Author Archives: Susan Rink

Lucky 13

Finished session #13 of my radiation series today — halfway through. Not experiencing any major side-effects yet, apart from some lower GI issues (I will spare you the details but I’m gaining appreciation for the magical powers of Imodium). Energy level is good, and I’m getting a lot of “honey-do’s” done that I’ve had to […]

Beam me up

I have completed my first week of radiation treatments. So far, so good. I haven’t experienced any side effects yet — no nausea, lower GI issues, etc. Yes, I have been napping an hour or so in the afternoon, but I attribute that to the fact that I’m getting up at 6 a.m. to get […]


It’s been three weeks since my final chemo — 21 glorious days! As the chemicals work their way out of my body, every day I feel stronger and have more energy and stamina. I did have that problem with the low hemoglobin count (red cells) and Tuesday’s blood tests showed that my platelets were pretty […]

Fill ‘er up!

Went in for post-chemo blood work yesterday — once again, the $10,000 Neulasta patch did its work and my white cell count is good. But the platelets were low and my red count was waaaaay low. So it’s back to the GHS Cancer Center for a blood transfusion today (in the facility that mom and […]


Thank you to everyone who has called, sent texts/cards/emails, and posted comments to the blog with your congratulations for finishing chemo. I am so lucky to have had you with me on this journey and can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support. Trust me, this isn’t a journey that a person should ever […]

Chemo. Done|

My former Nextel co-workers will understand the significance of this blog post’s title. 🙂 Rang the bell at 3:38 p.m. EDT today. Then mom and I went out for ice cream to celebrate. Seemed like the least I could do to thank her for her support over the past six months. Guess I’ll have to […]

A big day tomorrow

I’ve been waiting MONTHS to write this blog post… Yesterday we met with the GYN oncologist for the first time since January…we’ve been seeing his PA over the past several months. I know the PA has kept my doctor briefed on my progress, and has consulted with him when I’ve had complications. But it was […]