July Update

It is already July, and the lilies are blooming!


Brilliantly coloured lily stamens.

I had hoped to enjoy some chemo-free months this summer, but it seems that is not to be. My disease is progressing quickly again, so I will be starting the second line of palliative chemotherapy (doxorubicin and olaratumab) as soon as possible. This drug (olaratumab) has only recently received conditional approval in Canada and isn’t actually available yet except on compassionate grounds. Just waiting for the paperwork to go through!

Much more interestingly, I’ve also been working on a list of excellent books for you to read. It will be posted soon, with updates added as I catch up on my summer death reading!


And one of these days I hope to get around to posting more of my own writing on all sorts of topics! I have a large folder full of drafts waiting to be finalised. But the call of my wild garden has been irresistible, and I’ve had so much fun wandering the paths that Roy has cut for me and taking photos of my flowers and other wonders growing in this gorgeous season of warmth and sun and rain.

smelling roses

Smelling the roses! These ones have a divine, spicy tea scent (photo: Roy Cross).

I hope you have been well and at peace and enjoying every moment that you can get close to nature this summer!

About susanbriscoe

English teacher, writer
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19 Responses to July Update

  1. May you enjoy many happy days in your garden this summer.

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  2. Cate says:

    Love the lily image, Susan! Wishing you much enjoyment in that wild garden as you prepare for the chemo. I hope it works well for you, with minimal side effects.

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  3. Curt DeLormier says:

    Beautiful Lillie’s— my favorite flowers of July!

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  4. poley23 says:

    Love the photo of you and the roses, Susan. It makes me think of a continuity of women in their gardens over time – would resonate in black and white, or oil, any medium, any era. Looking forward to your list and your writings (poetry?), and wishing you the best of outcomes with the new treatment. Anne

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  5. Lori Knutson says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey! I appreciate your posts, Susan.

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  6. Oh, Susan, the words, the flowers. Love to you and Roy and all of us! xoxo

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  7. Betsy says:

    Lovely post, Susan. I am glad you are spending your summer so beautifully and mindfully. xo Betsy

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  8. janfalls says:

    dear Susan, May your summer days be filled with the intoxicating scent of roses in your magnificent garden. Thanks for your book list, I’ve read all but the first so that will be next! May the chemo be gentle with you if that’s not too much of an oxymoron. All the sweetness of summer to you! Janice

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  9. Looks like the cheetah and I got some books to check out…..and enjoy that garden!
    Love and light to you Susan.

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  10. Selma says:

    Beautiful photo, Susan. Good to hear how you’re doing.

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  11. Dan Bohn says:

    “MMMMMMMM” I love the smell of flowers, low humidity days, and bright sunshine. Mosquitoes bug me very much. Thanks for the post Susan.

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  12. Keith says:

    I recently was given my own “bad news’. I cam across several items you had written. They provided me with a few comforting perspectives I never considered. Thank you for that!!

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  13. Erin says:

    I came across your blog today when I googled,”I’m terminal. Now what?” looking for how others have navigated through a terminal diagnosis to live life as fully as possible. As I read, my jaw dropped when you first mentioned uterine leiomyosarcoma, because you hear it so rarely. I was diagnosed with ULMS four years ago and see so much of myself and my journey/experiences through your writing as I poured through all your posts in one sitting. I felt understood, found points to ponder (especially about my possibly misguided aversion to pain meds), and appreciated your continued focus on the quality of life, relationships, and doing good in this world while we are here. Thank you for being a voice of my experience with cancer 🙂

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  14. Sending you love and blessings!


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