(I Just Got Cancer) Started My Fourth Round Of Chemotherapy
I started my fourth round of chemotherapy three days ago. I have been very tired, but felt a bit stronger today. My Nurse Practitioner decided to reduce my chemotherapy medications a bit as she thought they were possible getting too toxic for me. My last dose had made me very sick and I am still weak from that. I take Taxol and Carboplatin. I did not qualify to get blood this time. I am still taking iron though just to help me keep as strong as possible. I have really had to force myself to drink as much water and juices possible so I do not get dehydrated. I am sorry I have not been blogging much lately. I have just felt so tired this last month. I will do my best to get back to blogging more often. This last month I have had to force myself to exercise, drink water and get out of bed. For anyone else who feels like this with chemotherapy just know “shit happens”. My Nurse practitioner even told my daughter and myself not to stress about feeling overwhelmed and frustrated about finances, it just happens and we have to allow ourselves to cry and vent. We have been doing both when we feel the need. I just suggest that if you need to cry you do. I will hang in there and keep on going. My best to everyone.
(I just got cancer) Chemo complications and a trip to the ER)
I am finally back to my blog. It has been a long week. On my last entry I thought I was feeling better, but that morning I started vomiting violently. My daughter said it was like the exorcist. I was vomiting and just could not stop. We called my Oncologist and they sent me to the hospital. It turns out I was dehydrated. I had to get fluids for a day. I have been drinking more water and have had to get more rest this last week. I also did not take chemotherapy last week and may skip this week.
I am in the middle of my treatments and about to start cycle four of six soon. Unfortunately, the Taxol has really been knocking my red and white cells down. I am still anemic and not sure if I will need to get blood before the nest cycle. Therefore, lots of fluids and healthy eating. I have been doing some physical therapy as well.
I also got surprise company this week and this has been a huge treat. I just wanted to give a quick note and let you know I am alive and kicking.
Keep up the fluids. If you are on chemotherapy drink 12 glasses of water of juice a day.
(I just got cancer) Finished cycle three of chemotherapy
I finished cycle three of chemotherapy and I am at the half way mark of treatment. My complete blood panel was very low though and I have not been feeling well the last few days. I have just been too weak to do anything. My hemoglobin dropped so low I qualified for blood again, but my oncologist decided to have me take aranasp. My white blood cells also dropped very low and I had to take neulasta. My oncologist and nurse told me that these two medications help build white and red blood cells, but I may get pain in my spine and joints. Well, of course that is what happened.
When I get blood my energy picks up pretty fast, but this time I have been feeling wiped out! Yes, treatment can really be a bitch, but I am so grateful to have the opportunity for treatment. My last tumor markers were in normal range. They drew them again, but I will not get those results for two weeks. Since my white blood cells are so low, and I had to take the neulasta, I have to take a week off from treatment. I am hoping to get some energy again and not feel so weak. It seems to be taking awhile this time.
I had physical therapy today and I struggled through it, but my therapist told me it will help me get my strength back. I know that, but I have literally been having a hard time just getting out of bed the last few days. It is another hill to climb and I know I can get over it. My daughter is helping and going to help me finish typing. She made a homemade cream of Potato and veggie soup which was very good tonight. My son got endive for iron. Just eating was a challenge today. I feel pathetic when I get like this. It is all part of treatment and I need to remember not to be hard on myself. I want to remind everyone to drink a lot of water and that means ten or more glasses of non-caffeinated or carbonated drinks. I have not been doing that well enough the last few days and I can feel the difference. I am drinking more water again today.
I also had constipation and bloating for a couple of days from the medication. This does not help either. Just one thing after the other. Cancer is not for sissies. I think it is a challenge every day. I love the good ones though and plan on many great days ahead.
I need to say Goodnight. Hang tough,
(I just got cancer) Physical therapy while on chemotherapy
I have one more dose of chemotherapy to go in cycle three. It will be in a couple of days. For the last few days I have been working hard on my physical therapy exercises. I had been getting weak for 3 years due to polymelitis rheumatic in my arms, that with cancer I have not had much strength in my arms or legs at all. It has been a battle doing physical therapy exercises, but I feel like the pain is worth it. I am able to use my arms more and was able to wash dishes this week. I even made Quiche!
My Oncologist told me that it is important to be as active as possible when you are on chemotherapy. I even walked up a steep hill which was quite an accomplishment for me. I have also been keeping my protein levels up and drinking plenty of fluids. My depression is better this week. Instead my poor daughter has struggled with some depression this week due to health and financial issues. Getting outside and walking helped her too. We have to remember to “smell the roses”. Sometimes we just can’t quite see it if you know what I mean. We have so much to be thankful for. My tumor markers in normal range and that is the best news ever! My biggest problems are my low red and white blood cells and low hemoglobin. I am suppose to get aranesp and neulasta this week.
I will continue to keep on smilin! Much health and happiness to all my readers!
(I just go cancer) Had my second chemo dose of cycle three
Yesterday I had my second dose of chemo of cycle three. I am almost half way into my treatment. I as very concerned what the chemo did to my blood counts. My hemoglobin dropped down by 2 points which is not great as it is below normal. My white blood cells and red blood cells also dropped below normal. I got to see my Oncologist and he told me this is normal and from the chemotherapy drugs. He said not to worry and next time I will probably get my aransp to increase my red blood cells and my neulasta to increase my white blood cells. He is hopeful that I may not need blood.
I did get some wonderful news…My tumor markers (CA-125) dropped to 15 which is in the normal range. This is an excellent sign that treatment is working. I am so grateful! Now I need to keep positive and not stress that I feel weak. It is expected when my hemoglobin keeps dropping with the chemotherapy.
Tonight I am actually getting ready to prepare Quiche. I am going to make it full of vegetables to fight off cancer. It will be a bit of a challenge to cook, but I am going to see how I do. My daughter will help me. Now remember, shiitake mushrooms, onions, kale, spinach, broccoli, zucchini and carrots are all very healthy. I will be using all these great veggies tonight.
I am telling the universe I am going to be well and money will come. I know it is an up and down hill in life, but I can do this. “I can do this, I can do this, I can do this”.
Smile all you can and believe in yourself,
(I just got cancer) Struggling with chemotherapy and depression.
I have been having a wave of depression the last few days. I keep having so many ups and downs. I think it is from my last double dose of chemotherapy. The taxol and carbopentin just take so much out of me. When I get weak, I end up stressing and it works on me and I get depressed. I want to be able to do things, but my body just won’t cooperate. It is so upsetting. Of course I then let my anxiety get over me and I over stress on our financial problems. I know we all have financial issues, but right now I am freaking out as I see my children stressing on how to keep up with everything with them missing so much work. “I know I will get well and money will come, I know I will get well and money will come, I know I will get well and money will come”.
The weather is cooler which helps me. The heat was really making me feel wiped out. This week I am having a hard time walking and my legs are weak. I am somewhat concerned about my blood panel levels. I will get them done tomorrow and see my oncologist. I am not even half way into chemo, so I need to hang in there. I have to see the bright side of things and I do not have abdominal pain or nausea. If I need blood again, then that is just going to be what I have to do. I am getting neulasta to increase my white blood cells, aransp to increase my red blood cells and I have gotten two iron shots. I am hoping for good results tomorrow.
I wish everyone well,
(I Just Got Cancer) Three Days Into Cycle Three of Chemotherapy
I am three days into cycle three of chemotherapy. I was not able to get my blog to post the other day. I thought I lost it, but is was still in draft, so I decided to post it today, as well as an update for today which Sunday on Labor Day Weekend. I can’t believe how fast the time is going this year. It seems like a blur. My children are home and they took me for a ride yesterday. My daughter helped me get ready and I put my wig on. Since it is too hard for me to shop, my children had me sit in the restaurant area of a “super grocery store” while they shopped. I was just sitting and relaxing when a man in his 40’s came and talked with me. It was so flattering that he thought I was much younger than I am. I did not even say I had cancer. It really made me feel better. I think that was one of the best pick me ups I could have ever had.
As I mentioned in my last blog, my red blood cells, white blood cells and hemoglobin have improved. Thank goodness! Today, my legs are very weak. I want to do things, but my body tells me different. My doctor encourages me to get up and move so I am going to get myself up and get some air today. If I am up to it, by children want to take me for a picnic tomorrow. That would be nice. It is beautiful outside today. Oh, speaking of that I say the moon last night and it was so magnificent. It had a blue hue at one time and a yellow one at another time. We have to remember to live and enjoy the world around us. Besides, ” I am going to get cured from cancer, I am going to get cured from cancer, I am going to get cured from cancer!”
Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend,