Emily Suess

Author. Zentangle enthusiast. Brain cancer haver.

Chemo Week 5: A Very Brief Chemo Update

Chemo Week 5: A Very Brief Chemo Update

I realize that I'm a little behind in my blog update for this week. It's largely because my nails were too long, and I can't stand the feel of the laptop keys when they get like that. No. For real. It's a thing, and I was just too tired to take care of them until now....

Chemo Week 4: So. Many. Pills.

I usually shoot for Sunday to write these weekly updates, but it didn't work out for Chemo Week 4 because, well, I didn't feel like it. So here I am a day late and a dollar short, as my dad used to...

Chemo Week 2 Update

The only reason I'm writing this is because I need to stay upright for a few minutes. I skipped the ondansetron (anti-nausea) this morning thinking I would be just fine... And I was wrong about that. On Monday I saw the oncologist and learned that I am not on a 28-day...

Chemo Week 1 is Complete!

About an hour ago I took my seventh dose of chemo. And that means I've officially completed my first 7 days of temozolomide. Chemo week 1 down. Only 3 more weeks to go! Only. I've been chronicling the day-by-day over on Twitter. If you're interested in reading about...

Pretty Sure it Wasn’t a Stroke, Part 2

This week was wild. Not in a good way, and not even in a way that was anticipated. Tuesday my Mom and I were sharing a homemade smoothie, when things started feeling really weird for me, and I said, "Whass wrong wiff my tongue?" The TL;DR for those of you short on...

Cancer Clowns and How to Spot Them

Before I get into the Cancer Clowns thing... a little appreciation: I'm having trouble coming up with the right words to say how much love and comfort I've found in the cancer community on Twitter. They have offered me support and empathy at times when those things...

Chemo Season 3 Trailer

Yesterday, a giant box arrived at the house. Inside the box was a Styrofoam cooler. And inside the cooler was a waterproof bag. And inside the bag were two paper sacks and inside the sacks were all of these. It's almost time for Chemo Season 3. This is what a 28-day...

Chemotherapy Update

After much drama involving an initial denial of my chemotherapy pills, temozolomide, the ball is finally moving again on my next round of cancer treatment. If you watched me melting down in real-time on Twitter, I'm sorry you had to see that. But even more sorry I had...

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