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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!

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    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!
    1516 days ago
  • MISSG180
    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.
    1520 days ago
    I am so glad to hear your doing well. Hip, Hip Hooray !!!

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    1521 days ago
    Thank you so much for this update. Dancing and enjoying food together can really be some of life's finest moments!
    1521 days ago
    Lovely post! Try the consignment shops for some snazzy dancing dresses!
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    1522 days ago
    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.

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    Comment edited on: 11/22/2013 9:01:40 AM
    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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    1522 days ago
    Definitely lots to be thankful for! Way to go!
    1522 days ago
    So pleased you're enjoying dancing, Kay you are doing so well. Great news about minimising the side effects.

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    1522 days ago
    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!
    1522 days ago
    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
    1522 days ago
    You look great !! Have fun with your dancing ;-)
    1522 days ago
    Oh, this just sounds simply exquisite. Any pictures?
    1522 days ago
    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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    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!
    1522 days ago
    How wonderful, Kay. Very happy for you and pleased at the success you've had. Have another fun dance session.
    1522 days ago
    I am so glad that you made it through the Taxol, that you are dancing, and WOO HOO keeping your hair is amazing!
    1522 days ago
    emoticon thanx for sharing.. emoticon
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    1522 days ago
    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.
    1522 days ago
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