Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cancer Bitch - Taking it to the Streets

Many of you know that I've been doing battle with my HR Department since August - I've run out of sick leave, so I requested donations. I filled out the forms - had my doctor fill out the forms - then sat back to wait. And wait. And wait. Sent an email query, which went unanswered. Left a voice message. No response. In late September, a co-worker brought up the issue of leave donations at a staff meeting. Later I was told I had turned in the wrong forms.

Finally, in October, a new HR person was assigned my case, and - she got everything worked out that day. Still don't know why the first guy ignored my existence. Another co-worker walked the leave donation forms over to HR a week ago. As of the last time I checked, the leave donations have NOT been credited. Sigh....

On another note, Steve Jobs and I did NOT have the same kind of pancreatic cancer. Mine is worse. But, apparently unlike Steve, I'm throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it, so keep your fingers crossed. At my last visit, Doctors told me my tumor markers were up (only slightly) and they made me meet with a Dietician. So if you see me eating sugary goodies, feel free to slap it out of my hands. (or just eat it yourself - waste not want not)

Steve Jobs wasted time on alternative medicine

In other news, for some reason, my medicine is now readily available. The shortage is now over. Wonder why?

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Finally, Tuesday, October 25 is National Dial Congress for Progress Day! During this one-day event, volunteers are asked to make 1 to 2 phone calls to their Members of Congress who have not yet co-sponsored the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act. All you have to do is reserve 10 minutes on October 25 between the hours of 9am to 5pm ET to participate. There's more information on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Happy Halloween!