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Happy Easter!


Sunday, March 31, 2013



I made it to church this morning, but with the day I had yesterday, I wasn't so sure I was going to.

Saturday I woke up at 4am with a terrible burning heartburn. I am not sure what brought it on, I don't think it was anything I ate. I think it was just the chemo. I was told by one of my doctors that chemo causes the stomach to produce more acid. I took 4 Tums (which I always keep by my bed) and went back to sleep a few more hours.

(And yes, I am already on prescription meds for my GERD, I take Protonix twice per day.)
It was still bad when I got up. I just stuck to a bland diet and small amounts of foods. I was so bummed to feeling so rotten when I had just two fairly good days two days in a row. It did get a little better late in the morning, so I thought I would try out my newest workout DVD.

You might remember me posting about 2 months ago I won a Jodi Stolove chair aerobics workout; Life's A Celebration. I had been putting off trying it out because of either pain issues, or chemo related fatigue. I was determined to at least try it yesterday, so I did. It was a fun workout, but I had to stop a few times and take a break. I kept track of the time I actually exercised, and I ended up doing 30 minutes of it.

I got very tired very early in the afternoon, I think I should have cut my workout a bit shorter, it's a lot more aerobic than I am use too, but sometimes you don't know what you can handle until you try it. My heartburn got worse again too, so I was not eating much. And when I don't eat enough, it seems to make the lightheaded-ness I get from my pain pills a little worse. Fortunately, my stomach started to calm down again in the evening. I tried to do some reading before bedtime, but it was hard to keep my eyes open so I went to bed at 9:30pm.

My stomach was much better when I woke up this morning. I went to the Easter breakfast at church with my mom and sister. The meal was served potluck style. I just fixed myself a small plate; all healthy foods except for a small slice of lemon cake. Each place setting including a mini Easter basket made out of a plastic cup filled with candy; I took the candy home for another day. The service followed at 11am and it was very nice.

I got home around 12:30pm. I was surprised at how tired and worn out I felt, but I guess it was to be expected since I just had chemo the last two Tuesdays. I changed into my pajamas right after I got home. I really had to push myself to do a workout today; just a short Sit and Be Fit workout, but it was good to stretch after sitting so much this morning, and it did perk up my energy just a bit. I ended up with 617 fitness minutes for the month, which isn't bad considering I missed 6 days this month.

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GOANNA2 4/5/2013 9:09AM

    I must have unsubscribed from your blogs, sorry.
You are amazing to do what you do and still have
time to exercise. I am so sorry you weren't feeling
well. Your Easter sounded very nice and I'm glad
you were able to go to the church potluck and service.
I hope you are having a better week now. emoticon

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SNUZSUZ 4/1/2013 11:16PM

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POPSY190 3/31/2013 11:42PM

    It's amazing what you accomplish despite the fatigue. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 3/31/2013 11:04PM

    I'm glad you made it to church and had the meal! Oh congrats on the fitness minutes, that was great!

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KERRYG155 3/31/2013 9:53PM

    You do a great job of getting in your exercise even when you don't feel well-makes me feel lazy for not doing the same thing and I know it's needed. Glad you got to and enjoyed the breakfast at church. We had ours after the sunrise service but no one served any cake!!

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CELLOPLAYER1 3/31/2013 7:49PM

    Happy Easter!

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ELLFIN3 3/31/2013 7:07PM

    You are so AWESOME!! I hope You have a great Monday! Enjoy!! Love You! (((((HUGS)))))

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NPA4LOSS 3/31/2013 6:38PM

    emoticon that you were able to go to the Easter festivities at church today. I am also glad that your tummy is feeling better. Gentle emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/31/2013 6:09PM

    Hope your stomach continues to improve!! So glad you got to church today. Hope you get some rest and tomorrow is better for you!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/31/2013 5:59PM

    So glad you made it to Easter service. Hopefully the worst of the side effects are over for the week and you'll have your off week to enjoy.

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BESCATS 3/31/2013 4:42PM

    With all you are going through, I am amazed at how much you accomplish in your diet and exercise routine.
I have a brother-in-law going through chemo, and my sister says it makes him very tired.
Glad you were able to make the Easter service, and breakfast with your family.
Have a wonderful, and blessed day. Relax, and rest. emoticon

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NURSNANA 3/31/2013 4:06PM

    Happy Easter Shari!!
Praying for you my friend!!

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