- 1 week ago
I have a cold.
Having a cold totally sucks no matter who you are, but for a transplant patient less than 3 months out like me it’s also pretty scary. Basically, I still don’t have much of immune system so if I don’t kick this thing fast, I’m in trouble.
You guys have been so amazing, being there for me through all this, so if you could send some good vibes my way for this I’d super duper appreciate it!
- 2 weeks ago
Fun story. Today I got pulled over on my bike by an LAPD officer. I assumed it was because he saw my headphone, but what he actually saw was my ankle length skirt, a skirt I have successfully biked in numerous times. I asked him if I was in violation of any laws and he…
Good for you for standing up for yourself. Be proud; lots of people can’t do what you did- to speak up. Can I say a mom/parent thing? Your mom/parent should be proud of how amazing you are.
Thank you so much! :) She was definitely pleased with my response :)Source: rachelgoestocali
- 2 weeks ago
Fun story. Today I got pulled over on my bike by an LAPD officer. I assumed it was because he saw my headphone, but what he actually saw was my ankle length skirt, a skirt I have successfully biked in numerous times. I asked him if I was in violation of any laws and he admitted I was not, but said that he was authorized to cite bikers for any hazardous behaviors. According to him, my skirt could get caught in the wheels of the bike, creating a hazard for myself and others. I asked him if he was also citing men who longboard in flip flops, because I’ve seen some create crashes when the toe of their shoe hits the sidewalk. He said he was not; the incidents I had seen were outliers, those men know how to control themselves. I, in my skirt, apparently do not. So asked him if, for future reference, a shorter skirt would be acceptable. Guess what? NOPE. His answer, I shit you not, was that women biking in shorter skirts can often serve as a distraction for young men biking and therefore cause accidents. I CANT BIKE IN A SHORT SKIRT BECAUSE OF SOME COLLEGE GUYS LIBIDO BUT I CANT BIKE IN A LONG SKIRT BECAUSE IM THE ONE WHO CANT CONTROL MYSELF? I yelled something like that and then said that if he was going to cite me I would like to be taken to the station so I could speak with one of his superiors/a female cop. He got really nervous and said “Sorry for your time, have a nice day.” I biked away in my skirt.
I can’t even comment on this right now. I have never encountered such blatant sexism in my entire life. Don’t you dare tell me that we’ve achieved gender equality.
- 3 weeks ago
PET Scan today. Results on Friday. I’ll let you guys know what they are. Keep your fingers crossed for good news.
School is still kicking my butt (I’m working on an essay in the hospital now) but I PROMISE you will get a decent post this weekend.
And to everyone who has sent me messages I haven’t responded to yet, I’m truly sorry, and I appreciate them and you so much. I’ll get my shit together soon and thank you all properly :)
- 1 month ago
I’m so sorry I’ve been neglecting you guys and that this post is going to be so short, but I promise I’ll write a longer one soon!
I’m back in school and it’s kicking my butt, but I’m so glad to be back and writing again. I’m still going to the hospital twice a week for check ups and infusions, so it’s quite a balancing act at the moment, but it feels good to be getting back to semi-normalcy.
Thank you all for not giving up on me and sending me all those lovely words of encouragement (even when I’m too crappy to respond).
I love you all and I swear you’ll get a better post soon :)
- 2 months ago
- 2 months ago
"[S]he was no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, because yesterday had brought it."
- 3 months ago
You guys, you will never believe who just called me. BRYAN CRANSTON. As in WALTER WHITE. One of my friends, Ben, suggested tweeting Moira Walley-Beckett, one of the Breaking Bad writers, a picture of my Halloween costume. She retweeted it, which led to Aaron Paul messaging me/retweeting it. That in itself was the coolest thing ever, and I didn’t expect anything else to happen.
Then, about a week ago, Moira asked for my email address because she was planning something fun for me. I then spoke with her assistant who asked for my phone number, but didn’t say why. Being the brilliant person that I am, I accidentally gave her the WRONG phone number. I was one number off, something that also happened the first time I gave Michael my number (but that’s another story). Two days later she emailed me letting me know that BRYAN CRANSTON had been trying to get ahold of me and couldn’t. Of course I immediately corrected the mistake, but when he tried calling yesterday I was in the middle of a procedure and he left me a voicemail saying that I was harder to get ahold of than he is. I was sure that was it, no way BRYAN CRANSTON was going to keep calling me after three days of mishaps. I clearly underestimated how awesome he is because he called again today! This time, I was finally able to answer.
We talked for about 15 minutes, including when my phone dropped the call thanks to terrible hospital service, and he had to call me back. We talked about Breaking Bad, what an incredible show it is and how well it depicted cancer, while never letting that be what defined Walt. I told him how even though Walt isn’t a good role model in most ways (obviously), his determination to not let cancer keep him from doing what he wanted (making meth, murdering people, whatever) has always inspired me. He agreed that Walt isn’t a good role model, but also cited the scene where Walt is at the hospital, sitting next to a young man who was recently diagnosed. He tells him that he can’t let the cancer define him, that he has to keep doing what he wants and living his life. This is literally one of my favorite scenes ever (I watched it just a few weeks after I found out I had relapsed) so I was so excited he brought it up. We talked about my diagnosis and the past two years, as well as USC (his daughter also goes there). Then he congratulated me on being such a fighter and told me to “be well.”
I can’t even begin to explain what a nice guy he is. He was so easy to talk to and was genuinely interested in what I had to say. If Breaking Bad wasn’t already one of my favorite shows, it’s incredible cast and crew alone would have been enough to convince me.
I still can’t stop smiling.