About three weeks ago I collapsed; turns out I had a brain tumor. They did surgery, removed the tumor and now I’m recovering. The tumor was a stage IV brain cancer. It has metastasized.
Since mobility is an issue, a friend is looking after my German Shepherd Snowy. I miss him immensely, but this is the best thing for him. My friend has a dog that gets along with Snowy and this is giving him a good quality of life while I focus on healing.
The problem — what if Snowy bonds to my friend more than me? Will that…
For the last 9 days, Bitcoin has been flirting with the $40,000 resistance level. Every time it hits that level, I find myself holding my breath. Will it overcome resistance?
If it does, I anticipate we’re back in moon territory. If not… I don’t think we are looking at another deep correction any time soon but watching it travel a narrow trading band can be frustrating. I suppose for experienced day traders this is an opportunity for some profits, but I don’t want to get burned if I get my timing wrong.
What is weird is that the same people…
End of April I had brain surgery. They removed a lemon sized tumor from my brain. Then they scheduled radiation. They also informed me I had lung cancer. According to my surgeon, my survival time based on the size of the tumor and the fact that the cancer had already spread to other parts of my body was measured in months, if not weeks.
He estimated I’d have 3 months to live, but I could theoretically live for up to 6 months. That is what he told me was statistically true based on the types of cancer I had.
I wrote a story recently about how I made a wonderful friend with a girl who was, at the time, dating one of my ex’s. She actually is now one of my chosen sisters.
It turns out that the ex in question apparently read the article, figured out it was him I was writing about and felt hurt.
I wish he hadn’t taken it so personally.
The thing is, he’s a good person and, for the right woman, he’s the right man.
The reality is that you can be an absolutely wonderful person and still be rejected by numerous women…
I was talking to someone the other day who mentioned that one of his relatives is taking out student loans and using the money to buy crypto.
First thing I did — made a note to never share anything sensitive with this guy, since he obviously can’t keep his mouth shut. Rule №1 — you don’t share the details of illegal transactions with casual acquaintances. It could come back to bite you in the butt.
And yes, using student loan debt for anything aside from financing an education is illegal.
While it may seem tempting to use student loans to…
I met her at an event for which I was one of the featured speakers. It was at a funky place called the Spider House, and I was giving a talk on how I got through a mastectomy with my femininity intact.
I’d invited several friends to hear me speak, including a guy I’d dated. We decided at some point that the spark was too tenuous to keep dating but we liked each other enough to remain friends. Hence the invite to the event. …
I should have known better.
You see, I took my dog and one of his friends for a walk yesterday. Which in and of itself is fine. However, it was the afternoon in a Texas summer. Bozo — no-no.
I’m not normally so ditzy. I know better, for example, than to take a dog for a walk on asphalt during a hot afternoon.
The problem was that since my brain surgery, I’ve been less attentive. I forget things sometimes or do something I should know better than to do. For the most part, I’ve been able to recover pretty well…
I was diagnosed with brain cancer a couple of months ago. First I had surgery. Then I had radiation. The illustration above is what that looks like — they stick you into this mask that they bolt down to the table so you can’t move. Then they stick you under the radiation for 30–45 minutes. And yeah, it’s about as pleasant as it sounds. The machine makes a variety of unpleasant noises, it’s incredibly hard to swallow because they stick a strap in your mouth, and I also had a hard time breathing. …
The first time I knowingly interacted with a transgender person was in a ladies’ room at the Museum of Natural History in Houston, Texas. I am sure I had encountered trans people before then, but I hadn’t noticed.
In this case, however, I knew.
I was washing my hands when a lady moved up to the sink next to mine. She was a stunning black woman immaculately dressed in red. We chatted casually for a bit when I noticed her Adam’s apple.
I paused and so did she.
A panicked look momentarily filled her eyes.
Then I smiled, finished washing…
I’m a cancer survivor.
Back in 2004, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. I was told I had 6 months to live. Yeah, well.
Then, in 2017, I had a ductal carcinoma in that same breast. I had a mastectomy to remove the breast.
I was hoping that was it as far as cancer went.
Then in April, I started to have a hard time walking. Then the right side of my body stopped working. I went to the emergency room. It turned out — I had a brain tumor.
BTW, soon after my mastectomy, my husband at the…
Cancer survivor, artist, writer, engineer. Grew up in NYC, living in Austin. Love animals, books, hikes, art, travel, D&D and fireworks.