Watermelon Woman

OC update
November 24, 2009, Tuesday,6:24 pm
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Ovarian Cancer (OC) is taking more of my mental energy this week as I will find out how my latest CA-125 turned out on Monday. After the last chemo, my number was in the normal range. If Monday’s report is higher then it could be more surgery and/or chemo. I’m trying hard not to think about this but I’m afraid I’m failing miserably. Part of the reason I haven’t written is I don’t want to write constant gloom and anxiety.

Work is stressful at the moment and may get worse–just in time for the holidays!

What’s next
September 26, 2009, Saturday,8:59 am
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On the health front, I’ve had another CA-125 with a level of 11. That is very good. Being the perfectionist I really wanted “0” but below 35 is supposed to be “normal”. My CT looked good as well. So, in 3 months I will see the doctor again, another CA-125 and then in March another CT.

It is strange to begin a “regular” life again. The nurse said that was a similar reaction to others finishing their chemo. I feel like I’m hanging out with no support. That isn’t true of course but it is what it is. ¬†I had been under the impression that my hair would start to grow in 4-8 weeks but the nurse said 8-16 and about 4-5 months until I have maybe an inch of hair. Not at all what I wanted to hear so I will learn patience and be grateful that waiting for hair is the only problem I am dealing with so far.

My sister’s surgery went well and her lymph nodes are clear. There are more tests but it is looking good.

6 out of 6
September 4, 2009, Friday,8:18 am
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Congratulations to me! I have now finished the sixth and final chemo! My numbers are good. I will have a baseline CT and then go on with my life. Check-ups of course and careful monitoring but I can look forward to growing back my hair and having more energy. Not only was my last chemo yesterday, it was also my birthday. I won’t ever forget the date anyway!

August 25, 2009, Tuesday,7:52 pm
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Good news. Latest test (CA-125) was in the low normal range. Not zero, but close. I have one more chemo in the series so it could go down even more. I’m not out of the woods by any means. Tests every 3 months, CT scans, listening to my body for anything not quite right.

Last chemo is going to be harder, I’m told. More nausea and fatigue are possible with the change in one of the drugs. I can deal. Knowing that I can start growing hair on my head keeps me up!

On the gardening front, ¬†practically all my plants have vanished these past five months. No veggies. I think all my fruit trees that are not planted in the ground are dead or dying. I’m expecting to have enough energy to get ready for Fall about mid- to late October. Another chance to grow fall/winter greens and some flowers, I hope.

Five out of six
August 13, 2009, Thursday,6:20 pm
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Today I had my fifth chemotherapy session.

I started a new-to-me book called, “Soprano Sorceress” by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. This is the first book of the Spellsong Cycle. In this fantasy Anna, a divorced, non-tenured, soprano singer was in the wrong place at the wrong time or right place at the right time depending on what happens when she is conjured by singing sorceress in another world (dimension?). Erde is an earth-like planet with big problems. A fight between darksongs and clearsongs is threatening to cause chaos on Erde by controlling the weather and thus food supply (among other dire possibilities, I’m sure.)

I’m not very far into the book, but Anna is a very appealing character, smart and spunky and fast on her feet–a very good quality given she is a songmaster, whether she wants to be or not.

The book kept me involved and not thinking about where I was. Good deal all around.