Bonnie's Journey

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Vacatiion And New Treatments

Posted by norrieds on August 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)


My Vacation was wonderfull......the cool soft breeze was wonderful from off Lake Superior. The day after I got there was my Mother-in-law's birthday. Of course everyone brought gifts amd cards and had a good time.

The next day was my husbad's sister's birthday we brought gifts and cards and had fun there also.

One of my husband's aunts we went to told me she had bea...

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Bonnie's Back

Posted by norrieds on August 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

August 14, 2012


Bonnie went on vacation and was gone for almost a week, she is back home. She says she really enjoyed upper Michigan that it was nice and cool :)

She went to the Dr yesterday for blood tests and then today for her first chemo treatment. I just talked to her and it lasted for SEVEN hours. That is very long to me!! She said it did not make her sick even though they said it would. She will be going every 3 weeks for t...

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New Treatments Coming

Posted by norrieds on August 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (2)

July 31, 2012

We only talked for a few minutes because she was very tired tonight, it maybe because they have taken her off the 'green' pills. While she was taking them she stayed awake all the time. Now all she wants to do is sleep.

Bonnie had an appointment today with her regular Oncologist. He told her they will begin the new treatments on Monday the 13th of August. She will only go ...

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Moving Forward

Posted by norrieds on July 30, 2012 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (2)

July 29, 2012

Bonnie is almost off the little green pill (with a kick), they have been weaning her off these for several weeks. She has two more half pills which she takes Tuesday and Thursday of this week. She is sleeping much better without them :) These pills kept her awake for 6 days straight at one point. She sleeps normally now and is not tired all the time. One thing that will keep her awake more is em...

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Long Weedend

Posted by norrieds on July 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (3)

July 24, 2012

Bonnie and I both seemed to have taken a long weekend. She is doing really well with the treatments for now and is feeling good but is tired very often. I think radiation will do that to you. :(

Today is her last treatment in this series and she goes back to see her Oncologist on the 30th, so she will have a week off. She can read pretty well after having these treatment...

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Day 11 of brain radiation

Posted by norrieds on July 19, 2012 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (2)

July 18, 2012

Today was the 11th radiation treatment on her brain. She is really happy cause they will do only 15 treatments and then she gets a break. Almost there!!

She is wondering what they will treat next?


Hair today Gone Tomorrow

Posted by norrieds on July 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

July 17, 2012

Sorry it has been a couple of days since I posted.

Bonnie is doing well but was in a lot of pain yesterday. They are treating her hip for cancer too, that is where the pain is. She asked for something for it today and says it takes it works great. She likes her wheel chair to make it easier to get into the treatment center.

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Bonnie says,

Posted by norrieds on July 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (2)

July 13, 2012

I am almost off the green pills and seem more myself now. My eyesight is returning a little bit but they say it will get better. I am half way done with the radiation treatments for my brain and hip now.

Dr. Frontera, the cancer doctor I first met and told me the diagnoses of only a few months to live. I have discovered that one of my late cousins had the same doctor whe...

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Green Pills

Posted by norrieds on July 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

July 10, 2012

The doctors are weaning her off her green pills (Dexamethasone). They were prescribed to reduce the swelling in the tumors but keep her awake and feel really hungry all the time. They also say her coughing and wheezing is caused by getting over the smoking (she quit in June). The doctor told her to lay down if she is tired and not p...

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Still getting stuff

Posted by norrieds on July 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

July 9, 2012

Today she got a wheel chair to help her get around a bit. It is a regular wheel chair as she does not not want to run down people faster. LOL

Then she went to see some friends for a while.


July 7, 2012

Today, no treatment, it...

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Bonnie says

Posted by norrieds on July 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (3)

July 6, 2012

I wish I could see better, it was nice going out to eat but now I am really bored. I want to be able to clean and organize things again.

They are treating me like an invalid at the center but I think it's only temporary. They had be go to a wig shop but I have so much hair there doesn't seem like much point right now. The lady said to just wait. They also want me to get a s...

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Days 3 & 4 of Treatment

Posted by norrieds on July 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

July 5, 2012

Today she had treatment again on her brain and leg. Each day they mark more spots on her leg. That seems to hurt more than the brain radiation.

July 6, 2012

Last treatment of the week. She did not feel like walking in for the treatment so Steven took her in a wheel chair. They gave her a cane with 4 feet to help her...

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Dictated by Bonnie

Posted by norrieds on July 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (4)

July 4, 2012

Everyone's jouney with Cancer is unique.

There are some things we share with cancer survivers, no matter the age race etc but each person has their own road.

My journey started a little abruptly when I got sick to my stomach. Everyone thought it was my gall bladder, which spooked me to have it out, but I soon got the shocking news that it was really cancer. I th...

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First Treatment

Posted by norrieds on July 4, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

July 3, 2012

Bonnie's first treatment went well, she was amazed at the treatment room. The bed moves all around and up and down and the treatment machines does also. The machine also can tilt for better angels of treatment. The noise was kinda weird she said it sounded sorta like 'Techno' music at times because of the knocks, beeps and etc.

She was very tired this afternoon and rested ...

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Starting Treatment

Posted by norrieds on July 4, 2012 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

July 2, 2012

Bonnie says they will be treating the brain tumors and the ones on her hips. No one had mentioned these to her before, so she was kinda surprised.

They took her around the treatment center to show her the rooms and how things work.


Cancer Treatment Center

Posted by norrieds on July 4, 2012 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

June 29, 2012 (Friday)

Bonnie went to the Cancer Center today and they will begin by treating the tumors in her brain. They say those are critical as the body needs a brain to function. LOL

She goes back Monday for the "set up" of treatment. She said they created a 'mask' of some sort to hold her head still during treatment.

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Bonnie Sees Oncologist (Cancer Doctor)

Posted by norrieds on July 4, 2012 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

June 27, 2012

Bonnie saw her Oncologist (Dr Kim) for the first time and thinks he is wonderful. He too thinks this is a very treatable cancer even though it is Stage 4. He set her up with the Cancer Treatment Center on Friday (June 29).

She does seem very positive and wants to work at this.

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Bonnie Sees Primary Care Doctor

Posted by norrieds on July 4, 2012 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

June 25, 2012

Bonnie went to her regular doctor today and will go to see a cancer specialist in the Bever Dam later this week. From there they will decide what is the best course of action.

Her own physician says this is very treatable. Fast growing cancer are fast to get rid of also.

I think it helps that Bonnie is in really good ov...

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Short time in Hospital

Posted by norrieds on July 4, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

June 22, 2012

Bonnie was only in the hospital a short time to do a biopsy of the turmors on her liver. I think they did them there because they were easier to get to.

A very nasty doctor came in and told her she has only a few months to live and if she fights it she will live maybe a year and be in horrible pain from the radiation and kemo. However, the nurse tells her it is very figh...

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Bonnie's Journey Begins

Posted by norrieds on July 4, 2012 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

June 21, 2012 (email sent out)

Where to start?

About a month ago she seemed to change habits.

Did not want coffee, wanted ice-water, did not want to eat etc. This escalated to nausea and then she started being dizzy and had blurry vision.

It took us weeks to ge...

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