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September 12, 2011 by Tova7
So I have a Nook Color.  (What?  You thought this was going to be about something else?)

It’s fine as an e-reader.  However, I watched several youtube videos and discovered it could be so much more!!  Like an android tablet, minus the android price tag if I could just figure out what an android does and how to do something called “rooting.”

I am woefully under-skilled and waaaaay behind in tech lingo.  Way.  I don’t own a smart phone, I...
September 9, 2011 by Tova7
Last night we toured my son’s high school.  It’s a big place, took over two hours.  It occurred to me as I heard yet another teacher explain why “we don’t teach that anymore” how much high school has changed.  I don’t just mean technology,  (that alone is a serious line of demarcation between then (before internet) and now), but the whole psychology of high school. 

I went to high school in the 1980’s, back when the Breakfast...
September 7, 2011 by Tova7
Once, when I was a child, I licked the end of a tv antenna while it was on. I don’t know why I did it, but I did. To this day I remember the way it tasted, the metallic bite on the back of the tongue, the acrid aftertaste.

Radiation was like that. Acrid, metallic, exhausting.

33 treatments cooked my underarm and the last bit of energy I possessed.

But, I’m done with it.

D. O. N. E.

Finished the cooking process the last week in June and then WHOA the summer tax...
April 4, 2011 by Tova7


The journey from September to April?  It’s been painful, onerous, toilsome, tough, taxing, burdensome, exhausting; pick your adjective. 

It has also been educational.  That’s right, I said it!

At the risk of becoming one of those people who only ever talks about their latest physical malady, hang tuff, it won’t last long.

I started chemotherapy in December; just finished.  (Except for a single agent I get intravenously until December.)
December 7, 2010 by Tova7
Today I went for the first big Chemo treatment of 6.  This regime involves a cocktail of three chemotherapies:  Taxotere, Carboplatin, and Herceptin (TCH) every three weeks, and I go in once a week for the Herceptin between the big cocktail.  After 18 weeks (barring problems) I go to Herceptin every 3 weeks up to 52 weeks, and start radiation, 7 weeks.  Then Tamoxifen for five years. 

Most civilian cancer centers are a little fancier than the one at Wright Patterson ...
November 22, 2010 by Tova7
***Photos of Skin-Sparing Mastectomy Below Post-Surgery***

It is true.  I bruise easy, and they tend to last a long time.  In fact, it is fairly normal to keep a bruise for 4-5 weeks.  Remember the bruising from the gross 5-day post-op pictures?  (Visual reminder below…)

When my plastic surgeon saw the bruising he told me about this wonderful herb called Arnica Montana (AM).  He encouraged me to take it.  Skeptical, I trudged to GNC, plopped down $8.59 ...
October 30, 2010 by Tova7
October 27th.

The day started with anti-nausea medications and four needles of radioactive material injected into my nipple.

I didn’t have to wait for surgery. While I was in the pre-op room, the hospital chaplain came to visit me. Strange. There were many other people in the room getting ready for surgery, but he came to my bed like I called him. And left when we were done. (We said a prayer together.)

Last thing I remember is my anesthesiologist telling me I was a light weight&h...
October 22, 2010 by Tova7
I was asked to say a few words at my Aunt Shelby’s funeral in September.  She planned the entire event, from the Elvis gospel playing in the background, the suit she wore, the flowers she wanted, the casket, everything.  So I was surprised and happy when my cousin (her only child) asked me to say a few words, read a poem, something.  He knew she was a mother to me in so many ways.  And he never resented the time she spent with me, the home she made for me.

In the las...
October 6, 2010 by Tova7
“I had the WEIRDEST dream last night.”

Don’t you hate when a friend or family member utters those words?

It is usually followed by twenty minutes of "and then(s)" rambling which seems to make perfect sense to them, but not a bit to anyone else.


I had the weirdest dream last night. 

Try to keep up…

A friend’s house, (maybe Aunt Jamie’s?), a demon, or demons, haunting the place. I walked from room to room with a cross my Uncle Harry c...
October 1, 2010 by Tova7
SERIOUS WOE-IS-ME SNARKINESS AHEAD………..also references to the female anatomy, um, and some cussing….so if that offends, you might wanna skip this……



For someone who is all about rabid quality of life and not quantity, a woman doesn’t “survive” breast cancer. She may get a reprieve, but eventually, one way or another it gets her; in whole, or in bite size pieces.

Today I took Gavin to th...
July 28, 2010 by Tova7
There I was; lying topless in a cotton gown that opened in the front, staring up at the off white ceiling, wondering how, at 41, I was in such a predicament.  After all, I work out, eat fairly well, take care of myself.

The doctor came in, along with the ultrasound tech, and one female chaperone.  (Though I always think its kind of funny when the female chaperone is nineteen, maybe twenty.)  Along with all the medical equipment humming in the background, and the rolling bed, ...
June 29, 2010 by Tova7
June 21, 2010 by Tova7
I’m done.



Two years and gobs of learning later, I now have an MPA beside my name.  But I don’t want to talk about graduate studies, or graduate degrees.  It consumed the last two years of my life and frankly, that is enough.


I love Facebook.  Love it.  It allows re-connection with old friends, nurturing new ones, and feels like I am still part of good, but distant friends’, present. 

It is the shi...
December 8, 2009 by Tova7
It’s been awhile.

I’d like to blame the lapse in blogging on Facebook, school, family, yadda, yadda. But, I don’t want to start out lying. I’ll save that for the end.

Life is full. So full sometimes I wonder if the cup is getting smaller, more crowded, less porcelain more plastic.

Two more quarters and I am done with this Master’s Degree. So what am I going to do with it? My husband and I discussed this the other night and the conversation went something like this:

Me: “What ...
September 7, 2009 by Tova7
Snarky-ness ahead..............

Went to see the movie Gamer.  I don't game but this movie rocked the house.  Ok, it was an obvious Matrix/Gladiator rip-off, but so what?  Why fix it if it ain't broke? hahaha.  The music was good, the main character was hunky, and even the gamer was hot.  (Which is exactly why guys go see this movie I'm sure.)

The plot is weak, laughable actually...man in prison after being forced to murder b/f, must get out to be with daughter/...