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Jun 19, 2017 08:44AM
BC Fighter and Dodger Girl, congratulations on completing your AC treatments! MsLin and Robin58, it's great to hear you are able to resume gardening. It is important to be able to reconnect and maintain those aspects of our lives that give us pleasure as we confront our treatments.
Last Monday I had my 2nd EC infusion. Like the first time, the side effects were manageable and lasted for about 5 days. Something new I experienced, which I hadn't before, were dizzy spells and impaired concentration when it came to driving etc. Not sure if this is "Chemo"/ other drugs but I found it a little disconcerting and I was unable to collect my daughter from a trip....poor kid was stranded until my husband could pick her up 2 hours later. Thankfully the earth is once again stable and I'm able to function normally! Has anyone else experienced this? Clinic checked blood pressure etc. and all was normal.
I have joined a "Yoga for Menschen mit Krebs" (yoga class for cancer patients) and am also practicing at home. I had practiced yoga 3 times/week for years, but needed to take a break because of surgery. It feels great to resume some of my old activities, even if they are scaled down and modified. I am learning the life lesson of patience but am encouraged to see my body strengthening and become more flexible every day. It's a reminder to me of how are bodies are able to regenerate. Even if these treatments knock us, over time we will regain our strength and resilience!
My latest favorite resource that I'd like to share with those who are interested is :
Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity and Improving recovery for Cancer Survivors by Tara Prinster. This contains interesting scientific info that is readily accessible to a lay person.
Thanks Notanisland for providing the food tips. On the subject of mouth sores and taste changes, so far I haven't experienced any but wanted to mention that The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz also has info re: foods that stimulate the taste buds, foods to avoid etc. She lists common ingredients and their benefits for cancer patients as well as providing menus to combat specific side effects, such as Leukopenia, fatigue, constipation, nausea and vomiting sore mouth and difficulty swallowing etc. Her info is also scientific and accessible. Her book contains many delicious and easy recipes too (although my 11 year old would disagree). Here are her suggestions for the following:
Metallic tasting- sweetener (maple syrup), squeeze of lemon, fat (nut cream or butter)
Too sweet tasting- 6 drops lemon/lime and increase amt in small increments until the sweet taste becomes muted
Things taste too salty-1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Too bitter-maple syrup
Everything tastes like Cardboard - more sea salt and spritz of lemon
Hair- 21 days after 1st treatment, one week after 2nd treatment and a full head of mangy, unhealthy looking hair. Not sure if it was my husband reflexively covering his plate whenever I passed by to protect his food from an avalanche of hair/ the time I spent on the bathroom floor surrounded by hair and sobbing, but I headed out 1st thing this morning to get my head shaved. I was hoping to pull off a Sinead O'Connor look but I am stunned to realize I look like a convict ( Perhaps I have missed my true calling...... aha, maybe if I look scary enough, my kids will finally listen to me)!! What surprised me is how sensitive and intense the sensation in my scalp is. Anything tight-fitting ( those cute little turban type caps I'd invested in, the wig etc) is uncomfortable. I am hoping this intense feeling subsides. What is the most comfortable is the silk head scarf I bought ( think it'll be comfortable in the heat too) .
For those interested headcovers.com has a great affordable collection as well as info on tying head scarves, other products/resources for cancer patients etc. Here's the link for tying headscarves:
Wishing everyone a wonderful week!
3/3/2017, ILC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+
4/20/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant