Archive for August, 2009


Funny Cancer TV coming to Showtime

August 28, 2009

Hey cancer peeps! I just learned that a pal of mine from college just got a new show green-lighted on Showtime. Its called “The C Word” for now and sets out to be a dark comedy about a young woman with cancer. And dig this…Laura Linney stars. How cool is that?!?

Darlene Hunt is the Writer/Producer and a wonderful chick. We were in the same acting class in college and I can personally testify to her amazing talent and fabulous sense of humor. I can only hope she’ll do a cameo or two as well, because she’s so freakin funny on screen.

Anyway, if you don’t already have Showtime, you should subscribe when the show airs. (Lord knows us tumory folk can’t have enough TV. Plus you should really watch Weeds. Its terrific and deals with another YAWC hot topic, Pot!)

Stay tuned!


Vampire Port

August 14, 2009

I awoke this morning to find that my port has been sucking my blood in my sleep. This was disturbing. The blood in my line, nearly down to the pump, was bright red. Being 8 am in the morning, I immediately starting freaking out and rushed into the living room to grab the phone. Unbeknownst to me, we had carpet cleaner guys in the house and I tred directly across the newly cleaned and wet area rug. As you can imagine, this earned me a serious WTF look from hubby.

Once I realized my error, I simply explained “I have blood in my line and I’m freaking out…..Sorry.” Always understanding, he says “Oh. I get it. No worries.” So, I tromp back to the bedroom, circumventing the rug, to call my Home Health Care nurse, truly hoping NOT to have to go to the ER. Its the weekend AND the Air and Water Show downtown which will mean thousands of SUVs creeping around looking for non-existent street parking. It would really and truly suck.

On the phone, I am cheerfully connected to Nurse Marta, who hears from me regularly and has a sunny voice. “Hi Marta, its Chris. Um, I just woke up and I have a lot of blood in my line.” One thing about nurses. It takes a lot to get a rise out of them. I’ve always suspected if I called and said “Hi Marta, its Chris. I have a massive head wound and I’m pretty sure it was caused my this meteor that just crashed through my roof.”, she’d give me nothing short of a typical coach’s advice. “Ok honey. Throw some dirt on it. Shake it off.”

Marta quickly eased my fears with typical aplomb. “Oh, that happens sometimes. Its just the way you sleep on it.” (somehow isn’t always the patient’s fault!) She asks me if the pump is still running and on the same schedule as when I went to sleep. (yes and yes). Is the bag of chemo still deflating? (another yes) “Its fine. Now that you’re up the drug will clean the blood out of your line. If it isn’t gone in a couple of hours, give me a call.” I hung up very relieved that I didn’t have to navigate soccer moms and overstimulated children downtown. That is until I realized that my oxygen tinged blood was now flowing BACK INTO ME. Huh. I guess that’s ok.

Hubby sticks his head in the door.
“Did I overhear that everything is OK?”
“Yeah. My port just has a secret life as a Vampire.”
“Want me to go to Starbucks?”
“Yes, please.”

and so begins my day.


Serving up Sangria tonight @ Young Adults w/ Cancer Hootenany

August 12, 2009

Got Tumors? Cancer doesn’t have to suck while your in the prime of your life. Join Kairol Rosenthal, author of Everything Changes: The Insiders Guide to Cancer in your 20’s and 30’s for a book signing at Women & Children First tonight in Andersonville. Also on hand will be Jonny Imerman of Imerman’s Angels, Matthew Zachary of The Stupid Cancer Show and ME serving up Sangria and talking about my funny little cancer blog: Chemo and Vino.

August 12

Women & Children First Bookstore

5233 N. Clark Street


Sponsored by i[2]y

Here’s my Sangria recipe:

2 750 ml bottles cheap, but not sucky, dry white wine

1.5 c brandy

1 c sweetened lemonade (I like Neuman’s Own)

10 oz frozen peaches

10 oz frozen raspberries

sparkling water and/or sugar to taste

Steep the fruit in the brandy and lemonade in the fridge for a few hours if possible. Combine chilled wine and brandy. Taste and sweeten if necessary. Ladle into glasses and add a splash of sparkling water to each cup just before serving.