Hello to Everyone,
Gia and I want to let everyone know we are still here. We apologize for straying away from blogging. We have just been overwhelmed as many of us get. Keep the Faith and you can get through anything. I her daughter have just not had much time working 2 jobs and caring for Mom. Mom needs me to blog for her as since being in remission of her peritoneal cancer, she had right shoulder surgery. She has severe degenerative arthritis and her orthopedist did all he could to attach and repair her shoulder. She is still struggling to be able to use her arms. She has had a few falls recently and yesterday, she fell very hard and hit her head. After a few hours in the ER, she was lucky as she did not have any facial fractures and got to come home. Today of course, she has pain everywhere. As much as Mom would like to give up on many days, she is still pushing through. Her next obstacle is a breast biopsy for a suspicious lump. We will keep positive that it is benign.
We want anyone who has cancer or is in remission to remember to never give up. We still continue to struggle to keep our home and worry every day that we will not make it. Our best advice is to take it one day at a time and if you have to one minute at a time. No matter how difficult any situation is, it can always be worse. Remember each day and every breath we take is a gift. Don’t forget a little sun can make you feel better. When is stays rainy and gloomy we always take extra vitamin D. Mom continues to use her herbal supplements. Our main ones are: Protandim, Turmeric, Milk Thistle and Chlor Oxygen. You may want to see if any of these may be for you. Water and smoothies also help Mom quite a bit. Hydration is very important unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Always remember to check with your doctor about taking any new supplements, especially if you are on Chemotherapy.
Kale has been a constant additive for us in our diet. Once you get used to it, you can enjoy it cooked, as a salad and in a smoothie. Add some fruit to your smoothie withe the Kale and you will taste like the fruit such as apples. Some other cancer fighting foods we each often are brussel sprouts with black beans and spinach.
Keep The Faith and Keep Strong
Gia and her daughter
(I just got cancer) Chemotherapy and thankfulness
I first want to apologize for slacking on my blog. After my last session of chemotherapy I was just exhausted and needed a break. I was then blessed with company for Thanksgiving. Chemotherapy and thankfulness are hard to comprehend, but it depends how you look at it. There is just so much in life to be thankful for that I will never be able to include them all. I am so grateful to be alive each and every day. I believe in God and know that without my faith I do not know if I could make it. My family is so loving and takes such good care of me. I am so blessed to have children and am so grateful. I am so fortunate to have them as so many people are alone. I am grateful for life, my home, my friends, pets, having food to eat a TV to watch and on and on. I just want to remind everyone not just those with cancer but everyone that we must always remember that each day is a gift. No matter what you do or do not believe, life is a gift from the day we are born.
The world so full of tragedy, stress, poverty, criminal acts and more that in the scope of it all when you just stop and think of it all, everyone has some type of problem in life. It goes back to the old saying that “it can always be worse”. If we all thought of that on a bad day, we would be grateful and thankful around the clock. It is just so easy to get caught up in our own issues. Having cancer is so real and scary. I get frustrated as I feel sick often and weak, then I freak out that we have truly not been able to keep up with our mortgage, let alone our bills. Then, I remember I could have no home to try to save, no car, no family and etc. My eyes are open. In fact I am lucky to see for real and walk and talk. Not that they were not before, but I just have days that it is hard to step out of my “box of problems”. I am working hard on myself to “keep my eyes open”, as many are in pain, poverty, alone, have cancer, can’t walk, no home and more. I am so thankful and grateful to be here, working hard to keep alive.
Life is a journey. It is full of ups and downs. As we walk the walk and live each day, there will be many awful and stressful times, but every once in a while something wonderful will happen and things will be calm for a bit. I will force myself to live for many more of those special moments. No matter how bad today is, tomorrow may be the best day of our life.
God Bless Everyone and May your Holidays be blessed,
(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 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.
Yesterday I had my fifth dose of chemotherapy and got good news! My CA125 cancer markers started at 398 and yesterday they were down to 137! The nurse practitioner said the goal is to get under 30. My Oncologist said that was excellent and it is a good indicator that my body is responding to treatment. I am so happy! It gave me so much encouragement, that I went out a bought a cute little hat. I got a lightweight black summer hat that flips up in front. It made me feel cute. My daughter had to drop some of her work off and do a few errands and I made it through. I was very tired last night though, hence not blogging last night.
Today has been good. My occupational therapist came over and checked on me. All my vitals were good. She has me on a regime of exercises to get strength back in my arms, and I worked on those with her. I have a very hard time lifting my arms up or doing things like put on clothes over my head or put dishes away. Most of my exercise is for getting me able to function better with my activities of daily living. She even added more today.
So far, no nausea today, just tired. It is not as hot in my house today and that helps. Still worried about how we will pay our mortgage, but my daughter said to remember health is most important and we can only do the best we can. She feels so bad about not having enough money to go around. I know it is what it is. We will get through all of this as I know we are strong. “I will beat cancer and keep my home, I will beat cancer and keep my home, I will beat cancer and keep my home”!
My best to all,