Two years and clear!!!

By Karen Whalen

Yesterday was my CT scan at DHMC marking my two-year anniversary from surgery for adrenal cortical cancer (ACC). It was clear–NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE! Exactly what I had hoped for and expected but, hey, you never know. The cancer can return at any time.

CT Scan Cocktail at DHMC

CT Scan Cocktail at DHMC

The visit would have been uneventful except for my allergic reaction to the contrast material injected during the CT scan. At the end of the scan, the radiology technician noticed that I was rubbing my lips and, when I admitted I was experiencing an itchy mouth and swollen lips, I was suddenly surrounded by several other medical professionals and whisked off to recovery. I immediately was given a Benadryl pill followed by an IV of prednisone. After over an hour in the recovery room, I was released to a scrumptious turkey dinner in the hospital cafeteria–the reason I like my appointments scheduled on Thursday!

Tyler at the Top of the Rock

Tyler at the Top of the Rock

Today is my oldest grandson’s birthday. Tyler turns thirteen today! We now have a teenager in the family. Joy and Paul are in for some interesting and exciting (and challenging??) times, if memory serves me correctly. (And that’s not something I can rely on these days.)

My niece, Sammie, is celebrating her birthday today as well. In my family, we have multiple overlapping birthdays.

The 50,000 word goal for NaNoWriMo is getting more and more elusive. I made it to 15,000 words after my 3,500 word marathon on Tuesday. With 35,000 words and only ten days left, including today, I will need to pump out another 3,500 words each day. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving falls in that time period, which we will be spending in Connecticut. I’d like to know who thought November was the right time for this awesome event? Wouldn’t January, with cold, snow, and thirty-one days have been a better choice? The good news is that no matter how many more words I am able to add during November, I have a good start on what I think may become a trilogy set in the town of Woodbury. It’s always good to have goals…..

I scanned the December issue of the Better Homes and Gardens magazine this morning. Big mistake. All of the holiday decorating, cooking, and entertaining in that one issue made me feel totally inadequate. Unless you want a reason to be depressed–don’t waste your time looking at any of the holiday magazines. Whatever you usually do for the holidays, I suggest you cut back and carve out more time for simple celebrations with your family. Less stress–more memories. And who doesn’t want that?

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8 thoughts on “Two years and clear!!!

  1. Brenda November 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm Reply

    Great news Karen!!! So happy for you and the family.

    • kwhalen November 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm Reply

      Thanks so much, Brenda! It sure feels great!

  2. Heidi November 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm Reply

    Best news in the world! We want our fellow writer healthy and happy and productive. What’s 3,500 words? Just put in a lot of “very”s.

    • kwhalen November 22, 2014 at 11:04 am Reply

      Thanks for the words of inspiration!! And “Olivia said,” “Emily said,” and, per my husband, “a, the, and.”

  3. Kim November 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm Reply

    Congratulations! I’m so happy to hear it! Kim

    Sent from my iPhone


    • kwhalen November 22, 2014 at 11:05 am Reply

      Thanks, Kim! How are you doing? Miss seeing you (and Brian)!

  4. Mark Allen November 22, 2014 at 8:11 am Reply


    • kwhalen November 22, 2014 at 11:06 am Reply

      Thanks, sweet brother-in-law! Now get back to working on that basement!

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