I am Leah and I have Bipolar Disorder. To make life even more interesting, my husband, Dan, has Stage IV Cancer. He was diagnosed at 37 and has  been in ongoing treatment for 4.5 years! We also have a healthy and rambunctious 7 year old. So follow along as we try to manage our life together and strive for love, gratitude, and joy.

One Week In Photos 10/14 - 10/21



Oncology waiting room selfie. I'm looking pretty tired!





We love the cards and packages we are getting! Keep it coming! It is so awesome. We have had several people send notes from classrooms and they are so entertaining and sweet! It was a busy week of each of us trying to get back to a little work, help from friends visiting from Illinois, Dan attending a Timbers game and out with friends to watch the Bears, and appointments and decisions regarding his treatment. He is still feeling good with no side effects from his radiation treatments other than irritated hair follicles and some acne. We believe he has accumulated more fluid in his chest again (he can tell a little difference) and tomorrow he will have another Thorencentesis to remove it. Chemo will begin next week, on Thursday, October 30th, with three drugs --to include the trial drug Jakafi, as part of  a research study at Providence. In order for Dan to be eligible, he needed to be at least 4 weeks post radiation at the beginning of the treatment. Today and the next two days will be composed of many preliminary tests to give the researchers the most complete information possible of his health. MRI, CT scan, bloodwork, etc. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts as we move forward.


Besties - Weeks 1 & 2

How Is Raine Doing?