Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I've just finished my second week of chemo and will be going back to Vanderbilt tomorrow for my third infusion. This week went noticably harder than last week. I was hoping it wouldn't be the case, but since the chemo is cumulative, it makes sense that I would be having more side effects this week. The antinausea medications kept that aspect under control, but I spent several days in the bathroom and had to work to stay hydrated. I lost at least 3 pounds this week that I didn't particularly want to lose. I'm upping my food intake and have added in some higher carb items that I normally wouldn't have been eating. It's all very healthy foods (organic multigrain oatmeal and a slice of organic multigrain bread with organic peanut butter.)
One thing that I've been doing is to try to keep up at least some form of gentle exercise every day. There are studies that indicate that the survival rate is better for those people that maintain some form of exercise during and after treatment. Specifically, for breast cancer, the turning point seems to come with 30 minutes of walking (or something similar) six days a week. That's what I plan to shoot for as long as I am able. I don't care how slow I walk, I can feel my heart and lungs working as I go up and down the hills where I live.
The last couple days, I've been very fatigued...particularly when I wake up in the morning. It seems to take about half of the day to get my energy up, but by the early afternoon, I have felt ready for a walk. Both days, I have felt noticably better and more energetic after I get back from the walk.
It's funny how that works!
Life is good!