3rd Chemotherapy Treatment Completed June 9th-One More to Go

Monday, June 20, 2011

I have been so blessed that it does not seem that I am on chemotherapy. I had my 3rd treatment June 9. I have done very well due to all the support and prayers of my friends (on and off line) as well as family members. I have done so well, that the oncologist said I did not need to come in for the weekly CBCs.

I do well the day of treatment and the day after. Then for the 3rd and 4th days, I want to sleep a lot and have to force myself to eat and get my liquids. I am just not hungry. The 5th day (for the first 2 treatments I got a yeast overgrowth--family doctor gave me a medication to help with that so I did not have the problem for the 3rd treatment). By the 6th day, I am getting back to my normal activity levels.

I have not lost all of my hair but buzz cut it just before the 3rd treatment because it was so thin and scraggly (felt I looked like an extra in a Chuckie movie). I am enjoying wearing hats to match my clothing. Hubby, asked how I was able to find hats to match my outfits. Most, I have found at Wal-Mart (baseball caps in aqua, lime green, hot pink and purple), my favorite colors for $2.50 each. The American Cancer Society offers a free wig, but I have chosen to stick with my hats. They also have hats and scarfs that they give to people in treatment, along with make-up tips in their program called "Look Good, Feel Better". I encourage anyone with a cancer diagnosis to contact them as they are a wealth of information and have several different programs such as "Road to Recovery" (volunteers will drive people to their treatments if they need help with transportation).

I have an appointment with a nutritionist this week. Good thing as I am running out of my vitamins and supplements. I have refrained from taking too many supplements while in treatment and take only the ones approved by my oncologist. I look forward to the appointment and guidance as I know there are forms that are more easily absorbed and better for me. I want to do all I can to get rid of the chemotherapy and other toxins and build my immune system and body back up to prevent cancer from returning. To that effect, I have done a lot of reading and will be asking about different supplements, herbs and vitamins.

My final treatment will be on June 30. I will see the oncologist at that visit as well and plan to ask what the next steps will be. What kinds of tests and follow-up will I have? I already know that I will be put on an estrogen blocker (Arimidex) for 5 years.

I have found that through this, I have not wanted to spend a lot of time on the computer so I have not thanked everyone individually. Please accept my deep and heartfelt thanks for all the love, caring, thoughtful comments, support and prayers you all have given me. I hope none of you ever hear those dreaded 3 words "you have cancer". If you do, know that I am here for you and will support you in any way I can. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

One final thought: Attitude is so important. I asked the oncologist if she was sure the chemotherapy was strong enough because I was having such an easy time with it. Her response was, yes the chemotherapy was strong enough and the reason I have done so well is my positive attitude and the fact that I have stayed busy. She said active people seem to do better than those who quit their jobs and become "cancer victims". I do think there is more to it than that--prayer and the fact that my cancer was caught early and I have been blessed with good health.

In this journey, I have met many people who have fought this battle and become victors. When the enemy continued to attack, they continued to fight and have been such an inspiration to me.
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    Hey Lady! I had been wondering about you and who you are doing. It is so great to hear how well you are doing. You are so right about attitude and nutrition play a huge part in the body getting repaired. You might want to check into some liquid vitamins called Vemma. They were huge in getting me back on my feet after my open heart surgery. You just have to check what works for you. Everyone has to find what is best for them. Love the fact you never have let the big "C" make you a victim! Keep up the good work!

    Hugs and good energy heading your way.

    2494 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    I am so happy to hear that your treatment is going so well. We just had our local Relay for Life and we raised over $150,000. I loved seeing all the luminaries lit up and placed around the track. It is so inspiring.

    Take care and know that you are in my prayers.

    2495 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/24/2011 9:06:58 AM
    So glad your treatment is going well!
    I did one of those Look Good Feel Better classes and they are a lot of fun.
    2497 days ago
    I was so glad to read that your chemo has not been
    too hard for you. Happy too, that you are enjoying
    wearing the different cap colors to match your
    your outfits. You have just about won the battle
    and we'll be so glad to see you back on our Team
    posting again. Praying for you. emoticon
    2497 days ago
  • GATOR12
    My reaction to the chemo treatments were much the same with the third day battling fatigue that was like severe flu and hardly wanted to get out of bed. But like you I was active and I am not a smoker but did continue as I had strength to keep my exercise (walking program) up. Even if just 10 minutes. I'm convinced that and my positive attitude helped with minimal side effects. But like you I felt blessed. congrats on being almost completed with your chemo!!!! Party & celebrate.!!!! Hugs, Brenda
    2497 days ago
    I loved reading your blogs. You are such an inspiration to me.
    2498 days ago
  • JESS0107
    I'm so glad to hear that you are doing ok. The main thing is that you are enjoying life and not letting the cancer get to you. There is a saying that I love that says, "life is tough, but I am tougher."
    2498 days ago
    What a beautiful testimony you are, sweet Sylvia. A blessing to all you meet. You remain in my prayers. emoticon
    2498 days ago
    You sound so good. I'm so glad for you. Last treatment hurray June 30. Take care of your self and try to eat what you can. Thinking and praying for you and hubby.
    2498 days ago
  • REDSHOES2011
    Hang in there, I have a mom in re-mission and my neice has been fighting and will hopefully will be safe soon too.. Just keep doing what the doctors say, cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence.. I read a blog where a women had cancer as a teenager, she only has one leg and just had her first baby..
    Doctors can do alot of stuff for us, if we get to them in good time..
    (I clip my hair chemo short to support my niece whom had lovely long red hair which was falling out.. She is only 12 years old)..

    2498 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/21/2011 12:13:24 AM
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