Author Archives: Susan Rink

Million Dollar Baby

Let me start this post with a thank-you to everyone who called, emailed and sent me a text after reading my post from Saturday. I can’t tell you how much your support and love meant to me during a very difficult weekend. And I’m happy to report that this morning I’m feeling so much better […]

Crap

Today is a crappy day. Really crappy. A big, steaming double-dip of crap on top of a three-day-old-crap-sandwich crappy day. (Apologies to anyone who is reading this post over breakfast.) But here’s the thing — it’s not the cancer. It’s stupid allergies. Don’t get me wrong, I love that spring has begun in South Carolina […]

Role Models

Earlier this week, my Facebook feed was filled with love, Valentine’s Day greetings, messages and images of love in all its forms. I saw parents and children, couples (of all genders, races, ages), love expressed to communities and “helpers” and love for friends and country. They were incredibly touching, especially when I think about what […]

Clumps

I started losing my hair today. For the past couple of days, my scalp has felt “tingly” and when I brushed my hair, or ran my fingers through it, the hair “hurt”. So I wasn’t really shocked during my shower this morning, when I went to scoop the wet hair off my face and a […]

Freebird

Went back to the Cancer Center today for follow-up blood tests. As you may remember, during my Tuesday visit, the bloodwork indicated a “dangerously low” white cell count, putting me a very high risk of infection. With the flu running rampant here in SC, and the knowledge that idiots everywhere think nothing of coughing or […]

Bubble Girl

So this happened today… Mom and I went to the GHS Cancer Center for my mid-cycle blood work. In oncology terms, the middle of the cycle is the “nadir” or the point when my blood counts are at their lowest. Remember, the chemo cocktail kills the bad cells, but it also kills the good ones. […]

Hair today…

It’s Day 10 of my first round of chemo and I’m feeling pretty good. The worst side effect I’ve seen so far from the chemical cocktail is some major cramping in my lower abdomen and down my legs during the 3rd and 4th day after chemo. Annoying, but definitely manageable. On Tuesday I’ll go in […]