Sunday, June 27, 2010

"What's up?"...the sky

On a Good Day

Since my last blog in early June I completed my first month of "Chemo #5," Topotecan. It went like this; I was given an I.V. once a week for three weeks, and then one week of no drug, no visit to the doctor. Tomorrow I will return to the oncologist's office for the usual blood draw to check the white and red blood counts, among other blood components.

Most likely I will begin my second month of "Chemo #5" when I visit the doctor in the morning with my 'chemo buddies.' There has been no hair loss with this chemo and some fatigue, however my hands are dry and sensitive. Good ole 'hand and foot syndrome' has returned.

My life has been filled with researching known and unknown relatives and ancestors, truly an exciting activity. I feel like I'm the family historian and private investigator with only limited time to research, coordinate, and publish my discoveries. The one-page profiles and one-page individual timelines are being created, documents and photographs are being collected and scanned, in addition to creating my first YouTube movie. WOW!

Check it out:
Search with either my name, Michelle Leddel or my mother's name/name of the movie, "Miss Judy Jeannette."

Friday, June 4, 2010

So far, so good

Since my family had an extra 'firesuit' I was allowed to go into the 'hot pit' of the famous American Le Mans Series Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, last month. The 'hot' in the 'hot pit' means a race is taking place and special rules and precautions must be followed.

My nephew was one of the three drivers for the six-hour race and I really had fun 'hanging out' not only here in the 'hot pit' but in the bleachers as well. Notice the four tires I'm standing next to. Right! They are big and heavy and cost big bucks!

Cancer? It was so nice to be away from the cancer world while I was at the raceway. But now that I'm home, I'm back on my chemo therapy medication of I.V. Topotecan. I had some fatigue after my first treatment four days ago, but that was about all. Well, 'something' continues to go on with my hands and feet. In three days I will return to the doctor's office for the second of three once-a-week treatments this month.

After one week of no 'JoyJuice' (my term for I.V. chemotherapy), I will return to the same schedule of "three weeks on and one week off."

Weekly art therapy, writing group, and group therapy meetings for cancer survivors continues to bring me support, inspiration, and compassionate and meaningful experiences.

In addition to all that, my continuing genealogy research is now being transformed into individual timelines, one-page personal profiles with facts and photographs, and even a movie on YouTube honoring my mother. Search terms: Miss Judy Jeannette, Michelle Leddel