My new world

December 19, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve posted – don’t say I didn’t warn you!  I am doing well, though… just not spending much time on the computer these days.  I did get my hair cut, though… as you can see above.  It is a good transition between long hair and no hair and I think I’ll keep it short after this is all over.  The doctor told me to expect to lose my hair this week, so I have been buying scarves and friends have offered to help me learn how to make myself cute turbans.  Another friend is sewing me some caps so I should be all set when the hair finally goes.


The chemotherapy has its ups and downs – some days I am very tired and some I have tons of energy and have to hold myself back from doing too much.  I haven’t had too many side effects -certainly nothing major – and I am happy about that.

I have spent a fair bit of time on the couch reading, and have read some wonderful books.  I’ll be doing a post on my favorite books of 2012 soon, if you’re interested.  While on the couch I ALWAYS have my two furry friends with me, as you can see in the pictures above and below.  Poor Henry, though, is at this moment at the vet’s office having surgery on his bladder for stones.  So Paul will have two of us to care for tonight!  Good thing I am feeling so good.


I’ve gone out to eat several times and try to get a walk every day, so you will see me out and about.   I’ve been skipping large gatherings, though,  since it would be hard to keep from catching a cold in a crowd and I really want to stay healthy.

The weather is perfect here, I feel so lucky that I am in chemo now rather than during the sweaty days of summer.  Hope you are all well and happy and I’ll be back soon!

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    1. Hey babycakes, I envy the “letting sleeping dogs lie” part, but it sounds as though you are handling the “rest” pretty darned well, too. I can see in my mind’s eye some of the knitted hats and caps that will come your way. Some elegant, some whimsical but all totally Nancy.

      Pet sitting here, out of my own house, lets me spend way too much time on the computer but it fills the void when what I really want is to be near my hubby and fourleggers. I need to get back to my Kindle. Love you.

    1. I’m keeping a good thought for you here in California. Some day down the road I’d be honored to buy you a cup of coffee (or your favorite beverage). I wish you well today and always.

    1. You look beautiful,Nancy,and yes! Keep it short; it so suits you. I love that you called this your new world. Your new world will be shiny and bright and while it may be changed by cancer and chemo,it will not be DEFINED by it…nor will you. You have already risen above it. Hugs to you! Keep on keepin’ on!

    1. Nancy,
      I love the short hair on you, it is very flattering. The weirdest part of cutting off all the hair is when you are brushing it and run out of hair before you reach the end of your normal stroke.

      Your attitude is awesome (as in “inspiring awe”, not as in “awesome dude”, well maybe a little of the latter),I second everything Christine says.

      I am sending positive energy to you and Paul.


    1. You continue to be our hero. Keep it up, it will pass. You look fantastic, and I will continue to stay away from you and even from Paul until all my germs are gone. You are on our mind a lot.

    1. Wow you look beautiful! You are amazing. I feel bad for Henry, poor thing. Looking forward to see you when the time is right.

    1. One of my morning rituals is to enjoy having breakfast with your post. It is nice to have you back. I am looking forward to your analysis on the books you read his past year. I stared working on a similar post yesterday.

    1. Hi Nancy,

      I know I comment rarely, but I’ve been following along for more years than I can remember. Now seems to be as good a time as any to pop my head up and let you know I’m still here, and wishing you all the best.

      Take care,


    1. Glad to see you’re doing pretty well. I agree with the rest, the short hair suits you. Have a merry, healthy Christmas and hope your pup heals fast, too. And you are wise to avoid viruses, chemo plays hob with your immune system.

    1. The photo is so fetching!

      “The weather is perfect here, I feel so lucky that I am in chemo now rather than during the sweaty days of summer.”

      An interesting aspect of cancer is how one truly understands being thankful. The little things and the big things both.

      Sending positive vibes to you and those supporting you!

    1. Hola Nancy,

      I have to agree with some of the other commenters. Short hair suits you!

      And you may decide that it’s more comfortable in the heat of summer anyway; it’s certainly easier to take care of.

      With the others here, I’m heartily rooting for a swift recovery. Looks very good so far.


      Kim G
      Boston, MA

    1. Love the new haircut. You look 20 years younger and more gorgeous than ever. It is not about the hair it is about what is inside. Hope to see you out real soon


    1. Merry Christmas. You are an inspiration to many and to me, too. I wish you well and soon. Prayers and hugs being sent your way as they both help.

    1. Merry Christmas. I am glad that the chemotherapy is going well for you. Take care and get better each day.

    1. Nancy, you are amazing. I wish you all the very best. I know you can do this. Love your hair. You look wonderful. I get a lot of love from my dogs too! Aren’t they wonderful?
      Much love,

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