Is coke vegetarian?


So it was a real shock to me that given all the things going on this world that I was on the front page of the Sunday paper. I was stunned. I thought the article was great. I hope a lot of people come out and see the kids at Rock School play their hearts out. In any case I am again perplexed and moved by the “attention”. I just wanted my friends to know how this whole cancer thing was going. Now my life is an open book for anyone who might chose to read a chapter or verse. It is a bit intimidating. Typically, my thoughts are viewed by a much smaller group. Today over 400 people logged on for a peek. These visits from strangers only lasted minutes. Barely long enough to even get the smallest glimpse of my world. But that suits me fine. It is mostly a world inhabited by my friends and a few loving strangers.

Speaking of loving strangers…Dina came by today with her husband Ed and 2 year old son Owen. They came to bring me all the awesome pictures that her class did about getting rid of cancer. It made me feel really happy to spend time with her family. It was nice to just sit on the couch and watch their son play. We had a full house here throughout the day. Sadly, for most of it my stomach was twisting in knots. It is currently doing that now. This is the back and forth of nausea and stomach cramps combined with an occasional shift toward what I think may be hunger. But the hunger pang is fleeting so it gets the least attention. This is no weight watchers diet. And people leave long messages about me going vegan,organic,raw,etc. And I can not even handle water. Water upsets my stomach. I miss food!

I am still not on any pain medicine. So really my only complaint is this nausea. And really that’s not too bad given the situation. Right now I enjoy glass bottle coca-cola. That is my favorite. It always makes my stomach feel better. The three other medicines I am on…they do not always work as well as coke. Go figure. All my love. I am signing off for now since I feel a bit challenged. I will write tomorrow all about the Rock School show.

8 Responses to “Is coke vegetarian?”

  1. moira says:

    Does anything, medication, ginger, B vitamins, help the nausea?

  2. Susan says:

    Andrea, This is your cousin Suzi. When I opened this mornings paper, I just kept looking at the photo and saying to myself OMG this woman looks like my cousin Donna. Never once did it connect (that’s what happens when you get old) until I read further into the article and realized the reason for the similarity. I have lost all conatct with the miniscule family that is left & for that, I am truly sorry. But, more than that I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am to learn of your situation. I would really like to know if there is anything, anything at all that I can do for you or your family.

  3. Jeremy DiCandilo says:

    Andrea– I used to work at Jeff in the ER. I met you and your daughter, Bailey there in 2005. Bailey had cut her arm (I think) and came in to get sutured. Tough kid, no question where she gets it from after reading the Inquirer article. I’m a nurse now at Penn and when I saw the article, I just wanted to drop you a line. If I wasn’t working, I’d come to that concert. I hope you continue to keep your amazing spirit elevated. Jehovah Jireh!! Go Temple (class of ‘06). JD.

  4. Julia says:

    Oh my darling,

    It’s me from Temple. Latin American Studies Sememster.. I am so sorry you are so sick. That article was really awesome. The writer seems to have captured your spirit.

    You are so brave for being public, woman, think of all the people who suffer from diseases like this in silence. You are so inspiring…

    I have been out of the country since January (in Geneva) and am in town visiting my family until late January (the 23rd).. I will try to track you down tomorrow if I can find the show.

    I am also unemployed and broke as shit, so can’t offer you much accept maybe some company and I love to make veggie soup, and would be happy to bring some for the kids (if you are not feeling food these days)..

    Drop me a line if you have the time 🙂 and happy new years in case i dont make it out tomorrow night (but I will try)..

    stay tough momma ~


    PS The website isn’t really mine, but I made this page. It chronicles most of the work I did in Geneva last year (at least the sexier stuff) 😉

  5. Dina says:

    Thank you for allowing us to spend some quality time with you and your beautiful family today. It was the highlight of our holiday season. Hope tomorrow’s show rocks!

    Love, Dina

    PS: Look for some anti-nausea goodies coming your way by mail in a few days. I’m with you on the aversion to all things ginger! Let’s hope these work better…

  6. Dina says:

    PS: Coke is completely vegetarian unless you glaze a ham with it before downing it.



  7. We’ve never met…I don’t think? I’m just another SOR dad and a fellow human being and that makes us, sort of, family. All of our family will be at the TLA. May the massive wave of sound and good vibes created there flow straight to you and your family. With the new year we wish you health and above all …Peace.

  8. joshua says:

    flat coke is liquid magic for a tummy ache, man.