Gearing Up

It’s been a while since I have written so I thought I would check in and let everyone know how things are going.  I have really had a good, “normal” week.  I did have one day that was a little weird.  Not exactly sure why.  It wasn’t awful, just weird.  I wasn’t feeling completely right.  I describe it like a really light version of my bad days after chemo.  Who knows.

I have been gearing up for next week.  Wednesday is the big day.  Chemo round 2.  The good news is it will all be done in one day this go around.  It is supposed to be a 3 to 4 hour appointment.  I will be all geared out with a cute bag, magazines, books (thanks to my friends), and my new iPad2 (thanks to my IT husband) which should be arriving on Tuesday.

I finally did buy some scarves on-line this week.  I bought 3 pre-tied scarves from two different web sites. Both web sites my mom found for me (thank you).  They slip on like hats.  I thought I would start with a few and see what I like and what fits me well before I order more.  I do have a bunch of scarves that I personally have or people have given me (thank you), but I still need to figure out how to tie them.  I do have “how-to” resources that have come my way, but I just need to get it done.  I am not sure why I am procrastinating, but I am.  But I can’t for much longer…

So, someone in the Gaile household is losing hair and it’s not Ed.  I took a shower this afternoon and noticed my hair is starting to fall out.  Uugghh.  Maybe a little earlier than I was hoping, but right on schedule per the oncologist.  It’s not in huge clumps – yet – but it is coming out.  It’s not necessarily noticeable on my head, but was noticeable in my hands.  As much as I have geared myself up for it (and tried to get everyone else ready too), I can tell you it’s still not easy.  But, I know I have to keep it all in perspective.  It’s short term and it’s necessary to get rid of this cancer in my body.  So, here we go into another phase of this process.



  1. Hi Meredith,
    Thanks for keeping us updated. I am looking forward to seeing your hats and will be bringing a few scarf additions when I come up on the 6th. You may want to consider just shaving your head….the #1 works well….I have experience and would be happy to do it…just let me know.

    We are looking forward to seeing you soon and being part of the GAILE FORCE that is going to get you through this unexpected life event. Lots of love, Suz

  2. Mary Johnson says:

    Great to see you today! You constantly amaze me with your positive attitude!!!!! We will be here this week to help if you need us!!! This thing will be over before you know it, and we’ll be toasting to the fact that it’s all behind you!!!!! Can’t wait! Continuing to keep prayers going, always…

  3. Hang in there My Dear Friend. Nelson and I pray for you every day. You are going to be the best looking woman in a scarf yet!!!

  4. Good luck with your next round Meredith.. We continue to think about you!

    Melissa, Sean and Lydia

  5. Can’t wait to see you on Thursday. We will figure out this scarf thing! You will look fabulous! MOM

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