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Oct 14, 2021 09:29PM
Oct 14, 2021 09:32PM
Congratulations, Ivy and Tinkerbell on being DONE and outta there!! I"m glad you made it through but my heart hurts that you are having skin issues. I guess we all do to some extent. You would think in this day and age they would have invented a cream that soaks in and helps the skin speed up recovery. I tried melatonin cream after seeing a study on it, and even kept it in the refrigerator before applying it - but I couldn't see that it was doing a thing for the skin and I was told that we shouldn't have anything hot OR cold to our skin during rads. Anyway, it didn't seem to work for me so I stuck with calendula. I am just about to switch to the Bio Oil. The RO said to wait until a month after radiation, for the skin to heal before switching to it.
Tinkerbell, I love that you went to the Coopers Hawk for a celebratory Lunch. Just eating out feels like such a treat these days, and you had something really special to celebrate, an end to the radiation chapter, and no more commutes. You gals are so creative with your gifts for the techs, and you remembered to bring them on the last day. I still cannot believe that I forgot. I saw it today and gee the Trader Joes jalapeno beef jerky sticks looked really good, but I have it all wrapped up with a pretty bow, so I am NOT breaking in to eat any of the snackies I put together for the rad techs, no matter how tempting! Maybe that's a secret to dieting.. wrap it up and put a bow on it.
Ivy, I hope your MO can safely delay the Xeloda a bit so you can start healing first. Jen, maybe yours will advise the same. Especially since you have been on the tough train from chemo right up until radiation and now you're just pulling into the station and they want to send you straight off to the next treatment without stopping. Jen, when is your next surgery? How can I (we) support you as you go through this next step? Are you feeling peace about where you are in the process or are you perhaps like me, and you haven't let yourself think about it yet until it gets closer?
About taking a break, if that's possible... I felt like it was so important to detox. I got that from my sweet integrative doctor. She has me eating Juice Plus which is powdered fruit and veggies (I was not getting enough in my diet), systemic (proteolytic) enzymes to soften up the scar tissue (inside and out), several vitamins (C, D, zinc, iodine, etc). and a very good probiotic called Probiotic 225 from Ortho Molecular. It's just a powder and you can mix it with any beverage. I think it's the most powerful probiotic out there to strengthen your gut which I think is 85% of the immune system. I am convinced this is all working, because I feel really good, not like before my diagnosis. I did not feel good at all, nor was my gut happy. I noticed that my immune system was struggling. But I haven't felt like that since she started me on these vitamins and Juice Plus so I have a feeling it's all working. The only thing I am NOT getting is r-e-s-t ..... we just finished our termite tenting so the circus tents came down today and it was safe to go back in. Moving our things back and forth to live somewhere else this week felt literally like moving out of that house. I missed being here with you on the boards this past week due to all of the bug hubbub, but I was thinking of you all and hoping you are healing.
Grateful to Jesus, that His love finally broke through to me. "With one touch, You just rolled away the stone that held my heart," - Lyrics by Keith Green, " 7 weeks of Radiation including supraclavicular nodes.
12/2020, IDC, Stage IIB, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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