It’s been quite a month and I need to tell you what’s been going on with me.


First, the results from all the scans and labwork from April were good. I had an appointment on my mom’s birthday (May 7th),, but nearly missed it because I had remembered the wrong time. Fortunately, my doctor saw Victor and me in the waiting room and took her time.

The Trip

Later that day, we left for France in two cars: I drove my mom’s car and we took the two dogs, Puk and Jaap. Jaap is our Dalmatian dog from the dog rescue. Victor and Nancy followed with the luggage. We had two apartments side by side in the Hippotel in Le Touquet, about an hour south of Calais in Northern France. Thursday it rained all day but Nancy and I walked on the beach with the dogs. Friday was better and at the end of the day we had sun.


Le Touquet


The Bite

While I was sitting on the grass, Jaap jumped at Puk and wanted to bite him. I tried to intervene and was bitten myself. It hurt terribly, and I was bleeding. Jaap’s teeth were deep in my wrist and the bone hurt badly. It was the wrong thing to do – to try to stop him – and he had not meant to bite me. But there we were, my hand badly hurt. Victor dressed the wound and I lay down to try to get over the pain. The next day, Victor drove me back home, with Jaap on the back seat. Once we got back we went to the hospital where the doctor gave me a tetanus vaccination (mine had just expired) and prescribed an antibiotics cure.

The Shock

A week later, on Saturday, I noticed a rash developing. When I was in the hospital in oktober 2012, I had also developed a rash because of the antibiotics. Turns out I was still very allergic. That night, we went to the hospital again and the doctor prescribed anti-itch medication. I slept all day Sunday and Monday but Victor didn’t feel good about it and called the doctor. The doctor checked my pulse which he found too high and my bloodpressure too low. My temperature was 40.3 C. His conclusion was that I had an anaphylactic shock. The ambulance took me to the hospital where they pumped me full of fillers and other junk – adrenaline, dexamethasone, prednisone etc.

hands & IV

I had to stay two nights and was then discharged. My whole body is covered by the rash, but the medication makes it bearable. Here’s a photo of my arm:

rash arm

On Thursday I felt very weak – which turned out to be my low bloodpressure again (78/39). My doctor advised me to eat licorice to raise my bloodpressure.

The training

Friday I attended the training for the ambassadors for work and cancer. It was good to meet the others and be part of a group of like-minded individuals who have all had similar experiences. The past few days my face and legs have been swollen – my ankles are thick again. I hope to get back to work again this week and get back to normal.

It is time to stop the needless suffering of animals

Dear friends,

I hope you will forgive me for this sad post. I have been worried about animals for a long time, and now is the time I would like to share my grievances with you to see if together we can make the pain stop. I truly believe we live in a time where more than ever we can make a difference to the world just by sharing and taking action, however small. Last time I wrote about the Tara Bodong foundation, a few very motivated women who are helping the Tibetan families and girls who live as outcasts in the province of Arunachal Pradesh, an area where no one can come without permission. This time I wish to share my thoughts with you about the needless suffering to animals.

Victor told me about some movies that have been circulating on Facebook about dolphins being slaughtered in Japan and on the Faro Islands. On the Faro Islands the people kill hundreds of dolphins (grinds) in a yearly festival.

The animals are wounded and slaughtered in a brutal way. The Islanders, however, believe they are keeping the Viking tradition alive in this way. The bay turns red with blood and the animals are extremely frightened. The result is a grim and desolate landscape of dead dolphins. When Victor told me about this, he was very emotional. I think it is absolutely wrong to hurt animals in this way. The movie The Cove which won an Academy Award in 2009 has brought this bloody drama to the screen, I have yet to see it.

dolphin Faroe_whale_massacre

Seashepard is trying to do something about this barbaric and needless slaughter. This organization was founded by Paul Watson in 1977 and aims to save the life in our seas and ocean.  They have started a campaign to stop the bloodshed. Please spread the word so that we can hope to do something about this.

Dolphins are lovely creatures, incapable of hurting anyone or anything. They are highly intelligent, communicating by sonar, and live in social groups. When I lived in La Jolla, we saw many dolphins whilst kayaking. I felt a strong sense of life and beauty when I saw them. That why it pains me so much to see them being hurt in this way. Please spread this post to anyone you can to tell them: yes we can do something about the suffering.