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About kimmywink

I'm Kim. I've got advanced lung cancer. It sucks.

Sinking Rocks

“Kim, things are looking good, in both CNS (brain) and body.” Relief. With a deep exhale I crumple towards my swollen belly. Hunched over, I pause and take a few breaths. In (one chimpanzee)…out (two chimpanzee); in (one chimpanzee)…out(two chimpanzee). … Continue reading

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Musings of an Insomniac

Awake at 5 am this morning and out of who knows where, I’m the spider! hit me like a bolt of lightening. Remember that itsy-bitsy-spider that crawled up the water spout? Then rain. Sun.  Another crawling attempt. That is me in my … Continue reading

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Worth Your Weight in Salt

How is it possible that my sodium level is too low? I don’t understand. I’m a salter. Not an excessive salter. This home cook absolutely adds a generous pinch or two to dishes while preparing them. Evidently that is not sufficient for … Continue reading

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Hello Stairs!

I did it. A few times even. I’m going up and down stairs to my basement. Sounds pretty insignificant but hold your horses! It’s a big darn deal to me. Here is why… Clothes get clean in the basement. Relying … Continue reading

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Craniotomy + 20

“How are you doing?” “I’d love to be able to answer that question. Can you give me some options? Maybe I’ll simply pick C, it seems safe. Easy. I’m also very okay with changing my mind 10 minutes from now … Continue reading

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What Day is it?

San Francisco to PDX    Friday the 6th went pear shaped.  Happy hour fun with Genentech friends was interrupted by two plan changing phone calls from my Care Team.  I was summoned home. Today, Monday, I sit waiting to get my … Continue reading

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Day 2 at Crater Lake

Gaining elevation as we travel towards Crater Lake the air was drastically cooler.  “We will see some snow,” SW says with confidence.  You call this some?  

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Adios Portland

Drive across The Great Forty Eight starts now!      

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Days Like Today

Days like today, I often try to “do”.  Why?  Do I like to torture myself? Waking up feeling a few steps shy of miserable, I immediately cleared my calendar. That one engagement, my weekly writing circle that brings me immense … Continue reading

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Months and months ago SW proposed. “Kim, when I get my next sabbatical what do you say we drive across the country and back?” Like most girls, when a person pops the question, I got all flustered! Clusters of butterflies … Continue reading

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