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Week Three of Chemo .....Done! And some good news....

Friday, September 27, 2013

This week I when I went for my chemo treatment, I met with my oncologist. As part of our meeting, she measured the tumor in my breast. It is SHRINKING!!! After being one third of the way through my first type of chemo that i'm getting, it has already shrunk down by one third it's original size. I thought it was shrinking, but it's great to have it actually confirmed by an independent source. This is good news! I'll take a shrinking tumor!

Actually, other than a major stomach upset that I had during week two of chemo, things are going very smoothly. I'm starting to get a feel for what to expect after chemo and recognized a pattern of how I feel each day of the week between treatments. It's not nearly as bad as I had read it could be.

In terms of side effects, I've been the most tired on day 2 and day 3 after chemo. I just take special care of myself on those days....actually, I take special care of myself everyday, but I give myself more of a break on those two days in particular.

My hair started falling out about a week ago, but I still have plenty of hair left at this point. I still look "normal." I notice that my hair is a lot thinner, but I don't think anyone else would at all. Most people on my particular type of chemo lose their hair around week 3. It looks like my hair is hanging in there a bit longer, but my oncologist told me on Wednesday that it still will most likely all fall out in the next week or so. It's a wierd feeling knowing it's going to be happening. I can't imagine what I will look like without hair! Oh well.....we shall see.

On a completely different subject, my mother's 89th birthday is today. We had a nice visit together at her assisted living home this morning. She is in excellent health for her age. She loves working jigsaw puzzles to pass the time, so I got her some puzzles for her birthday. She seemed really happy with them. It was nice to be able to get something she actually enjoys.

Last, but not least, I had to get a biopsy done on some nodules on my thyroid yesterday. I will know the biopsy results by Wednesday at the latest. Ninety five percent of the time such nodules turn out to be benign. I'm hoping that is the case for me. I'm just trying to stay calm between now and Wednesday about it. The nodules were discovered during an MRI that I had last month.

Waiting for test results is one of the most difficult parts of dealing with cancer. I've gotten a little better at waiting for results since I've had so many tests done. Actually, I think I've gotten a LOT better at waiting for results since this whole thing got started. In this case....just like all the is what it is, no matter what the results are. Worry only makes me miserable, so I choose to spend my time focusing on other things like......A SHRINKING TUMOR and all the other wonderful stuff in my life.

I'm doing everything I can to take care of myself. I'm giving it my best and that's all I can do. I know that no matter what....I will be able to handle it with the love and support of my family and friends like you.

Life is good!

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    Last year at this exact time one of my friends found that she had breast cancer Stage 2B. I went to her chemo appointments with her and buzzed off my hair with her when most of hers had fallen out. She is now healthy and back to work. Her tumor had shrunk down to a tiny piece when they removed it, and when they first diagnosed her it was the size of an orange, Her nieve went through chemo right before her and had the exact same experience. I know everyone is different, but they have come a long way in curing breast cancer. Just wished they would come a little further with the hair situation. But I kinda liked mine that short. Hang in there. emoticon


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    i'm so glad you're tolerating chemo well and eating right and taking care of yourself is definitely helping. Isn't it nice now that you're starting to find out how your body tolerates the chemo and what to expect? Keep going and hoping for great results about the thyroid.
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    Bald is beautiful! Went through breastcancer in 2001, lost all my hair and that is when my now husband says, he fell in love with me! Didn't really notice me before until I was bald. That was the last thing I'd expected!
    Your blog is lovely. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all this.
    I believe in clean eating for beating illness and are doing it to keep on living. And I love your tandem! Fun!

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    I am happy to hear that your tumor is shrinking! That is wonderfuk news.
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    Great news!! I would take a shrinking tumor over a full head of hair anyday!! So happy the chemo is working!!
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    emoticon Such great new about the tumor! You are doing really well Kay! It's good that you are learning to what to expect when you have chemo and the days after so you can take extra special care of yourself on those days.

    Do you have any scarfs that you are planning to wear when your hair does fall out?? My friend that is going through chemo for breast cancer has many different scarfs that she can put on each day.

    That's great that you were able to bring your mom some puzzles and that she liked them. Happy belated birthday to your mom.

    I'm sorry to hear about the nodules on your thyroid. Keeping my fingers crossed that the results of the biopsy come back with them being benign. Glad you aren't worrying about it though because there worrying isn't going to change things one way or the other.

    I'm so glad you are taking care of yourself the best you can and continue to keep a positive attitude! emoticon emoticon
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    Kay, that's fantastic news about the tumor shrinking. I know you're going to beat this back and win!

    I wish I could be with you to do those puzzles. I just love jigsaw puzzles.

    So, about that hair....I have a ton and sure wish I could give some to you. I'm sure it's going to be really hard to lose it, but it WILL grow back. My hair is just starting to get back to normal --18 months after surgery. My hairdresser calls it anesthesia hair. But again, at 48, what's normal anymore? The texture changes so much as it grays. Let's just be grateful. For you, no bad hair days and lots of fun scarves and hats to wear -- just in time for winter. For me....I get to live vicariously through your non-bad hair days!

    I can't wait to try that recipe that FLORIDASUN shared. I'll mix it up in my's to you, Kay!

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  • FLORIDASUN wonderful that you are kicking that nasty invader OUT! I really have a peacefulness that you will come through this ordeal with flying colors! I wanted you to know that yesterday when I was vacillating on putting out the $$ for the VitaMix (I've wanted one forever...but just hated the cost) the demonstrator lady's husband came up to me as I was reading one of the boxes stacked up near their demonstration on all of the things it does.

    He told me that the demonstrator was his wife and that he had written the company and requested to work for them because he really felt that the VitaMix and the green juices had saved his life! emoticon

    He then showed me his 'port' scar and said that he had been a former body builder but had contracted cancer and that last Sept. he felt he just didn't want to continue living. He couldn't walk, he had NO energy, he couldn't eat...I don't know what kind of cancer he had...or how advanced..I was thinking about you and how you were faithfully juicing and how I just KNEW this would be a key component in saving your life so I wasn't concentrating as carefully as I should have been. emoticon

    But he said once they bought the vitamix and he started faithfully juicing with the green juices he could actually FEEL his body start to wake up and revitalize itself day by day. He said it was truly a miracle that his body in such a degenerated state could restore itself with healthy foods.

    OKAY...I was SOLD at that point. I SO need extra's being zapped by all the stress from our SOHF 'Save Our Home Fight'!

    But beyond that another guy and his wife stepped into the conversation and said they had purchased a vitamix~ 4 years earlier and used it every day and LOVED it..almost as much as their first born child.

    Okay it was IN the stroller by then!

    He gave me a recipe he used daily and said was his favorite.

    You may already have it...but here it is just in case it's new to you.

    I'm not sure if you can have natural fruit sugars this does have fruit.

    Green Whole Foods Juice:

    8 oz coconut water (enough to cover blades)
    1 orange peeled, but with pith
    1/2" thick slice of pineapple, peeled
    1 apple, quartered
    1 slice of lemon or lime with zest
    1 small handful spinach
    2 oz agave nectar
    1 c ice to chill

    Of course all organic...if you can. emoticon

    Blend on smoothie setting

    You can buy Coconut Water at Costco too...I got some...hope this might be of interest to you. Happy Vita~mixing! emoticon

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    Comment edited on: 9/29/2013 8:49:15 AM
    happy news !
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    Good news! Praying for continued progress and a good report on Wednesday! It sounds like you're really handling things as they happen, rather than stressing over "what is."

    Happy belated birthday to your dmom and glad she liked her gift. I trust she's doing well in assisted living. I remember how hard that decision was for her! My mom was always easy to shop for, but my grandmother is something else. She just turned 99 in August!
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    Fantastic news! So happy for you! emoticon
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    Great news Kay...still praying...

    Loving hugs,
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    Love your attitude. Hope all goes well.
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    emoticon One thing I believe we all learn is that Life goes on! An as you said " It is What It Is." Just as "Positive Is As Positive Does!" emoticon
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    FANTASTIC!!! that is the best news I have heard all day!! So so happy for you and glad you weren't too ill after either.
    What a great way to start a weekend. Enjoy and savour your ME time! emoticon emoticon

    and happy birthday to your mum. Glad she is still doing well.
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    Comment edited on: 9/27/2013 7:21:44 PM
    Kay, that is fantastic news!!! emoticon emoticon

    And emoticon to your mom.
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    Kay -that is EXCELLENT news!!! I think all your healthy eating and positive thinking along with the chemo is hitting the tumor from all sides. emoticon

    It is nice to hear that your mom is doing well. Happy Birthday to her!!
    Big hugs to you!
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    That really is great news--the tumor is responding to the chemo the way one hopes, getting smaller. Continue to be kind to yourself and take care of yourself; I will continue to pray for good news on the biopsy from the nodules on your thyroid.
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    Wonderful news!! emoticon Keep up the positive thoughts!
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    Glad there is so much good news!
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    That is fab news! Wonderful!
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    Good Luck - this cancer is much more common then people think, but is beatable. P.S. My mom is also 89 and in assisted living and I make a point of stopping in often for a cup of coffee!
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    I'm glad the tumor is shrinking! It sounds like you have a good handle on things as to what to expect for each treatment and plans to deal with the symptoms.

    I agree, waiting for test results is one of the hardest things when you have cancer. I've been dealing with it for so long that I don't worry about the lab work so much any more, but I still very anxious when it's time for a scan. I get bone scans about 6 months, and a CT scan about once per year.
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    So happy to read about a SHRINKING TUMOR! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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