2/11/21 Temporary Reprieve

Every CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) veteran knows that one CBC (Complete Blood Count) does not make a trend. I know that. My trend for the last few years has been up. A normal White Blood Count (WBC) is in the 8,000 range. Mine has steadily, and lately steadily accelerated, until it got to around 78,000.…

2/6/21 Headlines Sell

Headlines sell, but I ain’t selling anything here. I don’t collect your data. Any data WordPress, the platform I use, may collect on you, I don’t use. I don’t know it. I make no money from it. I pay a fee instead of using WordPress’s free hosting so you won’t have to look at ads.…

2/5/21 A better View From Here

Sometimes the storm brings the unexpected. Sometimes it just brings rain. Other times the clouds gather and the wind blows, yet the storm never comes, just a gentle breeze and the soothing sound of raindrops on a tin roof. Last night was like that. Few things soothe like raindrops on a metal roof. The drone…

2/2/21 Naive? Me?

Sometimes, I am naive. I am inclined to think that when I’m face to face with someone and they are speaking they are telling the truth, because I think everyone is honest and telling the truth. My naiveté has led me to a few disappointments in my time. Perhaps you have experienced this, too. I…

12/3/19 Return of Posts

I only posted a few times in the past year. I just had too many things occupying my attention. Few of them were good. I am not here, now, to rehash the struggles life dealt us in the past year. We all have struggles. We all have had bad times. When I think of this,…

10/13/19 So Many Changes

The past ten months have seen more changes in my life than any other period. I daresay few of the changes have been good. It has not been a pleasant time. In November 2018 my daughter’s husband, for some unfathomable reason, took his own life. My beloved stepfather passed away from pancreatic cancer in December,…

6/22/19 I Don’t Know

“I don’t know,” said Hemocastle as to the diagnosis of Myelo’s pain and other symptoms. After several CT scans and Ultrasounds, Surgeon Two Lips declared, “There are several things that I know that are not wrong with him, but I don’t know what is,” adding, “But I see nothing that requires surgery.” This was a…

10/8/18 Ten Years with Leukemia

Today is my the tenth anniversary of my CLL diagnosis. In ten years a lot has happened. I learned an awful lot about a disease about which I had previously known nothing. I researched, found, and still have world class care and treatment. I watched and waited. I then watched my lymphocyte doubling time soar…