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Pathology reveals low-grade B-cell lymphoma compatible with chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma. This is concordant. So there you go. I have lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. I found out when I was poking around the patient portal of my healthcare group. I had gotten an email with my validation code for the site, but had not gotten the email with the secure link for registration. I sent an email to site support about... Read more →


If You Fail to Plan

Oh, that old Weight Watchers mantra: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Bah. Sometimes when you fail to plan you have wonderful spontaneous adventures! It's all how you look at it. Except I did plan this week! Hell, I've been planning all year! When I sit down to write my goals for the week (which are supposed to align with my goals for the month, which are supposed to align with my... Read more →


A Beautiful Walk

Tonight's walk was not cold; it was pretty much perfect. The beautiful evening did not prevent me from arguing with myself about taking a walk, though. I apparently like to argue with myself, especially about walking. But "Take a Walk" me won out over "Eat Dinner and Watch TV" me, so I shoved my feet into my walkin' shoes, changed my shirt, and set out. What a fine, soft evening! The sun was just beginning... Read more →


Something's Afoot

When I started walking walking walking walking, I noticed that I was having a little discomfort in my left foot; specifically, my index toe. You know, the piggy that stayed home. Every once in a while I'd have a flash of pain. Nothing horrible, just a little flash. I chalked it up to the fact that I was exercising and my toe wasn't used to that. I figured it would go away. Well, it didn't.... Read more →


Testing, Testing

As you probably know, I have Type 2 diabetes. It runs in the family -- my Pop had it, his father had it, and so on and so forth. So far, I have been able to control it with medications other than insulin. Lately I have been much better at that, because I have been going easier on the carbs and exercising regularly. What I have not been doing is testing my blood sugar, because... Read more →


An Exercise Update

So, remember this post? Yeah, I still hate exercise and would much rather sink into the magical recliner. However, I have not. Yay me! As long as my numbers remain good, I'll keep on truckin'. Now that it gets dark at an obscenely early hour, I go to the fitness center here at our apartment complex. It's a short walk through the garage and across the parking lot, so I cannot use the excuse that... Read more →


Spectacular Numbers

I have found that as I get older, the things that make my heart flutter, that thrill my soul, that cause a joyous smile to spread across my face have changed. To wit: I experienced all of this when my doc came into the examining room and said to me, "Congratulations! Your numbers are spectacular!" I practically leapt up and danced, kinda like that gal who's down with Crestor. I did not, however, go blabbing... Read more →


Thoughts on Exercise

Okay, so can I just say this out loud? I hate exercising. Hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it. I have always hated it, from the time I was a kid to right now this minute. I have tried to like it; I really have. All the experts say "Find an exercise you like and you'll stick with it! You'll enjoy it!" Unfortunately, there is no exercise that I like. Swimming? I... Read more →


At Long Last, Update!

Well, hello there! I, of course, have been meaning to post since the last time I posted, but... Oh, no excuses. I've been shirking. So let's get caught up! The health stuff. I did meet with a nutritionist in my health plan's Diabetes Management Program. She went over the basics about eating properly to control blood sugar, then we discussed the details. It's pretty much low carb, with the allowable carbs (about 90-100 grams a... Read more →


What's Cookin'?

Since my diagnosis, I've realized that we've been in a bit of a rut, culinarily speaking -- the same plain meals, week after week. Breakfast: cereal. Lunch: Lean Cuisine, applesauce cup. Snack: granola bar. Dinner: some type of meat, starch (rice, potato, toast...), occasional vegetable, ice cream. Intersperse this with various candy, chips, and soda and it's no wonder I'm staring down diabetes. So changes must be made; I gotta get off my ample ass... Read more →