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Rearranging the Furniture

on September 6th, 2017 by Rebeccca

This is Galen’s fifth night at home! We have been going back to the hospital morning and night to get set up with the drugs for the day and to see the doctor, but today they gave me the drugs for a 24-hour period, so we don’t have to go back in until tomorrow morning [...]

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The Green Green Grass of Home

on September 3rd, 2017 by Rebeccca

It’s 4:00 in the morning and I can hear Galen in the kitchen checking out the food in the refrigerator. Good sign. He has an appetite. After losing 30 pounds in the last month because nothing would stay in his stomach, now we are working at getting some nutrition back into his body. And its [...]

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One Day at a Time

on September 2nd, 2017 by Rebeccca

When we say that we are living day to day, we really mean it. We see the future in our visualizations, in our dreams of camping and traveling. We don’t know what the day after today holds for us, or next week, or next month (as is true for everyone). We only know that we [...]

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Strike While the Iron is Hot!

on August 31st, 2017 by Rebeccca

For those of you who would like to know when a good time to visit is, it would be when Galen is feeling good. That would be the ideal time! Otherwise, he may be fast asleep, groaning and vomiting with nausea, or spaced out. Sorry – we never know! We asked the palliative care nurse [...]

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The Third Opinion

on August 30th, 2017 by Rebeccca

A friend gave us the name and number of a man in Regina, Stuart Martin, who has been advising cancer patients for a couple of decades and is a cancer survivor himself. We needed someone to advise us on the ins and outs of using medical marijuana. There are so many different online companies and [...]

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The Second Opinion

on August 29th, 2017 by Rebeccca

We were fortunate to have three friends sit in with us during our session with the oncologist. One of them took notes for us. Here is a part of what she noted: “Dr. Ahmed explained that it was almost impossible for them to tell what the primary source of the cancer was.  When they did [...]

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The Roller coaster

on August 28th, 2017 by Rebeccca

I never did like roller coasters. Paying to be scared out of my wits. I prefer slow, thoughtful, cautious movements through space and time. But now (how did this happen anyway??) we are thrown onto this ride, supposedly near its end. Galen has referred to his pain and nausea as a roller coaster. For two [...]

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The magic of dexamethasone

on August 27th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Yesterday we found the best way to get to Tim Hortons. Not that we are big fans of Tim Hortons, unlike 99% of the population. Although they make really good tea. Steeped tea. They must use a process approved by the Queen. I scouted out the route on my own first, wandering through overhead walkways [...]

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Galen’s Diagnosis

on August 25th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Galen has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in the abdomen. The first oncologist that we saw recommended that no treatment be pursued, as the treatment would be too hard on him and not extend his life enough to make up for the extra pain. We are getting a second opinion with another oncologist next [...]

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad

on June 15th, 2014 by Rebeccca

It’s Father’s Day. A year ago today I was with my parents in their condo, helping out with the parts of their lives that were becoming more difficult. . . cooking, cleaning, paying bills, driving. We had gone to church, of course. It was a rare time when my parents didn’t go to church on [...]

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