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Frustration with Fatigue and Blood Counts

Wednesday, January 21, 2015      26 comments

I was disappointed, but not surprised, by the results of the CBC I had done on Monday. My hemoglobin went from 10 when it was checked January 12 (which was a week after my last blood transfusion), down to 8.8 this week. I knew just from the leve... Read more

Started another cancer drug today

Monday, January 19, 2015      24 comments

I went to my oncologist appointment today feeling very anxious after the news I got last week, not knowing what to expect today. I was fully expecting being told that since the drug he talked about trying before was not available, that I would t... Read more

Won't be starting that drug for the cancer after all

Monday, January 12, 2015      29 comments

First, the good news; my CBC that I had done today shows that my hemoglobin is at 10; this is the first time that it was checked since I had the transfusion last Tuesday. I was relieved to find that out. A friend took me grocery shopping today a... Read more

Transfusion went well, feeling so much better!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015      26 comments

The transfusion went well yesterday, and I am feeling so much better now, but the day started off kind of rough. My friend Von picked me up at 6:45am; God Bless her for being willing to go out into the bitter cold so early! Lack of sleep wa... Read more

Another setback, severely anemic again

Monday, January 05, 2015      21 comments

I've had a setback again with my health because of severe anemia. This past week has been especially hard, with extreme fatigue, a rapid heart rate, and some episodes of shortness of breath. We've been very cold here over the past couple of week... Read more

Exercise and Terminal Illness; 2015 Goals

Wednesday, December 31, 2014      26 comments

I haven't had anyone come right out and ask me this yet, but I'm sure there are people (and I don't mean just here on Spark) that wonder, "Why bother to exercise if you have a terminal illness?" Just because you know your life is going to p... Read more

First Christmas without my mom

Saturday, December 27, 2014      28 comments

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. The last few years, after my dad passed away, I always went to church on Christmas Eve ... Read more

Trying another drug for the cancer

Monday, December 22, 2014      32 comments

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 ... Read more

Pain patch did not work for me, bad side effects

Saturday, December 20, 2014      23 comments

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 b... Read more

Just checking in, I'm doing ok

Thursday, December 18, 2014      21 comments

Just checking in to let everyone know I am doing ok, after the news I received on Monday from my oncologist. 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 t... Read more

CT scan results; not good news

Monday, December 15, 2014      31 comments

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 v... Read more

Another "strike out" with the chemo

Wednesday, December 10, 2014      28 comments

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 a... Read more

Pain Clinic Appointment Today

Tuesday, December 09, 2014      16 comments

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 possi... Read more

Friday's Blood Counts

Saturday, December 06, 2014      24 comments

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 bloo... Read more

No chemo for 3rd week in a row/New haircut pic

Wednesday, December 03, 2014      29 comments

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 ... Read more

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