“Better Things”

4 Jan
A promotional photo of British rock group The ...

The Kinks in 1965, Stockholm, Sweden

Thursday I have an appointment with the Rockstar, Dr. Sara Hurvitz. She is my oncologist up at UCLA. She works side by side Dr. Slamon, the doctor who developed Herceptin. I feel very fortunate to have her as my oncologist.

As much as I enjoy her, it is always pretty nerve racking to go see a cancer doctor. I am due to have scans soon. I am waiting to see what Dr. Hurvitz will say/do about my headaches. I am guessing she will order either a CT or an MRI. My primary care physician already ordered a CT scan. But, I really want to have Dr. Hurvitz decide which tests are done. She may agree with my primary physician and order the CT.

But, either way, I will get the CT scan or the MRI done as soon as possible. Scans and MRIs are difficult. The experience is a bit more challenging for me now for some reason. I don’t know exactly why, but, it just seems that way.

Hopefully I will get good results. Please keep me in your prayers, I greatly appreciate it.

And now, a much needed musical interlude . . .

One of my all time favorite songs is “Better Things” by the Kinks. Sometime last year I decided to make it my theme song . . . it just makes me feel good.

I love every word of this song, especially now. So have a listen (the link below has the lyrics too so you can sing along . . . it’s pretty catchy :))

Love and peace,


Have a listen here: Better Things

6 Responses to ““Better Things””

  1. Sandy January 4, 2011 at 6:24 PM #

    Good luck with your appointment and scans!


    • cancerfree2b January 4, 2011 at 9:55 PM #

      Thank you Sandy!

      Love you,

  2. Sally January 4, 2011 at 6:39 PM #

    Hi, Lisa,
    I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you even more for Thursday appointment and the good results from the test to follow. Hopefully the test itself won’t be as difficult as you fear.
    I like your new theme song, had never heard it before. I wish you better things for 2011.

    • cancerfree2b January 4, 2011 at 9:50 PM #

      Hello Aunt Sally,

      I hope I am not sounding like a drama queen . . . my whining about the scan 🙂 I used to have confidence that the test would go smoothly. But, now there is difficulty with getting the IV in for the contrast dye (my veins do not always cooperate). So far the people running the tests have always been successful in getting an IV in and so I should just trust that it will go okay. Thank you for your prayers for the results and for my meeting with Dr. Hurvitz. I am nervous about what she will have to say about the headaches I have been having . . . I fear her facial expression actually.

      Well, I am going to get some sleep.

      Much love to you always,

  3. Marv January 5, 2011 at 6:40 AM #

    Hello from an old friend. I have been following your blog these past few months and adding my prayers to the ones of your many friends. To bring you up to date:

    I officially moved to the east coast on June 1, 2010. I married Judy Nussbaum (in the spirit of the new feminism, she is keeping her maiden name) on September 5th in a small (80 people) wedding – we are still processing the pictures. I joined a band out here, I have a small part in a play (Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor) being given by the synagogue that we belong to. I play a mature saenior citizen (well, one out of two isn’t bad). I go an athletic club 3 or 4 times a week to be able to keep up with my younger wife. I inherited a community of very good friends who have accepted me into their lives. I feel very lucky.

    I saw Buddy Ebsen a few years ago at the HB library for his book tour – he was 90 years old at the time. When asked what his secrete was for such a long life he said, “Never lose your spirit.” You haven’t lost yours, and I am sure good things are in store for you. I’ll send you my new address via email.
    Please give my regards to your folks and, of course to Molly.

    In the meantime, take care, good luck with your tests, and remember,
    “Never lose your spirit !”


  4. cancerfree2b January 6, 2011 at 11:48 PM #

    Dear Marv,

    Thank you SO much for your lovely message, your prayers and your update!

    Congratulations to you and Judy on your marriage!

    I am very glad to hear that you have found a band, that is wonderful. And acting in a play? How fun that must be, good for you!

    Please send your address when you have a chance.

    Thank you again for your message.

    So nice to hear from you,


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