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First week of AC chemo done...sleeping A LOT!
Monday, December 09, 2013      20 comments

Well, I honestly don't have much to write about because I've been sleeping at least 18 hours a day for a week now. This new chemo is doing it's number on me. I don't feel sick (at least most of the time), I just feel ready for bed at the drop ... Read more
Hanging in there 3 days post chemo....dance, decorate?
Saturday, December 07, 2013      22 comments

Well, it's 4am Saturday morning, and it's been about 3.5 days since I had my first AC chemo. For some reason, all I did was sleep the first two days post chemo. It kind of surprised me because usually the pre-chemo steroids make me energetic f... Read more
First AC Infusion Done...Gave myself a shot tonight
Wednesday, December 04, 2013      23 comments

It's been a busy week in terms of my medical care. On Monday, I went for BRCA mutation testing. BRCA is the genetic mutation that Angelina Jolie has that caused her to decide to have a double mastectomy. My particular type of breast cancer (t... Read more
December 1, Thanksgiving Chemo Break just about over
Sunday, December 01, 2013      23 comments

I was really fortunate that my chemo schedule happened to have a break that coincided with Thanksgiving weekend. My youngest son (35 years old now), came down to visit from Illinois and we hosted our family Thanksgiving get together yesterday. ... Read more
Chemo break and Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 27, 2013      21 comments

Last week, I had the last of my twelve weekly taxol chemo infusions. I was hoping the recovery period from the last infusion would be easier than the others, but it wasn't. I had a lot of fatigue all week and the same steroid "crash" that I we... Read more
Treatment Milestone Reached and First Real Ballroom Dance
Thursday, November 21, 2013      23 comments

Yesterday, I reached a major milestone in my cancer treatments. The first part of my treatment was to get 12 weekly taxol chemo infusions. I got the 12th one yesterday....so I'm DONE with the Taxol! Whoo Hooo!! While I had some ups and d... Read more
Not much going on...
Friday, November 15, 2013      21 comments

I spent the day resting today. It's just chemo fatigue and I know it will pass. I've got one more chemo infusion next Wednesday and then I get a three week break before the next chemo starts. I'm starting to really look forward to the break. ... Read more
Journalling to cope with cancer
Tuesday, November 12, 2013      21 comments

About 20 years ago, there was a book written called "The Artist's Way." It was a very popular book at the time. It described a method of journalling that i used to use. Basically, the method is to pick a time each day (usually in the morning)... Read more
Cholesterol and chemo
Saturday, November 09, 2013      21 comments

A week or so ago, I blogged that I had been recently diagnosed with high cholesterol for the first time. Several people commented that it might be chemo induced. It turns out that is correct. My oncologist said chemo can create a load on the... Read more
I had a wonderful birthday....
Friday, November 08, 2013      23 comments

Jim and I had a great time celebrating my birthday this week. Since I had to go to Nashville for chemo on my birthday, we decided to turn it into a celebration and spend the night there. We had so much fun with my brother and his wonderful wif... Read more
Good plans for the next few days!
Tuesday, November 05, 2013      27 comments

I'm in the portion of my weekly chemo where my energy levels seem to be the highest for a few days and my husband and I have decided to take advantage of it. It looks like I've been able to kick my UTI to the curb for good and I'm feeling much ... Read more
Beautiful sunrise this morning....
Monday, November 04, 2013      24 comments

I woke up early this morning while it was still dark. When the sun came up, I was treated to a beautiful sight. ... Read more
Exercise and chemo
Saturday, November 02, 2013      19 comments

It used to be that when cancer patients were getting chemo, they were told to rest. Now, research is showing that exercise actually helps reduce "chemo fatigue." I believe it. I've found that walking or other exercise makes me feel so much be... Read more
Went to the movies today
Friday, November 01, 2013      18 comments

Jim and I went to see Gravity at the local theater this afternoon. I really enjoyed getting out and found that it was nice to escape in the movie theater. Since I got diagnosed with cancer, I frequently feel like cancer has hi-jacked my ... Read more
I think they must be using someone else's blood for my tests
Thursday, October 31, 2013      17 comments

Yesterday, I had my 9th infusion of chemo (taxol). Once again my pre-chemo blood work came back virtually all in the normal range. I was amazed because I had felt so fatigued for so many days last week. I seemed to bounce back the day before ... Read more

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