Lori Update

Hi Everyone,

It has been a while since I posted an update.

I started my radiation treatment last Tuesday after a false start the previous week where my body and the lasers just wouldn’t line up. Now, I have four treatments in and just a little redness under my arm. I am moisturizing like crazy 🙂

Our family did have a couple of rough times over the past couple of weeks. We knew we would have a tough decision to make soon about our two Border Collie/Blue Heller mixes. They were just over 17 years old and one had lost her hearing and both had their eyesight failing. Plus they had the arthritis we all get when we get old. On September 27 Oreo, originally our son Kris’s dog, took a turn for the worse. She just couldn’t get up on her own, and one of the many fatty tumors common with this breed burst. The kids rushed her to the emergency clinic and sadly we had to let her go.

Then last Monday after a stressful weekend of Nerabelle started to show signs of failing we knew what was ahead. I know she missed her sister. She slept next to Oreo’s bed instead of in her own. She was also having trouble with her back legs so Daughter #1, Nera was originally her dog,  and Kaden arrived last Monday for another trip to the vet. Nerabelle didn’t even fuss going into the clinic.

For 17 years both these dogs brought so much joy to our lives. They were wonderful support animals while I was going through chemo too. The house is so quiet, no toenails clicking across the floor, no barking at the mailman or pizza delivery guy, and no one to eat my pizza crusts or begging for other treats. No dogs to greet us at the door when we come home from my treatments. Mr. Dollycas wrote on his Facebook Page, My heart is heavy and I will grieve for them both as they were the greatest friends I could have ever had the pleasure of living with. And he is so right. These animals quickly worked their way into our hearts and become true family members. It is hard to say goodbye but they both deserve a peaceful rest. We have now turned their care over to our son/brother/uncle in heaven.


On the blog front, you may have noticed I am posting a little more often. I am still catching up on reviews of the books I read at the start of my treatment when chemo brain wouldn’t let string a coherent sentence together. I am also trying to review books as soon as I finish them. I am still reading less than I did before because my body can’t take the late nights and early mornings like it used to.  Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done and the writing of reviews gets pushed off. My radiation treatments are scheduled to end right before Thanksgiving and the oncologist has said fatigue is the biggest side effect and it is cumulative so allowing for some recovery time by the new year I hope I will start to get my life back on track. I am also hoping that in the new year COVID gets handled and we can gather with our family and friends and that publishers will be able to offer giveaways again.

Thank you for being so supportive of me during this time and being patient with me. Your prayers and best wishes are so appreciated and have been giving me so much strength.

I hope you have an awesome week!!


15 thoughts on “Lori Update

  1. I am so sorry that so much sadness and anxiety has come into your life all at ince. Hang in there! We are all thinking about you and offering up our prayers for you.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet family dogs – pets truly are God’s blessing to us. I’m glad your radiation is progressing well – hang in there! Prayers for you and your family ~

  3. I’m so sorry to hear of your baby’s having to leave you…it is surely a heartbreaking decision to make…I haven’t commented here in a long time but maybe it is time. I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor and I also have the pleasure of having pets in our family. I wish you the very best as you navigate this time without your furry friends.

  4. I empathize wholeheartedly…just had to put down my rescue after only one year and one week…found out the hard way why he was abandoned…cancer…we had a full year and two weeks of pure joy……the last two weeks were worrisome and ultimately heartbreaking…the house is so empty now…
    The good news is you are responding so well to your treatment…carry one and keep us updated

  5. So sorry you had to say goodbye to your furbabies. Praying for you that your treatments would go well..

  6. Praying that your treatments go well; continue to moisturize.
    My condolences on the loss of your beloved companions. I’ve been through that loss many times, and reflecting on the happy times blurs the pain.

  7. I’m so glad that they were able to do the radiation this time! I’m so sorry about the dogs. Reading about this again brought tears to my eyes. It is so hard to lose our pets, but I could not be without them. The love they give us is worth it. Hugs and prayers!

  8. So sorry to hear about your doggies. I’m sure they are happy together and with Kris and the rest of the angel family, but it leaves such a hole in our hearts.
    Sure glad to hear you’re getting better. Hang in there and we’ll hang out and pray for you.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about your furbabies. I know they brought so much love and joy into your lives.

  10. I’m SO very sorry that you’ve lost Oreo and Nerabelle! They sound like wonderful dogs who were truly family! Thank God that you had them so long though. My dogs have been guardians for me through a car accident and a broken ankle surgery so I can relate to the comfort these two angels gave you! I’m so thankful your radiation treatments are progressing and I hope the new year will bring you back to more of your normal life. Until then rest well and take it one day at a time. Please know that you and your family have continued to be in my thoughts and prayers. Godspeed!!

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