Archive | March 2013

Happy Easter and Happy Passover

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I know I have been M.I.A. lately and I have a lot of catching up to do — replying to comments, visiting my favorite blogs, etc.  So I will say hello again by wishing you all a very happy Easter or Passover.  Warmest wishes to you and yours — and I will be visiting your blogs again soon!

I’ll leave you with some Easter photos…  You may remember the pink bunny cupcakes from one of my original posts: Pink Bunny Cupcakes and Good Samaritans.  And the new photos are of the boys hunting for Easter eggs in the living room this afternoon.

Cheers!

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Easter Cupcakes 2012

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K & the Easter eggs

This story (which you may have already read here) was written in response to The Green’s Study’s “Worst Job I Ever Had” Contest.
I am grateful to Michelle at The Green Study for awarding me an Honorable Mention (including a donation made in my name to The Red Cross, a lovely mug, postcard, and a feature spot on her blog today). I am honored that she could look past its disturbing nature and thought it worthy of a prize! 🙂
Be sure to check out the other winning entries — along with Michelle’s blog (TheGreenStudy.com) — it’s terrific! Thanks!

The Green Study

canstockphoto4598050An Honorable Mention from The Green Study “Worst Job I Ever Had” contest goes toLeisha at cancerinmythirties for a job where the Ick Factor seemed age inappropriate.

She was sent one The Green Study Coffee Mug, a cheesy postcard from Minneapolis and I made a $25 donation to her local Red Cross chapter.

The Worst Job I Ever Had — OR — A Hairy Guy & an Old White House

by Leisha at cancerinmythirties

I was eleven years old.  I’ll give you a minute to picture an eleven-year old. At 11, you are just a kid.  So much to learn.  So many mistakes to make.  You still need someone to look after you.

But we needed the money. So I placed an ad in the newspaper:

Summer Babysitter/Mother’s Helper:  Responsible 11-year-old girl available to care for your child(ren).  CPR-certified.  3 years experience.  References. Light housekeeping/cooking if needed.

I received…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime — It’s My Birthday

My entry for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge topic, Lunchtime, is a celebration of the lovely desserts I received for my birthday last week.  While my lunch fare included more than sugary goodness, I am focusing on the best part of the meal here.

I hope you enjoy my photo tribute to the birthday goodies — and flowers — I received from some of my favorite people!

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Skin Cancer Too? Really?!

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So the week before last I had some biopsies done.  I had postponed this followup visit to the dermatologist for, oh, about a year and a half.  Yep, I know.  But I’m sure you get it.

The previous two visits had ended with biopsies, some rather large and deep.  The results were mixed — some of my sacrificed moles were fine, others had pre-cancerous cells.

When my first 6-month followup came around, I canceled because, well, I was tired.  I had just finished radiation and was getting weekly infusions of Herceptin that my body wasn’t reacting well to.  And I was spending plenty of time at the hospital and Cancer Center. I just couldn’t deal with one more thing.  Then I just never bothered to reschedule.

So last month I finally picked up the phone and called.  Fast forward to my appointment.  They did a quick once-over, saw some areas of concern, and then scheduled me to come in for biopsies the following week.  I reluctantly but dutifully returned and got a bit nervous when there were two doctors, a nurse, and a tray of scalpels in the room.

It was less involved than it had been on previous occasions.  I was on my side when they took the mole that was on the fringe of my chest radiation field.  After cutting it out, the doctor stitched it up quickly, but I could feel the blood dripping down my back.  They scrambled to get it cleaned up as I mentioned that I was on aspirin therapy so I was a bleeder.

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They then moved to the lesion on my forehead.  This was the one that had concerned me for months.  It didn’t look like much, but every time I washed my face, even gently, it bled.  I thought this was odd and it was really what had inspired me to schedule the appointment.  The three doctors I saw the first week agreed and mumbled something to each other about act-something keratosis turning into cancer.  And then the two new doctors on biopsy day were mumbling the same thing to each other after looking at it with their special little scope-y things.  The the one turned to me and said it was likely actinic keratosis that became cancer, but I didn’t pay much attention.  I couldn’t have skin cancer, too.

When they got to my head, the numbing needles didn’t really do their job.  Thankfully it didn’t take too long.  But they couldn’t stop the bleeding.  Pressure wasn’t working, so the nurse passed aluminum nitrate (I thought they used to use silver nitrate?) to the doctors and they were finally able to stop it.  They taped me up and sent me home with an appointment card to have my stitches removed and receive my results in a week (last week).

I returned last week and was told that the area on my head is skin cancer.  They said that I would need to schedule my surgery with the Mohs or chemosurgeon at the hospital.  They asked me to head over there to schedule it in person.  Since I had the biopsies done at the hospital, this meant walking across the hall to the Mohs surgery department and the sole surgeon in our area who is trained to perform this type of surgery.

But that was still too long a walk for me at that moment, so I skipped out and went home.  I still haven’t scheduled the surgery.

I try to avoid feeling sorry for myself or dwelling on things that I can’t change.  But, really?  I mean it sounds like this one isn’t that big a deal, especially in comparison to the breast cancer, but I was a bit incredulous when they first told me.

I began wondering about statistics.  “What are the chances of having been diagnosed with two distinct types of cancer before the age of 37?”  I consulted the internet and still don’t know because I was sidetracked by the search results.  Turns out that it is not really understood why someone in this age bracket would develop one cancer, let alone two.

Well, I’ll just have to do my best to avoid a third.

P.S. Please do something for me.  Schedule a skin cancer screening — it’s quick and easy.  And you aren’t too young!

*** I am very sorry to say that a couple of months after I wrote this post, my little sister was diagnosed with MELANOMA, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  So I’d like to reiterate the “p.s.” above.  If you notice something that isn’t normal for you, be it a breast change, an odd-looking mole, or some other concerning symptom, please get it checked out.  It’s important, you are important, and you are not too young for cancer.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge topic for this week is: Lost in the Details.

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Thanks for visiting!

Iced Coffee for a Quarter! — OR — Why I Haven’t Slept in a Week

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Of course I’m trying to be humorous with my title — the coffee isn’t the reason why I haven’t slept, but it hasn’t helped!  It’s too good — and cheap! — to resist!

To get your 25 cent iced coffee, just visit a participating Burger King (I think most are participating — I’ve only found 1 in our area that isn’t).  Ask if they have the small iced coffees for a quarter.  If so, choose from these flavors — unflavored, mocha, vanilla or caramel.  (The ad says no flavors included, but my BKs have given flavors every time without question.)

http://www.bk.com/en/us/fresh-offers/index.html

As far as I can tell, there is no quantity limit.  To test this — and to get a bigger cup of coffee — we’ve ordered 4 at a time.  That’s $1 for 4 iced coffees!

All of the flavors are pretty good.  I would recommend mocha — I think it’s delicious, smooth and creamy, kind of like a cold hot chocolate.  But for a quarter each, you can try them all!

Now through March 10th.

Enjoy!