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!
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!