FIGHTING FOR LIFE—PART TWO

 

Having been diagnosed with Cancer for the fourth time in my life since 1983 and being almost seventy-five, I am fighting again. I consider myself lucky to still be here and hopefully will win this battle too.

This post is not really about me, it’s my personal view about the LYNN CANCER CENTER located in Boca Raton, Fl. You can read all about Lynn Cancer Institute at the following address;

Lynn Cancer Institute – Boca Raton Regional Hospital

The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute is one of the largest cancer centers in South Florida and is accredited as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons. The Lynn Cancer Institute treats more than 3,000 cancer patients each year in facilities such as the Harvey & Phyllis Sandler

Lynn

We all read many articles about this dreaded disease.

I am no stranger to Cancer as I said, of course, having another bout with Cancer, is disheartening, to say the least, but there is always hope. This post is about my fight but it’s more about how I will win this battle with the amazing help I am receiving at the Lynn-Cancer-Institute because it is not just a building that you go to for help, it has a heartbeat, and that heartbeat belongs to all of the people that make the Lynn Cancer Center the best. From the excellent professionals to the Valet Parking attendants, and volunteers.

valet attend.

This is Elio.

piano play-valet

This is Miguel, also a parking attendant but he also plays the piano in the lobby, and he plays beautifully.

ducks

A photo of the resident ducks. They are adorable and everyone loves them.

 

The most knowledgeable doctors, technicians, and nurses. Every single person that works at Lynn is kind, caring, giving, always pleasant, encouraging, and compassionate. They always have a cheerful hello, a smile and will walk you to your test area with their arm around you or bring you to where you have to go in a wheelchair. I have been given pamphlets, and verbal instructions, galore. If I have any questions the doctors are right there to calm my fears and make me feel better, no matter how many times I ask. You are their first concern, your health, your comfort and your feelings. Everyone that works at Lynn does so tirelessly, and always with a smile.

People that greet me

Sheronda and one of the volunteers. They are the first smiles you see.

It is spotlessly clean and comfortable no matter what procedure you are having. My doctors have told me to call any time and if they are with another patient not to worry an assistant takes down your concerns. You will always get that call.

They have the most up to date equipment.

In the Chemo room, there are comfortable recliners that with the push of a button the it will heat the chair, and it also offers a massage. You will be offered comfortable warmed blankets, Television if you like, and volunteers offering you a snack and something to drink.

chemo

Your cure is the most important thing to each and every person that works in the chemo treatment room.

The Waiting rooms are comfortable, with a restroom, telephone, TV, soft comfortable robes, magazines, a view of the beautiful garden, and even a puzzle to pass the time.

womans waiting and dressing room

womans waiting room

 

I happen to have Stage 3 Lung Cancer. My Oncologist is;

Dr. Edgardo S Santos

Dr. Edgardo Santos

You can read all about him by clicking at;

Edgardo S Santos MD | Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Edgardo S Santos, MD. Specialties; Medical Oncology (Board Certified). Language Spoken English, Spanish. 1stPrimary Office. Address Lynn Cancer Institute 701 N.W. 13th Street Boca Raton, FL 33486. Maps & Directions. Phone (561) 955-6400 …

My Radiation Oncologist is:

Dr. Michael Kasper MD

Dr. Michael Kasper is a radiation oncologist in Boca Raton, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Delray Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Florida College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Kasper accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 6 doctors at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and one of 10 at Delray Medical Center who specialize in Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Michael Kasper, MD – Boca Raton, FL – Radiation …

The Lynn Center is a part of the Boca Regional Hospital, it is just across the street from the center.

I could go on and on about the Lynn Cancer Institute but I will leave you to decide. I just want to thank everyone that works there for their wonderful help. It is the best.

Some photos were taken by me. Others were taken from the internet, including addresses for my doctors and the Lynn Cancer Center.

 

 

Walking Cross-Town. With an unsorted heap.

Live & Learn

Hampl is not far from this mind. Hampl was there on my train ride to the city on Thursday and there with me as I walked across Manhattan to the office. And Hampl’s here with me today, early Saturday morning, as I sit in darkness, in silence, but for the tapping of keys, with birdsong easing through the open window bringing in the dawn.

Life is not a story, a settled version. It’s an unsorted heap of images we keep going through, the familiar snaps taken up and regarded, then tossed back until, unbidden, they rise again, images that float to the surface of the mind, rise, fall, drift—and return only to drift away again in shadow. Call them vignettes, these things we finger and drop again into their shoebox.

He shifted his legs as I took the empty seat across from him. Early 30’s. Two to three day beard. He…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Aretha Franklin – The Rise to Fame.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the second part of the Aretha Franklin story and here is a reminder of this incredible artist’s honours and achievements.

From the age of fourteen to the present day Aretha Franklin has been entertaining and delighting audiences with her incredible voice. She has recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history.

She has also won prestigious awards, honorary degrees and Presidential recognition. Here is just some of the highlights.

  • Twenty Grammy Awards including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best Gospel Performance every year from 1968 to 1975 and further awards in 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2006 and 2009. Aretha Franklin also one three special Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.
  • Three American Music Awards – Favorite Soul/R&B Album “Jump to it” in…

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Smorgasbord Short Stories – Tales from the Garden – The Goose and the Lost Boy by Sally Cronin

A story to be believed by Sally Cronin.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

In the summer I will be releasing Tales from the Irish Garden.. stories of magic and fantasy. It is the sequel to Tales from the Garden published in 2015 and I am going to share the stories from that collection with you in the next few weeks.

About Tales from the Garden

Tales from the Garden reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees. You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories. The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Spring Showcase – Cynthia Reyes, Tony Riches, Jane Risdon, Carol Roberts, Hugh W. Roberts, Annette Rochelle Aben, Alexis Rose, Nicholas Rossis, Debra Russell and Patricia Salamone.

I am humbly honored to be included in Sally Cronin’s along with some wonderful authors. Thank you, Sally.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to spring….. and there might be a hint of colour in the garden, as daffodils push their way to the surface, but there is plenty of colour on the shelves of the bookstore that I thought I would share with you over the next week.

If you are looking for you next book to read then look no further than these talented authors and over 600 books currently on the shelves.

Instead of the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates on Friday and Monday.. I will be featuring a number of authors each day with their updated reviews.

I will give you their entry which also includes a link to buy the books but also to discover others that they have written but are not listed. You will also find a link to their website or blog to find out more information, and as you can imagine… they write great…

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Smorgasbord Short Stories – Tales from the Garden – Trouble in Paradise – Part Two by Sally Cronin

More wonderful short stories from the talented Sally Cronin. Visit Amazon and pick up a few books, I did.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

In the summer I will be releasing Tales from the Irish Garden.. stories of magic and fantasy. It is the sequel to Tales from the Garden published in 2015 and I am going to share the stories from that collection with you in the next few weeks.

About Tales from the Garden

Tales from the Garden reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees. You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories. The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found…

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Smorgasbord Short Stories – Onions by Sally Cronin

Hilarious story by Sally Cronin, don’t miss it.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I felt the need yesterday to write a new story that did not involve Fairy Queens and Irish shenanigans… WIP. And I was also chopping onions for lunch. I must state at this point that this is a work of fiction and my own husband chops his own onions, does not have halitosis and is generous in the extreme…….

Onions by Sally Cronin

Olivia chopped the onion carefully, avoiding the cut on her knuckles from yesterday’s little escapade. She hated cutting onions, having tried every trick in the book to stop herself crying copiously onto the culprits in question. She had popped the handle of a silver spoon in her mouth and clenched it with her teeth, worn her son’s snorkelling mask, cut the onions under water in the sink, and had even frozen them for 20 minutes before attacking them with a very sharp knife. Which is why she…

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FIGHTING THE FIGHT

Again I have cancer. Stage 3 lung cancer but I am fighting for life…again. This is the fourth time cancer has taken a bite out of me and it’s no fun.

I thought maybe if I write about it, it would give me the strength to beat it once more. So far I have had to be given two units of blood, two units of iron, B12 shots, chemotherapy, radiation and a host of tests. MRI, CT, Blood work, etc, but I have to say my knee is healing and I am able to walk without a cane. Now if the chemo doesn’t destroy my immune system and my knee doesn’t get infected again I just might be around for a while longer.

I so appreciate all of you for hanging in there with me, and I will try to post whenever I can. However, I try to read your offerings as much as possible and will continue to do so. There hasn’t been too much leisure time for emails and postings, and my mood hasn’t been the best my arms and hands look like a well-used pin cushion, and I will probably be radioactive before long, I might even glow in the dark soon.

If you do want a good laugh though and you own a Kindle or other reader you can always go to amazon.com and purchase my book, http://www.the-italian-thing.com. Yes, I still have hope for my book, go figure. ☺☺☺