Thursday, March 28, 2013

I HAD Cancer

Hello Sweet Blog Angels

I finished the standard treatment for lung cancer this past Monday. Actually I’ve had more as Doctor gave me 35 instead of 33 radiation treatments and 7 instead of 6 Chemo treatments. From now on I am saying I’ve HAD cancer. By the grace of God I am healed and I am claiming that healing, I’m owning it, it’s MINE. I’m a survivor.

It will be six weeks before I go for a CAT scan to see if the tumor has shrunk. I’m told they wait because the tumor can continue to shrink for up to two months after the last treatment. I will return for a CAT scan every three months there after to be sure the tumor doesn’t being to grow again. I will also have lab work done to look for cancer markers. In reality I don’t know for sure that my cancer is gone but I continue to be positive and will claim that I am healed until I‘m told differently.

As a result of my treatments I am exhausted. I’ve never felt so tired in all my life, I have no energy whatsoever. My skin is 'sunburned' due to the extra radiation. Small price to pay.

If you’ve been following me along this journey you know I’ve not been happy with my oncologist. At my last visit with him he said I would need two more months of Chemo. I asked if this would be weekly or daily. His response was he would inform me at the right time. WHAT??? His nurse then gave me a schedule stating I was to start Chemo in two weeks. REALLY!!! I don’t know how he determined I need more Chemo as he has not communicated with my radiologist, nor have CAT scans or lab work been done yet. I now have a new oncologist, I am very, Very happy with him. Although he says my treatments up to this point are the same he would have ordered he will wait till all my tests are done before determining if I need more treatment and if I do what kind of treatment that will be. Keep praying please.

Jim and I are delighted that we will have (at the very least) a seven week brake before anything, if anything, more will happen. My tank is empty. I need to get some rest, to build up my strength and put on some weight before I stress my body anymore.   Thankfully my appetite is improving and I have gained 5 pounds in the last two weeks. 

Jim is exhausted as well. Bless him, he has driven me to every appointment. He has done all the shopping, banking, cooking and laundry; all the things I once did. He is my rock. 

 Hopefully it wont be long before I regain my strength and energy. Jim says he’ll know I’m my old self when he sees me in my craft closet again. Gosh I wonder if I still know how to make a card.

Be Well.



Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy International Women’s Day!

Hello Sweet Blog Angels
WOW can you believe it’s March all ready. WOW can you believe it’s Only March. I can’t believe so much has happened this year. On the other hand I can’t believe it’s taken so long to get this far. The good news is as of today I  have only 10 radiation treatments and 1 Chemo treatment to go. I’ll be done in two weeks!!!  Hopefully test result will show the cancer is gone and I’ll be feeling my old self soon.

Jim and I had a few fabulous days. We got to go shopping and out to lunch a few times and breakfast once. We didn’t go anywhere special but we put all our troubles aside for a while and enjoyed each other‘s company.

Seems not a week goes by that something doesn’t go pear shaped for me. Prior to all this I drank ice water 24/7, I just loved the stuff. I never dreamt Chemo would make water taste horrible but it does. As a result I haven’t been drinking enough fluids and got myself dehydrated. My BP dropped down to 66/52. NOT Good. I needed an IV to bring it up. Doctor noticed my heart has begun to skip beats so he ordered an ECG. A nurse told me it’s all good but the print out says ‘Abnormal ECG’ I’m not sure what that means. I’m working hard at drinking enough fluids. The good news is I’ve been able to hold myself at a steady weight.

To add insult to injury I’ve somehow hurt my back. Thankfully I have the best chiropractor on the planet. If you live near Yakima and need one Dr. James Patten is your guy! 

 Like I said something happens ever week so we try to make the most of the good times and look forward to the end of all this.
I hope you are each enjoying lots of good times and making the best of them.   
Love, Hugs & Blessings