Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Groundhog's Day

I've been a little down and frustrated lately about my current life situation. It's frustrating to feel "stuck" and not know what the future holds, especially when treatments keep changing, how I feel keeps changing, the length of my hair keeps changing... :)  I try to be optimistic, but that can be draining too. A friend said my life right now is like the movie, "Groundhog's Day", where every day is the same and a way out seems impossible.

I don't like to give up, so I really started thinking about how much better I am now than I was a year ago. I think I block it out, but I was really sick a year ago. I had double vision, had to use a walker, had seizures, and couldn't even tolerate going to a restaurant for fear that something would happen.

I started wondering what the dates where for that time and as it turns out, I had my surgery where they took out the head port exactly one year ago tomorrow. It's funny how God brings these things to mind! The night before my surgery last year, I prayed that God would be with the doctors, that it will be an easy surgery, that I would remember that God is in control and that I would have faith. The surgery was a success and now I can see what a miracle it is that I had such a recovery.

Even though I'm still going through chemo and everything, I honestly can't believe how many little miracles have happened me. I thank you for all of your prayers, which have really protected and strengthened me.

P.S. Today was my first day off my diet restriction. I don't think diet coke has ever tasted this good!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Two Days Left

I am so excited since I only have 2 days left of this chemo and I've done really well with it! I haven't been as sick as the doctors told me I'd be, so its been a surprise!

The rough part is the diet restrictions. I still have another week of that and worst of all, its over Thanksgiving! The funny thing is that I thought my little diet coke problem would die down since I've been in withdrawal for almost two weeks now, but it hasn't! All I want is a large fountain diet Coke and cheese! The half juice and half 7-up doesn't quite cut it, neither does a decaf Starbucks latte!

The other thing that is a little exciting is that my hair has started growing back! I honestly didn't think it would and I was preparing for having patchy hair. It looks like peach fuzz right now, but I'll take it!

My next MRI is December 1st. If my blood levels look good, then I'll start this 6-week cycle again. Thanks again for all of your prayers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chemo Starting Out Well?

I started my new chemo last week. I had one rough night, but that its! I'm a little surprised since the doctors keep telling me this is the most intense chemo. It's true that I can barely get out of bed right now, but at least I'm not getting sick.

The hardest thing is the diet I have to follow when I'm on this one chemo. No chocolate, no caffeine, and no cheese!!! Really? That is three weeks with no diet cokes or Starbucks, and its over the holidays! At least that cuts down on my caffeine budget! :)