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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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!! 🙂
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!
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.
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.
Surgery went well today. The plastic surgeon told Tom he had to do a little bit more clean up than he had originally thought, so I might be a bit more sore.
When I woke up from surgery, I was in quite a bit of pain. They got it under control, but my plan to try to only take Tylenol, is definitely a no-go. Tom is at the pharmacy getting me Vicodin right now.
I have had a few people very concerned that I am having more radiation. The radiation has nothing to do with breast cancer. There’s a lot of research that shows that doing a low dose of radiation on scars, helps them not grow back as large. So Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday, I will have radiation on the scars that were just fixed today during surgery. It’s not a big deal, except I have to drive to Tacoma every day for the next 3 days. LOL.
I’m still pretty groggy from surgery, so I hope all that made sense. Thanks for praying with us today.