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Therapy Critters – The War on Cancer Continues!

SunnyThose of you who have followed my blog have been exposed to the antics of the cats and birds in my flock. Now they have all been added to my Therapy Team! What can be more soothing than a therapy kitty purring in your ear, or a therapy bird cuddling with you wanting preening? It is very hard to not feel that all is well with the world with one of these guys administering Critter Therapy. RustyFor those of you new to the blog, the flock includes, Loki, Blue and Gold Macaw, Sunny, Sun Conure, Charlie, Hahn’s Macaw, Birdie, Green Cheek Conure, Dante, Tuxedo Kitty, and Rusty, Orange Tabby. Here are a few photos of “Critter Therapy”. Will post after the first chemo treatment, but right now, I am feeling the need for some Therapy!Dante


The War with Cancer starts

It is hard to find any stops or time outs on the cancer train once it starts. I will post updates when possible. SO the chemo port is in, chemo starts next Monday and I am eager to get on with this battle. It would be remiss not to stop and thank all of you who have sent encouragement, prayers, positive thoughts, hugs and well wishes. You may not know it, but all of these e-mails, cards, calls, texts, FB comments, and blog comments have become my greatest weapon in the fight so far. The first part of the war involves “attitude”…..keeping a positive attitude is one of the keys to beating cancer. Every one of you who have given encouragement, have provided me with ammunition against self pity. During the chemo port installation, we were given the message that everything was running 45 minutes late. I was vulnerable to self pity, because my pain meds were going to run out and faced 45 minutes of increasing pain. Hubby gave me a big hug and said “It will be OK”, I turned away from him to have a good cry, then got a text from a friend sending hugs. I turned back to hubby and away from self pity and started thinking of all the well wishes. BOOM! Take that cancer! SO now every time I am vulnerable to self pity, I picture little ZAP! Boom! Pow! messages, think of my friends and say, “Take that cancer!” I feel like Adam West in Batman, LOL! Eat broccoli, then say POW! Take that cancer. So Thank you so much for the ammunition! ZAP! Take that cancer!

Time out for Cancer

BCNH2Found out from the Dr. on Friday, I have Stage 4 colon cancer. The good news is that it responds well to treatment. So the battle begins! Thank God, I have a great support team in my family and friends. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. There are still a lot of paintings in me waiting to get out! Have had a lot of fatigue, but have still been working on this one. This is the continuation of the Black Crowned Night Heron.

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