"Do what makes you happy."

by ShamrockGirl Email

Second verse same as the first! A little bit shorter and not at all worse!  Mom/Kathy had her second chemo treatment on Thursday.  This week she had a view of Lake Erie from her chemo suite.  The treatment only lasted one hour this week!  The benadryl knocked her out quickly.  She was having an early St. Patty's day celebration substituting benadryl for beer.  Chemo was followed by a stop at Au Bon Pain for her weekly cheese danish and a mocha latte.  Mom/Kathy's chemo nurse this week was Kristin, who donated our blog title of the week.  Kristin is an upbeat nurse who lives in Tremont.  More importantly, mama likes her...so she must be Irish!  Happy to report no nasty pain or side effects so far.

We have a new edition to the menu at the Shamrock Chalet Bed & Breakfast. Kristian (daughter/sister-in-law, NOT chemo nurse) made Kathy's Krunch Protein Bars to make sure mama/Kathy gets all the protein she needs to fight the nasty little microscopic enemy!

Greg was able to Skype in from New Zealand this week during our Saturday afternoon family St. Patty's Day Celebration...AKA blogging session.  We all piled on the couch to chat with him.

Kristian provided mom/Kathy with the healing powers of Reiki (see below for definition).  Mom/Kathy said this was first time she's been comfortable and relaxed while on her back since all this started.

 oh yeah, parking is still free!!!

Erin go bragh!!!

Little Miss Shamrock & Elfrhys


***Definition of reiki (n)

  • rei·ki
  • [ ráykeè ]
  1. alternative medical treatment: in alternative medicine, a treatment in which healing energy is channeled from the practitioner to the patient to enhance energy and reduce stress, pain, and fatigue

Technical Issues with Notifications

by ShamrockGirl Email

So, notifications are working!!!

Well, sort of...

I needed to put a workaround in place to make them send correctly while I finish tracking down the problem.  As a result, you may be receiving an email that is addressed to someone else's username, or you may receive multiple emails.  Or both.  However, at least you're receiving it!

My apologies for the problems; hopefully everything will be sorted out soon.


Mama's First Chemo

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One down, eight to go!  The worst part - anticipation - is over.  It was a three hour tour, she was only there from 11-2.  She was terrified going in, pleased on the way out.  They gave her benadryl to decrease nausea and help her relax.  Basically, she went in expecting discomfort & pain, and instead spent the day relaxing and getting good drugs that will kick the cancer's butt and shove it out the door!  While she relaxed in her private chemo suite, Dad/Jack sat in attendance at her side doting on her every need.  She's already making plans for what to pack in her chemo bag next week (since the chemo chair is not perfectly comfortable).  She's still incredibly excited about the free parking.


Meanwhile, back at the Shamrock Chalet Bed and Breakfast, Mom/Kathy is resting comfortably and Dad/Jack is happily creating new menu items to tempt her appetite. The newest addition to the menu is the Egg McJack, a delicious egg sandwich with spinach, red pepper, asparagus, cheese and Jack's Secret Spice Mix (recipe available upon request...for a nominal fee, chemo is expensive :) )



Things are progressing, stay tuned for more news!

Until next time,

Little Miss Shamrock & Elfrhys


by ShamrockGirl Email

Don't mind us, we are just testing notification system :-)

Karla & Ang


by ShamrockGirl Email

Before any medical updates there are two very important items that Kathy would like to be included. First, on Tuesday she needed to have blood drawn. We were sitting in the waiting area.

It was quite full. A woman arrived with two small children; one asked her mom, “Why are we here?” Mom said, “I need to have a test done.” The oldest of these two a girl, about 5 years old, immediately shouted, “Oh Boy, mommy’s getting a Princess test. A princess test!” This brought smiles to all present.

Second, Kathy wants everybody to know that during her chemo program she gets . . . wait for it . . . FREE PARKING! Now that is a big deal to Kathy.


We met with Dr. Rose on Tuesday. She has a large tumor mass on her right ovary. His review of the clinical data he had indicated that the probable stage of the cancer was Stage IV. The use of the word “probable” is because we are starting with chemotherapy. Evidently staging generally is a surgery thing.

Kathy starts chemotherapy tomorrow Friday March 7. She will do nine weeks (three cycles). At the conclusion of these treatments Dr Rose will review the progress. If all is as expected then she will be scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor. This will more than likely be followed by more chemotherapy.

For now, please send thoughts, good wishes, and positive vibes her way. Feel free to send emails through the “Contact” link on the blog. Do remember that the Shamrock Chalet is a “no-negativity” zone!

Meet The Oncologist

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Biographical Sketch

Peter G. Rose, MD, is Section Head and Fellowship Director of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic. 

Dr. Rose attended the St. Louis School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., after completing his BA in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.

Professional Highlights

  • Principal Investigator: Gynecologic Oncology Group, 1990-1992, 1995-Current
  • Study Chairman: Gynecologic Oncology Group, various trials
  • Study Chairman: SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. A Phase I study of oral topotecan and liposomal doxorubicin (Doxil) as second-line therapy in ovarian, peritoneal and tubal carcinoma. A Phase I/II study of carboplatin and topotecan as second-line therapy in platinum-sensitive ovarian or peritoneal carcinoma.
  • Study Chairman: Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals. A Phase II study of weekly paclitaxel and carboplatin as second-line therapy in platinum-sensitive ovarian or peritoneal carcinoma.
  • Study Chairman: Eli Lilly & Company. A phase II randomized study of gemcitabine and carboplatin utilizing two different dose schedules in patients with recurrent ovarian or peritoneal carcinoma.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Gynecologic Oncology
Buffalo, NY USA
Residency - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Columbus, OH USA
Residency - Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN USA
Medical School - Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA
Medical School - Saint Louis University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA
Undergraduate - University of Connecticut
Biochemistry and Biophysics
Storrs, CT USA


  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology- Gynecologic Oncology

Specialty Interests

Cervical Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, gynecologic cancer surgery, gynecologic oncology, Laparoscopic Surgery, molecular basis of gynecologic cancers, Ovarian Cancer, ovarian cancer screening and treatment, vulvar cancer

Awards & Honors

  • Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Massachusetts, 1991
  • Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 1994
  • Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO), Medical Student Teaching Award, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, 1998
  • Best Doctors, Cleveland magazine, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006-2008

Additional Training

  • Laser Certification, Grant Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, 1984 
  • Laser Certification, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, N.Y., 1988 


  • Gynecologic Oncology Group Principal Investigator (PI): 2/1990-11/1992, 2/1995-7/2002, 1/2004-Current; Affiliate PI: 11/1992-2/1995, 7/2002-1/2004; Member, Developmental Therapeutics Committee: 1/1996-Current (Section Head, Cervical Cancer 1/2003); Member, Phase I Committee: 1/1997-Current; Member, Ovarian Committee: 1/1998-Current
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1992-1998
  • New England Cancer Society, 1991-1992
  • New England Association of Gynecologic Oncologists; Candidate Member 1989, Member 1992-Current
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncologists; Candidate Member 1989, Member 1992; Member Education Committee, 1994-1997; Editor of SGO Issues, 1995-1998; Member of the Communications Committee, 1996-1997; Member of the Coding Committee, 1999-Current; Member of the Program Committee, 2001

Initial Update

by ShamrockGirl Email

Hello everyone,
I would like to convey some news regarding Kathleen.

Recently she has been feeling bloated and generally tired. This has been going on for several weeks. She had an appointment Tuesday which resulted in some blood work and a CT scan. To cut to the chase she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Okay, bad news, but there is a lot we do not know yet. We do not know what stage it is in or what the prognosis is. We will meet with an oncologist this week. Then we will know more, like what stage it is in, recommended treatment protocol etc. She has been to Lutheran Hospital to have the fluid removed and more tests.  Now we await the next phase.

Love to all,

Kathy and Jack

Here we go...

by ShamrockGirl Email

Aaand we have a blog!  :)

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