Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another Seattle angel flew in for a visit

If you've been reading this blog since the beginning, you know I call my out-of-town visitors angels. (I had a whole house full of Seattle angels here this August and a few others from North Carolina and San Francisco.) Well, another Seattle angel -- my dear friend Ellen Leach -- visited this week. Ellen deserves an award for keeping me company at the clinic longer than just about anyone other than my sister or husband. She also quickly learned to navigate the scary traffic circles near the clinic. Thank you, Ellen!

And here's a new picture of my sweet boy, Fatty (or as some of my friends prefer to call him, Slim.) As you can see, he's having a relaxing holiday season.

My letter in the WA Post today

I had a letter in the WA Post today talking about why I'm opposed to animal research, even though I take so many animal-tested drugs and have undergone so many animal-tested procedures. Here's a link to it. Mine is the second letter on the page.

If you read the letter, you may notice that I've just signed up for hospice. Before you freak out, let me explain. Hospice is not like it used to be. Nowadays--at least with my insurance--one can pursue treatment while on hospice. One can be on hospice for a long time, or get on and off it. In fact, there are quite a few benefits for me to get set up on hospice, including in-house nurse visits, a 24-hour nurse help line, free drug delivery, and various other benefits to make my life easier.

I know that hospice is a loaded term and it might sound to some of you like I've given up, but I haven't! Trust me. I'm still hoping that the chemo will work.