October 13, 2000
So, I'm sitting here at my friend Jody's house. I'm
staying here because my old house is off limits.
While I was in the hospital, they started doing
construction across the street. This is a no-no for me
because construction digs up olds molds and funguses
which would be super dodgy for me to breathe in.
Plus, there are like four hundred cats living in our
house, including big fat Hank (four cats in one). Cats
are, sadly, also potentially bad for my health. I'm
super bummed about the kittie issue because I am in
major LOVE with Elvis my special kittie kittie that
snuggles with me every night. I miss her terribly and
have written a secret love song about her called
"Denied my Love" very dramatic...
So Jon and I are moving (regretfully leaving our
roommate Brian McTear) and have found a cool apartment
near 4th and Monroe (right by Essene). That's a big
relief, and we'll be moving in early November. I've
delayed the next round of chemo so we can get in there
by the time I get out of the hospital.
Jon and friends will be painting, cleaning and moving
for me over the next couple weeks (ahh, just another
perk of good ol' leukemia...)
As far as the Leukemia battle goes, I've completed
round one of chemotherapy, which was not pleasant but
it wasn't that horrible either. There was some puking
and nausea and other side effects, but nothing that
I've never felt before. I did an investigational drug
study along with the chemo a drug not yet approved
by the FDA which is supposed to mitigate the side
effects of Chemo, plus enable the body to tolerate
higher doses of chemo than normally possible. I think
that it helped. Unfortunately, I can't get that drug
in the future because it was only for that drug study.
I'm hoping that chemo alone won't be too much worse.
After this next round of chemo, we decide whether or
not I need a bone marrow transplant. A transplant
would guarantee that the Leukemia would never return
because they would completely kill off my bone marrow
(where the cancer lies) with chemo, and than
transplant my sister Sonya's bone marrow into me. It
is the best method to guarantee a Leukemia free
future, but it is not a risk-free procedure. We'll
keep you posted.
For now, I'm out and eating every yummy food item I
can get my soon to be chubby little hands on. My new
discovery is "Gimme Lean - sausage flavor". You can
buy it at Essene or Fresh Fields. It comes in a tube
like real sausage does, and it is the most brilliant
thing I've ever had in my life (except for Tracy's mom
of course...) You cut it up into slices and fry it up
YUM. Low fat, high protein, major flavor. Go out and
eat it now!
OK, bye for now, and thanks for all the amazing
support I've been receiving (it's truly overwhelming).