Thank You All

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thank you all for reading my blogs about my breast cancer journey. Thank you for your kind words, thoughts, support and prayers. I am having a hard time keeping up with all of my emails and Spark Teams. Please forgive me for this global thank you. One of these days, I will get around to personally thanking each of you. Rudy and doctor visits take a lot of my time and I have to plan around their schedules.

My pastor's wife said she did a buzz cut and then has short, prickly hairs to contend with. At least, the long ones are easy to see and are not prickly. I know what it is like to get a hair cut and have hairs down your shirt neck. Don't want to deal with that.

I also am looking at this as a journey and a process, not a destination. I am enjoying watching the process. I like waiting and seeing what will happen next, as long as it is not too unpleasant.

Keeping the feet propped up and cooking vegetables, boiling a chicken to make broth with no sodium, and then eating the unsalted chicken along with brown rice was a big help with getting the swelling down. It can be one of the side effects of one of the chemotherapy drugs but I believe it was my diet. I am sure learning new lessons. No spicy or acidic foods, eat smaller and more "normal" portions. I usually do not add salt to the food I am cooking. Guess, even the low-sodium chicken broth is out for a while. Of course, I ate the whole pot of soup over the course of the evening. I later figured it was about 2,500 mg of sodium. Not to mention the hummus and corn chips, even if they were organic. I went from 188 on Tuesday to 182 on Wednesday and was 180 this morning. That is a new low for me. Yeah! I find eating mostly steamed vegetables really helps pull the weight off and cleans my system.

At least, now I am getting used to "normal" half cup servings rather than the 1-2 cups it took before. Hoping this will become a new normal for me as I change my eating to a healthier lifestyle. Again, thank you for all of your support on both of these journeys.
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    No worries about anything but you!
    Just take care of you and you will be back stronger and better!
    I am praying that the Lord will touch you and heal you and give you His peace!
    2589 days ago
    emoticon Saying prayers that the journey will be as smooth as possible.
    2589 days ago
    Our thanks are just seeing you do so well with this ordeal! You are definitely a trooper.
    2589 days ago
  • JESS0107
    You are right, this is a journey that only you can take. Just know that you are a strong woman so I want you to keep your head high and lifted up! Congrats on the weight loss! That is amazing!
    2590 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    You are such a strong woman and we are loving seeing you though all of this.
    Hang in there and keep on keeping on. You are an inspiration to all of us.

    My Mom shaved her head and wore the bald head proudly. We did get her some wigs but she loved it bald. My Dad said she should be proud as she had a lovely head.

    Take care, Sylvia, and know we will all be here for you and individual thanks are not needed. You would do the same for us.

    2590 days ago
    Sylvia, what a strong woman you are, i dont know if i could be as strong as you seem to be. I know when i first found out i had CKD it put me in to depression, i just didnt want to believe it and i knew it would be a whole new life style. Keep being strong you are a inspiration to me.

    2590 days ago
    Thank you Cathy, you have been an inspiration for me from the first day I read one of your blogs. I so admire you and your accomplishments. I only had about 90 pounds to lose. I am now down with 47 pounds to get to a healthy BMI which should put me at 135, my weight in my mid 40s.
    2590 days ago
    You are such an emoticon woman, Sylvia! You keep moving forward, day after day. I'm so proud of you!!!!
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    2590 days ago
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