Sunday, November 18, 2007

Yoga

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take the Therapeutic Yoga for People with Cancer or Chronic Illness workshop at the Integral Yoga Institute www.iyiny.org. It was a one and a half hour restorative yoga class using props in the tradition of BKS Iyengar and it was great. Deborah Madhavie Matza, RN and Esther Jyothi Larson were the instructors. They'll be giving this same workshop on Monday December 10th at the institute. There are a variety of Hatha yoga classes available at the institute, as well as workshops on a variety of topics, all with a yogic twist. For people who've never done yoga before there is a free introductory class on Saturday mornings, a free deep relaxation class on Friday's at 5:30 and free open meditation Monday thru Saturday at 12:15 and Monday thru Thursday at 8:30 pm. The institute is located on 13th street in West Village in Manhattan.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hi Deni....dearest new niece!!

Hello Honey,
LOVE your new wig.....you sure are beautiful!!! Linda found a perfect mate!!! Dan had to help me get on this Blog...I sure goofed....Guess I'm getting old..but I'm getting there.
It was soooo good talking to you the other day!!! You sounded wonderful and we are thrilled you are doing so well.
Making this a short note as I'm afraid I will lose it....as I usually do. But, promise to write again soon. Keep up the good work, dear niece and know that we love you and miss you and Linda very much.
Love, Hugs and Kisses,
Mary Ann and Dan XXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO P.S. Hope you get this!!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Chemo 5; Day 1


Yesterday I finally had my private room! But, yesterday I took the party with me—my spousal equivalent and my health care proxy best friend and so it was a party. There isn’t allot to say about the new round of chemo yet. I’m on taxol with a bunch of different complementary drugs for nausea and for calming the stomach histamines and some benadryl thrown in to prevent anaphylactic shock (which lucky for me I didn’t get!). The benadryl knocked me out for about two hours yesterday afternoon and then kept me up last night! But, hey, life is still good.

You know, I do have some side affects-sweating, sore throat, some canker sores (but maybe that is chemo mixed with way too much pizza-I’m thinking-‘cuz I didn’t have those mouth sores before the pizza!) , running drippy nose and eyes, a little fatigue and tiredness. The “chemo brain” is mostly gone. I feel good today.

Check out the new picture—this is a wig I got free from Cancer Care. Keep in touch, it means much to me.