I love that if we go more than a few days without posting on this blog, several of you call or email to find out what’s going on.  Thank you!  Your support really does lift us up.

We’re so close to the end, yet it’s been rough lately.  Nothing gets me down like the pain in my feet (or “HFSR,” described perfectly here) and resulting lack of mobility.  Weepy and blue, I’ve been a real pill to live with.

BUT, the clouds are clearing.

Dr. O’Regan had me stop taking Sorafenib last Thursday.  And, based on these recommendations, I’m trying lots of prescription-strength foot goo – Lidocaine, Tazorac cream and 40% Urea lotion.

Today, I felt comfortable enough to restart Sorafenib, if only for a few more days.  I believe that this is the drug that has helped me the most, but I can not wait to be rid of it for good!

Also part of the Revive Nicole campaign this week:

Nicole and JillMeet Jill.

If there is one person who understands it all, it’s this beautiful lady!  Bless her for reaching out to me when Emory connected us last March.  She completed the same clinical trial and was cancer-free going in to surgery.  Her family – a loving husband, a daughter Sara’s age and a son Sam’s age – and blog are strikingly similar to my own.

Via email, Jill has answered my questions, given me tips and encouraged me for months.  We met for the first time Friday.  She’s even more delightful in person and it’s an honor to call her my friend.

The Yates FortAnother summertime splurge, this fort and a pair of swings were installed in our backyard last week.  We added the bucket & pulley, some landscaping and threw some rocks underneath and called it a rock garden.

The 4 of us spent the entire weekend outside, huddled together on our own turf.  Re-energizing.

The Glass CastleI also escaped into The Glass Castle, which a friend dropped off last week.

Wonderfully written and, somehow, funny, it’s a great read for anyone.  And, if you’re feeling down?  You’ll be counting your blessings in no time, wondering how in the world this gifted author made it through her childhood.

Add countless other gestures from family, friends and Joey’s coworkers, and I’m ready for this Thursday!  My last chemo treatment.