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Sep 25, 2020 10:14AM
KMom, I feel you. I would encourage you to check in with any wellness support your hospital or infusion center might offer. They likely have social workers and psychologists who specialize in caring for people living with cancer, and it can be great to talk to someone impartial, so you can complain about anyone and anything without having to censor yourself or worrying what you say will scare the person your talking to or get back to someone else. I have an appointment next week with my cancer center’s psychiatrist. What better time to start therapy than when I’ve already reached my out-of-pocket max! Another thought—self care is important. I don’t know if you are the type to stress about perfection, but remember that, sure, it’s great to eat well if and when you can, but don’t criticize yourself about your choices, and also eat for pleasure. If you want pie, enjoy that pie. If you live in an area where you can get a massage, mask up and make the first appointment of the day and enjoy the time to relax. If you have a good midwife or GYN, or if your MO has ideas, you might also ask for resources and non-estrogen-containing supplements that could help balance your hormones a bit, if some of the emotions are related to chemo-induced menopause. The only way out is through, and you are in it right now, but you will someday be through, and crying won't slow you down.
Iamloved, I am planning a two-week trip to a lake in Maine next August, to replace the one-week trip we had to cancel this past summer. So good to have something to look forward to! I hope a golf weekend (or more!) works out for you! I do recommend travel insurance for peace of mind. Also, if you liked Downton, you might like The Crown on Netflix. Same vibe. I think The Crown is kind of boring, but I mean that in a really good way! It’s soothing and pretty to look at and not stressful. It’s like the adult coloring book of television. If you want quirky hilarity, I love Arrested Development and, for a more heartfelt option, The Good Place. Also, a throwback—Golden Girls is on Hulu, and it totally holds up! I’ll see if I can think of any othe Downtonesque dramas that aren’t too heavy and let you know if I come up with anything!
NotToday, thinking of you—please let us know if your doctor has any wisdom to share about your labs. My iron levels all came back normal, which is good but also a bummer bc I think it means I just have to hope my body will rally on its own. Anxious they’ll keep dropping. I see my onco in a week.
Dx 6/18/20, age 37, IDC, Right, Stage Ib, Grade 2, triple positive, TCHP regimen begun 7/23/2020, mom to a 5yo girl and 1yo boy