Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Girl on the Squad

Okay, so you all know I didn't really think that my cheering was what actually grew back those all-important white cells? Right?
Right? (well, maybe I thought so just a little, if only because It made me happy to imagine it were true, not to mention the excuse it gave me to bust out my old moves and incessantly chant "BE AGGRESSIVE ..." over and over and over and over. And over. Really. I am obnoxious.)
Well, whether or not my pony-tailed, short-skirted, spirit-fingered trot down memory lane had anything to do with white cell growth is irrelevant.
Dr. B told us today that the wait-a-week-and-see-what-happens strategy is not one we'll be repeating. Seems that in the time the good cells grow back, Mr. Rogue Cancer Cell can find his way back in, too.
So-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o, while I will not stop cheering (really? give up a perfectly good excuse to dance around with Nurse Tilly and be irritating? I think not.), it seems we will be adding a new member to the squad.
Her name is Neulasta. Just that. Like Madonna. Or Cher. Or CatCon.
I'm told she's pretty tough, so I think we'll put her on the bottom of the pyramid, and I'll hop my dainty little self up to the top ... Wait? What? Okay, Tilly has just pointed out that she is a petite 17 pounds to my ... well, all you need to know is there'll be spirit-paws instead of fingers in the top perch.
But I'm taking the middle.
"Go Neulasta! Go, go, Neulasta! Go Neulasta! Go, go, Neulasta!"


  1. go Whitey! Boost that cell count!
    My prayers are with you.

  2. Go Cat Con. We love you.

  3. I'm glad I found your blog from Sjn...I just passed my 2 year anniversary (if you can call it that) of my cancer diagnosis at the age of 37. My children were 2, 6 and 7 at the time. I had hysterectomy, chemo and 7 weeks of daily radiation so I can really relate to everything you and your hubby are going through. I had Neulasta shots. They helped bring up my white blood count...weird bone pain was my side effect, but I made it through and your hubby will, too. Chemo is so hard. I know. Just try to take things one hour at a time. One minute at a time if you have to. Ask for and have your hubby take any and all medicines that can try and help with the side effects. I like your "be aggressive, got to be aggressive, got to b-e-a-g-g-r-e-s-s-i-v-e" attitude. Your hubby is blessed to have you as his cheerleader. You can email me anytime- stergi@msn.com. Do you have a Gilda's Club near you? Know about www.lotsahelpinghands.com? Looking forward to hearing back from you. Keep up the strong fight & LIVESTRONG.


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