About Fran's Blog

We found out on July 7th that Fran has colon cancer. We're blessed to have so many people in our lives that care and want to support us, particularly during this challenge. As many of you know, Fran will have surgery July 31st so I have created this blog to keep everyone apprised of Fran’s healing journey. Please feel free to check back often and post any comments or questions. With all our family and friends – we felt this was the best way to communicate so we can focus on Fran’s healing and recovery. ~ Love, Theresa

Monday, August 31, 2009

Chemo Cocktail Talk

As Dan Townes would say "Chernobyl Shooters"...Fran here with my able nurse Terry Roberts and my trusty dog "Chow-Lee" aka Charlie.
Today was our first day sitting amongst the Cancer crowd...what an experience...I was expecting beautiful lounge chairs...flat screened TV...juice bar...WiFi and maybe Wii...and possible some current newspapers or magazines...mind you these cocktails don't come cheap...low and behold none of the above, only 10 of Archie Bunkers faux Laz a Boy chairs to sit on with pillows that had sat on the laps of the last 20 patients...nothing but an 8 track Boom box...with a sign that said hold your phone call to a bare minimum...rather a bad start for a cocktail. party.
Needless to say.. we are on the lookout for a new Chemo Pub!

On a more serious note...I have weathered the first treatment and am wearing a two day chemo apparatus that I must wear for 46.5 hours. Why 46.5.. must be because of my short hair!
Picture wearing something that looks like a plastic pear with a life line that is attached to a "fuel" valve in your chest. Actually, it looks more like a "mine" that was floating in the open sea to blow up battleships!

Feeling a few of the side effects this evening but for the most part... I feel good!
Again, thank you all for your continued support, love and prayers! We are blessed beyond words with great friends and family!
With love, Theresa and Fran


  1. Hang in there Fran. You're on the home stretch. You've got this beat and we're all pullin for you.


  2. We got quite the laugh from this one. Good to see that you are in such great spirits. Just to let you know, all drinks at a Canadian Chemo pub are free!

  3. Stay away from the hors d'oeurves...

  4. Dearest Fran,
    You always take care of everyone around you who worries, all through your humor and grace! I am glad you survived the 1st session and know that, difficult as this may be, that all will be well. Sending love and hugs to you and Theresa..

  5. Hi Fran, I am just starting to understand this blog thing so sorry for not keeping in touch but I have been thinking about you every day. I think you may have missed your calling. Writing. Your description of what you are experiencing is creative and energetic just as you are in person. To cheer you up, Hooter has a site that will give you some giggles. www.hooterboot.com She is your Cockatoo Cocktail!
    I wish I had a picture of you and hooter to put under Hooter's friends. Sure miss both of you and please know that Dan and I send you prayers daily...
    You are a tough cookie Fran.. and still a sweet loveable guy as always... I can tell Theresa is keeping you healthy and in good spirit...Much love, Sues and Dan

  6. 1st round done, and glad to see you are in good spirits. Having a positive attitude through all of this will help you fight this even more.
    Stay strong Fran, and know you have many people that are cheering for you!
    I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers always!

  7. Hi Fran,
    Good to see your haven't lost your humor! We're thinking of you and know you will get through this soon.
    Dick & Jane Reuter

  8. Hi Fran,

    Wondering how you are faring? My prayers and good thoughts are always with you and Teresa!