This isn’t turning into the party hang out I hoped

I’ve been having a rough week.

  • gaping bald patches (especially at the front of my scalp — exactly like the irate Taxotere victims)
  • continuing harassment and threats from Josephine and Keith Ross
  • news from my medical intuitive of two new areas of cancer
  • distressing in-law challenges
  • continuing discomfort in my right arm, upper back and left leg
  • extreme parenting challenges
  • declined EI medical benefits
  • and the joy of sleepless nights

On the plus side, my good friend Caroline let me rant today as we walked to the hospital and back, so I’m feeling well enough to write this curse-free post.

ps. Andrea needs to care less…Andrea needs to care less…Andrea needs to care less…

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About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • bobledrew

    That sucks. Things like EI and insurance are fabulous. Except when you actually need them. What is a medical intuitive?

  • exactly.

    A medical intuitive is an energy worker with the ability to read and impact physiology. Mine is incredible.

  • A friend to rant to is a blessing in itself – glad you had someone there.

  • I wish had words of comfort, encouragement, and lift-uptedness. I'm rooting for you to have a no-nonesense day.

  • missrumphius

    I'm sorry you have to experience these bad days. Sending hugs your way and hoping that soon there will be more good days than bad.


  • Party hangouts aren't all they're cracked up to be. Sometimes folks you don't relish being around show up uninvited and the whole party thing takes a nosedive. I have to tell you that you are the party; you have the most amazing gift for bringing the party to us, wherever we are, and you make our lives so much richer as a result. I am currently in Maryland caring for my mother who has Alzheimer's and lives with her 93 year old husband. It is hard work but deeply rewarding being with her. When I get a take a rest break, I retreat to my room in her quiet home and log on to your blog for my daily fix; no foolin'. I am drawing such sustenance from you; please realize this.

    Sending love, good cheer, and a hefty dose of grace to you, dear Andrea.

    Love, Jenny

  • Oh, Jenny, you made me cry.

    Thank you.

    Who would think the internet would make so many strangers friends.

    Sending best wishes to you, your mother and your father (and, of course, Faith).

  • Thank you so much, Tricia. It is so nice to know you are part of these days — good or bad.

    Be well

  • Turns out you did. Thank you, Ginny!

  • Thank you, Bob. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday night.

  • steve

    The good news is: It's just gotta get better.

  • cousinbetti

    So nice that you can even see a 'plus' side with all of that going on, you're a very strong and positive lady! Hang in there Andrea, there are plenty of us thinking about you and sending you wellness wishes!! xoxo

  • Caroline

    Hi Andrea, you forgot to mention that, despite how you were feeling, you had the grace and space to allow me to rant too.

    Love the photo. You have the amazing gift of capturing both in text and images exactly how it feels on the inside on days when it is so hard to keep going.

    The good thing is that Nathalie can help you find and stamp out any problems early. I have a specific cancer-fighting meditation you can use if you would like.

    Keep inspiring us by just being you. You know that you are loved

  • Sharon Martinez

    I found your blog as I was searching for podcasts to use in an upcoming workshop I'm doing. I also am a breast cancer survivor and intend to survive and thrive just like you! I want to say I feel like you are very brave to share your story and your pictures as you walk on your cancer journey. I was never brave enough for pictures. God bless you and I wish you wellness

  • Thank you, Sharon.

    Wishing you continuing good health — and happy podcasting.

  • Thank you, Caroline.

    If I've got to make this journey, I couldn't ask for a better companion.

  • Thank you, Betti. I know your good vibes help.

  • Thanks, Steve. But yesterday it actually got much worse. Surely now it's got to get better…

  • Andrea, sorry you’ve had such a crappy week. IM or call anytime you need to rant. You know how to find me and I’m here even if I don’t comment often. nnTake care,nEden

  • Thinking about you Andrea.

    Wishing you well.


  • Andrea:

    I am amazed at your strength and humour in the face of such challenges. You are doing great–hang in there. 🙂


  • Thank you, Connie.

  • Thank you, Tim. Hoping all is well with you too.

  • Thank you, Eden. See you soon.

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