Watermelon Woman


No, I did not die.
November 9, 2012, Friday,3:52 pm
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I forgot my password and lost my info. May I blame it on chem-brain? I figured that the blog was lost for good. Just an fyi, spaces (in typing) matter and having too many email accounts can really mess with you! So, it was spring the last time I wrote and had just passed my 3rd survivor anniversary. Now my 4th is coming up in April. And I’ve reached the ripe, old age of 62. Still trying to wrap my head around that one! I will try to not lose my info again and write a little more often. It can be a New Year’s resolution.My Sister-in-Law is having radiation for breast cancer. So far she will not need chemotherapy. A very happy bit of news for her.

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Third Anniversary
March 17, 2012, Saturday,2:37 pm
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My third anniversary surviving ovarian cancer is coming up. Grateful that I am still showing low CA125 numbers. A three-month test is needed now. Whenever it is time to test again I become very anxious. I don’t trust my body. There is double anxiety this time. At my recent dental cleaning,the dental assistant spotted something on my tongue that she wanted the dentist to look at. The dentist will do a biopsy in a week and I will find out if I need laser surgery to remove whatever it is. Do you have chemo for cancer of the tongue? I have been afraid to look at the medical info. Guess that makes me a coward. I haven’t told my husband yet. There is no sense in haven’t the two of us worry and I think he would rather not know. At least not yet. I will share once the biopsy report is in. Wish me luck.



Eight is great
November 30, 2009, Monday,6:50 pm
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My blood work was great–a low “8” in a 0-35 being normal. Lower than the last “11”. There was also a good CT scan in September. Doctor will see me in 3 months with a new CT and blood work. I’m still pinching myself and trying not to go too overboard on the good news. Still, I am greatly relieved and look forward to continuing in remission.



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!



Lost weekend
June 17, 2009, Wednesday,8:24 pm
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This past weekend was a lost one. Nausea and pains were my best friends. I tried to go back to work on Monday but had to come home. Today was much better although I still get tired very quickly.

On Tuesday, I received a very unexpected surprise gift of a quilt. Something to keep me warm during chemo. My quilter friend and co-worker suprised the heck out of me. I have had nothing but great support from co-workers. bless them one and all.

I had a lovely lunch with my sister. We had lots to catch up on and I miss seeing her more often.

It is good that figs are strong. I actually have some tiny figlets on my 2 year old tree that I planted in a pot. I saw the squirrel trotting off with one of my donut peaches. I hope it gives him a belly ache!

I haven’t been consistent with my poor plants and I’ll be lucky not to lose more than I already have. Only the weeds are happy. I hope for a clean start in the fall when I’m done with all the chemo.

We hope to take a short trip next week. I have some vacation time and it will be put to good use. A little R&R sounds delightful



Life goes on
June 5, 2009, Friday,8:42 pm
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Tuesday I went back to work. I feel fine and wasn’t too tired at the end of the week. Co-workers were very supportive and happy that I was back. Surprised too. 

My hair has started to fall out. Each brush brings out ten hair from the roots. I have lots of hair which is very fine. Even after 2 days, only I can tell that there is less. I may need to wear scarves for Monday.



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.