Monday, May 02, 2011
This morning I was up and got my daily walk and stretching in. Then I did Day#2 video. I kept up even though I had to modify somewhat. After my shower, getting ready to go to the doctor for my first checkup since graduating radiation treatments, I could feel the activity done!! It wasn't that it hurt, it was just a tiny bit sore. I think it must have been from using some muscles I haven't used in a while.
My doctor's appointment was at 1:30PM. I figured he would check how my skin was doing - (really, really well, BTW). But this was a doctor filling in for my doc. He went a little further in checking me and - found another mass. This one is on my right tonsil. Soooooooooooo I'm back to everyday appointments. Tomorrow will be an evaluation with a dentist to see if my teeth can stand up to more chemo and radiation. If not, I'll have to have them all pulled. Then Friday I see the specialist who will take a biopsy either in his office or he'll send me to the hospital and do it while I'm asleep. I had a scope in my nose today! I really didn't care for it, but the nurse kept making me smile and laugh.
However, the doctor wasn't happy with what he saw. He said he really hopes it's a swelling because of all the smoke in our area (it was so bad here over the weekend it got into our home) but he really doesn't think so. Next Monday I see him again for follow up - should have results. Tuesday I will have a SIM Xray where they will see where I need to have radiation and mark me! Wednesday I will have another petscan to see if it has affected anything else. Thursday I will see my chemo oncologist to see what kind I will have to have this time. Now then, if the biopsy returns negative, all those other appointments can be cancelled. But they really want things set up, because this seems to be fast moving and they want to get to it ASAP.
Just out of curiosity, has anyone else heard of this? I'm going to be spending my evening searching for it and finding out all I can - just in case. But as the last time talking to the radiologist after the second mammogram - I knew. That's how I feel now. This could be another reason I kept on losing weight even after the breast cancer was removed.
As positive and upbeat as I want to be, I am finding it very difficult today. I haven't cried or anything, but it sure has taken the wind from my sails. I don't care which religion you are, could you say some extra prayers for me this evening? Thank you my Spark Buddies. I don't know what I'd do without you.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
If anyone is interested in the event - I forgot to leave a link. So here it is:
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Today I found I could do something that I haven't done for about 10 years. It's just a little thing, but you cannot imagine how happy it makes me. I must say that SP has helped to accomplish this tiny little thing. I can now stand from the floor by myself! Isn't that wonderful? I have only used my power chair - I call her Maxine because she has attitude - once since the first of the year and that was when I was so tired from my treatments I was afraid I would fall and no one would be around to help me up.
My walker is pink and has breast cancer ribbons on it. She is called Pinkie - and I am only using her when I have to walk far distances or having a balance day. But that is much more infrequent than before. What is strange is I bought her in 2002. I'm wondering if that was a premonition? But this is also something I consider this somewhat of a big deal. Another mile stone you might say. Oh, I know this isn't much of a deal and I know there are others who might even say, "So what?"
Now I do use a cane when I go to the store, etc., where I'll so some walking but not a lot. This could be a little vanity, too. You see, my wonderful hubby Bob, has decorated a bunch for me! I have so many, but of all of them I think my Gator and Mardi Gras ones are my favorites. People out and about always make comments about them no matter which I use. That makes me feel so proud of Bob for his talents and his helpful attitude that if I had to use one, it might as well be decorative.
Since the first of the year, I have not have to use anything at all when walking around the house!!! This is also a milestone for me!!
It all is connected to Spark. I have become somewhat stronger and have lost 50 lbs. These are two points that are made to change to a healthier lifestyle, which was the only goal when I joined. Over time, my goals have changed. The healthier I eat, the more I learn about activities and health issues, plus encouragement from reading of other members achievements and teams, I think are what has helped me most. Without even realizing it, I have become this new strength - both physically and mentally. In the end, I am so proud of what happened today - when I got up by myself.
As far as new goals, I am 15 lbs from meeting the second one - to lose 65 lbs.
This will be the first time in nearly 15 years that I shall be under 200!! Oh yes, I am very, very happy. I think I can now do the happy dance for real
My very long term goals are to start running! I'm not sure I'll physically accomplish this but I sure plan to do everything that I am physically abe to do.
I live not far from Jacksonville, FL and there is the national run for breast cancer to help research to find a cure and for helping fund women who cannot afford the tests, treatments, and meds. I want to be able to join and complete the event. I would also like to learn Zumba that is age appropriate. Again, I don't know if my knee will permit twisting and turning, but I really want to find out for myself. There are two other things that I really want to do - yoga and Tai Chi. When I can do all of these - and I will unless that nasty old knee gets in the way - I shall feel I have overcome and can continue to do so. And THAT will be an accomplishment. Will that be a big deal?? You betcha!!!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave..
Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
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Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.. Cover food with a paper towel instead. (Coffee filters are cheaper and more effective than paper towels as they contain less loose fibre.)
I was really surprised about not freezing water in a plastic bottle in the freezer.
That is something I would do so my water would stay cold on long trips to town or to Gainesville, etc. Believe I'll never do it again!!
Another thing that surprised me was no plastic in the micro. I usually reheat things using plastic bowls because it is much faster and easier to handle and use for some types of serving.
I think it is all important info for Sparkers as we drink so much water and do use the micro to help save time.
Until the next time I have something worthwhile to say.
With Spark I no longer cry when I step on the scale!! It is simply amazing to me how much changing lifestyle even a little bit has helped.
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