Sunday, July 5, 2009

good hair days

Hello everyone
I am doing well, healing is not exactly a spectator sport, however, healing, I am.
Perhaps what that doctor said was right, that it would seem slow for 2 weeks, then I would be better. I still have 2 open wounds, but all in all, they seem to be healing well.
The funny thing about feeling better is that it is a relative thing.
Last week I thought I felt a lot better, but this week I feel better than that. I guess you could say that feeling great is better than I was expecting it to feel, if that makes any sense.

I am getting rested up for the Oregon country fair next weekend, and next Monday (the 13th) I will be going back to chemo. I guess I am not dreading it as much as I thought I would, because radiation turned out to be worse.
I am getting hair, and even have eyebrows now.  I had 5 or 6 lonely eyebrows left, and I gave them a tug and they just fell out.  Then I noticed that a whole new "crop" was forming under.
Somehow not having eyebrows makes you look sick. I have a whole new layer of new hair coming in, but the "peach fuzz" is much longer. I think that the white peach fuzz will just fall out eventually.  It feels soooo great to have hair,  minimal as it is, it is still noticable.
I really do not feel like starting all over again next week. So Ken and I are going to try the ice and bathing cap thing AGAIN. This time we are going to try harder.  :)

I guess mentally I am doing better all the time, I have barely thought about cancer for the past 2 weeks.  I am feeling more and more that this will turn out to be a bump in the road rather than the end of it. 
I am getting more excited about the cd, as it is really starting to show signs that it will be done soon. Today I am using a program, placing the songs in different orders and seeing how they sound in various orders. It is amazing what a difference it makes. The end of one song and the beginning of the next, there definately are some that do not fit together.  The art work for the cover is gradually getting done as well.
I hope everyone had a great fourth of July, or first of July (Canada day)

Love and peace
Janet Bates
jankenb @


  1. Dear Janet and Ken,
    I learned of your blog last evening. Today I have read your journey over the last few months. Your courage shines through your messages. I'll keep your blog noted. ....and big, humungous, get well wishes from us. We were sorry to have missed your gig in the one time we had hoped to make it. Love J&B

  2. Why thank you, we are heading up to "the puddle" mid september.
    I think I know who J and B are....anonymous...


  3. If you're thinking have the answer. J&B