Saturday, January 16, 2010

- And the Beat Goes On . . .

Just a word to all you faithful blog-followers here in Adventures With Wendy land...I know some of you get kinda panicky when you see that a few days have passed without a blog entry from me, but please be assured that when that happens, I have probably not:

1. Dropped dead
2. Left the country
3. Been abducted by aliens
4. Other

In fact, I'm probably just tired or busy or hiding from paparazzi. So don't worry, there will be another blog posting before you know it, and your worst fears will be put to rest.

And thanks to those of you who email me to ask, "ARE YOU OKAY????? WHAT'S WRONG???? HOW COME YOU'RE NOT BLOGGING?????". I really appreciate that! Doesn't put pressure on me at all (mutter mutter....just kidding!) (sort of).

No, seriously - I know you're concerned, but the blogs are going to be sporadic from time to time, so don't worry about it.

Here's another reminder that there is an email notification list, so if you'd like to be informed whenever I post something new, just email me at my personal email address & lemme know you'd like your name added. My email address is:

Well, I had Chemo #2 this past Monday, January 11/10 and it went quite well. The Port-A-Cath thingy in my chest did its job very well and I was able to receive the chemo through that instead of through a needle in my already-hardened little veins.

The nurse basically just inserts the needle into the port through my skin and voila! The chemo flows through for the next three hours. A full bag of IV anti-nausea meds precede the chemo, plus I take a pill am & pm for the 3 days following, so nausea, so far anyways, isn't a problem. I was late taking the pill the first day & experienced some heavy-duty indigestion, but once I'd swallowed the pill, I had relief within 15 minutes. Cool, eh?

On a fashion note, I can always depend on my friends to be looking out for my developing sense of style. Thanks to Suzanne & to Kelly for their lovely gifts to me! The first wig is an exotic design of an exquisite designer in Toronto (well, actually, the designer probably lives in China, but his creations sell in Toronto). I think it really makes a statement about who I am:

Isn't it just divine? She got it at the $1 Store. It's really me, I think. I've been dared to wear it to church one Sunday, but I dunno....

The next creation is all the way from Jamaica. I think it speaks to my African-American roots. Not that I have any, mind you, but we could pretend:

Yes, the dreads are attached. Thank you, Kelly! I'm a Rasta Man! Very, very thoughtful of you. I must say, I have some very faithful friends - friends who are always on the lookout for my sense of well-being and peace of mind. How can I possibly be thinking of health when I'm able to leave my house looking like this? It's remarkable, really, how self-confidence can boost the immune system, too.

A few more wigs and I'll probably be, like, cured of anything that ails me! Whaddya think?!?!??!? So if you see one in a store that you think screams "Wendy!!!", by all means, buy it for me!!! It'll all go into  a comedy routine at some point....

So, apart from that....quite the unusual combination of sensations going on in my body here. Last cycle of chemo, Chemo #1, Days 5, 6 & 7 laid me flat out.

Initially, I thought that perhaps I hadn't eaten properly those days, so this cycle, Chemo #2, I made sure that this past Thursday, Day 4, I ate really well and was rested up. I figured that could prevent a repeat of last cycle, not that it was awful or anything.

Well, yesterday (Day 5) I was at a friend's house and all was going well, when around noon - boom! I started feeling weird! Hands trembling, face flushed, light-headed, really tired, etc. - so basically, just like last cycle. But absolutely no nausea, so big deal.

Today, more of the same, but very low-key. Like my body is racing, but it's tired at the same time. I slept all night, got up this am for a couple of hours, then went back to sleep for around 3 hrs. or so. So nothing unusual.

This afternoon, a photographer from The Suburban newspaper came to take pics of me in different poses and wigs. How fun! The Suburban is a local newspaper and someone told them they should do a story on me, so they are. I did a phone interview this past week with the editor about my humorous approach to cancer, etc., and today was the photo shoot. So that article will be in their February 3rd issue, apparently.

Timmy wasn't involved this time, although he did get very excited that we had company and tore around the place while the guy was shooting. Guess he just didn't want to be overlooked.

Well, that's about it from me! Hope you're having an awesome weekend, and we'll meet right here around the campfire next time there's some fun news to report to you....



"Here's looking at you, dah-ling!"


  1. Wendy,

    You never cease to amaze me. Your inner beauty confidence and humor help me in my effort to stay on top and keeps me balanced.

    Of course let's face it, I will never have the humor you have. You certainly keep us on our toes.

    Blog after Blog has inspired me to keep going and not make a big deal about little things.

    Blessings and may the Lord keep you safe and comfy.

    Luv U, Eleanor

  2. You crack me up with your humor. It's amazing how you deal with all this. Your blogs are inspiring and refreshing. Keep it up :)

    Love ya


  3. I love your new look, Wendy. That is the way to go!!! You always ROCK no matter what! And laughter is contagious, so I laugh with you.

    See you tomorrow,

  4. We worry about you because we are thinking of you those wigs and yes, I remember The Suburban!!!


  5. Hi Wendy,

    Even taking chemo, you crack me up. Some things just never change!!! Thank goodness for your humour.

    On a happy note, we had dinner with my oldest sister and brother-in-law last night. They have a friend who has been battling cancer for quite some time now. He has been near dead on several occasions.

    Well, this dear man is going back to work tomorrow - no sign of cancer. They believe it is because of his positive attitude even in the really low times of his life. There is definitely something to be said about the power of positive thinking.

    You are in our prayers.

    Love you,


  6. your in my thoughts this afternoon.
    (really like you in the long hair)
    :-) ♥

  7. Hi Wendy,

    I've just read your blog for the first time, and wanted to ask if you could add me to your list of those you notify when you post something new. I was introduced to your blog from an email we received from Liliana Komorowska.

    I am producing and directing a one-man show called "Cancer Can't Dance Like This" that is coming to Montreal this very weekend!! ( Liliana copied your blog in her email to us, and I felt I had to write you immediately.

    I'm not sure if you know about the show or its inspiration, so I'll give you the brief version. My good friend Daniel Stolfi was diagnosed with Acute Non-Hodgkins T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in March of 2008 just as his acting and stand up comedy career was beginning to take shape. We were in the process of developing a one-man show of an entirely different nature at that time, and had already been accepted into the 2008 Toronto Fringe Festival.

    He was temporarily sidelined for about a year lacking everything he needed to live his life the way he'd always known how to. When he was able to, he collected the journal he had kept and the jokes he had stored in his head, and he wrote a one-man performance piece that dares to do what most feel they can't - laugh and dance in the face of sadness, illness, pain, and sometimes death. He explores the darkest areas of his aggressive and intense fight, but with a massive strobe light and disco ball - just dancing and laughing at every step of the way.

    I see the resemblance in the way you use comedy to fight through this nasty disease, and it is why myself, Dan, and Jenny (producer/publicist) work so hard to get this show in front of as many people as possible. I was touched by your photos of the wigs. As a side note, Dan was absolutely crazy in love with his majestic fro. He had a full curly head of hair that most men dream of, and when he lost it, he was devastated. A couple of us bought him a fro wig and it certainly brought a smile to his face, and ours.

    My mother beat breast cancer in 2004, my stepmother fought cancer, and my friend and colleague is finished his treatment in March. Being with these people while they fought this disease has been life changing for me. And the reason for that is because I used to think that the only reaction to a massive challenge, a disgusting beast, an evil and unforgiving piece of scary s#@t like Cancer was to cry, or throw fists, get angry, get depressed, ask why, feel sorry for yourself. And all these things are natural, maybe necessary side effects. But then I watched Dan, and I witnessed him fight this thing with a laugh, and a pen. At 25 years old this guy is being stripped of everything he has and he never lost his humour. And not only was that uplifting for everyone around him, but it seemed to me like it was what got him through. I'd never seen that before.

    He embraces the comedy of each and every horrible experience, and it has allowed him to always stay focused and fight hard for the last day of his two year protocol.

    I realize I've just written that long spiel and it doesn't really tell you anything specific about the show. Well, I'll save that for Dan because he does it best. I really hope that you can make it on Sunday night and that we have an opportunity to meet in person.

    I think what you are doing with your blog and with Liliana is absolutely incredible, and if only more people were introduced to you and Dan then they might be able to fight like you, stay strong like you, and never stop laughing like you.

    Please keep me connected to your blog.

    All the best,

    Andrew Ferguson