two down, sixteen more to go.

My Chemo Dealer last week was Grace she hooked me up (both literally and figuratively). I got a room with a view of the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. Yep that’s right, room with a view! Contrary to popular belief (and what we have only seen in the movies) chemo is not only large rooms full of chairs and IV machines, they also have private rooms with walls and doors. What a treat! Chemo went swimmingly. Shorter visit this time, about 2 hours total, I was out by noon. I had another appointment at 2:30 so I took my mom to HOME in Los Feliz for lunch since we…

i’m fine, i’m just tired.

I successfully completed my first chemo treatment. Having constantly been told all the wonderful and exciting side effects during chemo treatment I was quite worried about achieving full on “Exorcist status”. Exorcist status, as it was so eloquently put by a friend of mine, was my fear of puking my brains out once the IV started mainlining meds to my system. (Anthony also went on to note “… like Head spinning? Climbing on walls? If you start climbing on the walls, Jessie better film it!!!”) My gal pal from high school Jessie was in San Diego earlier last week for…

second opinion checks out.

UCLA Santa Monica Hematology/Oncology department is staffed with Barbie Doll doctors that know their stuff. This past Thursday, I lugged my tired and aching body into the car and my mom drove us all the way to Santa Monica for my second opinion appointment with Dr. Monica Mead. My body was tired and aching because I had come down with a nasty cold the day before (that had me in bed for 3 days after that). And I say all the way to Santa Monica because although it is a mere 15 miles from my East Hollywood/”Silverlake adjacent” home, 15…

remember how I said future posts wouldn’t be so long? I lied.

On Friday, two of my beautiful out of town swell gals bought last minute tickets and flew all the way across the country to come hang out with me. They (along with my other amazing LA/Florida friends) coordinated an overnight stay in Yucca Valley, right next to Joshua Tree National Park. It broke my heart (and I am sure everyone else’s) to only be able to stay one night. In the end we didn’t even actually venture into the park, but to me that didn’t matter. I got to spend a little over twenty-four blissful hours with eight (at one…

results are in.

Today I had my oncologist consultation at Kaiser with Dr. Kwan. She was nice enough to let me squeeze in my Ma, Heather and Tana into the small exam room while we met. Dr. Kwan told us the PET/CT and liver MRI confirmed their suspicions and the cancer has spread to my sternum as well as my liver. Its also presenting in my pelvis and one of my vertebrae. La-di-da. Its hard to describe what hearing news like that feels like. Dr. Kwan’s wants to get the metastasized cancer under control immediately and her recommendation for treatment is as follows; start with…

“You have Cancer.”

(Disclaimer: this post will get sad and cheesy. Deal with it.) Three words everyone hopes that they never hear. I heard them at 3:45pm on Friday February 3rd, 2017. Standing in the dimly lit break room/kitchen of my work office. Let me rewind a little, well a lot. When I was 10 years old, and my mother was 42 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy followed by radiation and has been cancer free for 20 years now. Ever since I got my period Violeta has been diligent and very serious in her telling me to always remember to…