Daylilies Everywhere and I’m Feeling Good!

Author: Gloria Dunetz
July 1, 2009

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We live on a lovely home where the backyard is all day lilies of every conceivable color. It’s so amazing that you can’t believe it unless you see it. This is one of the things in my life that gives me courage to continue to fight my disease. We also have a horse foal who I adore which keeps me outside more than usual.

I am presently on my pill Xeloda cycle and I must say that this is one of the “miracle” drugs on the market today. You take it by mouth. Unfortunately there’s no free lunch so its side effects are red and burning hands and feet. But, according to my last PET scan the drug is keeping my cancer at bay and that’s all that’s important to me.

Side-Out was invited by the White House to supply Volleyball nets for their annual Congressional picnic. It was quite exciting for our people that attended. The Volleyball net proved to be most successful with little kids but it was the center of attention because the kids were using beach balls which were given to them by the White House and the Volleyballs were being used to play Soccer.  Not exactly what we expected.  Sadly I wasn’t there – much too hot for me. I’m sure there will be pictures posted on our blog soon.

So, thank goodness, I’m feeling well and am able to enjoy my life, each minute is prescious. We are always eager to have people read our blog and respond to it. I’ve been battling Cancer for 12 years and like to keep up with the science of the disease. Hopefully, in the near future they will find more kind drugs like Xeloda, instead of the heavy duty chemo drugs.



  • Kathy Murdock

    I’m so glad to hear that you are feeling well and that Xeloda is doing the trick. Congratulations on your 12 years as a survivor. I’m at the 6 year mark this summer and haven’t needed chemo for 3 years. Just arimidex for me right now.

    How exciting to have a foal. That must be so fun. Every minute is indeed precious, so you just keep getting out there an enjoying every one of them.

  • Your garden sounds truly beautiful. Would you share a photo or two of your daylilies?
    Blessings and prayers to you and your battle with cancer. My father fought renal and finally brain cancer for 17 years. You are absolutely correct, without those amazing drugs, my dad would have missed the birth of 5 of his grandchildren. He was right outside the delivery room for the birth of my youngest. God bless and have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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  • Gloria,

    Hey there, I wanted to let you know I posted the photos of your garden, and I shared a bit about the Side-out Foundation on my blog.
    Thanks again for the beautiful photos. Best of luck in all that you do! God bless.


  • Marti Decker

    Better late than never to mention my stupendous week with you. Your White House comment reminded me of the fabulous picture I took of Bryant leaning against his truck wearing jeans and a baseball hat and picking up his phone to a call from the White House requesting Side-Out’s crew to set up for volley ball . We had a great and memorable day not there and doing our thing anyway. Love little horsey baby and the day lilles are just magnificent to say the least. love you as ever, your baby sister, Marti