Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Round Three is Coming to an End

I head up to NIH today in about an hour to finish up day five of my chemotherapy round. They pump me full of saline and then cytoxin for a couple of hours. After that they pull my IJ line out. I've been through it twice now and I'm still a little nervous, but I can handle it. Removing the line is pretty easy (and thankfully quick), but then they have to put compression on me for 10 minutes so I don't bleed to death. That part is not fun because the pressure kind of hurts.

After today, I start getting my G-shots to keep my white counts up and hopefully keep me out of the hospital this time. I also have to really, really stay hydrated this week and that may mean some trips to outpatient for saline later this week. It's okay because it helps me feel better in the long run.

I'm really, really hoping I can attend the American Cancer Relay for Life this Saturday. It's on the verge of when I don't feel well, but I want to attend for at least an hour so I can see all of those luminary candles I finally agreed to let people do for me. I better bring plenty of Kleenex because I know this is going to be difficult, but it's important. My original goal was to raise $1,500.00 but because I have so many wonderful friends, family, and colleagues, I've blown that out of the water. Mike has set my new goal at $3,000.00 and I'm about $400.00 short today. I better drum up some serious donations if I want to meet this goal by Saturday. :-) If you want to donate, my direct address is:
https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=189960&supId=173030631

6 comments:

Ron said...

Push it real good! Only $300 more to go!!! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell the cashier at the bank but it's just a little more to push it over the top!!!

Blair said...

Just for the record:

1) I'm looking forward to seeing you at Relay.

2) I'll bet you blow $3,000 right out of the water too!

And finally, because nobody's said it for at least five minutes now:

Priscilla must die!!!

Becky said...

Boy, do I feel like a putz, I've only raised $150. I'm so ashamed...

WashingtonGardener said...

I saw this on my DCWebWomen list today - thought you and your scrapbooking and artist friends might be interested:
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Almost everyone I know, including myself, has been affected by cancer in some way -- either personally or through a friend, family member, or co-worker -- so I thought this might be of interest to many of my fellow
Web Women...

In conjunction with the television program 'Koppel On Discovery: Living With Cancer,' which airs Sunday, Discovery.com is giving those touched by cancer the opportunity to share their personal experiences through
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can also include a short story or poem, a link, a photo or slideshow, or
a video.

You can find the collage here:

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- Naina
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Blair said...

Becky: You have nothing to be ashamed of. Angela's left us all in her dust on the fundraising.

You've raised $150 so far? That's great! And you still have a few more days to talk to your friends, family & co-workers. And when next year rolls around, you'll already know who to start with.

Now chin up and go get 'em!

Anonymous said...

Angela,

Am off to the wilds of Croatia tonight and will probably be checking email (and your blog) only sporadically. I am REALLY rooting for you getting through this round without the hospital stay! If there is anything in particular you want from Croatia, please let me know. Of course, will be happy to give you a full report so you can use it in planning your victory European tour. :)

Gila