Happy Spring!

We've had such glorious Spring weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area that I've neglected my writing in favor of gardening -- at least temporarily! Since my last post, the main event has been celebrating a NETversary in late March -- clean labs and good health to mark Year 2 of this cancer journey.... Continue Reading →


Rare Disease Day 2018

Today is Rare Disease Day 2018 -- acknowledged every year on the last day of February to raise awareness for rare diseases and their impact on patients. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), in the U.S., any disease that affects fewer than 200,000 people is considered to be a rare disease. It... Continue Reading →

Caregiving: Reviving Camellia

Several months ago, I showed a garden-savvy friend my sad-looking camellia plant -- exposed branches with sparse, malnourished leaves mottled yellow and green. It didn't bloom that year and some of the smaller branches just cracked off without the need for pruning shears -- completely dead and dry. It had suffered through a California drought... Continue Reading →

Healthy Eating: Green Tea

Growing up, I never really gave green tea much thought. We always had cans of loose-leaf green tea sitting around the kitchen. It was the brew of choice that my parents drank every day instead of coffee. My grandmother liked to pour the tea into a bowl of leftover rice and toppings to turn it... Continue Reading →

NET Cancer Treatment: The Monthly Shot

It's that time of the month again -- the regularly scheduled visit to the primary oncologist for a carcinoid symptom check-in, blood work, labs and the dreaded Shot of octreotide. Ok, maybe "dreaded" is a bit overkill, as it's just an intramuscular shot in the buttocks -- nothing crazy or excessively painful -- but it... Continue Reading →

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