Monthly Archives: June 2012

Let’s Talk About Poop, baby

Warning: This post will contain numerous references to poop, will talk directly about poop, and there will most likely be poop related puns. If any of this offends, concerns, or disgusts you – you might want to leave now. There’s a funny thing about never having to have been at a hospital before. Intellectually, I […]

I am Legend

So a funny thing happened today, but to tell the funny story, first, we need to talk about blood. Anemia, Hemoglobin, and What Levels Mean Your blood contains 3 different parts. Red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. White blood cells are basically your immune system. Platelets are the things that cause blood clots […]

Rooming With Crazies

There’s an unfortunate reality of staying in the hospital, and that is that you don’t actually get to stay there alone. I’ve had four roommates so far, and let me tell you – it’s been a trip, for sure. The first thing I learned is that I am now doubly committed to visiting any relatives […]

What to Expect When You’re Ex….Diagnosed

When I got diagnosed, my mind blanked. I went to my Happy Gilmore Happy Place for a little while. Only not the actual happy place – the distorted Shooter McGavin version. I had no idea what to expect, no idea what came next, no idea of survival rates, nothing. So this post, my idea is […]

Why Me?

I supposed that when you’re diagnosed with cancer, no matter who you are, the question you inevitably ask yourself is “why me?” It’s a funny thing to ask, when you think about it. I mean…depending on how you think the world or universe works…why does anything really happen? If you subscribe to the theory that […]

Hurry Up and Wait

The funny thing about being diagnosed with cancer is that you don’t know the worst part, by far, is the waiting. It seems silly to say that, considering in leukemia’s case, it’s basically your body actively failing to operate correctly. But it’s absolutely true. I was diagnosed with leukemia by my doctor at 5:03, on […]

The Phone Call

The phone rings. I don’t recognize the number, but the area code is right. I answer. “Hello?” “Hi Mr. L****…it’s Doctor W***. I just wanted to tell you…I took a look, and it’s definitely Leukemia.” “…..” “I went ahead and called a doctor in the city, her name is Gail Roboz. I want you to […]