Bone Scan Comparisons

When I did my bone scan last week, we knew that we would see a lot of growth when we compared it to the previous one from October 2019. So looking at the scans side by side, I can see 15 months worth of growth while on active treatment.

Even with that knowledge going in, it was still very hard to look at the images and see how many of my bones have active cancer in them. And it’s crazy to see how much growth there has been knowing I was on chemo the entire 15 months. Clearly the chemo was not working the majority of the time, which we already knew.

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Showers and Neuropathy

I have not taken a regular shower since the 19th of November, when they put in my pleurx catheter, so we could drain the fluid from around my lung at home. I have taken partial showers and wiped off with rags and wipes, but I really miss being able to take a regular shower.

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Asking Questions and Getting Answers

Valley Medical recently changed how they release test results.  They used to go to the Dr. first and then the Dr. would release them.  They now release them to us both at the same time. 

After my bone scan,  I had the radiologist’s results within a few hours.  The results are like a foreign language sometimes and we Google a lot of words to figure out test results. Then the oncologist clarifies things we can’t figure out.

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Puppy Love

I’ll admit, I always thought it was a little strange how people felt like their dogs were like a child and a member of their family. We always had dogs when I was growing up and I never felt that way. But they were outdoor dogs and never allowed in the house. Maybe that is the difference. Now I get it. We have had Oliver about two weeks now and we just adore him.

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It’s Not Fair

I was browsing through social media today and was reading a post of an author I follow.  She is just getting over COVID. She was describing how she felt for the past 2 weeks and was so thankful to be feeling better.  I am so happy for her and am thankful she could deal with it at home and didn’t have to go to the ER.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you have all gotten back into your routines with work and school or whatever you do during the day. The girls started school up again today and Tom went back to work in the garage. I went to chemo and then came home and rested.

We had originally planned to go to California and see family for Christmas. However, I was too weak to travel. Instead, Tom’s parents and my two nieces and nephew came up for a week after Christmas. It was so nice to see them and we especially loved having them here on New Year’s Eve.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours. We got going with breakfast and stockings around 10 am and had a relaxing day in our matching PJs that we opened last night. While I’m not feeling the greatest, I’m thankful to be able to be out of bed to see my family. And I’m thankful for a week off of chemo this coming week.

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Another Day at the Infusion Center

I had chemo again this morning. Today for the first time since November, my port was clogged. I went an entire year without it clogging. So today, bloodwork and some hydration were doing via IV to get me out of there quicker. I only had to wait 30 minutes with the unblocking medicine in the port and it worked. I was very thankful for that, or I would have had to wait an additional 90 minutes for the medicine to work. Hopefully this will not be something we have to deal with on a regular basis again!

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The Successful Transition

Imagine having a job for 25 years and then needing to hand that job off to someone else and then watch them do it day in and day out (and often better than you did). Imagine doing that with a mind that is still working pretty well, just a body that is failing and making it so you can no longer do your job.

Since our marriage began almost 25 years ago, our home and taking care of our girls during the day has been my job. Yes, I did some years of teaching, but my hours were always less than Tom’s, so I did the majority of the housework. When we started our family, he continued to provide for our family by working outside the home and I took care of the home and the girls while he was at work. I tried my best to make our home a place he could come home and relax, without having much to do, since he was working 60-70 hours a week plus a commute.

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Changes to the House When You are Fighting Cancer

I never thought about it before it happened, but our home has changed in the past year because of my cancer. I’m not talking about the people in the house or how the house runs (I’ll save that for another post), I’m talking about the things in the house. I imagine it has changed like some older people’s homes, as I could see how these accommodations would be helpful for aches and pains of an aging body.

Let’s start with the bedroom. 2 months before we found out my cancer had returned, I was having a lot of back pain. At that time I thought it was from the arthritis and herniated disc in my back. So for our September birthdays, Tom and I splurged and bought a new bed…well…beds. We got new mattresses with adjustable bases. We got two twin XL beds so that when they are side by side, they look the same as a king size bed, but because they are separate, we can both adjust our side how we need it. Our room is very small, so pretty much we have a bed in our room with the tiniest little side tables we could find.

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Meet Jennifer

Breast Cancer Patient, Chef Wife and Mom

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