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Iphone apps and chemo…. Who does that? We do.

A quick update for y’all….Michael is a chemotherapy marathoner.

Again, as usual, I am making up my own Lynne Knowlton vocabulary, but seriously, this guy can knock it out of the ballpark.  He is now on his second round of chemo.  Each is a week-long, with one day in the hospital for IV chemo.  The rest of the week is in a pill form, at home.  His first chemo round, he was quite ill and didn’t make it out of the hospital without spending time in Ambulatory care.  This week, he did much better, and just finished his second round . His routine is one week of chemo and two weeks off for the next 6-8 months.  His blood work has improved, and he is slightly less tired.  Gotta love that !!  This next picture is the story of his life….ok, ok, minus the wine.  I threw that in the photo purely for my own kicks.

 Now that app is called Cartoonatic. Pay the 99 cents and get the upgrade.  Totally worth it.  Great features.  Do you suppose that I am the only person who falls in love with apps while observing chemo?!  I think this is payback for Michael goofing on his new cell phone while I was in labour with Mackenzie.  I think we are officially even now.  This is a similar shot but with the Hipstamatic app…….

Truth be told, if the roles were reversed and if it were me sitting in the chemo chair, I would be whining for cookies and popsicles and French wine.  No worries mates….I am not posting any needle pics, I don’t want to gross you out. But this is really what chemotherapy is all about….

I kept expecting a drum roll, or some fireworks to go off.  I imagined that it would be a big hoopla, but really, this was a hop skip and jump in the road.  It is a long journey, and this is part of the walk.  No drum roll, no craziness, just sitting in a chair and watching the world go by in a quiet silence that seems surreal.

Chemotherapy is nothing like most people imagine…. I imagine.  Even me, the one with the vivid imagination. It is just about real people, trying to help others get better.  It is about keeping an eye on the prize….trying to get better…. It is the reality of life, for so many.   I have watched it.  Up close and personal.  My big take home is that I want to walk around the chemo rooms and hug people.  I want to redesign some of the hospital rooms to make it a more beautiful space for others to heal in.  Ok, ok, I took this next pic in the Seychelles…but I can imagine beautiful spaces at PMH to help others to cope through this illness.

Why not make it easy to put a patients mind in a beautiful place?  Who needs to sit in an ugly room?  Can you tell that I am an interior designer?  We think that way.

I am sure Brett is the only person who has ever practiced hockey outside Princess Margaret Hospital.  But hey, real life is just that. The day still begins, the sun still sets.

 Michael is looking good.  He is feeling good.  He receives an injection once a week, from yours truly.  Yes, it still gives me a hot flash to give him a needle.  I am in complete and utter awe how he is such a cancer sumo wrestler.

I am sure it is because of all of you ….helping us along the way….with your positive thoughts, fantastic energy and prayers.  He has a pretty great team behind him.  I have said it before, and I will say it again, we don’t need cancer to park here anymore.  For Michael, there is no cure for his cancer, but there is hope for improvement and hope to continue fighting a good fight for a long time.  Imagine all the apps I will discover?!!!!  I will never be bored.

It is about closing the door of illness, and opening a new one with some good times (and delish french wine)  along the way.

And yesssss, I think we can all still learn about new apps along this journey.  This next photo app is called Adobe Photo Shop Express. Road trippin…..

Is it all rosy and cheery and perfect ? Nooooooo way.  Actually ~ not even close to it.  There are pitfalls, and hard days and illness and medications that would shock the bejesus out of most people.  The side effects and medical lists are mind blowingly long.  I gave up on reading them.  It is like reading a manual….it’s not gonna happen.  Manuals and medication lists are punishment.  Who does that?  Gross.

I just want to keep it colourful and have some kicks along the way.

 Designing the life I want to live.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow what a journey. You made me laugh though…I actually got in to iPhone apps during chemo too! what else is there to do to idle the time away? I have a very similar shot of me in hospital, sitting in a chair, hooked up to chemo taken with hipstamatic and possibly even the exact same lens!

    Looking forward to reading more from you, so glad you stopped by my blog!
    Amanda x

    January 2, 2012
  2. Thank you for following me on twitter. I am just starting my own DIY lifestyle blog and can’t wait to start getting visitors. My wife is a breast cancer survivor for the past 13 years and our prayers are with you on your journey. We also love Paris, although we just visited. Take care and I really enjoy your blog.

    October 15, 2011
  3. Amy B. #

    Lynne I adore your blog! Almost as much as I adore your husband…I hear the fabulous Michael has a birthday coming up. Please wish him a thousand smiles for me!

    Amy B., NF5

    September 30, 2011
    • Hi Amy ! I just said hello to you on twitter ! Gorgeous avatar ! Feelin’ your smiles all the way here and sending a thousand smiles back your way. Thanks for the blog adoration. That really inspires me! I have SUCH A HOOT writing in it….
      Maybe we will meet in real life some day :) Lynne

      September 30, 2011
  4. Anonymous #


    I am glad you can bring some humor into the situation. Not sure you if knew but Philippe has cancer this summer and had a few operations, no chemo yet and I hope he does not need it. Please send our love to Michael and the kids, and take care of yourself.


    September 8, 2011
  5. Ian Edwards #

    May clouds of Angels bless you all on this journey

    September 8, 2011
  6. Andy and Maureen #

    We love your postings and pictures. Fantastic!
    I have WM as well ….. just finished cycle 6 of 8. I had bad reactions on cycle 1 and 2 but the reactions are a thing oif the past. Lots of other issues (pills, pills, pills) but stepping back and looking at the big picture …. I would do it again.

    Check out this link … another wonderful individual with WM sharing thier life experiences and unique insights with an amazing sense of humour:

    September 7, 2011
    • Hey Andy and Maureen ! Great to hear from you ! How on earth did you find me ? :) However it happened, I feel fortunate. I just checked out the link to the other blog ! Wow ! I am off again ….to read some more ! Thanks for sharing….

      September 8, 2011
  7. You are incredible! I hope this next round of chemo proves successful… I too am addicted to phone apps… I had no idea all these existed. The wine? You crack me up! Hopefully one day we can share a bottle. Or 10!

    September 7, 2011
    • You are on ! I have been reading your blog too….so fun ! Let’s share 10 bottles of wine and throw in a Gimlet or two :)

      September 8, 2011
      • Anonymous #

        OK honey I’m with you and Michael always u in my prayers and good thoughts….love you both so much..I am blessed to have such good friends….xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

        September 19, 2011

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