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Page 4 The Cloverdale Reveille May 3, 2018 wwwoc]overdalereveil[e,com COMMENTARY Golden Years My pity party Cancer Journal #7 Cloverdale resident Ginny Carroll has lung cancer and is jour- Ginny Carrollnaling about it. The Reveille is shar- ing her journals. This journal entry is from March. nd of week 6: The end at last? No. Not the end. The end of radiation yes, but it turns out I have two r more chemo sessions to go - one on February 13 and the other on March 6. And the dosages will be increased. Then, when I came to the last one on March 6 they said my blood counts were too low to put the chemo chemicals in. I'd have to put it offa week and try again. (I have a pre-chemo blood draw the day before each chemo treat- ment -- both red and white blood counts, as well as platelet count, were steadily declining.) Really, this seems to go on and on and on. I feel like I'm crawling across a desert on my hands and knees, wondering if I'll ever come to an oasis. I might as well tell you now that when I got to the new date of March 13, I found there was yet one more chemo session sched- uled for April 3. Meanwhile, we had also discovered that I was severely dehydrated. I could rehydrate myself but I couldn't do a whole lot about bringing up my blood count. So they decided I should have a blood transfu- sion at twice the amount normally given. I got a phone call to tell me the chemo and transfusion would be done simultaneously. But, when I showed up for my session, scheduled for 2 p.m they said there wasn't enough time to do both. They would do chemo on the 13th and blood on the 14th. I am still patient; I do not cry or holler or throw a tantrum. I should have. Four hours of chemo infusion fol- lowed the next day by five hours of blood transfusion Wiped. Me. Out. My body asked me, "Is it okay if I just quietly fade off into the sunset now?" I told it no. It sighed and slept for the better part of three days instead. I have never had a blood transfusion and had no idea what to expect. Duh. A full quart of somebody else's blood dumped into my system and I should expect the faithful old body to just accept it? No, no, no. The body said, "Whoa! What is this? I don't know these people." But after my long sleep, it was all sorted out. Once again I could breathe. I could walk across a room and not pass out from lack of breath. And yet- I still have one more chemo treatment to go, now postponed to the 3rd of Ap . God willing and the creek don't rise, that will really be the end- at least, of this course of treatment. Then I get to wait a month for the chemo to stop working in my system and have another scan done. Hopefully this scan will reveal whether the initial treatment has destroyed enough of the cancer cells, or whether we need to go on to something else. I'm keeping my fingers, toes and eyes all crossed. Ginny Carroll can be reached at herself@sonic.net. STUDENTS: Continued from Page 1 School in Parkland, Florida, more mass shootings in public places have taken place and many students are speaking out for gun- control legislation. Vargas and Arrington are paying attention. On the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, which occurred in 1999, before he was born, Vargas said: "When I woke up, I thought about it-- 'today's the day' -- and then there was another shooting I found out about." "Even if it is not happening in Cloverdale, it is stressful. Just because you live here doesn't make you immune to bad events and occurrences Even though there is not a shooting happening right now, there's news about them. There is an anniversary of an event, protests about them and always something on social media, on TV or in commercials," Arrington said. "I've never really liked guns. But since our rally, it changed the meaning of school shootings for me. Wow, it's horrifying," Vargas said. Vargas and Arrington said they want to continue to be proactive. When asked if there was a message they'd like to share, they agreed they wanted to advocate for stronger gun laws -- and they want adults to know they believe gun violence should be ended. "Kids should not be afraid to go to school, to learn and have fun. School should be like a second home instead of being scared to go to school," Arrington said. "I feel the need to be stricter about the gun laws that are already in place." "Gun violence has no place in this world. We need to end gun violence in all places," Vargas said. "I would like to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people, and I would also like to point out that I would like stricter gun laws. I think they should make it harder to get a gun. I'd like to ban assault weapons except in military and law enforce- ment." "It is easier and takes less time to get a gun than it does to make plans with your friends for the weekend," said Arrington. 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