My journey - battling lymphoma

Recently I celebrated my 46th birthday. I love celebrating birthdays! Then I participated as a co-captain for our local "Quabog" Relay For Life and the Pack 57 Rocks! Cub Scout Team. This was the time frame that I had discovered an uneasiness in my stomach and growth in my spleen and stomach. After weeks of monitoring, my husband Steve took me to the doctor who felt the lumps and ordered a CT scan. The CT scan showed a massive area, my spleen enlarged to twice its size and an additional growth lower in my stomach. Next was the localized CT guided biopsy and subsequent PET scan. The biopsy showed positive for lymphoma and most likely Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma.

This is my online journal sharing my experience through battling this cancer that has abruptly entered my life for no apparent reason. The story is documented here if you want to start from the beginning, you can check the archives on the side bar.

As a top competitive master athlete this year winning my age group at the Marine Corps Marathon and placing 3rd in the New England Trail Running Championship I have been truly excited with my results of late and am a truly driven athlete. Driven by goals.... my goal right now.... to beat this "thing"!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Oh despair - I am losing my hair - EVERYWHERE!

Sending my donation of hair to Pantene Great Lengths today -- I wrote a nice letter thanking them for their great work in making a difference in the lives of child cancer survivors.  It is a great feeling knowing that my hair is going to them and their great work at Pantene.  :)

Thought I would post a little hair poem today because I am still experiencing hair coming from my head, so much I hate to even wash it in the shower.  :(  Oh well.  On a high side the wig is in!   Just the blonde one, the dark brown was sent in the wrong color, so we may have to wait to get that one at a different time.  Headed to Pink Petal on Friday for the fitting and I promised Jeff & Judy a fashion show with all the other wigs so you all can see me in all the different style and vote (?) for your favorite!  :)  That should be fun.  

I'm losing my hair... 
Do I really care?
Oh yes! Despair!
My hair is falling out 
Do I dare
Shave off my hair?
It is a scare
But to be fair
I will share
My hair
And then to clear the air
shave this hair
A wig I will wear
And the people will stop & stare
At a "new me"  :)

-Nancy Cook

Hahaha  --- Look out Dr. Seuss!  Ok so that last line didn't rhyme, but I thought I did a pretty good job eh?  My girls that I coached skiing are really great about putting together poems.  We enter our little ditties each year on Valentine's Day and win fudge from a local craft shop.  When I was a child I used to always write poetry.  Mom always made me feel so talented when I would come up something --- probably why I love to write today! 

Thanks for stopping by -- please leave a note and stay tuned as Friday should be entertaining!

Below:  Photo of my 8 inch pony tail with the letter I sent off to Pantene! :)

George Ca
Looking around I found this from George Carlin.  Pretty funny.  They also had it on You Tube.  :)  Check it out.  Hilarious.  
Funny he continued to have a pony tail until his death of heart failure in 2008.  A very very funny man.

Hair PoemHair Poem by George Carlin

I'm aware some stare at my hair.
In fact, to be fair,
Some really despair of my hair.
But I don't care,
Cause they're not aware,
Nor are they devonaire.
In fact, they're just square.

They see hair down to there,
Say, "Beware" and go off on a tear!
I say, "No fair!"
A head that's bare is really nowhere.
So be like a bear, be fair with your hair!
Show it you care.
Wear it to there.
Or to there.
Or to there, if you dare!

My wife bought some hair at a fair, to use as a spare.
Did I care?
Au contraire!
Spare hair is fair!
In fact, hair can be rare.
Fred Astair got no hair,
Nor does a chair,
Nor nor a chocolate eclair,
And where is the hair on a pear?
Nowhere, mon frere!

So now that I've shared this affair of the hair,
I'm going to repair to my lair and use Nair, do you care?


Jessica said...

Oh dear!
I hear
That it is clear
That Nancy’s ears
Will soon not have hair near.
But never fear!
Do not shed a tear
Nancy is a dear
It will all come back
And we shall celebrate with a beer
And a cheer!

Nancy E said...

HAHA! That is GREAT! Yes we will -- indeed. :)
Very cute.... : )

Kathy said...

Love the short hair!! It is amazing how much we women are wrapped up in our hair -- about how much we feel like our hair is who we are. I guess that's why "bad hair days" seem so, well, bad. However, if bad hair days are bad, then what does that make "no hair days." I'm thinking it makes those days liberating. When you start with nothing, you can make it any kind of thing you want it to be. Enjoy the different colored wigs -- and styles. Hair doesn't make us who we are -- it's only an accessory to enhance the beauty that's already there. And you ARE beautiful!!

Ashley Sisk said...

I'd like to think of all the great possibilities that having a wig has to offer...the hair styles, the ability to change your look at a moment's notice. So many options. But I feel ya, I wouldn't like it either and I appreciate that you're so strong and humorous about it.

Laurie said...

Just remember that losing your hair is a symbol of the battle you are fighting and winning.


Shelley said...

Well, when treatment is all said and done, maybe the hair that grows back will be even better than what you had before. Maybe it will be a slightly different color or texture you weren't expecting but that you absolutely love. You never know =) Hang in there, friend!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm slowly watching my hair fall out too so I know the feeling! Isn't it irritating because it gets EVERYWHERE! lol

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