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Fatigue is lifting....hooray!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Last week, I wrote that I had been having very severe fatigue for about a month and a half. I haven't been able to determine the cause of it, but it seems to be lifting now. This week has been significantly better. I've been able to attend aerobics class three days already this week and I'm much more active when I'm at home doing things like light cleaning and cooking.

I've been off gluten for several weeks now and the medication that my GI doctor gave me for my Crohn's is helping a lot, so that might be the reason why I'm getting my energy levels back. I have no idea.

I'm just glad to be feeling on the mend again! I still haven't ridden my bike any or done any walk/running, but I'm far better this week than I have been for quite a while. I know I'll get there, it's just taking longer than I expected after finishing my cancer treatments.

One step at a time, as they say!

Wishing everyone a good day.

  
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ICECUB 8/21/2014 6:21PM

    GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER. emoticon HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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MOM2ACAT 8/21/2014 3:40PM

    I'm so glad you are feeling better! Having recently experienced severe fatigue myself, I know it's a wonderful feeling when it goes away! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/21/2014 3:07PM

    I was just thinking about you and wondering how you were doing. I'm so glad to hear that the fatigue is lifting! Try to have some patience while your body heals. I know that's easier said than done. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2014 2:52PM

    Progress . . . even small steps . . . is progress and glad of it for you!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/21/2014 2:47PM

    So happy to hear you are feeling better. Congrats.

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LOPEYP 8/21/2014 2:41PM

    I'm taking a much needed break to check out your blog.
I am glad that you are starting to get your energy back. I guess it could be any of the reasons that you mentioned but whatever the reason, at least things are moving in a positive way!
Take care!!

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RAESUN54 8/21/2014 2:40PM

    Glad you are feeling better. Hope you continue to get your energy back. emoticon emoticon

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CTUPTON 8/21/2014 2:10PM

    You have lots going on. I am sure your body is trying to heal. Be patient with the fatigue. Seems like you have a good doctor.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/21/2014 1:48PM

    Yipee! I'm so glad to hear your fatigue has lifted! Let's do the happy dance! I'm so happy for you! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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NILLAPEPSI 8/21/2014 1:27PM

    I'm so glad you're feeling better!! Yay!!!!

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COLUMBINE2 8/21/2014 12:51PM

    Great news! Terrific news!

Every single person I know expects to recover more quickly than they are...because, after all, we used to Bounce Right Back!

The 3 most common words I hear these days from medical personnel are , "As we age............." ! They just won't quit reminding me that my body is older (lots older) than my "spirit" & enthusiasm & desire are! It's disproportionate. (want my REAL feelings: It's whack-o!)

I'm now starting my days w/ a soak in the hot tub to relax my sore muscles from the previous day's exercise. That's whack-o, too, but it helps!

Glad you're feeling better every day...that's the direction we want to go!

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/21/2014 12:38PM

    So glad that you are on the up and up. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/21/2014 12:34PM

    That's great news; now, patience while healing, okay? (smiling)

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    Yay! Glad you are feeling better.

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Severe fatigue....functional medicine

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

For the past month or so, I've been dealing with severe fatigue. It's about as bad as it was while I was on chemo. I was getting better after treatment ended, but I've taken a turn for the worse in terms of fatigue.

Today, I went to a new local doctor that specializes in functional medicine in hopes of getting some help with the fatigue and finding out the root cause. She ran a lot of blood tests today to check a variety of things. It will be a week or so before all the results are in.

I know that finding out I have celiac sprue last week and cutting out gluten will help and the new medicine for my crohn's disease is helping, but I'm still really struggling to regain my strength. It's discouraging to be getting stronger and then getting weaker again. I think eventually we will get this all figured out.

In the meantime, I have been doing short walks, eating a healthy clean diet and staying hydrated. I think I'm doing all the right things....it just takes time to sort through things and figure out what is going on.

Wishing everyone a good day.

Hugs,
Kay

  
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FLORIDASUN 8/19/2014 10:05PM

    Beautiful Kay I'm praying for your energy to return you have been through some mighty tests lately. Take good care of yourself and allow yourself as much rest and relation as you possibly can! I will tell you on our vacation I feel sure I got sick because of the constant MIL & SIL bad energy. Please remove yourself from that stress for your own health's protection. Once we left that situation I started feeling better almost immediately..something to think about my dear friend. emoticon

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OPALMOON 8/14/2014 11:25AM

    Hi Kay,
Sorry to hear you have been affected by severe fatigue. Your body went through a lot with all your treatment and needs to get strength back. It's great that you are doing so many health-affirming things, which will all help. Celiac and Crohn's disease could be a contributing factor as fatigue can result for some people dealing with these conditions.
It's great that you have had a lot of blood tests and I hope you get some answers that can help you.
I have multiple pain conditions as well as multiple back problems, and after a severely debilitating year last year, I am making small steps in improvements. The main thing I have learnt though is that this doesn't happen in a linear fashion, rather with ups and downs, a bit like 'snakes and ladders'.
I think you have done so well to be as active as you have been despite the fatigue, just be aware that doing too much can escalate the fatigue..."Pacing" is something continually talked about at the pain clinic, though a lot easier in theory than practice, particularly for people who have been the sort to push themselves to get through different things in life.
It can be a challenge to just take one day at a time. If your body is calling for you to rest, it's best to allow for that as well as light exercise if possible.
Take care - my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hugs, Nattacia

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JUNEAU2010 8/13/2014 3:21PM

    Hang in there! You have beat down worse things! (I wish I had a magic wand...)

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/13/2014 2:11PM

    Wishing you relief and answers, beautiful.

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    emoticon Praying doc is able to help you. Hang in there!!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/13/2014 7:16AM

    hope the tests come back with a solution, and you get back to yourself soon.

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LOPEYP 8/13/2014 7:03AM

    Kay-I feel badly that you are having these issues. It must be very discouraging to be on this rollercoaster. I hope that you get the results soon and they can adjust your meds/diet to get you feeling better!
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CATHYGETSFIT 8/13/2014 4:58AM

    I'm so sorry you've been feeling so fatigued! It's good that your new doctor took some blood to run some tests. I sure hope they can figure out what the problem is soon so you can feel better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARLENEK04 8/12/2014 10:31PM

  Blessings Kay....one day at a time, just keep plugging away at it
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HEALTHY4ME 8/12/2014 9:46PM

    Hope they find out what it is and is an easy fix. HUGS and yes rest when needed. Thinking of you and perhaps it is just getting detox from celiac and such.

HUGS

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KOHINOOR2 8/12/2014 9:22PM

    Sorry to hear you are now dealing with severe fatigue in addition to other health issues. Hope you get answers and solutions soon. I will keep you in my prayers. GOD bless. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/12/2014 7:11PM

    Hope you find out what is causing this. Feel better soon!

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ICECUB 8/12/2014 5:17PM

    HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. I'LL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/12/2014 5:15PM

    I'm sorry to hear you've been dealing with severe fatigue! I hope the specialist will figure out what's going on with you! I am so proud of you taking short walks, eating healthy and clean diet and staying hydrated! I think you rock girlfriend! I hope you have a wonderful day! Sending you extra hugs today!
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WENDYSPARKS 8/12/2014 5:00PM

    Thinking of you...I hope they find out what it is.....

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GHK1962 8/12/2014 4:54PM

    I hope they find out what's the issue ... and that things get back to normal for you.

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SUNNYWBL 8/12/2014 4:54PM

    Glad to hear the test results will be ready soon. I haven't heard the term 'functional ' doctor before, is that a GP or an Internist or?


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MISSG180 8/12/2014 4:39PM

    Hoping that you get some answers.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/12/2014 4:22PM

    Your body is trying to heal, Kay. It's like after I get pneumonia; when I feel better, I feel like conquering the world and tend to go out and start exercising again like I did before. However, my body needs time to catch up and heal even when I'm feeling better. Same with you who has been through a huge battle. I hope your tests results are okay and just be patient. It's tough, I know. Feel better and rest when you can.

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MOM2ACAT 8/12/2014 4:13PM

    I know from experience that fatigue can be very debilitating. I hope your test results prove to helpful in getting it treated and getting you feeling better. emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 8/12/2014 4:06PM

    Hope you get some answers and solutions in the near future. Hang in there.
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HILLSLUG98239 8/12/2014 3:53PM

    Hang in there! You slayed a dragon, but the dragon got a few swipes in, too. You will heal in time.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/12/2014 3:41PM

    I'm sure you'll have more answers next week. Take care.

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SBECKER526 8/12/2014 3:38PM

    I am so glad you had the blood tests. You seem to be doing what I had been told to do as well. You have multiple problems with Crohns, chemo, and Celiac Sprue. I had RA, Cancer treatment fatigue, Barrett's esophagus, and other arthritis problems. It took me awhile to move forward. I still get tired spells.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2014 3:29PM

    emoticon emoticon It is so discouraging to say the least to bet stronger than backslide. But here's prayers that the functional medicine Dr. will be able to get you back on course. Wishing you all the best.

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FREGGIE 8/12/2014 3:24PM

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Crohn's Disease and Celiac Sprue

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Since finishing up my cancer treatments, I decided that I needed to take care of the rest of my health and I have been on a journey the past couple months to do that.

Part of that journey was to go see a GI doc. I hadn't seen one in 32 years since I had my colon removed at age 29 due to severe ulcerative colitis. After that, I never wanted anything to do with GI docs. I have an "internal pouch" made up of small intestine directly connected to my rectum. The result is that I've had 32 years of loose stools that I have grown to live with.

Anyway, I decided it was time to break down and actually go see a GI doc and my medical oncologist recommended someone at Vanderbilt. My GI doc literally looks like a Barbie doll, but is sharp as a tack. She did a lower GI scope a few weeks ago and diagnosed me with Crohn's disease and put me on some medicine for that. It is already working and I'm feeling alot better.

The pathology report from the lower GI indicated I might also have Celiac sprue so she did a scope of my upper GI last Thursday to find out for sure. She contacted me today to tell me the biopsy on the upper GI confirms I have Celiac sprue too. I would have never guessed that on my own. So now, I'm off gluten.

Both diagnosis surprised me, but I'm thinking that between getting off gluten and the new medicine I'm on, I'm going to be feeling a lot better in the coming weeks.

I think it goes to show that not all symptoms (particularly fatigue) are chemo related! An unexpected benefit of having cancer is that it has prompted me helped me to get help in other areas that I didn't even realize that I needed!

With my new medicine, I now sleep soundly through the night because I'm not getting up to go to the bathroom. Just that one thing alone is making a HUGE difference!

Life continues to take unexpected twists and turns.
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NEWFLABULESS 8/20/2014 3:59PM

    Prayers for a return to good health!

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    Hugs my beautiful friend! I'm praying for your health and well being! emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/12/2014 1:08PM

    Glad to hear you're getting some answers - and feeling better already!!!

You're on your way!!!

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JUNEAU2010 8/10/2014 9:00PM

    emoticon I can't help but feel like celebrating for you because you now know and are even farther on the road towards complete health!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/10/2014 7:42PM

    Wow! I can't believe you have both! I'm glad you are taking care of yourself better now. I'm glad also that they discovered these problems. Now that you are off of gluten and have the medicine I hope you'll start feeling a lot better soon. It's always nice to find out why you aren't feeling well and what can be done about it.

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LOPEYP 8/10/2014 8:09AM

    Kay-I am glad that you got some answers. I'm sure that you'll feel 100% better on the meds. My goddaughter has Crohns (diagnosed at 15 yo). She does great on the meds and only has to stay away from greens.
My grandfather was always talking about PMA- positive mental attitude- and how it's more important than anything. You certainly have that, my friend!

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CASEYSAUER 8/9/2014 3:58PM

    Hi Kay! I am glad to here of your progress. My hair is VERY curly now and as white as snow. I am getting so many compliments on it, I am not sure if I am going to dye it again. I will eventually get a picture of it up for all to view.

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MISSG180 8/9/2014 12:08PM

    Wow, you've been through a lot. But I'm glad to hear that you are sleeping!

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ZELLAZM 8/8/2014 9:35PM

    You are one of the bravest people I know! So glad you're resting well at night. You need that sleep!

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OPALMOON 8/8/2014 11:40AM

    Hi Kay,
Glad you found the courage to see a G.I doctor who was thorough in her investigations - though I know they would not have been pleasant. Thank goodness you did. Though unexpected, it's great that you have answers that are helping you, and I hope you continue to feel better. It's great news that you are sleeping better - what a difference that would make too. Hope there are only more positive developments for you.
Hugs, Nattacia



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MARYJEANSL 8/7/2014 11:38PM

  I'm so glad to hear of the improvements to your health. That is wonderful news!

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DARLENEK04 8/7/2014 11:06PM

  Kay,

Glad you have good doctors and they have their finger right there
on the problems.....

I went gluten free 2 years ago, and have not regretted it once.
I feel so much better.

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COLUMBINE2 8/7/2014 10:14PM

    I'm sorry you face these trials, but if ever there was a woman who can conquer difficulty, it is you, Kay. Glad you found a good dr. and some meds that helping.

Your attitude is so healthy ...you truly amaze me. And I think it's why you overcome these challenges..you just learn the facts, find the solutions and make the necessary changes. I can't tell you how much I admire you. I hope you'll feel better very soon & glad you can get a whole night's sleep!

Tons of hugs!


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    emoticon Glad you are feeling better. emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/7/2014 9:24PM

    That is wonderful you found a good G.I. Dr.! I'm so glad that you finally have a diagnosis. I hope you get the great results from the new diet and the medicine! That is awesome they discovered the problem and they could correct it right away! I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better!
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RAESUN54 8/7/2014 7:47PM

    I hope you continue to feel better. It was good you have decided to get the rest of your health cleared up. I too have finally started on my journey getting everything checked out. Here's to good health and living healthier. emoticon emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 8/7/2014 7:31PM

    I am so glad you got some answers and now you can start feeling better.

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ICECUB 8/7/2014 6:28PM

    GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER

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KIMPY225 8/7/2014 4:23PM

    I am glad you are feeling better!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/7/2014 4:12PM

    Awesome courage that you found such a good GI Dr. and you're right . . . now you have a chance to feel good!!! Proud of you and happy for you. It is not easy to face our demons.

HUGS

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BIGPAWSUP 8/7/2014 3:17PM

    Better and better every day how awesome is that

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    glad your feeling better emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/7/2014 2:48PM

    What a blessing to have some helpful answers!

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HILLSLUG98239 8/7/2014 2:32PM

    I'm glad you have a diagnosis. I hope this means you're on the road to a healthier future!

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NEVERMIND2010 8/7/2014 12:37PM

    Wow, glad you got properly diagnosed, and hope you get the best results from the new meds and diet!

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LILYDOG11 8/7/2014 12:29PM

    I aquired microscopic colitis when I was doing my chemo the doc put me on steroids and I gained 70 lbs I decided to get off the meds take probiotics (which helps) and have lost 20 lbs but still need to lose a minimum of 50 lbs. I hope they didn't put you on steroids. Just be careful of weight gain I had no fore warning and didn't put the 2 together. Best wishes and hope everything works to your benefit. **Hugs**

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SUEARNOLD1 8/7/2014 12:29PM

    Wow you have a winning attitude!

Thanks for sharing!

I hope that you continue to feel better.

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MOM2ACAT 8/7/2014 12:15PM

    I'm glad you at least have a reason now for the fatigue, and hopefully, it can be fixed with diet. A good friend of mine found out a few years ago she was intolerant to gluten, and one of her main symptoms was fatigue.

I'm glad you are sleeping better too, that does indeed make a big difference!

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HEALTHY4ME 8/7/2014 12:08PM

    WOW both! although they can go together. My son who is 36 has crohns, diagnosed at 17 and had surgery at 21 with 4 ft of one and 2 of the other intestine removed. Thankfully he has done pretty well since. I hope so as he has 2 small children now.
I am sure that you will do better off gluten now that you know!! as for the crohns be careful of all the side affects of the meds, some are really strong. My son doesn't take any strong stuff now, but does take a certain powder every day. My hubby takes it also and is also used as a cholesterol drug.

Glad you got a diagnosis and all can be treated!!! Yay!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/7/2014 11:47AM

    It's so nice when they can discover the problem and correct it right away, before it gets complicated. Nothing like a good night's sleep, for sure.

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Having fun dreaming of food!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Right now our farmer's markets are over flowing with wonderful fruits and vegetables. We have been having a great growing season here on the Cumberland plateau in Tennessee.....plenty of rain, sunshine and good temperatures. The melons and corn seem to be particularly delicious this summer.

I've noticed that when I go to bed each night, I've been dreaming up delicious, beautiful meals that I can make with all the healthy foods we have in the house. It's been so much fun making them and enjoying every bite!

I think I particularly enjoy food these days after spending so many months on chemo last winter when everything tasted like cardboard. I love cooking and food preparation. It's wonderful to be getting my energy back and to be able to create fun, healthy tasty meals that are so pretty in their presentation. Cooking can be so much fun when you have the time and energy to do it.

I should start taking pictures of some of the things I prepare. Even simple things like slicing watermelon in thin wedges and creating a fan on the plate look so appetizing.

Bon appetit!
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OPALMOON 8/8/2014 11:32AM

    Sounds great! Glad to hear you have had more energy and are able to enjoy fresh food again.

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ZELLAZM 8/6/2014 11:13AM

    Sweet dreams! I'm in Florida and basking in all the glory of the produce sections!

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LSDALOIA 8/6/2014 9:17AM

    Kay, it's so good to hear your energy -- and appetite -- are back! Have fun in that kitchen.

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/5/2014 7:59PM

    Yes, aren't the fruit and vegetables available this time of year wonderful?! I'd love to see pics of what you make. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/5/2014 3:22PM

    Yum! Appetite is such a blessing! Thank you for sharing this gorgeous part of your health and happiness!

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MARYJEANSL 8/4/2014 11:08PM

  I love Farmer's Markets! The tomatoes are wonderful this time of year (even though they are tough to grow in Texas compared to some other states), as are the local peaches, eggplant, summer squash, peppers, and so many other good things. Also locally grown meats. One of the positives of summer, which helps to make up for the misery of the temperatures. ;-)

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DARLENEK04 8/4/2014 9:29PM

  Kay, good to hear you are getting back to your creative and beautiful
self....and you make me(almost)want to cook something creative...lol
I am not that into cooking....but boy can David ever whip up things....

Did you cook by any book or what when you began your food battle ???
Like the smoothies or juices??

I have another friend whose husband is determined to fight with any tool
he can get ahold of and if you had a book or something you could
recommend I could tell his wife.....??????

Blessings,R>DArlene

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1CRAZYDOG 8/4/2014 8:51PM

    Glad you're getting the appetite back and zest for cooking. This is my favorite time of year too! Enjoy.

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JUNEAU2010 8/4/2014 8:45PM

    ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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EBRAINK 8/4/2014 8:35PM

    So glad that your taste buds came back after the chemo, and that you're using them, too!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/4/2014 7:20PM

    Would love to hear about what you make. I'm always looking for ideas.

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RAESUN54 8/4/2014 7:07PM

    I love fresh watermelon and tomatoes, etc this time of yhe year. I don't have your culinary skills but I understand liking the taste of foods again after chemo. I am happy you are getting your energies back and doing what you enjoy.

Take care and enjoy your day.

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DS9KIE 8/4/2014 6:43PM

    yum your meals sound yummy

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LOPEYP 8/4/2014 5:43PM

    Awesome! The fruits and veggies are so beautiful and appetizing this time of year!!

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HEALTHY4ME 8/4/2014 4:53PM

    Awesome I wish I liked to cook and even more to make it worth presentation. Hubby does better than I and both kids do too. Me I don't like to cook, like to bake but really here is supper eat it. lol
But do like when others do it! LOL

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MOM2ACAT 8/4/2014 3:55PM

    Looking forward to the pics!

I remember when some of the chemo I have been on changed the taste of food; I'm glad the changes to the taste buds were not permanent ones!

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INBRAZILFORNOW 8/4/2014 3:39PM

    Please do post pics if you can! I'm looking for inspiration!

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JENNY888 8/4/2014 2:47PM

    I hope you do post pictures of that healthy food. I, for one, would love to see them.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/4/2014 2:38PM

    I can't wait to see pictures of your Yummy meals! I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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NILLAPEPSI 8/4/2014 2:36PM

    I'm also enjoying the bounty of my local farmer's market. Delish!!! So glad you're feeling better & getting your energy back. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/4/2014 2:13PM

    Wow, dreaming of healthy food! (smiling) I'd love to see photos; bet you're a great cook. Oh, btw, not sure about pools in San Diego with the drought. Of course, there are those already filled, but I bet you have to get a permit if you get a new one because they are going to start imposing fines for excessive water use. Have a good day, Kay.

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Six months after finishing chemo...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I have just recently passed the six month mark of finishing chemo for breast cancer. I did chemo first, so after chemo I also had surgery and radiation. I'm about two months out from my last radiation treatment. I feel like I'm about 65% of the way back to "normal" in terms of strength and endurance. Everyone that has been through this has told me it takes at least a year to recover. I believe it.

My hair is growing faster than it did in the beginning, but it is still very slow compared to "normal" hair. It's about 1.5" long. Normal hair grows about a half inch a month....so six months would normally equal at least three inches. I have "chemo curls" that typically last 6 month to a year after chemo and then the hair reverts back to whatever was normal. I love the chemo curls! It's so easy to care for.


I don't know if I have been sick the past few days or just worn down, but I've been feeling very fatigued. Not as bad as while on chemo, but it's been hard to get up and go. I suspect I might have had a bug of some sort. I've cut back on exercise a bit while I recover, but plan to go to aerobics class tomorrow morning. It's an "easy" class...some of them are much harder.

Wishing everyone a good Sunday!

  
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--KREN 8/1/2014 4:27PM

    Love your new curls! Congratulations! I know it's been a long, hard journey. You've cultivated incredible courage and perseverance. I know that will support you through recovery.

Karen

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INBRAZILFORNOW 8/1/2014 9:47AM

    Gorgeous inside and out. Thank you for always inspiring me.

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CASEYSAUER 7/28/2014 8:49AM

    You look beautiful! I understand about the fatigue! I feel it more than I want. My hair is now starting to curl and get wavy just a bit. I saved the coupons for hair color in yesterdays newspaper. This silver/gray MUST go! However, I must first wait until it is long enough. emoticon

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OPALMOON 7/24/2014 10:46AM

    Hi Kay,
You look just fabulous in this photo - Love the curls! And being easy to maintain is a great bonus! I'm just catching up on some blogs so this is a bit late - hope the aerobics class went well. Like others have wisely said, your body is still in recovery mode so cutting yourself some slack when you are fatigued is only sensible. I can understand it's frustrating, though you are doing so well with everything you manage to accomplish. Take it as it comes and look after yourself.
Big hugs, Nattacia

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DS9KIE 7/24/2014 7:54AM

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JUDYAMK 7/22/2014 7:25PM

    I love your hair!! My beloved brother Bobby must take chemo for the rest of his life, plus a shot he takes that stops the blood flow from feeding any tumors that crop up between his pet scans, It makes him so sick and causes awful side affects, he gets cysts in his liver which are painful from that one shot. He said you do anything to have life. I know he gets his strength from our Lord, he told us not to be sad that we must continue to praise the Lord and give thanks for all the Lord has given us. I miss him,his picture is in my photos and on my front page.I pray you continue with good health, and you get your strength back from feeling down today. Your immune system is weak right now, so you probably just have a touch of a bug. Have a blessed evening and a blessed tomorrow!!
Judy

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JUNEAU2010 7/22/2014 6:00PM

    I LOVE your picture! Congrats on this early milestone!

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JSPIN74 7/22/2014 9:00AM

    emoticon Take good care of youirself.

Your hair looks beautiful. emoticon

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REGILIEH 7/21/2014 11:48PM

    I love your hair. You look wonderful! I'm so sorry you have had to deal with this and I keep you in my prayers!

Hugs!

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DARLENEK04 7/21/2014 10:43PM

  You look beautiful Kay....the hair is growing great.

Take it easy and get over your bug....

Blessings,
Darlen
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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/21/2014 4:46PM

    You look amazing! Keep up with your positive outlook!

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MARGARITTM 7/21/2014 4:17PM

    OMG you look great!

I love the curls!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 7/21/2014 3:23PM

    Wow, your hair looks so amazing. Your beautiful. Rest up, don't over do things. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/21/2014 2:46PM

    Looking great!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2014 9:25PM

    Your hair looks so attractive! Hoping you feel better tomorrow, too.

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KOHINOOR2 7/20/2014 8:46PM

    Looking great. Hope you feel better soon. emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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PHOENIX1949 7/20/2014 8:30PM

    emoticon Resting when the body say to rest is a wise thing.

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ZELLAZM 7/20/2014 8:00PM

    Happy Halfiversary! Looking good!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/20/2014 7:45PM

    I think you look lovely!!!! I really like the curls on you! I think it's wise of you to listen to your body and rest when you need to. Your body has been through a lot and it's going to take time for it to recover. I'm glad at least that you are eating healthy and I'm assuming are still juicing. You look happy and healthy!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 7/20/2014 6:23PM

  One reason your hair might seem to be growing slowly is that, according to what my oncologist said, it doesn't start to grow after chemo for a full three months. So you probably only have three months of actual growth. And that has held true for Danny, who would get a drug that made him lose his hair every sixteen weeks. The new hair would have just started to grow in when he would lose it again.

I think your 'new' hair looks very good! And easy to take care of is definitely an added bonus.

I would be interested to know why you got chemo before surgery. I did myself, and it was because of the size of the tumor...but then I didn't have to have radiation. I just continued to get Herceptin for a full year. It seemed like forever while I was going through it, but now that it's over, it doesn't seem as though it lasted that long at all.

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RAESUN54 7/20/2014 5:55PM

    I love your curls. I am a year out since chemo and my hair is not growing very fast but it was always very thin. It seems a little thicker now. I don't seem to lose as much but I still lose a little. I plan to keep it short.
It is good you are resting. I find every once in awhile I get fatigued. I find myself falling asleep while watching TV with my kids. I was told that could happen. But I do feel stronger now.
Everyone reacts differently to chemo.
Did you get any lasting effects, like neuropathy, etc. I did. But I attribute some of it to my age and having arthritis to begin with.

I hope you start feel better and get back to 100%.


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NATPLUMMER 7/20/2014 5:48PM

    You're looking great!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/20/2014 4:49PM

    Oh beauty, I am so grateful for your health and happiness.

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/20/2014 4:45PM

    Your curls are beautiful.

I hope you are feelimh better.

Julie

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COLUMBINE2 7/20/2014 3:52PM

    Oh! I love your curls! I wonder if you know what a beautiful woman you really are!

I hope you'll feel better tomorrow. Your exercise regime seems very active to me...but you know your body better than anyone!

Have a restful day today & enjoy summer...it's flying by!
Hug!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/20/2014 3:50PM

    It took a long time for me to bounce back after radiation. It's been just over 2 years & I still need a nap from time to time. You look beautiful!!

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MRSKATEDUVALL 7/20/2014 3:31PM

    Love the curls.!

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TWEETYKC00 7/20/2014 1:48PM

    I am so proud of you, you rock baby! Lovin the curls.

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HOLLYM48 7/20/2014 1:46PM

    Love the curls! You look great. Take it easy and I hope you feel better soon!

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BOILHAM 7/20/2014 1:41PM

    You look great. Hope you're back to exercising 'full steam ahead' real soon!

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/20/2014 1:29PM

    You look absolutely beautiful! I'm so sorry you are feeling a little fatigued.... I think your body is telling you it needs a little rest! I hope today you have a nice and relaxing day! Sending you extra hugs today!
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MOM2ACAT 7/20/2014 1:22PM

    Your hair looks great! It looks so thick and full,beautiful curls!

I have been told in the past that it takes up to a full year after your last treatment, whether it's chemo or radiation, to feel completely recovered from it; so take heart, it will get better! emoticon

Remember, the treatment damages some good cells along with the bad, so your body is still putting extra energy into healing.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/20/2014 12:50PM

    I think your body is just telling you that you can exercise, but not all that you've been doing. You look wonderful.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/20/2014 12:43PM

    You look FANTASTIC!! I'm so proud of you.

Yes, rest and feel better.

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ICECUB 7/20/2014 12:27PM

    you look beautiful!! I love your. take care of yourself. emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 7/20/2014 12:19PM

    Yes...your body is telling you it needs some 'rest' time. You have been through a huge turmoil with your treatments and your body is saying "Hey Kay...slow down a little bit and give me a rest!"

You don't want to push to hard and undo your fabulous progress. I'm amazed at all you do and all you have accomplished...truly and fully amazed and so grateful you are on the mend.

Your diet will always be your best friend...if only ALL of would get that message and work on keeping the stress at bay also...we'd be a much healthier nation.

I'm on high alert stress right now over this visit back to Iowa to see MIL and SIL...I've NEVER met more negative complaining whining people in my entire life! You'd think they would be happy we are making the long trip and spending hard earned money that could be SO much better spent on a relaxing vacation...but already the complaints are lining up on what we plan to do for THEM while back there.

I think DH is going to be flying solo a whole lot more than he really wants to this trip. He's always depended on me to be the buffer...but I'm more interested in preserving my OWN sanity this time around and will seriously limit the exposure I have to devote to this "no good deed goes unpunished" situation.

Ughhhh that's the only word I can really think of...it's been this way for 36 years...at least I know what to expect and can prepare for it in the best way I know how.

Hugs to you and keep on keeping on...hope you got the card and it put a little smile on your cute little mug! emoticon

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LOPEYP 7/20/2014 11:53AM

    You look lovely!

Take it easy until you feel better.

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KLMEIRING 7/20/2014 11:46AM

    Thank you for posting this! You are beautiful!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/20/2014 11:44AM

    You look great! How time flies.
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2BDYNAMIC 7/20/2014 11:40AM

    You look absolutely lovely!! .......... I think it is the wise thing to do to rest and cut back on your activity (I have seen the experts in Sparks advise the same) ............. When you do ......... easy does it and listen to your body. You are way ahead of the game and so trim ...... rest may just be the ticket!! Love your hair and you have a glow to your skin! ..... emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 7/20/2014 11:39AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon ..... and the new do is cute! Hang in there!

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