MOM2ACAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MOM2ACAT MOM2ACAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ First Christmas without my mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839402 I made it through my first Christmas without my mom, but no matter how old you are, Christmas is just never the same once both of your parents are gone. <BR> <BR> The last few years, after my dad passed away, I always went to church on Christmas Eve with my mom and sister. This year, I went to a family gathering at a cousin's house instead. My sister wasn't able to go because she came down with bronchitis, but I am glad I was able to go. I think it would have been hard being at church that f... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 15:41:55 EST Trying another drug for the cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836928 I went to my appointment today with my oncologist feeling so sure that he was going to tell me I had no options left, but he decided to try something that is actually a very old treatment for metastatic breast cancer. It's a male hormone called Halotestin, a form of testosterone. Since my cancer is fueled by estrogen, this will counteract that estrogen. It is not a cure, but hopefully it will slow the cancer down. He also thinks it will help with my platelet count. (Which, by the way, went do... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:12:10 EST Pain patch did not work for me, bad side effects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835902 Rite Aid finally got the pain patch in stock that my PA at the pain clinic wanted me to try, and I picked it up Thursday morning while I was out shopping. My biggest concern was that it would make me feel sleepy, so I thought if I put it on at bedtime, I could sleep through the worst of the side effects. I put it on at 9:30pm Thursday night. <BR> <BR> I really didn't notice it making me drowsy or anything. When I got up yesterday morning, I didn't have the usual pain in my legs and shoulders... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:08:07 EST Just checking in, I'm doing ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835015 Just checking in to let everyone know I am doing ok, after the news I received on Monday from my oncologist. <BR> <BR> I slept surprisingly well Monday night; I think I was just plain exhausted, from the time I had to get up so early Friday morning to drink the first barium shake for the CT scan, then my anxiety over waiting for my report to be posted online, and once I had that report, waiting and wondering until my appointment later that afternoon to hear what my doctor had to say. I just ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:43:16 EST CT scan results; not good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833511 My CT scan that I had on Friday shows that 3 lesions that were on my liver in July have grown a little bit; they are growing slower, but they have grown, and there a few new ones too. The cancer has also now spread to my lungs; those spots are very tiny right now though, and also slow growing. <BR> <BR> I wasn't expecting a "clean" scan, especially since I have had to postpone my chemo for over a month now due to the low platelet counts. (Which, by the way, when my CBC was done this morning,... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:26:09 EST Another "strike out" with the chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830976 Once again, chemo has to be postponed because of my platelet count. I was not surprised though; I really did not think that the counts would get up to 100 which is the minimum at which my doctor will allow chemo, since last Wednesday they were at 71, and had only crept up to 75 on Friday. I asked if I could get get my blood counts checked at our local hospital next week instead of having to make the trip to the cancer center when it's not that likely they will be up high enough next week eith... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:53:00 EST Pain Clinic Appointment Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830320 I had my followup appointment this morning with my PA at the pain clinic, it was scheduled on a day when my doctor was also there, in case anything on the x-rays of my left hip that were done several weeks indicated any problems that could possibly helped with an injection. My x-rays only showed healed bone mets and arthritis, and since the injections I have had for that hip for the past couple of years haven't helped, my PA didn't feel that any would help me today either. Even if they were t... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:13:55 EST Friday's Blood Counts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828565 Yesterday, I had to go back to the cancer center to have my blood counts checked again. My platelets (which are what has been causing the delay with the chemo) went from 72 on Wednesday to 75 yesterday; hemoglobin from 10.4 to 10.6, and red blood count from 3.5 to 3.6. That didn't sound like an encouraging improvement to me at first, but my nurse told me that it was actually good improvement in just 2 days. My doctor was pleased with it anyway, and I'm glad that my counts went up instead of d... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:52:19 EST No chemo for 3rd week in a row/New haircut pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827116 Despite the blood transfusion 2 weeks ago, and not having had chemo for the past 3 weeks, my platelets dropped more, from 87 last week to 71 today, so I could not have chemo again today for the 3rd week in a row. My hemoglobin dropped too, from 12.7 to 10.4 today; the hemoglobin isn't low enough for a transfusion, but my doctor is concerned about why that and the platelets have both dropped that much in just a week. I didn't talk to him today, because he was not at the cancer center today, bu... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 17:54:13 EST Haircut today/Hair Loss and Chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825938 My hair started shedding from the chemo almost 3 weeks ago. I knew before I started the chemo that hair loss was very likely, but I kept my hair shoulder length for as long as I could. I know I was just putting off the inevitable by not getting it cut sooner, but I had to wait until I felt I was ready. <BR> <BR> The last time I wore my hair down was for my mom's funeral; since then, I've been wearing in it a ponytail because I couldn't do much of anything else with it, and over that past cou... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:40:04 EST A Productive Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825347 I took advantage of the warmer temps this morning, (it was 49F when I got up around 8am) and the fact that pretty much all of the snow melted overnight and finally got the outdoor furniture put away in the shed for the winter, all except a small bistro set ( a table and 2 chairs) which I cover with a tarp because they will not fit in the shed. Also took down my wind chimes for the winter, filled the bird feeders, and put out a new suet cake. <BR> <BR> I missed my workout today, but at least... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:09:07 EST Getting back on track with exercise, and catching up on Spark stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824345 With not feeling very good due to lack of proper sleep and stress since my mom's passing 3 weeks ago, being busy with all the "practical" stuff that goes along with losing a parent, and being anemic from chemo again, my "Sparking" has been sadly neglected, and my exercising too. <BR> <BR> Today, after missing 20 days in a row, I "got back on the horse" as they say and did a 25 minute chair workout today; it felt good, and it was not as hard to get back into it as I was expecting. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:13:10 EST No chemo again this week, and oncologist appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823459 Chemo was a no go today; my platelets are still too low. Last week before the transfusion, they were at 52. Today they were 87, but my oncologist won't do chemo if they are under 100. So the plan now is just to wait until Wednesday to check my blood counts again, and then if the platelets are up high enough, I'll have chemo then. <BR> <BR> My hair is still shedding; it's not coming out in clumps or anything like that, but it is looking thinner, the time is coming soon when I will have to get... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:32:34 EST Poem: A Mother's Crown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822346 I found this poem online before we met with the pastor to plan my mom's memorial service; I don't know who the author is, but it just fit with who my mom was and how she lived her life. I knew I wasn't feeling strong enough to read it, so a friend in our church congregation read it during the service. <BR> <BR> A Mother’s Crown <BR> <BR> Heaven lit up with a mighty presence, <BR> as the Angels all looked down. <BR> Today the Lord was placing the jewels <BR> Into my mother’s crown. <BR> <BR... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:27:32 EST I have not forgotten all of you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819689 I haven't forgotten Spark or my friends here; I've just been busy, worn out and tired and haven't had a chance to do much of anything online. I haven't even had a chance to read my blog comments, Spark page comments or look at my Spark goodies, but I will as soon as I can. <BR> <BR> My mom's funeral was last Wednesday and it was a beautiful service, I think she would have been proud. <BR> <BR> I cancelled my chemo last week, and was supposed to have it today, but when they did my lab work, ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:57:13 EST My mom is gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813358 I'm too tired and overwhelmed right now to go into all the details, and it's been a long night, but I just had to let my Spark friends know. <BR> <BR> My mom died unexpectedly sometime yesterday (Saturday); when she was found in her home, she was already gone, probably from a massive heart attack. <BR> I will post another blog later to explain more. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try, if I can, to get some sleep, because I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:54:32 EST Acceptance vs. Giving Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813119 Some background before I start, if you haven't read my blogs before. <BR> I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 2003, I won't go through all the details about my treatment because that is on my Sparkpage. In 2007, it returned, this time to my bones, and it's now stage IV, or metastatic breast cancer. I just found out a few months ago it is starting to spread to my liver too. <BR> <BR> It took me several years to come to a place of acceptance with this disease, it's not something tha... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:33:38 EST My week off from chemo so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812043 While I am a bit frustrated that I am still getting tired easily despite my hemoglobin levels being up, today is one of my better days. I had chemo Thursday and the Neulasta shot Friday, and today is the best I have felt since then. <BR> <BR> I was expecting to have some bad bone pain from the Neulasta shot, but it actually turned out to be very mild. I still had my chronic pain in my left hip and left shoulder to deal with, but the Neulasta did not make that any worse. <BR> <BR> I've had a... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 14:28:43 EST The Ups and Downs of My Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809345 Before I begin, I want to thank everyone for the supportive comments left on my Spark page and blogs, and the goodies. I want you all to know they are all taken to heart and appreciated! <BR> <BR> Friday night, I ended up taking my nausea and migraine meds at bedtime. Even though I had just had my Neulasta shot that day, I don't think those were side effects of it. I had already had a headache starting that day before I even had the shot, triggered by the change in weather and the front movi... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:54:26 EST 2nd Halaven today and 1st Neulasta shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808285 I had the 2nd Halaven chemo yesterday. A bit of good news on the hemoglobin counts; last week after the transfusion it was 10.8; I was hoping it would stay the same, or at least not go down very much. But to my surprise, it actually went up, to 11.3, that made me happy! <BR> <BR> I asked for a prescription for a sleep aid, and they were going to give me Ambien; however, it could not be called in that day because it was one my doctor had to approve first, and he had left early that day. I was... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:50:49 EST As ready as I'll ever be................. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807048 ..........for my 2nd Halaven chemo tomorrow. Since yesterday, I've tried to make the most of having a couple of days of feeling better while at the same continuing to pace myself so that I do not overdo it. It's not so much the fatigue that is the problem right now, it's being able to stay on my feet with the pain and weakness in my left hip and knee. <BR> <BR> Speaking of which, I did read my hip x-ray report online and there doesn't seem to be anything very helpful in it; it just shows art... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:30:34 EST Slowly building myself back up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805113 As I posted in my last blog, Friday was a bit of a tough day with barely any sleep the night before because of the steroid they gave me with the chemo. I thought I was going to be ready for an early bedtime Friday night, but I did not start feeling sleepy enough to go to bed til around 11pm. I think I fell asleep sometime around midnight, and I slept about 6-7 hours before waking up again. Even though it wasn't a full night of sleep, I felt a lot better Saturday. <BR> <BR> I probably would h... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:56:31 EST First Halaven Chemo Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804043 First, I will share some good news. My hemoglobin level before I had the blood transfusion Wednesday was 7.0; when I had my CBC done yesterday, it was up to 10.8, that is a huge improvement for me! My heart rate was down too, Wednesday while I was there, it never went below 100; yesterday, the first reading was 87. <BR> <BR> My good friend Connie drove me yesterday. It had been awhile since we had seen each other, so the time went by quickly while we talked and got caught up. <BR> <BR> The ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:20:29 EST Feeling better this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803283 First of all, I want to thank everyone for the prayers and support! <BR> <BR> It was a long day yesterday getting my blood transfusion, and at the cancer center, they give Benadryl as a premed. It was just a low dose, but I am sensitive to it, so I wasn't feeling very good from that. It made me tired, but at the same time kind of wired too so that I couldn't sleep. I couldn't concentrate much on reading so I watched TV most of the time while I was there. I was kind of bummed about not feelin... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:52:32 EST No chemo today, hemoglobin too low http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802303 Once I got the the cancer center, and in the infusion area, my nurse drew my blood for labs and got me started on fluids. It was about an hour wait for the labs to get back, and because my hemoglobin was only 7.0, they could not do my chemo today. <BR> My oncologist was called, and he wants me to have a blood transfusion first, which I will get tomorrow, then I will have my chemo on Thursday instead. <BR> <BR> I'm not really surprised my hemoglobin was low, I was having symptoms of being ane... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:12:31 EST Pain clinic appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798819 My pain clinic appointment went well. I saw the PA there, instead of my regular doctor. He's always been very helpful to talk too. He also worked at one time with my oncologist, so that helps too; he doesn't hesitate to consult him about me if he thinks it's needed, and having a background in oncology, he understands my other health issues rather than just the pain. <BR> <BR> We talked mostly about the ongoing pain in my left hip, which is my biggest issue when it comes to pain. He is going ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:26:52 EST Teaching appointment at the cancer center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797572 I had my "teaching" appointment at the cancer center this afternoon, it went fairly quickly. I got to the cancer center with almost 20 minutes to spare, and when I walked in, the nurse practitioner who was doing it was there talking to the receptionist when I walked in, and she took me right back to her office to get started. <BR> <BR> A lot of the stuff we went over I was already familiar with, being the chemo "veteran" that I am. I also found out that I will be getting steroids with this c... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:22:56 EST More information on starting chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795178 Yesterday I received a call from the social worker at the cancer center. I had known her from before, when I had radiation treatments in the past, when they just did the radiation there and not the chemo. She's very good at her job, and very easy to talk to. <BR> <BR> She was looking at my scheduled appointments while she had me on the phone, and I am scheduled to start chemo on Tuesday, the 21st. I'm glad I can wait another week to start the chemo; I think it would have been a little too mu... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:14:27 EST One step closer to starting chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794173 Progress has been made today in getting closer to finally starting the chemo. <BR> Today I had a routine appointment with my internist; when I told him about all the problems I've had with getting a start date for the chemo, he called the cancer center himself during my appointment. Once he found out what was going on, he had one of the nurses wait on the phone while my appointment was scheduled. <BR> <BR> The problem? They were trying to call me at an old phone number I haven't used for ab... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:53:17 EST The cancer center finally called yesterday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792239 .......but I still don't have an appointment. The gal that talked to me on the phone said before I start my chemo, I have to come in for something called "chemo education"; something I don't really see the point of, as I am a "chemo veteran". I went through 6 months of it in 2003 with my first cancer diagnosis, then almost 4 years of various kinds of chemo from the spring of 2010 until the end of 2014. I pretty much know what to expect by now, and what precautions to take (such as staying awa... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:13:23 EST Still waiting to start the new chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790555 It's been almost a month since I was told I was going to have to go back on the I.V. chemo again, and that it would be at a different location than I had been getting it before. I was told then that the cancer center I would be going to would be calling me to set up an appointment to get me started. <BR> <BR> On the 23rd of September, I had my monthly oncologist appointment. When my nurse was giving me my Xgeva injection, she told me that the cancer center was just waiting for my doctor to f... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:17:57 EST My mom is home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786917 My mom was released from the hospital around 2:30pm today, she is doing well enough that her doctor felt comfortable with it. He also gave her his cell phone number to call if there is ever any sign of that infection coming back in her leg, if it does, he wants to stop it and hopefully prevent another hospital stay. She was very tired this afternoon but glad to be back home. I expect she will sleep better too. She said her legs already feel stronger. <BR> <BR> Our friends that I blogged abou... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:08:26 EST An update on my mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785644 Thank you to all who have been keeping my mom in your prayers. Her lab work is showing that the antibiotics are working, and improving each day. Her doctor is keeping a close watch on her. <BR> <BR> He is not in any hurry to send her home before she is ready though; the earliest she might be going home is tomorrow night, but I am thinking it's more likely to be Thursday or Friday. She's been doing good when they have gotten her up to walk with her walker, but her legs are still feeling a lit... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:48:29 EST My mom is in the hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783083 Since my mom moved into town a little over a year ago, our close family friends Jon, Denise, and their daughter Tara, who live just down the street from her, have been checking in her almost daily. When Tara was there checking on her after getting out of work (they all work at the hospital, and Tara is a health tech), my mom was feeling very weak and shaky. She was having severe diarrhea also, and just before Tara got there, hadn't been able to make it to the bathroom on time, so Tara got her... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:39:02 EST Struggling with fatigue again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782316 I am having a rough time with fatigue issues once again. I'm not sure what is causing it this time; I haven't started the new chemo yet (and still haven't heard yet when I will be starting), and I am no longer taking the Afinitor or Aromasin, so it doesn't seem like my blood counts should be the issue. The last time they were checked, my hemoglobin was at 10, still below normal, but it shouldn't be causing my fatigue to the degree where it is now. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking maybe it might be a t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:11:20 EST Starting IV chemo again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776693 I went to the clinic this morning to get my monthly lab work done, and got the official word that I will have to start IV chemo again, a drug called Halaven. My treatment cycle will be once per week for two weeks in a row, then a week off. I am waiting on a call from the cancer center to find out when I will be starting. <BR> <BR> The most common side effects are low blood counts, something I have dealt with regularly on the chemo I had in the past, and the oral treatment that I am no longer... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:49:47 EST I "reelly" love my new reel mower! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772041 UPS delivered my reel mower this morning. It was only partially assembled, which I knew when I ordered it. I just needed to assemble the handle and attach it to the actual mowing part, and the box claimed "no tools required". Sounds like it should be easy, right? <BR> <BR> Not so much for me! I ended up calling a friend for help, and God Bless him, he dropped what he was doing and came right over. My first problem was that I had 2 of the 4 pieces of the handle upside down; once that was fixe... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:41:49 EST Ending August on a positive note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770568 I'm ending this month on a positive note, and hoping to start the next month on one also. Despite having issues with extreme fatigue the first part of this month, I only missed 2 days of exercise, and ended August with a total of 814 fitness minutes. I am also right on track with my weight, still maintaining my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I even got out for a walk today; I can't go too far or too fast with my hip issues, but the weather was nice this morning, the pollen count wasn't too bad, and ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:06:22 EST Timmy's vet appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768880 Timmy had his vet appointment this afternoon. After going over his symptoms again and doing a physical, he drew some blood for lab work. I knew he was going to check his thyroid, because we had discussed that before, but because of his age and other symptoms, he decided to check for a few other things too. <BR> <BR> I had about a 20 minute wait for the results of the kidney and liver tests; that is a long wait when you are worried! Timmy was pretty calm while we were waiting. Thankfully, his... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:28:57 EST Disappointing news from my oncologist, and a sick kitty = STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767561 I was feeling a lot better after that last blood transfusion, but over the weekend, my fatigue level increased again. I don't think that it's my hemoglobin dropping again, I'm pretty sure it's from stress this time. <BR> <BR> I won't go into all the details, to avoid making this blog too long, but my 14 year old cat Timmy has been having some health issues which started Thursday; I've been very worried about him; him and Kallie are my babies! Friday night I did not get much sleep because I w... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:39:07 EST Had a transfusion Friday, feeling better now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761475 My oncology nurse called me Thursday afternoon, and she was able to arrange a blood transfusion for me. I had that done on Friday. It was a long day at the hospital, but it was worth it, because I am feeling better. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was able to change the sheets on the bed without feeling like I had to sit down and take a break when I was done, and I got the laundry and a few other things done. The only thing that spoiled my day was a rotten sinus headache; I get them this time of year ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:18:59 EST Dealing with fatigue from anemia and cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759086 Struggling with worsened fatigue once again. I had my monthly lab work done for my oncologist yesterday, and the results are showing a reason for that fatigue; my hemoglobin level has dropped from 10 a month ago, down to 8.5 yesterday. I can't be sure of the exact cause, but most likely it's because of one my cancer meds; lowered blood counts are one of the possible side effects of the Afinitor I take daily. <BR> <BR> In the past, anytime my hemoglobin would drop to 8.6 or below, my chemo nu... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:49:46 EST Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757569 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1430194721.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I saw this quote on Oprah.com and I thought it was very fitting for Spark People. <BR> <BR> So many people feel overwhelmed at the beginning of a weight loss journey; I know I did when I started mine 8 years ago. Even though I have been at my goal weight for over 6 years now, I look back and I am still amazed with myself that I did it! <BR> <BR> You can be amazing too! You can do this! The time to start making ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:44:54 EST DVD Review: Stronger Seniors with Anne Pringle Burnell Stretch & Strength workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752288 First, a little background information about myself, for those that aren't familiar with my story, so you can understand why I would choose this type of workout. <BR> <BR> I have been living with stage IV breast cancer with mets to the bone and liver. I am not able to do a lot of exercising on my feet because my left hip joint has been damaged by the cancer, and there is some arthritis there as well. Anytime I am walking outside of my house, I use a cane. My first cancer diagnosis was when I... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:59:52 EST Bone and CT Scan Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748970 Today was one of those oncologist appointments that was not just a "routine" visit; today he went over the results of the bone and CT scans I had last week. <BR> <BR> The CT scan showed some lesions in my liver, but they are very small, and appear to be slow growing. He is not overly concerned with them at this time. I know from some of the support groups for metastatic breast cancer that I belong to on Facebook that liver mets can be managed and lived with. The lab tests show my liver funct... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:17:17 EST Finished another afghan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742719 Last night I finished the afghan that I have been working on. I made this one for my sister and will give it to her for Christmas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1870918284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you look really close, you can see part of Kallie's head in the box behind the chair; it's the box that my last yarn order arrived in the kitties have been enjoying sleeping in there. I didn't notice it myself til after I saw the picture on my computer, lol. They have a c... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:53:18 EST Endoscopy results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741643 Everything went well with my endoscopy yesterday. Most of my ulcers have healed. I do have a few left yet, but only 10 very small ones. Overall, it was a good report. I have to see my GI doctor again in the office in 3 months. <BR> <BR> I am having some problems with my gastroparesis though. Even though the last time I ate before the endoscopy was at 7pm the night before, I still had some food in my stomach when he did the procedure, so he stressed again the importance of eating very small m... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:05:17 EST 14 day exercise streak; successfully completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740214 Today I completed one of the small goals I set for myself 2 weeks ago; 14 days in a row of exercise! They were all workouts of at least 30 minutes, except for one day, (it was a bad pain day) I only did 25 minutes. <BR> <BR> There were a few days I was tempted to skip it, mainly due to fatigue, but since I had already said in an earlier blog that I was doing it, I didn't want to come back here and say that I didn't complete the streak. This is one example of how blogging helps me, it keeps m... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:54:11 EST Today's oncologist appointment; scan time again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739419 I had my routine monthly appointment with my oncologist this morning. Well, at least I was expecting it to be "just" routine. Since my tumor markers keep rising, he decided it's time for scans again. I am scheduled for bone and CT scans next week. Actually going through the scans is pretty easy; it's the waiting for the results that is the hard part for me. After having lived with my cancer being stage IV for over 7 years now, that part never gets any easier. <BR> <BR> Other than the tumor m... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:52:43 EST My 8 Year Spark-versary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733046 I just realized this weekend that I passed my 8 year "Spark-versary" on the 3rd of this month. I guess I have been so focused on dealing with my health issues and keeping track of all my medical appointments that the day had just slipped by me unnoticed. <BR> <BR> This isn't going to be a blog with "profound words of wisdom"'; I've already been there and done that on past Sparkversaries. I'm also not going to go into my story of why I am here; you can read that on my Spark page if you are in... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:23:37 EST