(I just got cancer) – Finished Cycle Four Of Chemotherapy
I finally finished cycle four of chemotherapy. I have been under so much stress from my health to finances that it has been a very challenging cycle. I feel like I am being challenged every day. I have had to work very hard at keeping myself positive and that has not been easy. Being positive in my outlook is extremely important and I realize my health comes first, but not having our mortgage payment this month is freaking me and my family out! My children have been checking into programs, but we have not had any luck. “Somehow our mortgage will get paid, somehow our mortgage will get paid, somehow our mor-gage will get paid.”
My daughter was able to get us an organization that is a food program to help patients with have cancer and are on chemotherapy. It is a meal donation program that is in my local area. If you have cancer and are reading this, ask your Oncologist if there are any meal assistance programs in your area. We are so grateful for this help as it is healthy meals prepared with cancer fighting foods. I also is a way to teach you how to learn to eat right now and for the rest of your life. I had butternut squash that was topped with ground chicken, tabouli and garbanzo beans. I also had a kale salad. It was very good.
As far as my health, I am doing well with treatment except for the usual anemia, low red blood cells and low white blood cells. I had to take neulasta again to build my white blood cells again. I am still anemic, but not low enough for blood, so I am taking iron. I still feel very weak, but have been doing as much exercise as possible. I still do my best to consume up to 12 glasses of water, tea or juice. Green tea is very good against fighting cancer. I also drink Odwalla super green food, carrot juice, orange juice and lots of water.
I have kept up with taking many vitamins and minerals such as A, E, B-12, Cranberry, coral calcium, selenium, turmeric and Protandim which I get from http://www.livelife healer.com
Well, I am going to keep the faith that somehow our mortgage will get paid and I will keep working through my chemotherapy. I will survive. We will all be strong together.
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 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 was actually hungry and able to eat today. I will be having my second dose of my double chemotherapy medication on thursday. I was told that just when I felt good the “double whammy” would come next. That’s all goo though as I am so grateful to feel more “normal” today. I decided to tell my daughter we should get some dinner out and take a ride. So, that is exactly what we did tonight. In fact, I felt so good we swam first and then watched Michael Phelps get his 19th metal and then we went out to eat. We ate at a local pizza restaurant which was fun and I was craving their specialty salad and wrapped pizza dogs. I was able to eat and so far no nausea. So exciting for a change.
I even spent the day by myself and managed well. I kept the house closed until this evening so it would not be so hot. Watching all the swimming events with the Olympics is so thrilling to me. It has encouraged me to get up and moving. Speaking of moving, I am going to have a physical therapist next week to help me with my arthritis.
I am very optimistic with my cancer. My daughter told me the doctor she works for told her that many times my type of cancer is quick to respond to chemotherapy. “I plan on getting rid of my cancer…I am going to get rid of my cancer, I am going to get rid of my cancer”.
My daughter got my turmeric today. I realized I had spelled it incorrectly-sorry about that. It really helps with inflammation. Remember to get the one that is 95% potency. My headache also left today and that was a great relief. I still take iron everyday and am supposed to start extra shots to boost my iron levels this week. I know I will have more energy if I can get my hemoglobin in the normal range. If you feel weak, short of breath,fatigued and are pale, these are signs of anemia.
I got a lovely bouquet of yellow and white lilies, some smaller looking lilies that are orange, baby’s breath with green filler from a young lady who is like a daughter to me…just beautiful and uplifting!
On that note, Have a Blessed Day and enjoy all life can offer,