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Chemo week #5 more good news....

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

I'm at the infusion center at Vanderbilt waiting for my 5th of 12 infusions of Taxol. I'm amazed that things are going so well with this chemo for me. For the second week in a row, all my blood tests are absolutely normal. My red and white blood cell counts are in the normal range. I think that's great for being almost half way through with this chemo. My tumor is shrinking noticably even in the last seven days. I will take all that!

I believe one reason why my blood results are so good and my chemo is going so smoothly is that I'm eating REALLY healthy. Whole foods (mostly organic) at least 98% of the time. in the last two months, I probably had not more than 20 bites of anything considered processed. It makes a difference! My energy levels are amazingly good.

I don't ever want to go back to my old eating habits. They were never terrible, but they have never been so consistently clean. No counting calories, no measuring portions, just eating healthy day in and day out. I say one thing about having cancer....it's a GREAT motivator!

In addition to good, clean eating, I'm also walking, doing yoga, meditation, taking short naps after lunch and lots of other good things. I believe it has made getting chemo much more managable.

As important and helpful good clean eating has been, the ongoing support that I have recieved from friends (like each of you) and family has carried me through the rough patches along the way. I can't begin to tell you how much that means to me. Without that support, it be easy to want to just slide into a funk. It occassionally happens, but with each passing week, I feel myself becoming more optimistic both in the moment and about the future.

One thing that has been going on this past week is that I've been waiting for the biopsy results on some nodules that were discovered on my thyroid during an MRI. I got the results last night. One nodule (the "big" one) has been declared benign. The other nodule is classified as unclear results right now. I have an appointment in four months to have that one retested. Ninety percent of the time, such nodules come back benign on the second test. I not worried. Even if it does come back cancerous, it is not my breast cancer spreading, but rather a separate, slow-growing cancer that is very treatable. So, in the grand scheme of things, I consider it small potatoes! Funny how one's perspective can change about such things.

Anyway, as far as I'm concerned today, I am very fortunate indeed.

Life is good!

Hugs,

Kay



Oh....BTW...one more thing for me to be grateful about is that my hair has hung in there at least two more weeks than my oncologist predicted. I've lost about half of it, but I started with a lot so I still look "normal". I'll take it!
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PINKNFITCARLA 10/11/2013 9:51PM

  Great to hear the good news!!

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SMITTY4RL 10/7/2013 8:10AM

    Such good news! It's great to hear! emoticon

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HEIDI777 10/7/2013 8:01AM

    I am so glad that everything is moving forward for you! Having a positive attitude is a great plus for getting thru this. During my chemo I kept reminding myself that this too shall pass. It is amazing that having to go thru this horrid illness gives you so much incite of life...but it reminds us of things that are priority in our lives and in some ways it reminds us to LIVE!!

Your are in my prayers and thoughts.

Hugs my friend!!

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FLORIDASUN 10/4/2013 7:06PM

    I'm SO THRILLED to hear all the good news...more is coming sweet Kay! You are a wonderful person and you still have many lessons to teach both in Spark world and in your own personal world. I know everything is going to be okay for you and I truly, truly believe your 'green drinks' are like drinking sunshine, and sunshine is HEALTH! emoticon emoticon emoticon I also want you to know I think of you EACH and every morning when I throw a medjool date into my smoothie for a little sweetness.

Love them...love YOU for being so very thoughtful! emoticon emoticon

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MISSG180 10/4/2013 10:07AM

    I have such thin hair that I would be bald pretty much immediately.

The clean eating can definitely help with the overall health. You are doing an amazing job!

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/3/2013 3:41PM

    emoticon That is really good news all the way around! I try to eat as clean as possible myself. Finding vegetables and fruit that are organic here though is really hard. Other than that I don't eat processed foods. I really love how you have approached going through all of this and I think that everything you are doing is only going to result in positive things from now until you are completely cancer free. I think that the support of family and friends is helps as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/3/2013 2:19PM

    So many blessings, even in the middle of a crisis!

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ZELLAZM 10/3/2013 7:27AM

    So happy to hear this good report, Kay! emoticon emoticon

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KIPPER_KID 10/3/2013 7:18AM

    great news on the blood tests and the tumour shrinking.

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CASEYSAUER 10/3/2013 5:37AM

    emoticon I just had my first biopsty yesterday. I get the results this Friday! Great job on the "state of mind" I may be reaching out to you for assistance with that in the near furture.

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ROXIGIRL 10/3/2013 12:30AM

    emoticon We are here for you

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/2/2013 11:10PM

    Hang in there, you are handling all of this great!! A positive attitude is also beneficial and you have that in spades!

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MICHELE142 10/2/2013 10:38PM

    emoticon Great news! Stay Positive and continue on, you have got the Hang of the Fight. Strong is the Key word.
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BRAVELUTE 10/2/2013 10:02PM

    Keep on keeping on. You are managing your part of this team effort so well. Isn't it great that you find yourself a part of such a super team??

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LOPEYP 10/2/2013 7:51PM

    emoticon for all the good news!!
Don't forget your positive attitude - Mind over Matter - makes a big difference!! emoticon

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LILYDOG11 10/2/2013 7:41PM

    Glad to hear the tumor is shrinking !! Keep up the good work. From an ovarian cancer survivor emoticon

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HILLSLUG98239 10/2/2013 7:29PM

    That's great. You have many people cheering for your recovery.

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PJMOMMATO3 10/2/2013 7:00PM

    that is all great news! you have such a positive attitude it is inspiring.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/2/2013 6:43PM

    This is such wonderful news, once again, Kay. Fabulous!

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KTISFOCUSED 10/2/2013 5:58PM

    All of this is awesome!!! Praise God!! You are doing great and your attitude is amazing--nice job! By the way, I had nodules on my thyroid right before my breast cancer and they were benign also. Actually have an appointment this Monday for re-test. Maybe all your hair won't fall out-my friend's didn't but they told me mine would and it did so...but who knows?

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HEALTHY4ME 10/2/2013 5:50PM

    Fantastic!!! So glad things are going as well as they are. I am so thankful for you! Keep up the good work body! LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/2/2013 5:23PM

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CELLOPLAYER1 10/2/2013 4:57PM

    Glad to hear things are going well with your chemo.

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MOM2ACAT 10/2/2013 4:15PM

    I am glad the chemo is going well for you! The chemo I am on now, Abraxane, is very similar to Taxol.

Sending up prayers for good results from the biopsy.

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WILLIAMV3 10/2/2013 4:13PM

    That is wonderful. I love your positive outlook. I think that helps a lot in the grand scheme of things. emoticon

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