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Monday, November 18, 2013

So, I was actually having a pretty terrific day. Energy, facing a light day at work...I've got my gym bag packed and have checked my calendar and will be able to make the gym nearly every day this week. And, I had a visit for the old Wooshie fairy last week, and lost five pounds (holy smokes!). To top it all off, I was able to get on my size 6 wedding ring today for the first time in a few months.


And then I ate breakfast, and the cancer leftovers got me.


You see, my innards, well, they have been through a lot. Gastric bypass surgery, and then extreme amounts of radiation and chemo. When I underwent radation (a year ago this month!!) I actually had to endure 45 minutes of radiation at a time - 25 minutes on the upper torso to get all the areas where the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes, and then 20 minutes on the lower pelvic area to get the area where the uterus and ovaries were prior to their exit. Then I had three sessions of brachytherapy, where they actually inserted a radioactive rod in my nether parts.

That's a lot of radiation on the parts of the system that process the food.

What they don't often tell you when you get radiation is that the after effects may never go away.


I can wake up feeling totally great, and the minute the food hits the system, I get overwhelmed with nausea and hot flashes, that can last anywhere from just five minutes to all day.

Today, I think it's going to be an all day gig.

And before you ask, it doesn't matter what food I throw in the chute. I haven't been able to face eggs in the morning since chemo. Mostly, I do greek yogurt and fruit for breakfast, with some kind of whole grain cereal. And that's what I had today. Three bites in, and all systems said, "Oh, sorry, you wanted to eat today? HAHAHAHA no."

At least I got my coffee in. And probably about 16 oz of water already.

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It's been about half an hour, and I'm still feeling quesy, so that means I will have to pop a zofran (some cancer patients are on them long after treatments are over) in order to get through the rest of the day.

Now, in no way does this mean I'm having a BAD day. Just means that I'm feeling kind of quesy and icky. Hopefully, that will turn around. I have a life to live here!!

Have a great Monday folks! And can someone please eat breakfast for me? That would be awesome!
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  • PATTYR81
    1554 days ago
    You write amazing blogs! Like your style.
    Hope tomorrow is a better day!
    1555 days ago
    You have been through so much! emoticon

    I am living with stage IV breast cancer, and I'm currently on chemo.
    I've been through radiation a few times too, and you are right, it can cause damage to more than just the cancer cells. I developed gastroparesis from radiation I had to my upper spine, because some of the radiation went through my stomach and permanately damaged some of the nerves there. I've been able to manage it though with medication and a low fat/low fiber diet. I still deal with bloating at times though because of it.

    I hope you feel better very soon!
    1556 days ago
    I emoticon zofran! It has helped me so much! Glad you're feeling better!!
    1556 days ago
    Thanks! The zofran worked (yay!). The encouragement was also awesome!
    1556 days ago
    You have been through so much, it's great to see such a positive blog! I hope you have a wonderful week and always remember to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
    1556 days ago
    I agree; your attitude is great! There are so many people who wouldn't be able to champion through, but you have and still are! Sorry you're not feeling great. You've got people thinking about you today! :D
    1556 days ago
    You have a great attitude! I hope you feel better soon and have a wonderful, productive week. That icky nauseated feeling from chemo is awful - not exactly puking but not exactly great either. I remember taking my kids to the playground and lying on the ground trying to get the spins to stop. Yuck!

    1556 days ago
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