It’s the little things in life, like cucumber gimlets.

Dearest Liver,

I’m not having such a great day today. My bones hurt from my neupogen shot yesterday, I’m exhausted, and just generally feeling stressed out and a little sad today. Sometimes I have these sorts of days. My general stance on this is to allow myself to wallow in whatever I’m feeling for no more than 24 hrs and then I move on. I don’t know if this is the healthiest way to deal with things or not, but it has gotten me through the last year and a half of this cancer BS pretty well, so I think it’s working for me.

Today I’m going to try and drag myself out of my funk and think about the little things in life that make me happy. Like the fact that my tumors in you are down by 50%! FIVE ZERO! That’s pretty awesome. And I got to celebrate this on Monday with some of the best UCSF staff ever! After 6 months of not being allowed to have any alcohol at all, I was rewarded by being taken out for a cucumber gimlet at Bourbon and Branch. It was the perfect cocktail choice and the one we have been talking about for months.

To Sheila and Caroline who met me out for the drink, you are both rock stars! Not only for your awesome and amazing care in the clinic, but for telling me that this little victory was important enough to celebrate. As my good friend Chris says, it made my heart smile.

And thank you, dearest liver, for processing the alcohol in that drink and not even showing the tiniest sign of struggle the next day in my blood work. I will cherish that drink and the fun night out and will try to look back at this post and remember how happy it made me the next time you do something messed up! 😉

Love and kisses,


Sheila and Robin

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