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Treatment Milestone Reached and First Real Ballroom Dance

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yesterday, I reached a major milestone in my cancer treatments. The first part of my treatment was to get 12 weekly taxol chemo infusions. I got the 12th one I'm DONE with the Taxol! Whoo Hooo!!

While I had some ups and downs over the 12 weeks, overall, it went very smoothly. They have come a long way in managing many side effects of chemo, particularly nausea. I took anti-nausea drugs as prescribed and really had no problems. Taxol can have a variety of side effects and i was very fortunate to have almost none of them, and those that I did, I had very mild side effects. The last six weeks were harder than the first six in terms of fatigue. But it was all manageable. In a way, I'm sorry to see it end, because the chemo has been noticably shrinking my tumor.

Amazingly enough, I still have hair. This is not a very good picture of me, but it show my hair as of two weeks ago.

I now am on a two week break from chemo. Just in time for Thanksgiving! We have been hosting a family get together over the Thanksgiving weekend for the past 7 years (ever since we bought our house here in Tennessee). We decided to have it again this year on Saturday. We have a lot to be thankful for. Jim has promised to do all the cooking. I don't need to do anything except show up! How great is that! I'm sure my sister-in-law will pitch in too, as well as other family members, so I think Jim will be fine.

Last Saturday, we went to our first real dance together since starting ball room dance classes 5 weeks ago. The dance was very well attended and there was a 12 piece band. They were excellent and there were a LOT of very accomplished dancers there. I was very impressed.

Jim and I danced almost every dance except for the cha-cha's . We couldn't remember how to do that one. I absolutely loved it. It was good exercise and wonderful for my soul!

This past Tuesday at our first dance lesson after going to the Big Dance, we learned so much! We realized what we needed to work on, and we had developed a lot of confidence from going to a real dance. There is going to be another Ballroom Dance on Dec. 6th, over my chemo break. I'm looking forward to going. Now, I just need to figure out something beautiful to wear. They really doll up for these shin-digs! I love it!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATHYGETSFIT 11/27/2013 8:05PM

    I'm so glad to hear that you made it through the 12 weeks of chemo without many side affects. Glad to hear too that you'll have a two wee break before starting the next phase of your treatment. emoticon for still having hair.

I'm happy that you and Jim have found something to do together that you both enjoy! Have fun at your next dance!

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MISSG180 11/23/2013 2:25PM

    What fun to go to a real dance! It's one of those things I've meant to learn to do but just haven't prioritized.

Glad you're getting your chemo break for the holidays. Rebecca will start her next round right after Thanksgiving, which works well.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 11/22/2013 2:56PM

    I am so glad to hear your doing well. Hip, Hip Hooray !!!

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BONNIEMARGAY 11/22/2013 2:19PM

    Thank you so much for this update. Dancing and enjoying food together can really be some of life's finest moments!

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ZELLAZM 11/22/2013 2:17PM

    Lovely post! Try the consignment shops for some snazzy dancing dresses!

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/22/2013 11:38AM

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NILLAPEPSI 11/22/2013 9:01AM

    You are an amazing woman. Wow! Keep on fighting! There is no doubt in my mind that you can beat this. We are so blessed that cancer treatments have come so far. I'm glad to know the nausea was under control & that you still have your hair.

Keep smiling. emoticon Keep dancing. emoticon emoticon

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GEORGIAGIRL26 11/22/2013 8:40AM

    Good morning Kay, I am glad to see you here.
That is great that your treatments went well.
And that you had a good time at your dance.
Ballroom dancing sounds like so much fun.
Haven't tried that, but thinking about belly dancing.
I heard that is a really good work out.
Have a good day and a great weekend!
Your friend in Fitness,
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EBRAINK 11/22/2013 7:36AM

    Definitely lots to be thankful for! Way to go!

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NEW-CAZ 11/22/2013 3:13AM

    So pleased you're enjoying dancing, Kay you are doing so well. Great news about minimising the side effects.

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COLUMBINE2 11/21/2013 11:10PM

    Great blog! I'd love to dance ----- I'll "dance" vicariously through you. Great news about the minimal side effects and nausea reduction. I can well imagine the thanks and more thanks for the medical improvements.

Your DH is a keeper..but I've already told you that! I'm sure it's going to be splendid!

Keep on dancin' and tell us all the details...and yes...we need photos!

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SNOW_LEOPARD_74 11/21/2013 10:50PM

    I am so happy that you got through chemo/taxol so smooth and easily. It can be a hard one to take. I hope your next regimen goes just as well.

Have fun dancing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SOPHIEDO13 11/21/2013 9:35PM

    You look great !! Have fun with your dancing ;-)

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SWEETNEEY 11/21/2013 9:28PM

    Oh, this just sounds simply exquisite. Any pictures?

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DARLENEK04 11/21/2013 8:13PM

    Good for you Kay.....I admire anyone who can
I have 2 left feets....but I love to watch especially ballroom...
I used to watch Fred Astaire and all his partners on old movies
channel....was amazing to see how graceful he was....Cyd
Charisse was another amazing dancer....when I was very small
my mother used to watch the Arthur Murray dance party...and
of course American Bandstand where they kept all the new ones
trip down memory
Glad you are going to have a hiatus over the holiday....


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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/21/2013 7:38PM

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LOPEYP 11/21/2013 7:35PM

    I am glad to hear that you are through the first round and going strong. Your hair looks great! You are lucky that it stuck around. emoticon
How nice that you and Jim found another activity to do together that you enjoy. Be sure to take some photos when you are all dolled up!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/21/2013 5:58PM

    How wonderful, Kay. Very happy for you and pleased at the success you've had. Have another fun dance session.

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ALIHIKES 11/21/2013 5:52PM

    I am so glad that you made it through the Taxol, that you are dancing, and WOO HOO keeping your hair is amazing!

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CINDHOLM 11/21/2013 5:32PM

    emoticon thanx for sharing.. emoticon

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SLACHETKA103145 11/21/2013 5:28PM

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MOM2ACAT 11/21/2013 5:18PM

    emoticon Glad to hear you made it through the Taxol with a minimum of side effects. It's good that you are getting a break from the chemo for Thanksgiving also. It's great that you still have your hair; I'm very thankful that I did not lose mine also to the chemo I am currently on.

Way to go with the dancing! I can't dance, but I love to watch ballroom dancing.

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