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Jinni’s Journal Part VII

Jinni starts seven weeks of radiation today which is where she leaves off in the latest version of Jinni’s Journal.  Her 7th submission in the ongoing series appears in the Life section of today’s N&R. In the article, she alludes to the story I told a few weeks back about the ‘grocery angel’ which is cross [...]

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How time flies…

Twenty-one years is a long time unless you have spent it with someone you truly love.  Happy anniversary my love, my girlfriend, my Jinni. To prove that she loves me, too, Jinni is fixing me a special dinner tonight.  Meatloaf.  What more could a man want?

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Just keep those cards and letters

I just got off the phone with a friend who echoed concerns from many other contacts I have had in the last several days.  “Is everything OK?”, he asked. I suppose that one of the benefits and curses of having a life that it shared by so many is that Jinni and I have developed [...]

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Ups and downs

I’ve been on many roller coasters over the years, but few can compare with the ups and downs experienced while getting cancer out of our lives.  Events of this past week will give an idea of what the ride is like. Jinni had her last chemo infusion last Friday.  In a celebratory mood, I went and [...]

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Cancer is a long hard road

I’m sitting here ruminating about life with a big ol’ glass of Bourbon and noticing that I am spending way too much time not talking about my Jinni.  With her post-surgery regime of 12 weekly chemo treatments, she only has one more round of Taxatere to go, and you need to know some things before we [...]

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Moon over Gatlinburg

My brood has been in Gatlinburg, TN since Thursday night attending a family reunion for the paternal side of Jinni’s family; namely the Tapscotts and the Burtons.  It was great to re-acquaint ourselves and our kids with far-flung uncles, aunts and cousins – some of them of the ’removed’ variety, others with much closer-in blood.  The Hoggard [...]

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Upon returning home

Yeah, we’re back.  We left out of Orlando around 6:30p Wednesday after the Wreckers final game (which they lost).  During that game Jesse made a wonderful outfield catch so he was pumped up all the way home – we finally arrived on Cypress Street around 3:00a yesterday.  All in all, a great trip. I got [...]

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“I need to see the doctor…”

Tuesday, Jinni was sick as hell and she just wasn’t going to take it any more.  After having to leave work and spending the rest of the 90+ degree day wrapped up in a blanket in the living room she decided to call her oncologist for an appointment.  She was convinced, and I concurred, that something [...]

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Jinni’s Journal – Part V

Even the sunniest of dispositions can be eclipsed by the effects of chemotherapy.  My girlfriend is no exception.  The latest N&R installment of Jinni’s Journal reflects how she is fairing after seven (or is it 8?) months of seemingly never-ending infusions of chemo and way too many doctor visits. She really means it when she says, [...]

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Routine

If you are ever unfortunate enough to have to endure extended chemotherapy, you and your family may find a strange word to describe the treatments: routine.  How such a nightmarish procedure which, pre-diagnosis, was hardly ever mentioned in polite company, and then only in hushed voices, can become ‘normal’ part of a family’s every day life [...]

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