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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Happy New Year...

Santa came through! I got a digital camera, and I have been taking more pictures than the paparazzi.

My Christmas was really great. It was so much fun seeing most of my California friends, and being with my family- and Lola (my dog- LOVE her) My sister Shallyn is out here with me right now. I love being with her; she’s not only my sister- she’s my best friend. I really don’t know what I would do without her, I love you Shally. We flew in on Christmas night and arrived at 3am on the morning of the 26th- she’s here for New Years and maybe I can steal her for a little while longer.

I went into the city on Tuesday, and my platelets were still low! I haven’t had treatment in almost a month- they should be up by now. This has Dr O concerned; he thinks that I am afflicted by a thing called ITP. I’ll give you the readers digest version: it basically means that my platelets will not go up until we fix this problem- if I indeed have it. So the plan is to wait a week… I’ll go in for a blood test next week and if they still have not gone up, I will get a bone marrow test the week after to confirm weather or not ITP is the culprit. Also, I have a PET and a CT scan coming up very soon, so please pray for me.

I wish you all a very safe and happy new year- I’ll see you in 2006!
God Bless & Fight 2 Win,
-Alese

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Little Under The Weather...

So I have good news and I have bad news... I'll give you the good news first, the good news is I'M HOME! I'm on west coast sand! The bad news is I have a cold and my blood counts are low. Which just means that I have to let my body rest a lot, and take antibiotics. I would really appreciate your prayers.

But I like to stay positive, so here's what else has been going on... My friend Preston came out to visit me. We had so much fun- and guess what!! I went to go see my first broadway show- CHICAGO! It was sooo good! And guess what else, I drove in the city for the first time since I've been out there; and according to Preston, I did a fabulous job! I just had to pretend like I was a taxi driver- but one that doesn't swear :-)

Apparently, I'm a little confused on where home is. A few too many people have asked me what my flight arrangments are and I always say, "I go home on..." Ok, thats dandy, but where's home? So I'll be specific; I fly in to New York on Christmas night, I arrive just a little before midnight so I'll spend Christmas on boths coasts- kinda. I'm doing the whole glass is half full thing :-)

Depending on my blood counts, I have an appointment to get chemo n the 27th, so, again please pray for me.

I wish you all very happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & New Years... And I will pray for your save travels.

Fight 2 Win,

-Alese

Sunday, December 11, 2005

I KNOW...

To everyone that takes time to read my journal entries: I am so sorry that I have not written updates lately. I, Alese Coco, do solemnly swear that I will keep you all up to date like once a week :-)

Ok Here's what has been going on: I am still doing the low dose chemo GND, and just like Dr O promised I have not lost my hair- but since it still is chemo it does affect my blood counts. This past week I went in to receive treatment, and my platelets were 33,000 (they should be like 300,00) and my white blood count was 1.2 (it should be like 11) So I didn't get treatment- which left me kind of relieved because I really didn't feel like getting treatment this week. So I've been getting daily shots at home to help boot my blood counts and I go back on Wednesday of this week receive treatment, and this week I'm ready so bring it!

I have some fun stuff to share with you. I don't know if I have shared this with you but the Madison Police Department is awesome! When I go in for treatment during the week there's no where to park, and they have helped me out. So to say thank you, I bake them cookies about once a month. The Madison Fire Department has started a dodge ball team, I'm not kidding. Here's the catch, they need a girl to play. That's right, I'm the girl! But I can't throw a ball to save my life. My Dad told me that watching me throw a ball is the funniest thing he's seen in a long time, because when I throw it- it looks like it's going to go far because I really put effort into it, but then it lands like 8 feet away from me- no I'm not exaggerating. I may have forgotten to tell the Fire Department this information when they asked me to play. I hid behind everyone else and ducked and dodged so well that I was always the last person on the court, which made it five against one. There was a 10 or 12 year old boy that was there watching the matches, and he took my place, I was subbed out. My official title has been changed from "Dodge ball player" to "Cheerleader" I am so fine with that.

Other than that life has been pretty low key, I get to come home for Christmas- (Thanks Dr O) and I should be back on the East Coast for new years. I cannot tell you how blessed I have been in 2005. I want to thank everyone who takes the time out of their day to read my updates and keep me in their prayers. I cannot express how much that means to me. I asked Santa for a digital camera for Christmas, so hopefully I can share more pictures with you all very soon :-) I'll see you in 7 days!

Fight 2 Win,
-Alese