Monday, June 20, 2011
I have been so blessed that it does not seem that I am on chemotherapy. I had my 3rd treatment June 9. I have done very well due to all the support and prayers of my friends (on and off line) as well as family members. I have done so well, that the oncologist said I did not need to come in for the weekly CBCs.
I do well the day of treatment and the day after. Then for the 3rd and 4th days, I want to sleep a lot and have to force myself to eat and get my liquids. I am just not hungry. The 5th day (for the first 2 treatments I got a yeast overgrowth--family doctor gave me a medication to help with that so I did not have the problem for the 3rd treatment). By the 6th day, I am getting back to my normal activity levels.
I have not lost all of my hair but buzz cut it just before the 3rd treatment because it was so thin and scraggly (felt I looked like an extra in a Chuckie movie). I am enjoying wearing hats to match my clothing. Hubby, asked how I was able to find hats to match my outfits. Most, I have found at Wal-Mart (baseball caps in aqua, lime green, hot pink and purple), my favorite colors for $2.50 each. The American Cancer Society offers a free wig, but I have chosen to stick with my hats. They also have hats and scarfs that they give to people in treatment, along with make-up tips in their program called "Look Good, Feel Better". I encourage anyone with a cancer diagnosis to contact them as they are a wealth of information and have several different programs such as "Road to Recovery" (volunteers will drive people to their treatments if they need help with transportation).
I have an appointment with a nutritionist this week. Good thing as I am running out of my vitamins and supplements. I have refrained from taking too many supplements while in treatment and take only the ones approved by my oncologist. I look forward to the appointment and guidance as I know there are forms that are more easily absorbed and better for me. I want to do all I can to get rid of the chemotherapy and other toxins and build my immune system and body back up to prevent cancer from returning. To that effect, I have done a lot of reading and will be asking about different supplements, herbs and vitamins.
My final treatment will be on June 30. I will see the oncologist at that visit as well and plan to ask what the next steps will be. What kinds of tests and follow-up will I have? I already know that I will be put on an estrogen blocker (Arimidex) for 5 years.
I have found that through this, I have not wanted to spend a lot of time on the computer so I have not thanked everyone individually. Please accept my deep and heartfelt thanks for all the love, caring, thoughtful comments, support and prayers you all have given me. I hope none of you ever hear those dreaded 3 words "you have cancer". If you do, know that I am here for you and will support you in any way I can. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
One final thought: Attitude is so important. I asked the oncologist if she was sure the chemotherapy was strong enough because I was having such an easy time with it. Her response was, yes the chemotherapy was strong enough and the reason I have done so well is my positive attitude and the fact that I have stayed busy. She said active people seem to do better than those who quit their jobs and become "cancer victims". I do think there is more to it than that--prayer and the fact that my cancer was caught early and I have been blessed with good health.
In this journey, I have met many people who have fought this battle and become victors. When the enemy continued to attack, they continued to fight and have been such an inspiration to me.