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David Loofbourrow 0 171
I took an opportunity to get away for a few days. Both sets of doctors have encouraged me to reduce my stress, which has been peaking around 6.2 to 7.0 (Richter) at times. I REALLY needed some BFF time -- to escape into some order and sanity, take a break from the chaos of the house packing and...

Today, it's endless

David Loofbourrow 0 168
I, for one, walk with cancer... Today — not every day or even most days — but, today I feel whelmed and lonely and anxious and useless. Today the journey doesn’t feel like an adventure or a challenging hike; it’s more like a step-master machine that is always up hill...

"Getting the Call"

A Transplant Testimonial

David Loofbourrow 0 186
I borrowed this from one the support groups I am in. I think it will help us understand what I'm facing in both short and long term. When I open up about my fears, doubts and decisions, this will give you some context. Note I have 'blurred' the names and locations and [commented...

One month tomorrow...

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 156
My surgery was October 5th, so today marks the end of 1 full month in recovery! The time has passed in a blur - I can hardly believe it. Of course, the first week was in the hospital. I remember many fine people who worked with me -- nurses, doctors, therapists -- but the time seems like a...

When you are supposed to do nothing...

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 154
...do you really need a day off? YES Thursday did, in fact, end in a trip to the Auburn E.R. for Dad. His legs "weakness" got the doctor so worried she called me up special to encourage us to bring him in. I was SO GREATFUL that she smoothed the way by calling our case in to the...

Not that voice, the *other* voice

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 161
Last night, in the wee hours, I slowly got back in bed ("carefully! you know how must not bend or twist") and just rolled over on my left side - boom! - like nobody's business. My traffic-controller mini-doctor voice screamed "NO!" because heretofore I've had big...

Yesterday was tough...

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 150
Monday was such a busy day: my last doctor's appointment, some important banking errands, meeting some Besties for supper. I was worn out, yet felt accomplished. Tuesday I had set aside for packing but there were a myriad of tasks to finish up. Brother Jim and Linda were arriving and I...

Just so you know: October 5th

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 152
A few folks have not seen or didn't notice the pop-up notification when you first log on so I though I better make sure everyone has seen this: Surgery has been set for Friday October 5th (with a curiously specific arrival time: 9:20 am.) I will post more about the timeline as I...

Ok ok, the word is "fatty"

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 155
[Sorry for missing yesterday's post - it was a day of catching up on 'work' and household chores...] So, the diagnosis of the CAUSE of this cancer is officially "non-alcoholic steato-hepatitis" NASH -- or in layman's terms: "Fatty Liver". Basically its...

Coming Out (again?)

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 173
Today I elected to make a rather broad announcement about my cancer diagnosis. I chose to use Facebook, even though I previously said to a few I wouldn't post anything there. Facebook has become so divisive in the political climate I have pretty much devolved to scanning for kitten and puppy...
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