(I just got cancer) About to start cycle three of chemotherapy
I have marked my titles by the day, but I am changing my format as my son has given me some tips for my blog. I am starting my third round of chemotherapy tomorrow. At this time, I am at day 75 of finding out I have cancer. It is still hard for me to believe. It is surreal at times, but physically I feel it big time. My biggest concern has been the huge drop in my red and white blood cells as well as my chronic anemia. I am curious how my numbers will be tomorrow prior to chemotherapy. I will actually get to see my oncologist tomorrow which is good. He may want to check more on my treatment, so I am a bit anxious about that. I plan on good news. I have taken the advice of my nurse and eating more protein. She told me that my blood levels may do better if I eat 100mg of protein a day, especially the two days prior and after chemotherapy. Greek yogurt is a very good source of protein, which is great and easy to eat when you do not feel like eating.
I recently had a birthday and my children and a young lady who is like my daughter took me to a lovely dinner. It was very nice. I was feeling weak in my legs, but was able to make it. They had the waiter put a candle for each year which we will keep a mystery, but lets just say it looked like the cake was on fire! It was amazing and a total treat. One of my neighbors came by not knowing my birthday was this month and brought roses and all kinds of fruit. Another one dropped by with coffee cake and my “adopted daughter” sent me a beautiful bouquet as well. My daughter makes jewelry and made me a lovely crystal necklace and earrings. My son got some cute and comfortable chairs for our deck. They have also been getting me little surprises this month which as been really nice. I am going to get myself in the pool today. My port got itchy, but after talking to the nurse, she thought it was from the sun. I need to put sunscreen on when I swim. I tend to forget to do that. So don’t forget your sun screen when you are on chemotherapy or have a new incision that has to heal as your skin can burn.
It is so lovely outside today, I am going to take advantage of the day prior to chemotherapy and sit outside to enjoy the yard and some exercise in the pool. We have to be grateful for each day as every day is a gift. May God Bless Everyone and keep strong no matter what it is you are going through. We will all have the strength in ourselves and we will find it to keep fighting all our battles.
Smile and Laugh today and everyday,
I have been so wiped out since getting blood that I can’t believe it. I must admit I have also been a bit depressed and having a very hard time dealing with all of these chemotherapy complications. I have had to take a few days to get my head on straight. I took until yesterday for me to finally start to break my unhappy streak. I hate to say I felt sorry for myself, but I did. I realize these are just human emotions, but I have really struggled to get myself positive again. My nurse came by and gave me a good pep talk. She also said it is normal to have times like this and not to beat myself up about it. My poor children could not even get me to swim or anything for a few days, let along blog. I want anyone who is going through similar issues with chemotherapy to know they are not alone. We all get down and depressed. One of the best things is for us to go outside and get some sun. I finally did that yesterday and I did start to feel a bit better.
Yesterday, my children were finally able to get me to eat healthier. I had salmon, broccoli, shikate mushrooms, rice, and coleslaw with mandarin oranges and cranberry. I am also having shakes with protein. Now my nurse explained to me that to boost up myself before chemotherapy from now on, I need to eat at least 100mg of protein each day. She told me it is the protein that will help me tolerate the chemotherapy drugs better, especially with anemia, and low red and white blood cells. I am also taking aranesp for red blood cell production and neulasta for white blood cells production. I am even getting iron shots and taking slow release iron. My children are going to take me for a ride today to look at the beautiful scenery around us. I really need that. The sun is out and shining so I need to absorb some vitamin D in sun too.
I have some extra arm exercise. I am working on those so I can be able to do my things for myself. I just can’t get the pain in my arms to improve, which is supposedly due to polymyelitis rheumatica. My oncologist said it may also be part of a symptom of the peritoneal cancer. Thankfully, my abdominal pain has still been under control. My legs are still extremely weak and I fatigue just walking in the house. It is exhausting for me to exercise, but I know I have to so I can get stronger. Once my red blood cells, white blood cells and anemia improve, I will get more energy back. I know I just have to deal with this no matter how hard it is.
I am continuing all my herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals. My biggest things to work on now are boosting my protein, exercise and keeping myself positive. “I will keep positive and beat cancer, I will keep positive and beat cancer, I will keep positive and beat cancer”. On that note, I am going to get myself in our backyard and sit in the sun for awhile. Of course, I can only sit in the sun for a short time due to the cancer, but sunscreen works. We can all do this and I will kick myself a bit and do my best to get back to you on my daily routine.
Laugh all you can and get some sunshine!
I feel a bit stronger after getting blood yesterday. My visiting nurse came to my home to check my blood pressure, temperature, strength and evaluate how I am doing. Since all my blood levels dropped so low they are checking on me one to two times a week. I went to my chiropractor today for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer. I was in so much pain in my legs and back from sitting so long yesterday that I really needed to go. My mobility is a bit better from my chiropractic treatment.
I also worked on my upper body arm exercises, but just did not feel up to going swimming today. It was still quite hot, but tolerable. As always, I keep up with all my herbal supplements and juicing every day. My son is home and between he and my daughter, they are after me to hydrate and eat as much cancer fighting foods as possible.
My children also got a low-calorie muscle builder to give me once a day as my muscles have deteriorated quite a bit. Some of this has been from taking prednisone for three years. My primary care doctor kept treating me for polymyelitis rheumatica, but the prednisone probably masked the cancer and the polymyelits rheumatica was a precursor to my type of cancer as told to me by my oncologist. That is still so frustrating to my family and I. If I did not get the pain I had back in June and go to the emergency room, I may have never found out I have cancer. That goodness I finally found out! It is not what you want to hear, but now I have a fighting chance. “I will get rid of my cancer, I will get rid of my cancer, I will get rid of my cancer.”
Have a great day all,
I got two pints of blood today. I had to go to an infusion center this time. It was a small extension of the hospital I went to last time, but in another town. It was very uncomfortable today as they have recliners that were hard and my body is very sore today. I wonder if I am going to need blood after each round of chemotherapy. We will see. I feel a bit less short of breath tonight. I am still exhausted though. “I am going to feel well and beat cancer, I am going to feel well and beat cancer, I am going to feel well and beat cancer.”
My son was a big help today and stayed with me at the infusion center. Tonight, he has been doing chores at home for me. My daughter made me kale, spinach, mushroom, tomatillo and garlic veggies with mashed potatoes. These are good to fight cancer and get iron. I am dehydrated feeling tonight and have been drinking green tea and now water. I also drank my Odwalla super green.
I am going to get some rest and hope to have more energy tomorrow. Wishing health to all,
I have had a rough week fighting cancer and my treatment of chemotherapy. I was not feeling well this week and started getting short of breath and weak. Last week I had been told my CA125 had dropped in half and that meant that the chemotherapy was working. Well, it turns out the chemo is also hard for my body and this week my hemoglobin, red blood cells, hematocrit and white blood cells dropped very low again. Now I am taking more medication for my white blood cells to increase. I also have to get blood again tomorrow. I knew I was feeling more fatigued, but I thought is was the heat which has been extreme. Looks like it was more than that. One of the other things that I notice when my blood levels drop is I am more short of breath, which is the anemia. I also started getting a bit of a cough, which my be the low white blood cells.
I have also been getting twinges that feel like electrical shocks in my body which my oncologist said is the Taxol which is one of my chemotherapy drugs. Taxol is also the chemotherapy drug that makes your hair fall out.
I still continue to take all my herbal supplements such as Protandim which I got as livelifehealer.com, turmeric, coral calcium, all the vitamins you can think of as well as Odwalla juices. I really believe they help me have more energy. I have still been able to eat pretty well this week and have not had much nausea. I do get a headache every time I have chemotherapy though and I take Tylenol for that. Luckily my abdominal pain is still under control.
I was not able to blog for a few days as my internet was down. Happily I am up and running again.
My daughter surprised me this week by taking me to get a wig and some cute comfortable material hats for my birthday. That was just the pick me up I needed. I am enjoying my hats and am going to use my wig for special outings.
I feel so much better knowing we got our mortgage payment! My daughter’s boss was so nice, he gave her a personal loan so we could pay our house payment. That is so fantastic! I have been so worried. Whew! Now we have to keep on top of things as best as we can. I knew something good would happen and it did.
Physically, I feel like my arms are a bit stronger, but I can tell I am exercising due to the aches and pains in my arms, which is good. It takes hard work and some pain to get stronger. The heat was intense today and it is after 10PM and probably over 90 degrees in the house right now. It could be freezing, so I am lucky.
My taste buds are strange this week. Everything for the last few days seems salty. It is weird how my mouth changes. My Odawalla superfood still tastes great thank goodness! I got beautiful sunflowers from one of my neighbors today. What a nice pick me up!
I am rather worn out tonight, from the heat so I will keep it short. Much love to all and keep believing in what you want and whatever faith you have, may your prayers come true.
Had a nice couple of days and enjoyed the weekend after chemo. It has been so nice not feeling so sick this round. Getting the good news of my CA125 dropping of course helped. As I mentioned, this is a tumor marker to track and see how I am progressing. I have been doing my arm exercises and swimming a bit which has been nice as it has been over 100 the last couple of days. I have been getting rest as well and just taking it easy overall. I have been able to eat with out nausea and that has been very nice. My pain is under control so on the health end I feel very blessed.
I am keeping my chin up on our home. My daughter is going to ask her boss if he can help her somehow. I pray he will help and then she will figure out how to pay him back. If not, I have to remember health first the rest will follow. In a positive light “We will pay our mortgage on time, we will pay our mortgage on time, we will pay our mortgage on time”
I enjoyed the ending ceremony of the Olympics tonight. What a wonderful sight-seeing all the world come together. I wish it could always be like this. This is the first time I have ever seen so much of the Olympics and I loved them.
To all good things for all,