CT Scan Results

I was happy to see a MyChart message this afternoon, and even happier after I read it.

“Good news, no sign of cancer.  Just probably an old scar spot in the lung, unchanged.”

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9 Appointments in 5 Weeks

9 Dr. Appointments or scans in 5 weeks….yay!  I just love it when I see all those appointments on my calendar….ummm….not really.

But seriously, here’s what’s coming up (or just happened)…

10/1 – Orthopedic surgeon read more…

Total Transparency

I’m writing this as I am on the treadmill, out of breath, talking into my phone.

But before I write anymore, can I just very nicely say that I am not looking for suggestions of things to do or try at this point. I am just being transparent on this journey.  Thank you so much for understanding that.

I’ve been debating on whether or not to even write a post, but I keep coming back to the reasons I started this blog in the first place… Keeping friends and family up-to-date with my cancer journey, being transparent so others can know what it’s like to battle stage 4 breast cancer (as I know I had absolutely no idea before I started this journey), and letting others know that they are not alone on this journey. read more…

Crazy Side Effects

Well the title says is all…I get crazy, horrible side effects from Lyrica.

My quest for relief from nephropathy continues.  I was taking 200mg of Gabapentin for the painful neuropathy in my feet and it wasn’t helping.  Since I know I have side effects from higher dosages of that medication, I decided to try Lyrica.  I took a half the dose (50 mg) the doctor recommended me starting with (which was low) and was fine the first 3 days, although it did nothing for the neuropathy.

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Another 3 month check-up

Hello!!  I’m still here and had my 3 month checkup with my oncologist today.

The biggest thing we talked about was the peripheral neuropathy I am struggling with.  I’ve been trying some different things here at home to get some pain relief, but have had no luck.  He had a few more ideas.  For more on what I’m doing about this, you can click here.  I gave it it’s own page because I know so many people who suffer from it!

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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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tom-and-jennifer-ovalMeet Jennifer

Breast Cancer Patient, Chef Wife and Mom

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