Let's start with some administrative items: November's blood work & oncologist call occurred without incident. All blood marker levels are within in the normal range -- my CA-125 was slightly elevated, but my HE-4 was down a significant amount. (No, I cannot thank the diet for that yet since the tests were done about 4 … Continue reading Keto Life: Week 3 (and then some)
The holiday season is upon us! Just kidding. Sort of. (I'm sure Costco will have their Xmas display any day now...) It's just I like a punny title and that's all I could come up with today. Bear with me, as today is the first day it doesn't feel like I've been punched in the … Continue reading Shingle all the way
1. Health Status Report I had a breast MRI last week. Kaiser farms this work out to a 3rd party since they don't have the right set up (which is to lay face down with my boobs in separate holes, hanging). I forgot how LOUD NOISES MRI machines are, but it was painless and quick, … Continue reading Things & Stuff: July Edition
It's been nearly 30 days since my last post. I'm constantly amazed at how time seems to pass in the blink of an eye. There's much to report, so let's get this party started, shall we? Most importantly, we met with my oncologist today and are now officially in "wait & see," or as I'm … Continue reading 30 Days & What Have We Learned?
I have 3 days of antibiotics left no more antibiotics left and there's really no good word to describe how amazing it will be to NOT have an IV in my arm (I'm on #5) any longer. Oh, bathtub, I'm coming for you. And pool. And jacuzzi. And basically any body of water where I … Continue reading Home Sweet Home
Fair warning, this is a long post. To say the fourth round of my chemotherapy was difficult would be a vast understatement. The word "compounding" took on new meaning, as the chemotherapy side effects legitimately were getting worse. More fatigue, more nausea, more suck. My first week brought such intense nausea I had to increase … Continue reading The completion of Round Four and how I’ve found myself in the hospital for the past week.
Hi everyone! Sorry if you've been waiting with bated breath for my CT results. I spoke with my doc on Friday and things are moving in the right direction. When asked "How are we feeling about everything?", Dr. T replied, "Good!" So we'll take that.
Yesterday, I busted out the blue wig. I got far less looks that when I go au naturale, but that could be because I was shopping at Japanese stores. Most people didn't give me a second glance. One woman asked if it was my real hair. Yes, this is really my hair. In any case, … Continue reading Social Experiment
Hello dear friends and family... Last week the BFF came into town and I had a decent amount of energy after Day 1 of Round 2. We had lunch with my MIL, bought weird masques that moisturize your face AND make you look like a cat (those crazy Japanese).... She cooked and cleaned, and all … Continue reading How quickly things can change
Cancer never really leaves you. Even when you hear the words "You're in remission," a little bit stays behind (metaphorically speaking) in your mind. That tiny voice that whispers "What if?" Even my remission qualification wasn't without some hurdles. The CT scan showed something suspicious and I had to get a CT-guided biopsy to make … Continue reading When you have had cancer, it never really ends