(I Just Got Cancer) Hello I Am Back And Pushing Forward
Hello everyone! Despite cancer and many other obstacles I am now able to blog again. Since my last post, my world unraveled and it has been a great struggle. Our financial problems got very bad. We were and continue to struggle to keep our home due to having problems paying our mortgage, then we got behind in utilities, phone and etc. It is a spiral effect and you know how it goes, you can only pay what you can. My daughter’s work has been very slow for three months and her income has suffered. My son ended up in the ER for severe pain and ended up having a kidney stone. His doctors said they would treat with pain medication and it would pass. Little did we know, that was not going to happen. He spent about a month is severe pain until one night, he could barely urinate. He had to have emergency surgery. The surgeon performed the surgery late in the day and sent him home less than two hours after it. Of course, he ended up back in the ER within three hours. Turned out the 6mm stone had been lodged for so long that it caused severe swelling. He either had to endure a few more weeks of pain or have a stent placed in the urethra to keep it open. He decided to tough it out. Thankfully, he is now well and recovered.
Let me talk about myself. Since my last blog, I have had my follow-up PET scan. I saw my Oncologist and he gave me favorable results. My cancer has improved signifigantly. I really did not realize how sick I was with stage 4 peritoneal cancer. I had lymph nodes in my chest that have now resolved as well as pleural effusions in my lungs and fluid around my heart which is also resolved. My adbominal area now only shows some minimal hypermetabolic activity over 2 parts of the colon. This means there is an increase in inflammation in those areas. Now, the reasons can be that the tumors are still shrinking or the tumors are still there or infection. My Oncologist said that for two to three months after chemotherapy the tumors can still shrink. He thinks that is what this is. I have to tell you I am so excited that I am better, but still freaked out about the possibilty that there may still be some cancer. I have to have another PET Scan the end of the month and see my Oncologist in March. I have had a cough for the last few weeks, so I am scared, but I know I have to keep positive. It is such a challenge. I continue to be weak and do not have much energy, but he also told be that can take 6 or more months to improve. I do my best to be active when I can. I walk a bit, but not for long. I also still have severe pain in my arms from my polymyelits rheumatica or myalgia. Seems like my doctors call it two different ways. It is easy for me to get frustrated when I can barely lift my arms. Trust me the exercises are a “bitch”.
I have continued to take my iron twice a day as I am still anemic. I have continued all my vitamin regime, including Protandim, which I purchase at Livelifehealer.com. I also continue with Turmeric which helps with inflammation. I still do my juicing of Odwalla supergreen when we can afford it. We had help from the Ceres Project for heathly food last year for 12 weeks which was so wonderful. We do our best to purchase healthy items, but as everyone on a budget knows that can be costly. I find it frustrating that as an example, sea bass if very healthy for cancer, yet is is super expensive. Of course salmon is also healthy, still costly, but not as much as sea bass. Protein is very important as I have mentioned in the past, but if you do protein shakes and supplements, prices vary quite a bit. You really have to shop around to find the lowest prices. Organic, raw/fresh are always the best, again not cheap. This is where I end up not getting the organic due to cost, but do try to eat the fruits and veggies that are on sale. Do what you can I say and keep plugging along. I know that most of the world sturggles and we all have to keep fighting to keep going. We have to believe our health will be with us and the world will somehow provide financially as long as we pray, have faith, work hard, stay positive and are good to one another.
Remember life is a gift and I know I want to keep my life going for many years to come. Thank you for letting me in your lives to share my thoughts. As long as I can keep my internet on, I will do my best to drop in as often as possible with updates or cancer tips.
God Bless You,