Thursday, September 25, 2014
Well we made it through the first 4 big chemo treatments. It was every other week for 4 hours, they would pump her body full of 5 different IV bags, 2 of which were chemo drugs, the others were pre-meds like Benadryl and anti-nausea, etc. She has had only a few symptoms from chemo so far, mostly very dry irritated eyes, some fatigue and joint/muscle pain. She really is a tough woman and she is still fighting.
They say the symptoms of the next 12 weekly treatments could be different than the first 4. These are weekly and she has less time to recover in between so it could wear her down more quickly. I hope and pray she will keep fighting and keep the amazing mental positive attitude she currently has. Unfortunately I have to drive back to Texas on Saturday, so I will not be here for these next 12 treatments. My boss has said I have to be back in the office on the 29th, otherwise I will probably have to find another job. I don't understand the whole I'm ok with you working remotely and then suddenly he is not. Especially since I work more hours being away and have done more than when I am in the office. I don't have the distractions of people coming to my desk asking for things all the time and I want to leave on time to get home and make dinner for my family.
I took Friday off to spend my last full day with her without worrying about work. I am hoping to get her rides taken care of for chemo etc. Get her all the information if she does finally decide to transfer her treatment to Texas, etc. I'm going to do everything I can to help her even from far away. I know she can beat this and she is doing amazing already. Please keep us in your prayers that she stays strong and keeps fighting without my face to face encouragement.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
The weather is gorgeous in Arizona, the sun is out today and I'm feeling in a somewhat good mood. Mom is doing all right today, although the chemo has caused sores in her mouth this time around, so eating or drinking hurts. I'm going to make her some soft yummy mashed potatoes with dinner tonight though. I will update on her status in a couple days.
I'm sitting here on the couch, contemplating my work for the week (I'm working remotely while I am here taking care of my mom), and also thinking about my health. I find that I'm slacking again and letting myself slip into bad habits. I really need to focus on getting healthy again, what is a better time than while I am here trying to keep my mom healthy? I miss my hubby and kiddo a lot, I am planning a trip home for a week in a couple weeks so that I can see them. I'd love if i could drop 5 pounds by then. Show them I'm working on my health also.
I need to find some things to do here and make myself get up and move. Whether it's a zubma class or weight room, anything. I just really need to move. My eating hasn't been bad while here, since I'm cooking healthy for mum, but I've been pretty immobile. Time to put the fit bit back to work and reach my 10k steps a day. I just need to find that motivation to get started!
Anyone out there reading this, I could use some motivation.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
So the first round of chemo was two weeks ago today. My mother is so amazing and strong I can't even describe. After a 4 hour treatment, we came home and ate a yummy steak and shrimp dinner. She didn't feel bad at all until Monday, and it wasn't terrible at all. She said she felt like she had less energy, and some foods no longer taste good now. She has also developed some heart burn she has never had before. But all in all she is doing fantastic. We shaved her head the day after her first treatment, she didn't want to have that uh oh when her hair falls out all over her bed or something, she said she would rather have it just gone and not worry about it. She has a fantastic wig that everyone can't even tell though. The breast with the tumors has already shrunk, after only one treatment! She is staying positive and she told me she loves me and is so glad I am here, it makes her not think about it and feel less depressed.
Big chemo treatment number 2 is today. She had her blood work yesterday, we see the doctor at 1pm, and they will tell us if her white blood cell count is high enough for treatment. It is another 4 hour treatment today, she has this one and two more like this, every other week. Then we start on the lesser chemo for weekly on hour treatments for 12 weeks. After chemo they will then do the mastectomy. We are taking it one day at a time, but I am so proud of her and so glad my amazing job is letting me work from here and be there for her. I will update again after this treatment.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
The chemo port was put in on Wednesday, and her cardiologist gave her the green light to get started yesterday. He says she is strong enough to get through this, so now the road begins. Her first chemo treatment is this coming Thursday. I will be leaving and driving 1100 miles back on on Wednesday so that I can be there to go to her first appointment with her. She is being very strong and determined, a mind set she needs to keep through all of this.
For those of you who are following my blogs, and are just now doing so, my mom has been diagnosed with stage 3 Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It is a rare type of breast cancer, only effecting 2% of all cases recorded. It is aggressive and does not show it's ugly head until you are already stage 3 or 4. It does not show up with lumps in the breast, but makes it's appearance with what doctors commonly mistake as an infection. In my moms case, an oversized red and blotchy, heavy and tender breast. The cancer for her has not gone further than her armpit lymph nodes, thank goodness, but we have to fight hard and fast because of how aggressive this is. She is extremely strong and being amazing through everything, I'm going to be there by her side to give her the extra strength she will need when her body feels like giving up.
Prayers and good wishes are appreciated.
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