Friday, September 27, 2013
This week I when I went for my chemo treatment, I met with my oncologist. As part of our meeting, she measured the tumor in my breast. It is SHRINKING!!! After being one third of the way through my first type of chemo that i'm getting, it has already shrunk down by one third it's original size. I thought it was shrinking, but it's great to have it actually confirmed by an independent source. This is good news! I'll take a shrinking tumor!
Actually, other than a major stomach upset that I had during week two of chemo, things are going very smoothly. I'm starting to get a feel for what to expect after chemo and recognized a pattern of how I feel each day of the week between treatments. It's not nearly as bad as I had read it could be.
In terms of side effects, I've been the most tired on day 2 and day 3 after chemo. I just take special care of myself on those days....actually, I take special care of myself everyday, but I give myself more of a break on those two days in particular.
My hair started falling out about a week ago, but I still have plenty of hair left at this point. I still look "normal." I notice that my hair is a lot thinner, but I don't think anyone else would at all. Most people on my particular type of chemo lose their hair around week 3. It looks like my hair is hanging in there a bit longer, but my oncologist told me on Wednesday that it still will most likely all fall out in the next week or so. It's a wierd feeling knowing it's going to be happening. I can't imagine what I will look like without hair! Oh well.....we shall see.
On a completely different subject, my mother's 89th birthday is today. We had a nice visit together at her assisted living home this morning. She is in excellent health for her age. She loves working jigsaw puzzles to pass the time, so I got her some puzzles for her birthday. She seemed really happy with them. It was nice to be able to get something she actually enjoys.
Last, but not least, I had to get a biopsy done on some nodules on my thyroid yesterday. I will know the biopsy results by Wednesday at the latest. Ninety five percent of the time such nodules turn out to be benign. I'm hoping that is the case for me. I'm just trying to stay calm between now and Wednesday about it. The nodules were discovered during an MRI that I had last month.
Waiting for test results is one of the most difficult parts of dealing with cancer. I've gotten a little better at waiting for results since I've had so many tests done. Actually, I think I've gotten a LOT better at waiting for results since this whole thing got started. In this case....just like all the others....it is what it is, no matter what the results are. Worry only makes me miserable, so I choose to spend my time focusing on other things like......A SHRINKING TUMOR and all the other wonderful stuff in my life.
I'm doing everything I can to take care of myself. I'm giving it my best and that's all I can do. I know that no matter what....I will be able to handle it with the love and support of my family and friends like you.
Life is good!