Minutes – March 11, 2014

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::faithful - Prayers of THANKSGIVING!!!  I had my first post-surgery mid-chemo CT Scan last week, and it was CLEAR!!  No obvious cancer growing anywhere in my body!!  Happy Dancing at the Pea House!

::creative - Halfway through the spring cap, so I started a pair of socks.  Because knitters are just silly that way.

::Kill All the Cells! – I’m getting more tired, and it takes a little longer to recover after each dose of the chemotherapy.  I’m halfway through, now!  Six more doses of Gemzar, three more doses of Taxotere, three more Nuelasta shots, and then I can welcome the return of my hair, my short term memory and my strength. I’m starting to plan out my long term recovery and survival, reading and researching about ways to boost my immune system;  making specific plans to reduce overall stress in my life; learning optimal nutrition for preventing/fighting cancer; and working out how to build my strength back so I can exercise every day again.  That’s something I can’t wait to get back to.  I’m able to walk every day, but Oh!  I really miss my bikes, and serious cardio training.


Taxotere recovery week is rough, so we’re grateful for the generosity of friends and neighbors in providing us with meals for most of this week.

  • Barbecue Beef Sliders, Green beans
  • Shepherd’s Pie, Salad
  • Lasagna,Salad
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Sandwiches
  • Leftovers
  • Tilapia, Rice Pilaf and Roasted Broccoli

::fun - It’s Spring Break!  The girls are working, the boys are staying home sleeping, eating, taking care of school projects, sleeping, eating. Mr. Pea and I are working.  Just two more months, and I’ll have vacation time to use.  For now, we do what we have to do, because health insurance coverage isn’t optional. 

::fashionable -   Spring! Spring!  In defiance of the cold front barreling down on us and promising 40 mph gusts and highs in the 30′s tomorrow, I pulled a dress out of the closet this morning.  A fabulous red, black and white geometric print wrap dress, peep toe wedges and a soft silk scarf for my head.  Winter needs to go away, because I’m tired of wearing pants and boots.

::looking ahead -  Off week from chemo, lab work, dentist appointment for DirtBike.  Playing hookie on Friday afternoon if I can get away with it. 

angela pea

Minutes – March 3, 2014

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::faithful - Praying for friends who are grieving.  Praying for friends who are recovering from illnesses and surgeries.  Just praying.

::creative - Still knitting on that cap.  I’m beginning to struggle with the lace pattern.

::hearing (and watching!) –  The Oscars…the dresses are SO PRETTY!!

::pondering –  Today’s sermon at mass.  The gospel reading was from Matthew, the passage about how God provides what we need, and how we should look at how birds survive and how flowers do not worry about what they wear.  I especially liked Father’s comments about the birds. Do they just sit around being birds and wait for food to fall into their beaks?  Nope.  Birds wake up every morning, go about the business of finding food, maintaining their nests and caring for their young.  We do the same thing.  The difference between us and the birds, though, is that birds go to sleep every night without worrying about tomorrow.  They take care of what needs to be taken care of in the moment of every day, and they rejoice in the provision!

::Kill All the Cells!! - This week marks the HALFWAY POINT of my chemotherapy!!  I’m halfway through!!

Then there’s chemo brain.  They told me it would happen, but I (in my vanity) presumed it wouldn’t happen to ME. HA!!!  Thank goodness I’m a compulsive list maker and that I have a life-long habit of using a day planner.  Right now, I’m using both a paper planner AND an electronic planner.  I’ve started clipping my car keys to my purse.  I write my medication schedule on the bathroom mirror with an Expo marker.  I lost my wig cap and spent fifteen minutes looking for it. (It was on my head.) I feel asleep in the Lego Movie.  I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning. I burned scrambled eggs yesterday.  Who burns scrambled eggs?  ACK!!!


  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Whatever we are served by volunteers at the Basketball Tournament
  • After Thursday’s chemo, frozen meals from friends for the next many rough days – the boys can pick and reheat what they want

::fun – Week two of annual basketball tournament.  

::fashionable -   – Really?  It’s been a very relaxed day, so no judging – black and white cheetah print fleece pants, hot pink tee, that favorite grey cashmere hoodie, black cap.  I wore nice green dress slacks and a beige tunic sweater to church this morning.

::looking ahead -  Visiting the Chemo Bar for Round Six, the HALFWAY POINT!!!. Meetings, wrapping up a submittal, Ash Wednesday.

angela pea