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Oct 6, 2019 10:36AM
9/32 Done! It’s been a while since I posted. I’m trying to get more active with walking and just moving more. I always park on the top level of the parking structure for radiation and it occurred to me that I could take the stairs up and down every morning. So, I’ve started that. It’s 1200 steps total, 6 floors each way. Then I’ve been walking 3-6 miles, 3 times a week. I went from being too sick while on chemo to do anything physical, to now trying to get back in tennis shape, mostly cardio. I’m very tired from treatments but I’m pushing through it and making myself move.
I am having success with my skin by alternating between AloeVera and coconut oil. One day I couldn’t lube up nearly the whole day and my skin got very red. I was afraid it was the beginning of problems, but after I used the Aloe, then a lot of coconut oil, the redness was gone. Lesson learned. I’m also beginning to feel a soreness under my arm, where my incisions are. I know it’s just part of the process. My RO isn’t worried about it. Also, he said that some nausea I have on and off isn’t an expected side effect but it’s not unheard of. He said there’s no explanation for it but he’s had that complaint before. Thank goodness for Ginger chews.
Upstate: Congratulations! I, too, saw a gong in my waiting room. I haven’t seen anyone ring it though. I’m not sure how I feel about ringing it. I didn’t for the end of chemo, and I’m kind of not wanting to jinx anything now. It’s such a personal decision. I’m really happy for you.
DogMomRunner: My brows and lashes started falling out after chemo ended! I was sure I had escaped that, but nope. Now, they’re still falling out while little ones are growing in. I have this great brow pen that I can draw individual brow hairs to fill in the empty patches. My hair on my head is coming in WHITE! Oh well, it’s just a sign of moving past the effects of chemo.
Pokyspider and Ydorian: I have to fight the flood of emotions that ambush me out of the blue from time to time. I am totally like you, having others kindness being something that makes me morph into a crying mess. It’s embarrassing. I also have to fight it off during radiation, if I get one of those waves of sadness as I’m on the table. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all part of a grieving process I’m going through with this cancer situation.
rlws: Thanks for the boost info. I asked if I will be getting boosts and my RO said I will. Not sure if they are counted in the 32 count I was given at the start of this. I sure hope so!
I hope everyone is having a great Sunday. Here’s to a new week with few to no side effects, and energy with happy feelings. Thank you to everyone who posts their journey. I am learning so much from you.
3/25/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/29/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
6/6/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
9/24/2019 Whole-breast: Breast