Today I have some updates for you all. I had to go back and look at when my last post was so I could fill you in and it has been quite a while! Bare with me, this could be a long one.
Let’s start with a health update. Last winter my cancer progressed in my lung. I made the decision to get radiation to that spot in hopes that I could continue with the same treatment for a little longer. It was five sessions over 3 weeks. Not too bad. The proceedure was painless, though I did have an upset stomach for a few days afterwords (a very typical symptom of radiation). Then I waited to see what would happen.
The scan in February showed that the disease was stable. I’ll be honest. Even though this was good news, I was bummed. I wanted it to be gone. It took me quite a while to come to terms with that and getting that news in the dead of winter took its toll. I don’t do so well in the dark and the cold.
So fast forward to today and nothing much has changed, healthwise. My scan from April showed no significant changes, but my tumor markers continue to climb, steadily. I’m interpreting that as my cancer is starting to “get away” and my current treatment plan will need to change soon. Maybe not yet, but soon. This bothers me, but I’ve had time to adjust to the idea. For now, I’m just putting that out of my mind. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
I’ve had a lot of time to think about this blog. Many times, I thought I should just write something. Anything. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I wasn’t in the mood. And then something good happened. A friend asked me to record a quick talk on palliative care in a presentation for a bunch of doctors and nurses. A Patient’s Perspective, so to speak. I obliged. I still love teaching and I was reminded of that. She told me that my video got a standing ovation. Crazy! But it made me think that I should start doing that more often.
So that’s what I started to do. For a few years I have mulled over the idea of starting my own YouTube channel. I figured it would be a potential avenue for helping others. Last month I launched it, and I’m trying my best to release one new video per week. I see this as a bit of a continuation of this blog. It’s still me, sharing my thoughts on life, updating you on my health, and trying to sneak in some education from time to time. But this blog no longer reflects my present or future. This blog is in the past.
Oh, For Fox Sake has a slightly negative connotation. My new YouTube channel is called Pink Lemonade Life. Life TOTALLY gave me lemons. Not trying to sugarcoat that. But I’m going to try my best to make lemonade every day. I want this channel to help people. To do it correctly, I need to focus fully on that. I have too many irons in the fire right now. It’s exciting and I’m truly inspired but I am starting to lose momentum on all the projects I’ve started. So I’m not going to be blogging here on Oh, For Fox Sake for the foreseeable future. I am, however, going to connect with you all on my new YouTube channel: Pink Lemonade Life. I encourage you to follow that link and hit the Subscribe button so you can see when my new videos go up.
Here is just one of my recent videos. Check it out and see you soon!
Here’s where you can find me:
YouTube: Pink Lemonade Life
Facebook: Pink Lemonade Life