(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 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,
Today, I had my fourth chemotherapy dose which was the second of my “double dose”. So far, I actually feel pretty good tonight. My hemoglobin was now up to 11.1 which is still low, but my insurance approved iron shots and I got one today. My nurse practitioner said this should help me improve building my blood. Getting blood really helped me a great deal. I feel like a vampire now. Hah!
My daughter and I were watching the Olympics tonight and I was laughing and she said it was good to see me happy. The nurse practitioner also said I was smiling today. I had a tumor marker draw today, but those results will be run tomorrow so they told me I would find out more on how I am doing next week when I see the doctor. He had to go to another office today, so I did not see him.
I have been drinking a lot of fluids today. My Odwalla super green food, apple juice, water and etc. I am staying on my same regime of vitamins and mineral and I even swam for just a bit tonight. Was pretty tired though. I am planning on getting through this round easier than last time. Besides, “My cancer is leaving my body, my cancer is leaving my body, my cancer is leaving my body”.
Ciao for now,
It’s amazing how much anemia and chemotherapy can make you so weak. I thought I would have more energy than I did today after getting blood, but still weak. I did get in the pool this evening though. I slept most of the day. My daughter has made me eat, even though I have not been very hungry. I had toast this morning as I was a bit nauseated. I had chicken noodle soup this afternoon. Finally at dinner I ate spinach, a few bites of meat and a few bites of mashed potato. I also had a half of quesedilla with mango salsa and avacodo. I had a pudding for dessert. I have been drinking my Odwalla supergreen drink and carrot juice and a lot of water. Still feeling dehydrated from the lasix.
My day was not very exciting. I watched the Olympics again. I am keeping myself positive and “I am going to get rid of my cancer, I am going to get rid of my cancer, I am going to get rid of my cancer”.