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Living by Pen

Interesting times ... blessing or curse?

Pen Dragon
9 October 1980


Writing, blogging, reading geekette fighting to survive because


Languages: English, some Afrikaans (I understand it better than I can speak it.)
Relationship status: Single [never married], no human kids, 1 feline furbaby named TamTams
Religious view: None (Not Atheist!) - if you want to dig: Dragons, Faeries, Celtic OtherFolk, Science and Medicine.
Political view: I exercise my right to vote. I believe in equal rights for all.

A few favourite quotes:

"I just stole fifty cars in one night! I'm a little tired, little *wired*, and I think I deserve a little appreciation! " - Memphis Raines, Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

"She was a junkie for the printed word. Lucky for me, I manufactured her drug of choice." - Grady Tripp, Wonder Boys (2000)

"Now, that is a big trunk. It holds a tuba, a suitcase, a dead dog, and a garment bag almost perfectly."</span> - James Leer, Wonder Boys (2000)</span>

"My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage!" - Aunt Frances Owens, Practical Magic (1998)

From the TV Series Bones Season 5: Episode 8 - The Foot in the Foreclosure:
Hank: No, I like her. She's real. She's got balls.
Brennan: Well, ovaries, actually.
Hank: All right, you've got steel ovaries.
Brennan: Thank you.

My Cancer Journey:

On 21 September 2012 I was diagnosed with Cancer - metastatic malignant melanoma to be exact. It was found in the lymph nodes of my right groin after a minor operation to remove an enlarged lymph node.

On 17 October 2012, I went under the knife again for a major operation to remove a 90mm tumour in the same region, seen on a follow-up CT Scan. They couldn't cut it out, but did the best they could.

When I finally started treatment end-November 2012, the CT Scan showed the tumour to be 45mm in size. I'm on a pill-based Phase 3 trial treatment called Vemurafenib. The time between op and treatment was taken up by medical tests and surgery recovery. I'm lucky to be on this trial because if my melanoma didn't have the BRAF mutation, I wouldn't be accepted.

During December 2012 I was hospitalised for side-effects from the treatment (severe rash and rheumatoid arthritis) and a mole was cut of my shoulder. The mole came back "Never seen anything like it but BENIGN." The side-effects have eased.

End-January 2013, after 2 months on treatment, another CT Scan showed that the tumour was down to 25mm. The treatment is working. The next CT scan will be mid-March.

This is a medical condition and I'm fighting it as such with an awesome medical team and the loving support of friends and family. All good vibes are welcome as this journey is far from over.

80s music, abby sciuto, alternative relationships, arrow, blogging, body of proof, bones, bookcrossing, booth/brennan, burn notice, californication, campnanowrimo, cancer, cancer journey, cancer treatment, cancersucks, cape town, castle, computers, creative writing, crochet, cult, cult films, cult movies, david boreanaz, david duchovny, deady teddy, dragons, eberron, emily deschanel, facebook, fantasy, fitocracy, flixster, fuckcancer, gadgets, game of thrones, gaming, gaming conventions, geeks, geeky crafts, gencon, global tribe, goodreads, guild wars, guild wars 2, hackers, halfling, haven, imagination, immunology treatment, indoor hockey, intelligence, justified, knitting, lastfm, living with cancer, lord of the rings, lost girl, malignant melanoma, mcgee, medical leave, medicine side-effects, melanoma, memoirs, mensa, metastatic cancer, metastatic malignant melanoma, metastatic melanoma, mets, mmorpgs, mountain dew, movies, music, mycamp, nanowrimo, national novel editing month, national novel publishing year, national novel writing month, ncis, ncis los angeles, old school trance, oncology, online gaming, online rpgs, oomph!, p!nk, photography, photosensitivity, publishing, punk, purple, q10, ravelry, reading, rheumatoid arthritis, riddick, rizzoli & isles, rogues, sci-fi, sci-fi channel, science fiction, seeley booth, self-publishing, social media, social networking, south africa, speed writing, summer, sun sensitivity, sunshine, sushi, technology, the following, the killers, the vampire diaries, toad the wet sprocket, tolkien, touch, trance, travel, true blood, twitter, vampire diaries, vampires, vampyres, vemurafenib, vin diesel, wall-e, warehouse 13, website development, wizards of the coast, writing, writing fiction, writing modules, writing novels, zolboraf