Thursday, March 3, 2011

It's been a while!

Hello all.  It's been some time since I've posted here. 

I've given my brother the moniker "Chemo Joe"...pretty self explanatory, dontcha think?  I will leave the specifics to him, as he will be updating the official blog soon, but two chemo treatments are complete, and there are 10 more to go.  Again, how he's feeling is up to him to convey, but I will tell you how I feel about the whole thing...I think it sucks.  There's nothing like knowing that there is poison running through the body of one of the most important people in your life.  Funny though, isn't it?  Poison to make him feel better?  It's almost comical.

I will say that the poison afforded me an opportunity to spend some time with TWO of the most important people in my life.  Last night, C.J. wasn't feeling so great, so I decided to offer him a remedy that helped me during some of the more nauseous times of my life...a morning-sickness lollipop.  Whether or not it worked, I'm not sure, but I'll tell you what made ME feel better (me, me, me)...I got to hang with C.J. and Danny.  Just us.  It was like old times.  Listening to music, laughing, singing, actin' a' fool.  It was lovely.  I was reminded of why I love those two as much as I thanks, boys, for making the ol' girl smile.

I've turned into a Colon Cancer Awareness zealot.  Trying to sell wristbands, trying to get word out, trying to do what I can do to help.  As of right now, there is no official organization, or foundation for Joey, so it's an all out effort by the family just to try and figure out how to help.  Foundations, trust funds, corporate sponsors; none of it makes much sense to me, so trying to figure it all out with limited knowledge and resources (and time) is proving to be difficult to say the least.  But, I'm confident that things will work out the way they are supposed to...whatever that means. If anyone reading this wants to have some sort of benefit for C.J., feel free!  Right now, everything is a free for all.  Just let me know what you're thinking, and I'll help in any way I can.

Tomorrow, March 4th, is National Wear Blue Day.  Blue is the color designated to colon cancer awareness.  I would recommend you wear blue; the more blue the better.  If you're reading this, you know (or know of) at least one person who is battling this disease, so do it!  I thank you, my family thanks you, and most of all, Chemo Joe, the patient, ;...he thanks you.

Until next time...