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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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