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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. 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 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.


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    Another thing for me to be grateful for...that my Spark friend Kay is having a relaxing and family-filled Thanksgiving!
    1452 days ago
    I hope that some of your energy returns over the two weeks you are on chemo break.

    I understand that it will be hard to let Jim do all of the cooking and everything else. Enjoy your time relaxing and being with your family.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    1454 days ago
    Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving and Spark ON!!!

    1455 days ago
    Enjoy your family and sit back and relax ....

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    1455 days ago
    Enjoy your dinner with Mom tomorrow and your family gathering. I hope that you do relax and gain some of your strength back.
    My husband and I are eating with my mother at the nursing home tomorrow. My brother is going to stop by earlier. It will definitely be a strange day for all of us.

    Have a good one, my friend!
    1455 days ago
    emoticon I hope you feel better and regain some energy during your break.

    When I had lost my hair to chemo 10 years ago, one of the things that surprised me was how cold my head would get without hair. During the colder weather months, I had to wear a cap to bed because my head would get so cold while I was sleeping.
    1455 days ago
    HUGs and so glad that you are getting to have your dinner but yet resting. Hard to do but know you will work on it ! LOL Enjoy and Happy thanksgiving!
    1455 days ago
    Every day is a blessing.
    1455 days ago
    Kay ~ I am sure relaxing will not be easy... but it's time for YOU!
    Look after your awesomeness, your support and encouragement through all "seasons" is a huge inspiration! Happy Thanksgiving!!!
    1455 days ago
    I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
    1455 days ago
    Have a great holiday week!

    I have a friend whose hair grew back with a natural curl she never had before. Very cute.
    1455 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Cancer life is very different from normal life. I'm glad you are getting a break that coincides with the holiday. Enjoy!
    1455 days ago
    What a supportive family you have to spend the holidays worth. And the support group sounds amazing too! I hope you enjoy your week and the time with family. Hugs to you!
    1455 days ago
    Wishing you an especially wonderful Thanksgiving this year, Kay. So happy you have had treatment success. BTW, you asked about the pumpkin smoothie; I used canned pumpkin, non-fat milk, whey protein powder (which sweetened up a bit). There are also recipes on the internet, but of course, I didn't follow those. (smiling)
    1455 days ago
    One of my friends had a shaving party - she got tired of waiting for her hair to fall out. She and her friends just got rid of their hair - she had a lot of support! I'm with you, I'm a fan of short hair. Enjoy the hats.

    1455 days ago
  • JANUT57
    Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and rest up during your chemo free weeks. emoticon emoticon
    1455 days ago
    You are doing great! It will be a wonderful Thanksgiving for you filled with gratitude. You brought the memory of the steroid crash and you know I gained 30 pounds during chemo so you are doing so great without doing that--it has to do with breast cancer, steroids, and in my case less activity and only having the appetite for starchy, cheesy foods for some reason.

    Regarding the support group, in our area there is a support group specifically for younger women with BC. Ours is called Linked by Pink. I wonder if there is anything like that in your area. They not only support one another but they do activities like bowling, softball tournament and a great calendar.
    1455 days ago
  • JACKIE15108
    Take advantage of the no meal cooking this year, because next year you'll be back at it. Get a good book, close yourself in your comfy bed and let Jim go in the kitchen!
    Looking on the bright side with those caps.....there's so many colors to choose from and you can match your outfits, maybe even get a red one for Christmas!
    The support group is a good idea if you feel well enough to make the 45 minute drive. It's not too long of a trip.
    Good luck with your next round of chemo.... but for now try to forget about it and enjoy the holiday and family get togethr.
    1455 days ago
    enjoy your chemo-free week and have a great Thanksgiving with your family.
    1455 days ago
    Sounds like you'll be 'pampered' with the no cooking for thanksgiving. Have a wonderful Holiday.
    1455 days ago
    I admire your positive outlook after all you've endured.
    I wish you well, have a happy Thanksgiving emoticon
    1455 days ago
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