It's about time... on my partner's battle with fibrosarcoma, some good news ... according to the CT scan done this week the cancer has not spread to her lungs. We are once again breathing, and even smiling. We've learned that after radiation and surgery, the odds of E being dead from the disease are 8%, with an 8% +/- error within 12 years. It's not perfect, but we are moving forward with the odds on our side. E has completed 9/25 radiation treatments and so far there are no surprises and little discomfort. A mix of Glaxo base and aloe vera gel seems to be reducing the heat and keeping the skin moist. The side effects are expected to get worse but it shouldn't be anything we can't handle.
It's been 2.5 months of shock and awe but we now feel more positive that we can beat this thing. We are strong and beautiful and smart. In another 5 months our lives should return to something more normal and, except for followups, this life changing experience will be mostly done, sort of.
We have been savoring little victories and moments of laughter.
I love to cook healthy food. For me, chopping vegetables is very relaxing and so very productive. I use all kinds of curry-like spices in a stir-fry, including turmeric, yet I've never actually looked at what else turmeric can be used for. Well last week I read the label and tried it with eggs. Mmm, mmm, yummy. A new taste sensation. Try it. Put a 1/2 teaspoon in your scrambled eggs or mix it with mushrooms you cook for an omelet. Turmeric is one of those cancer fighting foods you've heard about. We are very skeptical when it comes to miracle food claims and never skeptical about good taste. We laughed at ourselves, and life, when we learned... "What doesn't kill you, makes you a better cook."
One more tad of life to share... E's thigh is starting to show signs of radiation stress; some redness and some heat, so we shared this bit of news with the RT team, as per protocol. They were helpful and gave us the recipe for a saline solution, and, as we were leaving for the day, we started discussing the likelihood of chaffing on the thigh and how we were going to cope with that side effect. I mentioned something about skirts and E said "Getting her into a skirt would really be a life changing event!" Maybe that doesn't sound so hilarious right now, but at the time, and if you know E, the comment just cracked us up. It was the lightest of moments of all our daily journeys to the cancer center.
Other than that ... I'm hardly getting 10,000 steps in, hardly 5,000. I was struggling with momentum before May and now it seems I've given in to entropy. I'm still watching calories and that's a good thing so my weight is stable at 130. But there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to workout. I know I need to re-prioritize and ditch the last 15 pounds, but at the moment it's not happening.
Dear SP friends, thank you for your well wishes and connections and for your sharing. I totally appreciate the thoughts and words. BTW, I've uploaded a few new pictures to my photo gallery.
Hugs all round and never give up.