Off the rails, frustration... finding my way back.
Ok, I've been way off the rails since November. It seems like the puzzle that is my life just shattered, and I haven't been able to find two pieces that go well together.
Losing Dad December 1, I realized, was losing one of my touchstones. ... Read more
One step forward
So my oncologist and my family doctor don't agree. I either have degenerative arthritis in my lower spine, or just a sore back.
Either way, I'm going to see a physiotherapist tonight, crossing fingers that he will be able to give me some ex... Read more
Knitting myself back together
Had a long chat with my boss this week, because I have finally given in and admitted that I can't do it all. I can't do what I could before cancer X 3. I can't be who I used to be.
I've been shattered and over and over trying to knit pieces... Read more
Losing my Dad... slowly
We've been by his bedside for the past week - he was "supposed" to not last until we made it here. He's tough, and hanging on to (we think) try to finish business that he can do nothing about. He's spoken to me about it before, and it's not on h... Read more
It's all good - again - for now...
So I had my "final" biopsy, and results this week. The biopsy was behind the neck, and swelled quite a bit. What a nightmare! Wound up with a migraine, vomiting, emergency room, 2 bags of fluid iv because I was dehydrated plus gravol and somethi... Read more
It's all good!
Just a quick note before I rush off to enjoy the glorious week-end.
I saw the naturopath yesterday and received results from my blood work. Iron is up, cholesterol is cut by half. Yes HALF! and well in the healthy ranges. BP is in high-no... Read more
So, it's 99 days until New Year's. Can you believe it?1? Time has been flying by.
I feel the need to challenge myself, to give myself some sort of framework as I learn this new way of eating. I thought it would be much easier as I've done ... Read more
Overwhelmed, but Moving Forward
The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of medical tests and visits to the oncologist and doctors. Good news is that what was a strongly suspected bone cancer is actually (well, probably, but thatís another story!) osteo arthritis. My fami... Read more
Fingers crossed and optomistic
So I had what I think is my last test - a full body MRI - yesterday, and will be getting results from the oncologist on Wednesday. It seems very likely that it is, cancer metasticized to the bones, but I am oddly optomistic. For one thing, it w... Read more
In the "wait" period of "hurry up and wait"
After the flurry of appointments - onco Wednesday afternoon, two CT scans Wednesday night, full body MRI Friday, now I wait. Probably about a week until my oncos get my results.
Meanwhile, I'm hoping for the best - I don't even know what t... Read more
At least tests are happening quickly
I got a call today to do the last full-body scan tomorrow! You can't get medical tests scheduled any quicker than that - I saw my onco only yesterday afternoon!
So if it is a mets, at least it will be addressed quickly. I'm becoming more h... Read more
Difficult Summer... going into Fall
Well, the title says it all. It's been a very difficult summer with a lot of pain, very little ability to exercise. Just got results of a bone density test and it looks like I have 12% loss in the lower back, and build up in the pelvic area. M... Read more
Hitting my re-set button!
I've been struggling with consistency because of health issues. I've found out this week that I have osteosporosis because of the meds I take to replace the thyroid and to avoid a cancer recurrence. So that explains the pain in my lower back. ... Read more
5% Challenge - 12 Things I'm Reaching For...
On January 2, I blogged about 12 things I'm reaching for. I was just out of surgery (again) and gearing up to go back to work, and things were looking up. Then I got a terrible cold, and things got put on the back burner.
Basically, I want... Read more
It's prep time! Summer 5% Challenge
A friend sent me a note that the 5% Challenge was starting and encouraged me to join -- thanks MEMARE! The challenge is to lose 5% of my weight over 8 weeks, starting on Saturday, June 21st.
(1) Exercise Commitment
First step to prepa... Read more
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