Posts tagged "chemo treatment"

Atia's Celebration of Life Party

Atia's Celebration of Life Party
My Previous Blog > “Who’s On My Watch?” 19 more days of chemotherapy treatment – Incredible 2 more doses of Methotrexate – Exhilarating 1 more spinal tap with chemo while sedated – Relieving July 10th, the end of treatment – GLORIOUS! After over two years of fighting cancer, a battle unexpectedly thrust upon us, Atia... Read more »

Call Me Crazy

Atia attended the girls-only baby shower.
My Previous Entry > “Playing with Others: Smiles and Giggles” Though everything went smoothly during Atia’s chemo push, the side effects were another story… She was tired, cranky and plagued with constipation, again! As expected, the steroids played tricks with her mood; we never knew what was going to trigger tears, rage, smiles or giggles. It... Read more »

Poopy Cramps

Surrounded by all of her comfort items - binki, blankie and baby.
My Previous Blog > The Craigslist Babysitter April (2010) was a happy month full of unexpected surprises – we’d taken the kids to the Aquarium, filmed an infomercial and hired a babysitter to help for a few hours each week. As the days gently unfolded into May, there was a semblance of normalcy. We’d become... Read more »
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The Tides Changed: From Health to Hospital

January 2010
My Previous Blog > “Popular Chicago Blogger and Reality TV Star Team Up to Raise Awareness for Childhood Cancer” Atia had been battling a cough and runny nose since the Sunday following New Year’s Day (2010). We watched her like a hawk, frequently monitoring her temperature. She didn’t have a fever, which was good because those... Read more »

Through Her Hair, I Saw Survival

She was so exkited! THAT was a GOOD day!
Last Week’s Blog > “She Has to Take What?”   Beauty draws us with a single hair — Alexander Pope Seven months ago we were at an emotional turning point as the chemical assault on Atia’s delicate body had begun. Among other things, it caused her hair to fall out. We knew it was going to... Read more »

She Has To Take What?

Last Week’s Blog > “Looks Can Be Deceiving” On Monday, November 16, 2009, Atia began the Maintenance phase - the last phase of treatment in the clinical trial. Though it was a glorious day, because it marked the beginning of a new chapter in our lives, it was a difficult day, too. Atia’s Oral Medications Atia... Read more »
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Back To Reality: The Trifecta

Both of my babies slept a lot, but for very different reasons. I love how Atia's touching Asher, as if she's making sure that he's real.
My Previous Blog Entry: “DINA MANZO’S INTERVIEW PODCAST: The Real Housewives of New Jersey” Well, the fantasy of hobnobbing with the stars is over and as the fairy godmother said in Cinderella, “On the stroke of twelve, the spell will be broken, and everything will be as it was before.” Dropping us back into reality and... Read more »

Delayed Intensification

Last Week’s Blog > “The Phases of Chemo” The fourth phase of treatment was called, Delayed Intensification and it proved to be the most difficult of all. Atia had numerous spinal taps and her chemo regimen and dosages were ramped up – big time! We tried to prepare ourselves, but had no idea what we... Read more »

The Phases of Chemo

Last Week’s Blog > “WychList: a New Shopping List iPhone App” (continuation from 2 weeks ago) So, we’d switched hospitals – to University of Chicago Medical Center (U of C) – and on May 28, 2009, Atia was scheduled to begin the second phase of treatment, “Consolidation”. We were nervous because it was our first... Read more »
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In The Meantime, I'm Pregnant

Last Week’s Blog > “Guest Entry: My Mom’s Experience”  As I stated in an earlier blog entry, we found out that I was pregnant with our second child in late February and weeks later, Atia was diagnosed with leukemia. So there I was in the middle of my first trimester, facing the biggest crisis of... Read more »