Board replied rather strongly:  "WHY would you continue to put toxic chemicals in your body as "insurance" if there is no indication that any cancer cells remain per current means of detection?"

She reached out to a few of her mentors, one says No treatment and another says to do a different coctail of drugs than what I was on.

I am agahst. I asked her - "so Doc, have you not ever had a patient like me? Stage 4, still alive, liver resection?" And she said "No".

At this point, no mets were detected anywhere but liver. Onc & I agree that I want to do chemo as some "insurance" against the microspcopic cells lurking aound. She will reach out for more opinions.

I find this distrubing and odd.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Question Of The Day

This is what kept me up in the middle of the night:

I was given a gift, a huge, ginormous, monumental gift, am I allowed to pray for more? What are my expectations to be?  Since I am a recipient of a "biggie" do I dare ask God for more?  Like, "Dear God, please let things work out good for Colleen for college - choice, loans,financing, etc".

Is that selfish?

Sunday, April 4, 2010


If Easter 2010 isn't a season for rejoicing, I don't know what is.  One year ago today, I was about 2 weeks post-op from my cancer surgery, ileostomy placement and still reeling from the cancer diagnosis.  I think the girls went over to my Mom's for Easter Dinner and Lee stayed back and watched me drool.

What a difference a year makes.

My Mom said yesterday "How do I even begin to thank God for what he's done for you?"  That's the $64,000 question.

For today, I praise all of you for your relentless, dedicated prayer and support.

Here's a picture of Dr. Fong, the Monday before my surgery

This is the Day the Lord Hs Made, let Us rejoice and Be Glad!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sweet Home Chicago

Last day in NYC. Can't wait to get home. I've never been away for 3 weeks at a crack.

Saw Dr. Fong yesterday.  The pathology on the tumors they removed showed 80-90% necrosis - meaning dead tissue.  He wants me to do scans in 3 months then 6 months so he can review.  He also recommends 3 months of chemo starting in 3 weeks, to kill any micrscopic cancer cells that may still be lingering in the liver.

So those are my marching orders.  I think I can handle it!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

And Now To Move Forward, One Step At A Time

We did it Prayer Warriors...We Did It!  Yippe Yahoo and Halleluejia!!!

One week post-surgery and I am now recouperating at Miracle House, with Lee, Katie, Julie and a weekend visit from the kids. (peaceful R&R???).  I feel like someone beat the snot out of me with a brick. I have one long  L-shaped scar on my torso, so as you can imagine, the scabby, tight sutures and soreness of the area limits mobility.  But, One step at a time, one stretch at a time, one lap at a time to return to strength and comfort.  Heck, I've been through enough surgeries this past year, I know the drill by now!

Kate & I took a stroll around the neighborhood today.  I alternated between wheelchair and walking and hoping Katie wasn't going to pull a "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" on me.  That's all I need is to be catapulted out of the wheelchair onto a dog-poop filled New York Sidewalk!!!

My oncologist, Dr. Lo, called me last night and was so happy to hear the news of my successful surgery.

I'll see Dr. Fong Monday for a follow-up and hopefully he will have the pathology on the removed tumors.

I asked the rounding Doctor the other day - "So, does this mean I'm Cancer Free - NED (No Evidence of Disease) and he said the best word ever..."Yes".

I will have a lot of mental and emotioal transitioning to do in addition to my physical rehab.  After a year of complete and utter Fear, Sadness, Pain, Confusion, I now need to "live" in a new way I suppose.

So my Prayer Warriors - Rejoice in the MIRACLE you created, I sure will.



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Something occurred to me yesterday. Throughout Peg's journey people have said the words, "I'm praying for her." The words have been said to me, my parents, and my brothers over and over.What struck me yesterday is how far and wide Peg has been prayed for. The trickle affect of knowing someone who needs to be prayed for and passing that on is truly AWESOME.Our sister-in-law, Ruth, told me that while praying for Peg yesterday she just wasn't sure she was being heard so she wanted to make certain and asked a few of her friends to join her and when they finished she knew she was heard. Ruth is in Virginia. Lee's parents called the night before and they had their church praying for Peg. They live in California. Peg has a friend, Peter, in New York praying for her and Kirsten in South Carolina. She has made new connections and reconnected with old friends in other countries and they prayed for her.Of course, we cannot leave out all the local prayer warriors as well, but I think you get my point.  

I did speak to Peggy this morning. She sounded pretty good and is very happy with the outcome. True to Peg's nature, she is already worrying about the future and the chance of  reoccurrence. I hope she can take some time to bask in the glory of this ongoing miracle for a while.



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Post Surgery News

Peg is out of surgery and doing well. It was expected to last 3 1/2 to 4 hours but Dr. Fong was done in about 2 hours which of course had Lee and my folks scared when he came walking out that soon. It was all good news.Only 40% of Peg's liver had to be removed. There is one tumor remaining of the 8 or 9 that he could not remove because it is too close to blood vessels. He cauterized it or as Lee put it, "fried the shit out of it" to kill any remaining live cancer cells that might be there. It hasn't been determined if she will need further treatment..

That's all for now. The rush of relief I've been waiting for has just come in a flood of tears. Can't type and cry anymore.

Thank you everyone for all your continued prayers and good wishes,


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Everybody Wang Chung Tonight, Peggy's Gettin' Fonged

Last post before I go under the knife. 

Lee & I took a walk along the Hudson River from 43rd Ave up to 60th/Columbus Circle and Central Park.  The sun was finally out in NYC so people were out in droves and lovin' the Big Apple.  Tremendous people watching.

My Mom & Dad arrived at the apartment about 3 PM and Lee took them to get Bus passes, food, and they are at dinner now. 

Me.  I am nursing that nasty Magensium Citrate - I used to chug beer, you think I could chug this crud??!!!
I'll pack my hopsital bag, take a super luxurious shower with Hibiclens - some de-germing stuff the hospital wants me to use, then try and not think about FOOD.

Good Night My lovely wonderful Warriors.  It's almost embarassing the abundant, over-flowing love and prayers that are on steroids right now for me.  I thank you all, and am forever greatful for your unending faithful prayer



Monday, March 15, 2010

Live In New York, It's........

Lee & I made it safely to NYC Satruday.  Rained cats & dogs Saturday, most of Sunday and now just drizzly.  I'm blogging from the waiting room of SLoan Kettering Outpatient Center, waiting to do pre-op Testing:  EKG, blood draws, Chest X-Ray.  IT'll be a long wait as the waiting room is packed.  A year of chemo treatments and multiple ER visits and surgeries, I know the waiting game.

Today is the last day I can eat food, so as soon as I'm sprung this afternoon, I need to be a locust and eat my way through NYC for the next few hours.

Lee snapped a picture of Me and Dr. Fong at my pre-op visit today, I'll try and post it tonight.  He thinks this willl be a successful surgery - meaning he can get all the tumors....there's something about him that is so peaceful, yet authoritative and confident.  He can be talking Valkan and you'd beleive him!  It's comforting.

Thankk God for Lee, he has the NYC Bus system pretty much down.  I told him "Thank God you're here to navigate so I only halfpay attention"  which is about all I'm capable of right now in my spazzy pre-op state of mind.

No NY moments, except the dead umbrellas.  AFter the major storm on Satruday, all you see on the sidewalks are abandoned umbrellas, turned inside out and destroyed becasue it was soooo windy Satruday.  I'll try and snap a picutre.

Oh and ther was a guy on the bus this morning with the nastiest breath ever, it envolped me like a cloud of nastiness, and I just tried to breath into Lee's neck for a whiff of cologne, anything to disband the halitosis.



Friday, March 12, 2010

See Ya In New York - I'm Gettin' FONGED!!!!

Why am I blogging when I should be writing lists and mailing bills and packing for New York?  well, because I have diarreah of the mouth and mind and would much rather commuicate than work!!!!

Katie will post updates post-surgery, I'll take over when I stop drooling and hitting the morphine pump.

Do you think Dr. Fong would mind that I just made a verb out of his name?

Fong; Fonging; Fonged - to perform life-saving oncological surgery on dieseased organs; to scoop out nasty-ass tumors...feel free to add your ownd definitions!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Abundant Blessings

Two days before take off.  So much on my mind.

Blessing #525,600
Last Saturday, my school friends and their spouses gathered at Julianna and Brian's home for what has become a wonderful habit of get-togethers.  As I've blogged about in the past, this group of grade school/high school friends gathered around me last Spring and have been by my side ever since. So it took cancer to get us all back in the habit of spending time with each other, who cares.  That's not what's important, I don't have to tell you that.

It's that beauty of reconnecting with people you are so fond of.  It's the ability to fall back into comfortable, easy, I-knew-you-when realtaionships.  It's also wonderful knowing these friends as the women they've become.  We all have this abudance of life experience under our wings now and to be able to appreciate these women on a different level, applaud all their accomplishements, be empathetic to their struggles is a beautiful thing.  And a shout-out to the Spouses who so patiently step aside, let us cackle and laugh and manage 6 conversations at once, they get it, and we love them all the more for it!

Blessing #525,601
Tuesday Night was a gathering of new friends - the Women from the Wellness House Support Group.  Betty hosted dinner at her home and a beautiful evening of Cancer Warriors circled around me for my send-off to Hope.  I'm crying now as I type, so I think I'll stop now.  Here's a picture of these fierce, gorgeous cancer survivors...I love you all!!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Countdown to New York

One week from TODAY Lee & I will be on a plane east.  Continuing the journey toward HOPE.

To kick off this last week of my physical freedom, if you will, the family is going to see Fr. Tony for a special blessing.  If you are ever in Elmhurst, IL, go to Mary Queen of Heaven for a dose of Fr. Tony, he is the absolute epitomy of what a Priest should be.

Tonight we are having dinner with my wonderful Grade School/High School friends.  I made my first bread pudding with Mom yesterday....they better wear elastic-waist pants, because it is super fattening and super delish.

If you are interested in where Lee & I will be staying, please email me



Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Story of Hope Continues...God keeps connecting the Dots...

My Betty - A fantastic, funny, wonderful woman from the Wellness House support group is having a send-off dinner for me before I leave Chicago and go to Sloan for liver resection. She calls me yesterday with a story:

Betty, attended a celebration at Wellness House, a non-profit center for cancer patients and family. She starts talking to the Director and tells her about all the women she met and that she's having us all over for dinner to celebrate my upcoming life-saving surgery. The Director starts questioning her about where my surgery is and who is performing it, she gets wide-eyed and starts looking for another attendee, Mike.  Mike wasn't there anymore but the Director tells Betty - "tell Peggy that Mike was ALSO Stage 4 Colon cancer and had surgery 13 years ago by Dr. Fong"!!!  Can you believe the thread that keeps connecting me to HOPE???   I'm crying all over again !!!

I can't wait for Mike to get in touch with me so I can hear his story.

It continues to amaze me...I am not scared, Ii am not worried, my mindset ever since I got into Sloan and Dr. Fong told me he'd operate is..Peace.  I think I feel peaceful about my's all gonna be OK.   I hope that's not Pollyanna on my part..I don't think it is.  So many of you feel the same way and have told me "Peg, I feel good about this, I'm not worried for you anymore"

The other way my mind is operating is " OK, I am D.O.N.E. with this cancer crap.  Let's wrap it up and move on.  I'm done with hospitals, ERs, needles, weekly chemo, etc...."

As always, THANK YOU my glorious, wonderful beautiful prayer warriors.....your work is paying off.  I so hope you are receiving blessings in your life, be they little or deserve it and MORE for all you have done for me and my family.



I was just crying at that seems like there have been a series of wonderful coincidences and connections that got me to where I am going...the glory continues and I feel sooo very Hopeful

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Let's Make A Joyful Noise...Last Chemo , Last Unhook of the 48-Hour Fusion

What a Joyful Day...40 degrees and SUNNY in Chicago puts everyone in a good mood.

I went to Loyola Cancer Hospital to get my 5FU chemo bag unhooked for the last time. Hugs from the nurses and promises of prayers and good vibes.

I feel so incredibly HOPEFUL.  I continue to feel the fullness of God's Abundant Blessings....those blessings are YOU and every single person who's prayed for me, with me, over me.

I am almost at the year anniversary when my life and my family's lives changed.  I'm very weepy and emotional right now.

Now I wait, get things in order for New York Trip.
I'm already composing a prayer I would like to say when I see Dr. Fong, before my surgery.  I hope he doesn't mind.

What a huge responsibility Dr. Fong has - offering hope via his surgical skill.  Must be a burden too, when people like me go to him, it's serious stuff. Hmm, something to ponder



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sending Love to Laura Jones

Shout Out To Laura - I know you keep up on me here at the blog.  Mom was so happy to talk to you today.
Sending Love, Peace, and Prayers that your pain abates.

Love You


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Calling All Anniversary Party Gift Givers....

There are 2 lovely gifts that got disconnected from a card or identity....if you are the lovely person who gave Lee & I:

Willow Tree Couple Embrace Statue
winter Warmth candle plate

please let us know so we can thank you properly!!!!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Glory and the Power Continue.....

Had a CAT scan today. Wanted one done in Chicago before heading to New York next month, JUST to be sure no surprises.

Dr. Lo called me as soon as she got the prelim readings....NO new cancer and in fact some decreased tumor size.  The chemo continues to work.

The Miracle continues folks....I have one more round of chemo then 4 weeks until surgery.  I'm starting to get antsy, I was wanting more "up" time before surgery and being weak and non-mobile, but now I'm just ready to get under the knife, scoop all the cancer out and get on with it.   But that's OK, I will enjoy these next 4 weeks, see friends, get things in order and then be off to New York.

As always, THANK YOU for your continual, powerful, prayer-filled presence. IT's Working!!!!!!!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Can I Ask You For Some Prayers?

Two Lauras in my life are diseased with cancer. Can you please send some of your powerful prayers that have so lifted me to these ladies?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Quote of the Day

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. - The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is in itself a marvelous victory.”   Howard Zinn

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's All Coming Together - New York

The details for accomodations in New York are falling in place.  Lee and I will travel to NYC the Saturday before surgery (tests etc Sunday, Monday Tuesday) and secured super priced shared apartment at the Miracle House for the first 10 days then Lee and I will move to the Hope Lodge for the last leg of the trip.

My dad, the STALKER, called the Miracle house 10 times until he got a live person today, to confirm a room for him and mom.  My sister will stay the 2nd leg.

So, it's all coming together Prayer Warriors - affordable housing for my loved ones spending time in NYC with me for what will be the most important surgery of my LIFE.  Again, I THANK YOU all for your never-ending support and prayers.



Monday, January 25, 2010

Time Out For a bit O'Whining

Don't worry - I'm still jazzed on my good news, but I wouldn't be ME if i didn't complain just a tad, now would I?

The Erbatux Ugly Stick is just NOT letting go! My skin is not responding to the ointment anymore and it burns, and stings and hurts and is U-G-L-Y. I'm sick of scaring small children and geting the impolite stares from people in public.

OK, done for now.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Hey Prayer Warriors - WE DID IT!!!

March 17th, 2010 - Confirmed Liver resection surgery date. Not only is it St. Patrick's Day, it is exactly ONE day to the year that my world changed forever, the day I was officially told of my cancer.

A collective victory to be sure. My posse of prayer warriors - you've been in this fight with me since Day 1 and we are one step closer to victory. You ALL can attest to the power of prayer.
I told Lee and Katie and Desi and my parents that I wish I could have every single person that has prayed for me in one room so I can hug you all and thank you all personally for your devoted prayer. I guess all I can do to thank you is to Honor you all by continuing to fight and to figure out a way to live my life honorably with a gratitude for all the blessings I've received during this battle. I hope I don't disappoint!

So, now, for the next few weeks I must tend to the details:

Find affordable accommodations in NYC for my family
Airline reservations
Fill out FASFA forms for college aid for Colleen
File Taxes
Tackle Insurance and Hospital bills Nightmare

I bought a 20-class pass to Elmhurst Yoga Shala and plan on taking all the classes I can. I need to get my mind and body strong for this next stage of the fight. I'm not the "yoga" type - calm and centered and peaceful - but I could really use the ability to meditate and focus my mind so I don't flit and fly all over the place when I'm awake at 2 in the morning. The nightly rambling of my brain is getting annoying - I can't turn it off.

I'm soooo happy that Dr. Fong will operate on me. I'm scared, anxious, and excited. But I know I have all of you to keep me going!



Tuesday, January 12, 2010


That is what Peg was offered yesterday. She and Lee met with Dr. Fong at Sloan Kettering and he feels she is a good candidate for surgery. It is surgery that will give her the best chance at being cured so surgery it will be. The sound of Peg's voice after she left the doctors office and told us the news was positively joyful, through tears of course, but joyful.

There is more to it than just operating and magically the cancer will be gone but now she has hope and a plan which is what Peg has wanted.

My dad said he feels a miracle is in the making. Part of that miracle is our family friend, Dr. Miller. He been instrumental in getting Peggy in to Dr. Fong at Sloan Kettering. He has guided Peg through every process, explained things in lay terms, and peppered it with a little spiritual guidence.

Since Peg has gone back on chemo her hands hurt so she did not want to type today but wanted to let you know how things went. She is back home and will be planning out the course that will take her back to Sloan for surgery. Details, details, details. As soon as she is feeling up to it she'll be blogging once more in the raw, colorful, and heartfelt way that only she can.

Please keep praying for Peggy's complete recovery.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Countdown to New York

  • Biopsy slides - Check
  • Pet Scans and MRI images - Check
  • Insurance Cards and Photo IDs - Check

Lee & I leave for New York this Sunday for our appointment with Dr. Fong at Sloan Kettering.

What do I hope to get from this meeting?

Well, the ultimate goal is to have surgery on my liver to get rid of all visible signs of cancer. That - is the best hope for a cure. So, I want Dr. Fong to offer me surgery - surgery with confidence.

I want to understand what my options are and which one is the best to pursue. I want a plan of attack. I want to know what the next step is for me to fight for. I want to know where to put my energy and my focus. I want longevity. I want life. I want to be humble enough to accept God's will.