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Recovering from chemo and radiation

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I was a little achy all over Friday and yesterday. That is one of the side effects of the new chemo; joint pain that starts 2-3 days after treatment. I tolerated it ok though, I've had times when I've been in far worse pain. The redness I had in my face though disappeared by Friday. I think it was a mild allergic reaction, but not a bad enough one where I would have to stop the chemo.

Now that radiation is over, I am slowly getting back into what is my normal routine. I was feeling a little bit tired and shaky on Thursday, so I didn't do much that day. That day, it just felt good to stay home and not have to travel to the radiation treatment.

Friday, I vacuumed the living room and did some light cleaning. Yesterday, my big chores were the laundry and changing the sheets on my bed. I also started using my left arm and shoulder while exercising again, but my shoulder is hurting a little more today, so maybe I did too much too soon. I can still exercise with that arm, but maybe I should cut back on the range of motion a bit for a little while. Even though I am still having pain in that arm and shoulder, it's not as bad as it was before I had the radiation treatments.

Speaking of exercise, I did pretty well with my fitness minutes this month; even with missing 4 days this month, I managed 582 fitness minutes.

Tomorrow, I having my monthly lunch out with a few of the ladies I use to work with, then my best friend is taking me to get some groceries. Tuesday, I have an oncologist appointment, I see him once per month, and with everything that has happened since my last appointment, it doesn't seem like it's 4 weeks gone by already. I also will be getting my 2nd Abraxane.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ISLANDRITER 7/1/2013 7:22PM

    Thanks for blogging through it all! I love your sharing and your community of followers. Everyone benefits from your bravery and faith! I don't frequent the site like I used to, I have been doing art journaling and fill up my days with collage, paint and journaling on the pages. But just reading your blog makes me want to get to sparking. Congrats on completing your radiation. God is good and your journey is an incredible testimony to others of what we can do with faith, determination and perseverance. I had my fourth cancer this past October Shari. Eight years now out of stage IV, breast. Last year's was thyroid recurrence. Again, thank you for sharing your journey. (You slay me with your fitness minutes....Oh My!!)

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GOANNA2 7/1/2013 9:21AM

    You are an amazing and courageous lady Shari.
I am totally in awe and so glad you are able to
start doing things again and your shoulder pain
is easing up a little. Have fun with your ladies.

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IKACEY 7/1/2013 5:48AM

    Shari its wonderful how you handle all this and get all you can do done! I am not sure how radiation affects you as far as range of motion goes but I know I daren't slow down on my range of motion exercises even when I am hurting as if I do and keep doing it then I end up unable to walk or do things for myself again and back stuck in the emoticon It really depends on if it makes you a little sore/achy which is normal for doing range of motion after a lay off or if it really pains you in which case you should stop and talk it over with the doctor when you see him/her. I hope the chemo goes better this time and its helping you tame the cancer better than the other. emoticon
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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ACRAIG921 6/30/2013 11:19PM

    You have a great attitide. You are so strong. Glad you are finished with your treatments. Enjoy your lunch. I will keep you in my prayers.

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CARRAND 6/30/2013 9:41PM

    Lunch sounds like fun! Take care.

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NANA-JEAN 6/30/2013 9:30PM

    emoticon Continue to take care of you! Do what you can for you!

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KERRYG155 6/30/2013 8:53PM

    Enjoy your day out.

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ELLFIN3 6/30/2013 8:50PM

    emoticon You did so great on fitness!!! WooHoo for You! Enjoy Your luncheon! Love You!! ((HUGS))

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/30/2013 6:56PM

    Don't forget the non-profit I told you about, in case you can't do housework. Cleaning for a REason. My cousin used them and they were wonderful.

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POPSY190 6/30/2013 5:46PM

    Good to have the radiation behind you and to get back to some semblance of normality. Take care and go easy on that shoulder!

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PIMPINELLAN50 6/30/2013 5:14PM

    I am glad that your radiation is over with,and that you can slowly get back to your
daily routines.You are simply an Amazing and Strong Woman!And always staying positive no matter what you are dealt with in life.I am learning many things from reading your blogs. emoticon You are a true inspiration! emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/30/2013 4:56PM

    It'll be good to get back to your routine now that the radiation is done. Hopefully the last of the pain is easing away so you can 'enjoy' the lessened pain after the treatment. Enjoy your lunch tomorrow! Wish I could send you a couple extra spoons to ensure you have the energy to enjoy it.

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GRNDMOM43 6/30/2013 4:07PM

    You are an amazing lady. I am glad that you are beginning to have some relief and able to get back to doing more things. I hope that the chemo goes well this week for you. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 6/30/2013 3:45PM

    You sound like you are adjusting to the new treatment! Hoping for you to continue to do well!

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ELINTY 6/30/2013 2:42PM

  with all that you have been through you still seem to have a positive attitude good for you. I wish you luck in all your future appointments. my prayers are with you

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SLRETHERFORD 6/30/2013 2:21PM

    stay strong! emoticon

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