New Plan

My bone pain from the past couple weeks is gone, which is a praise!    I talked with my oncologist and I’m going to start rotating between the 3 hormone blocking pills and will take one as long as I can and when the side effects are too bad, will take a break til they are gone and then start the next one.  I am thankful for this plan!
Unfortunately, my feet still hurt.  We did an x-ray last week, and there is no sign of arthritis, which is good I guess…but they still hurt.  I am pretty sure it’s peripheral neuropathy as a result of nerve damage from chemo, but before I give in and take the medicine that I think will help, but makes me lose my mind (literally), I’m going to go to a podiatrist and explore some other options.

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Dr. Appointment News

The Dr. doesn’t think it’s neuropathy as the pain is throughout my whole body, not just my feet.  She ordered an xray to see if I had arthritis in my feet, but everything looked fine.  I’m waiting to hear back on some blood tests, but she really thinks it is the hormone blocking pill that’s causing the pain again.  read more…

It’s Back

While there are some things I am happy about returning (like summer), bone pain is not one of them.  And it’s been back for the past week.  It’s been bad enough that I’ve taken Tramadol twice, which I hate doing because of the side effects.

For the past month, I’ve also been having pain in my feet.  I didn’t injure them and the pain comes and goes.  Nothing seems to make it better or worse (rest, physical therapy exercises, wearing supportive shoes all the time, etc.).  The pain is gradually getting worse and this morning, I cut my workout short because of it.   read more…

Another Appointment and Infusion

I don’t think about cancer every day.

I don’t look in the mirror at my short hair and every time, wish chemo hadn’t taken away my hair.

I don’t stop Tom when he talks about planning vacations in the future.

As time passes, thoughts and feelings change and I’m thankful for that.

However, when a checkup with the oncologist and an infusion come up on the calendar, it’s a bit different. read more…

In Times of Pain

I have been having severe back pain since Tuesday morning.  I rested all day Tuesday and got some pain meds and a muscle relaxer form the Nurse Practitioner, which did nothing.  That afternoon when I looked into the mirror, I noticed my entire upper body was shifted to the right and I couldn’t stand up straight.

Had the cancer returned to my spine?

Of course that is what I immediately thought.

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Dr. Update

My appointment today went well.  Nothing to report! I scheduled a follow-up in 3 months.  Still planning to have a scan in October and will need another bone density test in November. read more…

Time for a check-up

It feels like forever ago that I scheduled my check-up for February, yet the time has come…Wednesday, I see my oncologist for a checkup and also have my Zometa infusion.  It will take up most of my day 🙁 but I look forward to not having anything to report at this time!! 🙂

A New Year

The beginning of a new year…a fresh start…I always love the start of a new year.  I love looking back on the past year and looking ahead to what is coming (most years at least).

I am about 5 or 6 weeks post surgery and the scars have healed very nicely.  I am looking forward to getting “released” from the plastic surgeon soon so I can get back to regular exercising!

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Post surgery update

12 days post surgery and I’m doing well.  I saw the plastic surgeon yesterday and he said everything was healing nicely.  He took of the steri strips off the incisions and it’s very sensitive now, but no pain, unless I try and reach something high up on a shelf.  I see him again in late January and hope to get the all clear.  (I’m restricted on activites until then – no lifting anything over 10 lbs, no exercise using my upper body or anything that gets my heart rate up, vacuuming only if the vacuum is easy to push…which mine is :-(, etc  LOL,)

A small amount of my skin is peeling from radiation, but that is the only effect I have seen from that so far.

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Recovery and Last Day of Radiation

Today was my 3rd and final day of radiation.  While I feel like I have been receiving great care, the experience is very different than my time at Valley Medical Center.  The commute, the facility, etc….I’m thankful that it’s only 3 days.

Recovery is going slower than I would like, but I’m hanging in there.  The vicodin was making me nauseous, but Tylenol seems to be ok as a pain killer.  Gravity and doing things that require any bending forward are painful, so I’ve been doing a lot of sitting.  It’s hard to look at my floors and not vacuum.  🙁 Tom has been amazing around the house AND working.  And while he’s back at work today, he made sure we had everything we needed for the day before he left.

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