Arrr Matey

On Friday I went back to the doctor for blood work.  It’s becoming quite the routine and I am becoming quite the pro with needles and giving blood.  Ed went with me.  Gracie was at camp.  It might have been the quickest appointment I have had thus far.  I was in and out pretty quickly.  They called me right back, took some blood, and handed it over to the lab.  Ed and I waited and they came out with the results shortly thereafter.  All of my blood counts were where they wanted them to be.  I was “free to go.”  I am not sure what we are going to do if they ever tell us the counts are off.  We have definitely gotten to the point where we expect to be “free to go.”

By the way, I am still the Mayor of Georgia Cancer Specialists on foursquare (for those that know what that is).  Pitiful, I know.

So, I have a cute story to share.  Gracie was in camp last week at her school.  One afternoon I was picking her up and this little boy in her group (4 year old) stopped dead in his tracks and with these big eyes looked at me and said, “You look like a pirate!”  The mom was mortified, as you can imagine.  I smiled, laughed, and played it up.  I told him that I did look like a pirate and that I should borrow Gracie’s pirate eye patch…then I would really look like a pirate!  I smiled at the mom and gave her a “it’s O.K.”  I’ve been waiting for that to happen and now it has!  Children are so innocent and really quite funny.

Rock On

Saturday night, Ed and I went to the Def Leppard/Heart concert.  For those of you that know my husband, Ed was in 80’s heaven.  Really though, we both had a great time.  What a great people watching event!  Speaking of people watching, I noticed a couple of fellow scarf wearing, chemo patients in attendance right around us – both younger women.  One of them couldn’t have been more than 20.  Wow.  This disease does not discriminate.  But I will say, it was a great “non-cancer” evening for both me and Ed – and it appeared to be for them too.  Sometimes (a lot of times) you just want to forget about it.  We had a great time, with great friends, at a great concert!

I am happy to report I am feeling back to “normal” this week and enjoying it.  Chemo round 5 is set for Wednesday, June 29th.  I am so happy we are close to round 5 out of 6.  I am ready for this part to be over!  I still have a lot of work to do on setting a date for surgery.  I hope to make some progress this week.


  1. We should have a pirate party! Glad you had a great time at the concert. The end of chemo is so near, Rock On Chica!


  2. Mary Johnson says:

    Love, love, love that you guys went to Heart/Def Leppard!!! And so glad that you had a “non-cancer” evening… I don’t think you get enough of those!!!!

    You could tell me the story about the pirate 1000 times and I would love to hear it every time!!!! Such grace in embracing that…. you continue to constantly inspire and amaze me Meredith Gaile!!!!!

    Love, prayers and hugs,

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