Watermelon Woman


Aches and Pains
May 27, 2009, Wednesday,8:32 pm
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The first three days after chemo were uneventful and as noted I could walk and do mostly what I needed to do. Then came the fourth day. I have never been so fatigued. Each step took so much effort. Then the aches and pains started. Sharper than what I expected since they were described as flu-like. This lasted three days. The aches were much less today so that I could generally not think about them and focus on walking across the room to brush my teeth.

Am I complaining too much? If so, I must mention that not being nauseated is great and so fortunate. I cannot imagine adding that to the other symptoms. So, yeah, no nausea! And, I still have my hair so far, another plus.

I am so lucky to have a great family supporting me, stepping in and taking over when I cannot. I love them dearly.



One down, five to go
May 22, 2009, Friday,6:56 am
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The first chemo treatment is done. I spent most of the day hooked up to an IV, having my blood pressure checked and waiting for any side effects that might happen. Fortunately, I had no bad effects. Later in the evening, I notice some redness on my face and this morning on my neck and chest. It doesn’t itch, thankfully. I expected some nausea but was able to take my walk and I’m drinking my coffee. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to continue my life and work without too much fatigue and sickness. Wish me luck!

My last chemo will be on my birthday in the fall. That’s okay by me. I could be growing my hair again by the holidays.



Hair today, gone tomorrow
May 20, 2009, Wednesday,10:35 am
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I’m off to visit an American Cancer Society office that has head coverings and wigs for cancer patients. I hope I can find something suitable.

The garden has been so neglected. Sad little plants that have given up and weeds that are finding fresh territory. I kept out of the sun in the 100 degree heat but haven’t felt in the mood even though we are in the 70’s again.



Not one, two
May 14, 2009, Thursday,3:58 pm
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Having seen the doctor yesterday and discussed pathology reports, I can say I have a two cancers of completely different types. No literature on treatment so the chemo cocktail is the doctor’s best guess on how to start. After a few rounds, we can re-evaluate.

I haven’t finished processing the news. Chemo starts next week. Tomorrow a CT and chemo class with others new cancer patients.

Nothing feels real. Is that denial?



Waiting
May 12, 2009, Tuesday,7:09 am
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Tomorrow is the day I find out what kind of chemotherapy I will have. I want to get going but am scared silly as well. There is a chance that I won’t be sick with the chemo and my not lose my hair. I don’t really care about the hair. If I can work and not be sick I will consider myself lucky. If I don’t need more surgery as well.

I am building up my exercise time, walking the neighborhood with either my husband or son. Being a fast walker, it has been hard to slow down to a pace that allows for length of time rather than speed.

The mental effort to stay positive is never-ending. I can do it when around others, it when everyone leaves that it is difficult. I read this and feel quite pathetic and whiney.

The roses are amazing at the moment and the bouquets they make are lovely. The donut peach has tiny little peaches and the apple trees are leafing out. Oh, and the weeds are going like…well you know.