Thursday, December 31, 2009

14 Days off: #11



After watching "The Young Victoria"# we
had tea and scones,
English style*

How's that for connecting the past with the present...

And since tomorrow
I will be picking up my next Hexalen®
chemotherapy prescription of 84 capsules

this blog relates to the past, present, and future



# Monica 4-Plex Theatre, 2nd street
* http://www.thetudorhouse.com/
Both in Santa Monica, California

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

14 Days off: #10



Reign or Shine

Today was a perfect day to see a movie
because
it rained all day long

Queen Victoria informed her new husband
there were times
it rained all day long

But it was the photographing of "The Young Victoria" poster
that created interest,
especially when my empty medicine container
was put on the umbrella

Well, if "Flat Stanley"* can be taken around
the world and photographed,
rain or shine,
I can do the same with my famous,
seen throughout the world,
and now empty
ChemoCaps# container

Here's looking at you...^


* www.flatstanleyproject.com
# my endearing term for oral,
Hexalen® chemotherapy capsules
^ Casablanca (1942)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

14 Days off: #9


NO PARKING
TOW-AWAY

In a few days I will return to the pharmacy to fill my second month prescription of oral chemotherapy medicine. I still find it hard to picture 84 capsules that will be taken in 14 days.

But wait, the oncologist said he may increase the daily dosage when I see him on January 4th, 2010. Want to take a guess what the new total will be?

How does this note apply to the photograph?

On a recent walk, I was celebrating that I had completed my first month of swallowing 84 capsules in 14 days. The empty medicine container is on the top of the red warning bag.

My previous chemotherapy medicine was contained in a different kind of bag--a soft plastic bag that hung from a pole with liquid, cancer-killing fluid. The earlier 17 infusions of medicine into my arm also contained warnings, like, be careful not to get the fluid on the skin.
The end result of all this liquid and oral medicine has and continues to be to kill and control the cancer in my abdominal/pelvic area.



Monday, December 28, 2009

14 Days off: #8




The Gift of Life

Last night I saw a guy sing about his struggles and survival
after bone cancer was diagnosed in his upper left jaw#

Life is a gift

This morning I received continuing physical therapy to allow me to walk,
something I could easily do before sarcoma cancer surgery and radiation

A healthy life is a gift

Next week I will get my blood tested to determine how chemo #4*
is attacking the cancer cells in my abdominal area

The state of our medical world is a gift

The belief that there are multiple ways to live a joyful life under
the most dire situations is the gift I celebrate each day

Life is my present


# Charlie Lustman, "Made Me Nuclear" at Santa Monica Playhouse: www.mademenuclear.com
* Hexalen® capsules
Gift bag courtesy of Dolly

Sunday, December 27, 2009

14 Days off: #7


Some of the nicest gifts are right in our back yard, I seem to recall from my childhood.

As children, by sister, brothers and I always lived in a house. We helped build a tree house, plus a large 'club house' that was home for my father's work room with a lathe and power tools. The 'club house' also had bunk beds for my brothers, a study area, and a pot belly wood burning stove.

Now, so many of us live in apartments and town houses that our back yards are tiny or non existent.

This morning I looked out at my balcony and found this gem of mother nature. Thanks Mom!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

14 Days off: #6


Cancer and Creativity


One of the M.D.s at the recent Sarcoma Cancer Conference asked me how creativity and cancer are connected, as he glanced at the handout from the Premiere Oncology and Beckstrand Cancer Foundations’ sponsored art therapy workshops.

I momentary paused at what seemed like a ‘no-brainer’ question. Since creativity has been a life time philosophy for surviving daily challenges, I took it for granted that everyone understands how creativity helps us to find solutions in our lives. So let’s step back into that conversation and delve into creativity.

I believe creativity is that inner voice that resides within each of us. We may open a window long enough to see and hear what our creative voice has to offer, and we may respond to those notes and rhythms.

We may cautiously pry loose the top of our treasure chest of hopes and dreams just long enough to put them into action.

We may step through our castle’s threshold to discover the unexplored space of sound, the magnificent palettes of color, and the multiple textures of surface.

We are each given dice to roll, we add up our spots of feelings, our intensity of emotions, and get the sum, which I call wisdom.

Finally, in “Cancer and Creativity workshops” the weekly two-hour commitment opens opportunities to express our transforming and often cancer engulfed lives. The art therapy workshops help to honor who I am and how I am living with cancer.


Postscript:

The weekly writing and group therapy sessions at The Wellness Community in Santa Monica have opened opportunities to explore and empower feelings. The meetings provide a small and safe forum for my fears and progress. As a result, my life has improved because of not only the programs at the Wellness Community, but the art therapy workshops at Premiere Oncology, also in Santa Monica, California.

Friday, December 25, 2009

14 Days off: #5



I spent Christmas Day at two different homes
with loving family and friends

"You look good Michelle, real good!"

"Thank you, I'm happy to be here"

Thursday, December 24, 2009

14 Days off: #4



During my childhood walks
I would find these two flowers*
They were supposed to have super powers

One would provide answers to my wishes
and the other,
when placed under my chin,
Would foresee a unique insight into my friendships

During my walk today,
I didn't pick either of the flowers, but
I still wondered if
They retain those childhood powers


*Note:
After I published the above I learned
that the two flowers in the photograph
were instead a round seed head and a
yellow flower of the common Dandelion plant

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

14 Days off: #3



Today in writing group for cancer survivors
I explored the concept of
contentment

While my philosophy of life is to view my challenges through the eyes of a creative artist
I find it difficult when cancer symptoms seem to sneak up on me

For example...
Is my abdominal bloating caused from ineffective
chemotheraphy medication
or
Is it from the over-salted dinner the night before?


Is my crazy-acting GI system a result of X, Y, or Z,
or
Is it because the cancer-killing oral medication is too weak?


Is the next CA-125 tumor marker blood test going to be lower,
or
Is it going to be higher than the previous test seven weeks ago?


The pendulum of cancer swings from fear to contentment


So as I once again look at my photograph,
each holly leaf is made up of a smooth, glossy surface
While around the outside are
sharp, spiny toothed edges




Tuesday, December 22, 2009

14 Days off: #2



For the people living in the Los Angeles area
our yards are filled with feet of flowers
and not feet of snow

I'm using my walks to
strengthen my endurance,
appreciate the life that surrounds me,
and
focus on images that improves my well-being

Mental imagery and relaxation techniques from
the late Dr. O Carl Simonton
and
the late Harold Benjamin
help me to
focus,
center, &
heal
on a daily basis



Monday, December 21, 2009

14 Days off: #1


As a way to celebrate
and to
focus on the
continuing mission of
my chemotherapy medication
I took the
EMPTY container
on a 'photo shoot'

This new series of photographs will help remind me of the
continuing mission of the 85 Hexalen®
chemotherapy capsules
I have taken during the past 15 days.


As I was taking this photograph
a man asked if I needed help in picking up the container.

"No, but thank you.
I'm celebrating because I just finished taking the
85 capsules that were in the container."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hexalen®, day 15, #34




Sculpture, in detail, by

Gilda Schwartz

with

One Hexalen® capsule



Sculpture, 2 of 4
about 1998
approx 7 x 7 inches

On the December 17th, day 12, #31 blog entry, it was reveled that upon completion of taking six capsules a day for 14 days, for a total of 84 capsules, there was going to be one extra capsule. Today is the day, this morning is the moment that I will swallow this one remaining capsule.

So, what's the big deal? (I can almost hear one of my brothers say) Take the capsule and move on!

I want to say grace for the hard work put into the development, testing, and success of Hexalen®. My oncologist said this drug is one of the older drugs in the treatment of ovarian cancer and he has high hopes that Hexalen® will be an excellent tool in my cancer fight of the primary peritoneal cancer in my abdominal/pelvic area.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hexalen®, day 14, #33


Today is the last day of the
'14 days of taking the Hexalen®' chemotherapy capsules,
aka, ChemoCaps.

I have enjoyed seeing life through my ChemoCaps
and hope you have been entertained, amused, and inspired.

The following '14 days' I will not be taking the ChemoCaps

You know, the old, '14-days on and 14-days off' program

Postscript
I have called this first, 28-day month 'Oneuary'
My second month of taking my ChemoCaps will begin in two weeks.
The name of that month is 'Twouary,'
again a month with 28-days.
The logic again follows:
'Threeuary' is a month with 28 days,
14-days on meds and 14-days off meds.
'Fouruary,'
'Fiveuary,'
'Sixuary.'

GO!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hexalen®, day 13, #32






Sculpture by

Gilda Schwartz

with

Six Hexalen® capsules



Sculpture, 2 of 4
about 1998
approx 7 x 7 inches

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hexalen®, day 12, #31


I took this photograph yesterday, so by the time you read this,
most or all of these capsules will be
gone,
dissolved,
digested,
and doing the chemotherapy task of
'killing the cancer'

But, after I took this photograph
I counted the remaining capsules
and
there was an extra one


Right, an extra capsule!


...What is a gal to do?

I count out six in the morning
Put two in each little opening in the purse container,
Morn, Noon, Bed
I take two capsules at a time
I even touch them with my tongue before I swallow them with juice or water,
Count them: One, Two

There is still an extra capsule!

Oh,
What would a Cirque Du Soleil clown do?






Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hexalen®, day 11, #30



My day's medication upon

sculpture by

Gilda Schwartz


Sculpture, 1 of 4
about 1998
approx 7 x 7 inches


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hexalen®, day 10, #29



Another image from the Magic Tube


Magic Tube
mixed media
approx 13 x 2 inches
November 2009

See December 4th blog entry: Hexalen® and "Magic Tube, #18

Created while in 'Cancer and Creativity Art Therapy Workshop'
Presented by Premiere Oncology Foundation and Beckstrand Cancer Foundation
Instructor: Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, PhD, ATR

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hexalen®, day 9, #28



Today, nine days after I began taking Hexalen®
I saw my oncologist


Based upon my minimal side effects (fatigue)
and
a pretty healthy blood count today

I will finish my remaining five days of capsules
and
begin my 14 days of NO capsules

'HIGH FIVE'



In three weeks I will return for another blood test
and
most likely,
begin Month Two of taking 14 days of my ChemoCaps


Postscript
I might be swallowing more medicine during
the second and third months
now that we are learning that
I can tolerate this chemotherapy drug



location of photograph:
somewhere in Santa Monica

ChemoCaps: my endearing term
for chemotherapy capsules

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hexalen®, day 8, #27



Today is my eight day of taking this oral chemotherapy medicine
That means from the original 84 capsules that were in my prescription,
Today there are only 42

As the saying goes, I don't know about you, but
That's a lot of capsules


The photograph of the Hexalen® capsules was
Taken through the Magic Tube



Magic Tube
mixed media
approx 13 x 2 inches
November 2009

See December 4th blog entry: Hexalen® and "Magic Tube, #18

Created while in 'Cancer and Creativity Art Therapy Workshop'
Presented by Premiere Oncology Foundation and Beckstrand Cancer Foundation
Instructor: Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, PhD, ATR


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hexalen®, day 7, #26





As each day brings hope and inspiration
Each day provides the opportunity to show appreciation

Thank you for being a reader of this blog




Friday, December 11, 2009

Hexalen®, day 6, #25



It sure feels good to just write that fatigue is my only side effect from the chemotherapy oral medication. My need for two to three naps is really a delight in relation to a few other in-treatment friends.


I wish all the cancer survivors who ARE having debilitating and toxic side effects will quickly be able to return to a normal life.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hexalen® Six a day is the Way, day 5, #24




These tiny capsules are busy at work

While I needed three naps today, I was only able to take two

What's in these cancer-killing drugs?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hexalen® The Cap Dance, day 4, #23


This capsule taking is getting to be a non-issue,
Always clean hands before and after taking the medicine,
Swallow capsules after meals, and
Take naps when necessary.

A week from this coming Sunday, I will be on my '14 days of no capsules.'

I like my medicine
My medicine likes me
We are a team
Healing the cancer inside of me

Go Caps! Go!




Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hexalen® day 3, Six Capsules a Day, #22


Six Capsules a Day



Michelle Leddel
Mixed media
approx 12 x 12 inches
December 2009


Created while in 'Cancer and Creativity Art Therapy Workshop'
Presented by Premiere Oncology Foundation and Beckstrand Cancer Foundation
Instructor: Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, PhD, ATR

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hexalen® day 2, ChemoCaps, #21



Hi, how do you do?

I'm going to call you my ChemoCaps for chemotherapy capsules.

Have you met my friends and family? They are listening, watching and lending all kinds of support. Some of them are cancer survivors, also experiencing the multiple events that go along with monitoring and treating the disease of cancer.

Additionally, there are the teams of people who are treating, monitoring, supporting, funding, and creating the tools to help the cancer survivors and their families.

So, ChemoCaps, we are not alone. There are endless numbers of people who are helping.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hexalen® is in my system, day 1, #20














This is Day One of the first month of this oral chemotherapy, Hexalen®.

For the past 20 days I have been in mental training to create ways to see the joy and fun in swallowing six pills, two three times a day: a drug that is going to kill the fast-growing cells in my body. I will be taking them 14 days and then for 14 days I will not be taking them. After three months of this schedule, I will undergo a scan to determine the benefits of Hexalen® on the peritoneal cancer.

When I received the three previous chemotherapy drugs, the oncology nurse gave them to me and I remained fairly comfortable during the 17 infusions. The most debilitating side effect was fatigue.

Opps, I just remembered the hair loss, hand/foot syndrome, the swollen lips, and difficulty swallowing. I wonder if this short-term memory delay on the topic of side effects is a device to help me endure this new drug, or is it possibly ChemoBrain* kicking in?

Now that I have been prescribed oral medication, I'm more aware of individuals who are taking oral chemotherapy drugs. They are suffering from the side effects, ah, but wait, most people experience multiple side effects from any type of chemotherapy drug--they are very powerful drugs.

So I return to the joy and excitement of swallowing my chemotherapy medication. ChemoBuddy Bruce suggested that I add variety to the process of taking the medicine by having three different types of juice throughout the day. Right! This morning I just took the two capsules with water, but by this afternoon, I remembered Bruce's suggestion, and drank APPLE JUICE. Now I'm so excited, what will be my third juice of the day?

Come on, have some fun with me!


*"Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guild to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus."
Dan Silverman, MD, PhD and Idelle Davidson, 2009, Da Capo Press

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hexalen® and Drug Warnings , #19



As I prepare to begin taking my six doses of Hexalen ® a day, the warnings on the container caught my eye again.



Verrry interesting:
These days people are so cautious about surfaces we touch,
the door knobs we don't touch after washing our hands,
the frequent use of hand sanitizers, and yesterday someone mentioned--
touching the bottles of condiments at restaurant tables that have been used by unknown hands.

Back to the label, my cancer-killing medication container is advising me to wash my hands AFTER I touch the medication.

I guess I better do what I'm told, but shouldn't I wash my hands BEFORE I take the medicine?






Friday, December 4, 2009

Hexalen® and 'Magic Tube' #18

















In Cancer and Creativity Art Therapy Workshop the recent theme was 'magic'.

With a sense of play and curiosity Magic Tube was created.

My greatest thrill is when I look through it.


Take a look...




Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hexalen® and count down #17



















As many people know who have gone to the Internet to gain information on medications, the range of side effects can be pretty horrible/enlightening/comforting, and, none of the above.

But while my oncologist said that nausea would probably be the only side effect from taking Hexalen®, it is still hard to put aside my computer assisted research.

With just a few days away from starting my chemo #4, Hexalen®, I just received additional information from Phyllis, a social worker who works on a cancer information & resource line^, who spoke with an oncologist who* also prescribes Hexalen®.

It was comforting to get this second opinion from an oncologist:
-No violent reactions
-Possible loss of appetite
-Drop in white blood count (which will be monitored through blood tests)

Emotionally I feel better and as soon as my cracked skin is healed from chemo #3, I will begin swallowing my medicine.

*the repetition of the word "who" reminds me of the nursery rhyme/folksong about the old lady who swallowed one item after another--fly, spider, bird, cat, dog, cow, and horse.

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
I don't know why she swallowed a fly - perhaps she'll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and wiggled and tiggled inside her;
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don't know why she swallowed a fly -... #

Believe me, I don't plan a replay of what that old lady did, but it is fun to be reminded of the childhood songs and rhymes.

^Phyllis Tell, MSW, of the Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information & Resource Line, part of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. NOTE: Services are available only to cancer patients, families, and friends living in Los Angeles County. Toll Free Phone: 877.RLC.2120 and www.LACancerInfo.org

#http://www.rhymes.org.uk/there_was_an_old_lady.htm

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hexalen® and My art exhibit reception #16


In between four of my pieces of art on display at Premiere Oncology
Is the ever present container of 84 Hexalen® chemotherapy pills/capsules

It seems that the container is a reminder that once there is a diagnosed cancer
Cancer is always here/there in one form or another
Follow-up tests
Medication
Re-occurrence
Metastasis
Side effects

Now, I know it IS time to go to the Opening Reception at
Premiere Oncology


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hexalen® and lingering side effects from Doxil®"#15

Just when I thought I had gained all the benefits* from chemo #3, aka, Doxil®, and when I thought the side effects were nearly gone, yesterday the story changed.

Hands are tingling again and the skin inside my mouth is swollen, again.

Oh, I wish there was a manual on this kind of stuff.

The reason I'm so disappointed at these new side effects from the old drug is because I was really getting prepared to start chemo #4, Hexalen®.

If only the two drugs could talk--hummm--


Doxil® to Hexalen®: "I'm feeling left out! You and Michelle are going to so many fun places. She is taking you to the Chinese market, the Santa Monica Pier, to fun places to eat! So, Hexalen®, because Michelle never took me to fun places, I'm going to stay around a little longer. Sure, I'm trying to keep the disease level down, but, I'm going to make life a little uncomfortable for Michelle!"

Hexalen® to Doxil®: "Now come on, we have to get along. We are both known as, {DRUM ROLL PLEASE} Cancer-Killing Drugs! We are Heroes! H-E-R-O-E-S! Michelle's Heroes!"

Doxil® to Hexalen®: "But I'm still feeling left out!"

Hexalen® to Doxil®: "I'm so sorry Doxil®. But Michelle had no choice because she could not touch you. Remember there is a warning--Do not get Doxil® on the skin! And do you remember that the two previous cancer-killing drugs were also liquid drugs that were infused into Michelle's arm. She could not take them home either, or to the beach or to the pier."

Doxil® to Hexalen®: "I guess I'll just have to accept the fact that you are pills/capsules and I'm a liquid. Okay, I'll get over my anger and resentment. Bye Hexalen®"

Hexalen® to Doxil®: "Bye Doxil®. See you around."


*Benefits: dramatically reducing the CA-125 tumor marker (from 6705 to 122) and less observable disease on the PET/CT scans

Monday, November 30, 2009

Hexalen®, "Hair Chronicles on Canvas" & Art Reception, #14




Hair Chronicles on Canvas was first posted on this blog September 11, 2009. While it was not framed at that time, the progression and significance of the images was detailed. Please go back to the 9/11/09 blog entry.

This photograph includes the container of 84 Hexalen® chemotherapy pills that I will begin taking shortly. My oncologist said I will not lose my hair with this medication. But who knows, if I need to go on to another drug after this one, will my hair drop out? That's what the bottom right image on Hair Chronicles on Canvas refers to--What's in my hair's future?

And now a quick note from Robbie Gluckson, Executive Director of Premiere Oncology Foundation:

We do hope you will all join us this Wednesday, December 2nd for the Cancer & Creativity Opening Art Exhibit Reception from 4 to 6 pm, here at the Premiere Oncology Foundation. We encourage you to bring friends and family to the event, as we celebrate the artistic creations from our Cancer & Creativity workshop participants.

Many thanks to Dr. Esther Dreifuss-Katten, Corinne Lightweaver, Rachael Buchwald, Zizi Raymond and all of the Cancer & Creativity workshop participants for their incredible efforts.


2020 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 600, Santa Monica, CA Phone: 310-570-1474, Robbie

Hexalen® and Art Exhibit Opening Reception , #13



For over a year I have been attending a weekly art therapy program for cancer survivors.

Art therapy class is helping me explore feelings of fear and comfort, my past and future, as well as a tool to talk about something other than cancer.

I’m an Artist!


The Premiere Oncology Foundation (Santa Monica) and Beckstrand Cancer Foundation (Newport Beach) have made these opportunities available. Teacher of "Cancer and Creativity" class and curator of art exhibit is Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, PhD, ATR.

Opening Reception, December 2, 2009 from 4 - 6 pm OPEN TO ALL

2020 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 600, Santa Monica, CA

Exhibition closes January 31, 2010


Docent: Robbie Gluckson, 310-570-1474

Must call for limited viewing times

www.premiereoncology.org


"Mandala: My Siblings"

21 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches

mixed media

My recent genealogy research helped to strengthen the love, value, influence, and support from my living sister and four brothers.

The inner white circle with glitter represents Janice, our sister who lived only two days. The next five circles surrounding Janice Marie, signify my siblings’ creativity, musical talents, environmental passions, dedication to education, and love of food.

My sisters and brothers, and their families, bring me strength and inspiration as I bask in the golden circle of love.



Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hexalen® and YEA! note , #12


Over eleven days ago, my oncologist discussed the results of the most recent PET/CT scans with me and my second set of ears, Joyce. The doctor also said that because of the slight increase in my tumor marker (CA-125), it was time to review the options for new treatment.

Since the primary peritoneal carcinoma (PPC) is being treated like ovarian cancer, there are numerous chemotherapy drugs to select from. I feel pretty lucky that science and medicine is at this point today. Heck, when my mother died of ovarian cancer in 1991, two weeks after diagnosis, I would speculate that there were fewer options for her than what I have today.

I have already had significant success with two of my three earlier Chemotherapy drugs, and when the oncologist most recently reviewed the next three cancer-killing drugs that are now readily available for me, I could see hope. Our new drug of choice is Hexalen.®



Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hexalen® and Cirque Du Soleil, #11




It is always thrilling

when Cirque Du Soleil comes to Santa Monica

Especially the year Ed blindfolded me when we left home

for a place unknown to me.

When I was allowed to see I was walking into the

Cirque Du Soleil tents


This year Hexalen® will be my guest





Hexalen® and Black Friday, #10


The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in the retail business. On this day businesses look forward to fantastic sales, and as a result, they finally get out of the red and can start making a profit.

My photographic contribution to Black Friday acknowledges the difficult job of retail workers. For some employees, it is endless hours of standing on hard floors, making the merchandise look neat and attractive, and listening to the same holiday songs over and over, all while trying to make customers happy with their purchases.

I hope they made it out of the red and into the black!

As for me, there are fewer red and swollen areas on my body because the side effects from previous chemotherapy drug are diminishing. Overall, while there is still some disease in my pelvic area, I feel like I'm in the black--"I feel SOOO Good!"*

*A quote from Dr. Lizard, aka, Kedric Robin Wolfe

Friday, November 27, 2009

Hexalen® and Thanksgiving Flowers, #9




Thanksgiving Dinner with dear friends was an opportunity to voice how grateful I'm for the science, medicine, and individuals who are bringing health and life to me and others.

Since I have not started taking my Hexalen® chemotherapy pills, I felt really good that I could TOTALLY enjoy the chips and dip, soup, salad, etc., etc., etc. Even the left overs are fun to eat.

I'm just wondering and some what anticipating that when I start popping the six Hexalen® pills a day (for 14 days on and 14 days off) that my life will be governed by having the container of anti-nausea within arms reach. Believe me, I hope I won't be getting sick to my stomach!

P.S., My oncologist said to begin taking the Hexalen® within 14-21 days from my last appointment (nine days ago). He gave me some leeway because the mouth sores and cracked 'n dry skin from the previous chemotherapy needed time to heal.

Flowers from: Paul's Unique Creations, Santa Monica, California.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hexalen® and Forrest Gump, #8


Forrest Gump quotes:

I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floatin' around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it's both.


Mama says they was magic shoes. They could take me anywhere.


When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went.



source:

http://www.great-quotes.com/cgi-bin/viewquotes.cgi?action=search&Movie=Forrest+Gump


Hexalen® and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., #7


While walking on the Santa Monica Pier
we sat for a moment to reflect
on the many blessings

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hexalen® and turkey, #6

To begin my Thanksgiving meal for wellness, I will open several six-pacs of bubbling humor for my guests. We sit around the rotating table of relaxing environments, including the Pacific Ocean, the rice fields of Bali, and the mountains of Telluride, while fresh breezes and tinkling wind chimes refresh us.

Around this table sit my salt ‘n peppered, love-filled friends of many decades, along with the active, little leprechauns from paradise. They are spreading uncontained curiosity and softened kisses of unconditional love. Rays of hope spread an inner contentment upon everyone.

The table seems to be overjoyed as the rainbow of fruits and vegetables in multiple glass bowls are placed in front of the guests. A momentary quiet spreads across the room as people are nourished with hope.

As my guests anticipate the next course, a chain of charming and magical beans are stirred and brought to the table. The presentation is impressive as the hot tureen goes from one person to another. The endorphin-filled steam rises and lifts our dreams of wellness from the ever-present reality.

We take a deep breath, exhale, relax, and appreciate the Thanksgiving meal, and then make our selection from the dessert buffet of rewarding tenderness, endless hugs, and compassionate smiles.

The room is filled with positive energy, as each person says and hears, “I’m so happy we are together on the Thanksgiving Day. Peace be with you.”

This writing is based upon the prompt from the West Los Angeles, Wellness Community Writing Group. We meet two hours on a weekly basis. Thanks to Zena and Michael for being there for us today.