Posts in category "Cancer Can Suck It"

Suck It, Cancer. It's Donna Day!

Suck It, Cancer.  It's Donna Day!
I remember the night I “met” Mary Tyler Mom and her daughter, Donna.  It was April 8, 2011.  My forty-fifth birthday. It was the first birthday I celebrated without the annual call from my dad at 10:23 a.m. to wish me a happy day and tell me the story of the rainy Good Friday I almost... Read more »

Cancer Cannot Be Cured ~ It Would Kill Our Economy

Cancer Cannot Be Cured ~ It Would Kill Our Economy
I haven’t blogged in a long time. I spent the better part of September cheating on my blog.  I was reading a blog.  Not my blog.  Another blog.  Mary Tyler Mom’s Blog. I have never met Mary Tyler Mom in person, instead I was introduced to her via her work on ChicagoNow last Spring.  She was a... Read more »

Count Your Blessings...Not Your Problems

Count Your Blessings...Not Your Problems
“Count your blessings~Not your problems”.  I recently saw this quote on a billboard outside–of all places–an old folks home.  Perhaps it takes someone until their golden years to figure out this simple message. A few years ago my dad had an “aha moment” with this very message.  He had recently come from a chemo treatment.... Read more »
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A Beefeater Martini served with a Cancer chaser: It's what Christmas Dreams are Made of...

A Beefeater Martini served with a Cancer chaser: It's what Christmas Dreams are Made of...
Dad enjoying his martini at my sister’s wedding in 2002…it was a great day~our immediate family was together a couple of days before Christmas; the first time in eighteen years. Part V We all arrived back at the Kindred Hospital in Scottsdale around 3:30.  Mr. Sensible and Cheech had arrived earlier in the afternoon with... Read more »

Stories for my Father: A Doozy Dad Would Have Loved

Stories for my Father: A Doozy Dad Would Have Loved
  Part of Dad’s huge book collection; more than reading a good story, he loved to hear one. Trouble often came after he retold it…   Part IV I left the hospice around two o’clock that afternoon.  My sister-in-law gave me a ride back to my Dad’s place so I could take a shower and... Read more »

Last Rites: If there is a way to screw them up, our family will find it...

Last Rites: If there is a way to screw them up, our family will find it...
  Part lll #6 –the calm, cool and collected Chong– spoke for all of us as he fought back tears, clenched his fists, and avoided his turn…instead, he gasped, and then bellowed, “oh, no…are you fucking kidding me?”.  His reaction to Dad’s appearance once we finally arrived at the Hospice Center really said it all.  As the baby... Read more »
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Cross-country Road Trip: Courtesy of Cancer

Cross-country Road Trip: Courtesy of Cancer
We spotted a beautiful, Texas sunrise on the early morning of December 3rd…it was the only beautiful thing any of us recall regarding our drive through Texas enroute to Arizona.  Part ll… Exactly one week after I was making Aunt Donna’s cheesy pototoes, while fielding calls from my mother, I found myself in the exact... Read more »

Cancer: Thanks for the Memories

My family together for the first time in eight years ~ in front: the oldest brother, #3 in the center from left to right: youngest brother, #6 oldest sister, #1 niece #5 (daughter of middle brother #5) The Main Office holding our Aunt’s dog Sophie, me, the middle sister #2, the youngest sister #4. Standing... Read more »

Celine

A year ago today we lost my beloved Sister-in-law to her courageous battle with Cancer.  All I remember of the week that followed was what Father Adan said at her Funeral.  “If we continue to tell stories of her life, she will live forever”. Life as a Lenkiewicz has not been the same since she... Read more »
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