Chemo break and Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Last week, I had the last of my twelve weekly taxol chemo infusions. I was hoping the recovery period from the last infusion would be easier than the others, but it wasn't. I had a lot of fatigue all week and the same steroid "crash" that I went through every other week as the pre-infusion steroids wore off about two days later.
Even though the fatigue was there, it was nice knowing that this coming week should be better. I'm on a two week break before I start a different kind of chemo that will last for two months. So...no chemo this week. I'm really interested to see how much my energy levels pick up over the next seven days.
Thanksgiving will be a nice distraction from my normal "cancer world." My youngest son is driving down today from the Chicago area. On Thursday, we will all eat with my mom at her assisted living place. The good news there for me is "no cooking!".
Saturday, we will be hosting our annual family get together. As it stands right now, there will be fourteen people. Jim has promised to do all the cooking. I'm sure my son will help as well as other family members. I think my job will be to relax and stay out of the way. I usually work non-stop getting ready and want to have things just perfect. This year, I will be learning how to let go and let others take care of things. It should be an interesting exercise for me! I know the more I am able to relax and not fret over stupid details, the more enjoyable it will be, not only for me, but for Jim as well.
This year will be different. I think what I need to focus on is gratitude.
On a different subject, I went to my first breast cancer support group meeting yesterday. It turned out to be their annual holiday luncheon so it's difficult to know what the meetings are really like. It was an older crowd of women which surprised me a bit since so many young women have breast cancer. I think that part of the reason is that the meetings are in the middle of the day so many working women would not be able to attend. I plan on going back. It's a forty-five minute drive to the meeting and it only meets once a month, but I could use the support.
I had a nice chat with a woman that just finished her chemo a couple months ago. Her hair is just starting to grow out. I thought it looked really cute! I'm a big fan of short hair styles so I'm lucky when it comes to that. According to everything i've read, I'll be losing what's left of my hair right around Christmas. The lady told me where the American Cancer Society offices are so I stopped by on the way home and they gave me a wig and some cute caps. I have quite a collection for when the hair goes. I wear a lot of the caps already, even around the house because my head gets cold. I figure I currently have maybe 20% of the hair i normally have. It's very thin and fine, but it's still enough to look semi normal when I go out in public. I had pretty thick hair to start out with.
I want to end this blog by saying "thank you" to you....my wonderful SparkFriends. I really have appreciated your support these last few months. It has meant a lot to me. I hope all my U.S.A. friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I plan to!
Life is good.