(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,
(I just got cancer) Started Cycle Three Of Chemotherapy
Yesterday I started cycle three of chemotherapy. I am so happy that my white blood cells and red blood cells are on the low side of normal now. I am still a bit anemic, but my hemoglobin increased form 8.0 to 12.5 which is really good. The last 2 pints of blood helped quite a bit. I am now going to have a week off in between each cycle as I need to take the neulasta after each cycle. This is the drug that helps the body to make white blood cells.
My chemotherapy session including my visit with my nurse practitioner took 6 hours. I was so exhausted when I got home that I had to go to bed. Today, I have been very flush and have had a severe headache. It is a little better tonight. I have been drinking a lot of water and Gatorade. I also have been taking Tylenol and using cold compresses. I always have a hard week when I have my two chemotherapy drugs, Taxol and Carbopentin. I also get dexsamethasone which is a steroid with my chemotherapy and that makes it harder to sleep and I run warmer. Everyone can get different reactions. Most importantly I m not in any abdominal pain. I have overall body aches from the Taxol, but that is much more tolerable than the abdominal pain.
I have been pushing the protein like my nurse suggested. I even added a protein shake and greek yogurt as my snacks today. I was able to each mushroom ravioli tonight with a white alfredo sauce and that was very good.
It was actually cold today where I live which was great since I was so hot all day. At least not feverish, just flush and red. My energy is low today. I am hoping to feel better tomorrow.
Have a great weekend everyone!
(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,