A. Yep, I'm still alive and have even discovered that I quite like Russell Brand. First time I ever saw him was at the Oscars and I thought who the hell is this bizarre guy with Helen Mirren? This morning I am (right this minute) watching him being a guest on The View. I think he's a brilliant nutty clever delight with such dark bushy eyebrows and crazy hair and that perfect Brit accent.
B. I've been taking the drug tamoxifen for close to three weeks now. Started at 5 mg, working up to 20. My ribs are still killing me; in fact, tamoxifen causes a "flare-up" that makes the pain even more pronounced, even though that can supposedly be a good sign that this lovely (just kidding) drug is working to reverse the rising tumor marker numbers. I have not stopped taking estrogen, even though most doctors and oncologists tell women to stop all estrogen while taking tamoxifen. Why have I not stopped it? Because tamoxifen doesn't block ALL estrogen; it only blocks the estrogen receptors that breast cancer cells are trying to attach themselves to. There are tons of other estrogen receptors in a woman's body that still need estrogen and that help women to live longer and feel better while they are alive. So why deprive oneself of ALL estrogen? It's not a black and white answer. A few "thinking" doctors who are brave enough to go against the status quo are now beginning to acknowledge this.
C. The Writing Salon is also still alive, and I am even teaching my 5-week Tuesday night class in addition to the Round Robin. It has been hard to add this class to my overall workload when what I really need is to work less not more, but I need the money, and my couch spot at home (permanent butt imprint) has become too unsightly. If I leave it for one evening a week, it has time to spring back up.
D. I'm still doing alternative treatments such as taking artemisinin, homeopathic remedies, far infrared heat treatments, high doses of Vit. D and melatonin, low dose naltrexone, high doses of iodine (Iodoral), liposomal Vitamin C, etc.
E. Somebody bought one of my photo prints on Getty Images! I made $89.12! Whoo hoo! For someone to find one of your photos on Getty is like someone finding a miniscule needle in a gargantuan universe of haystacks. I felt the way I did when I got my first poem published and was paid three contributor copies.
That's all I have time for right now.