Another beautiful morning. And I feel good. I hope it continues on through the afternoon, at least. I usually feel good first thing in the morning even if I don't get a good sleep. I'm usually hungry for a hearty oatmeal/fruit breakfast. Sometimes I have to get up in the night to eat, I'm so hungry (steroids, I'm told, and this is why so many women on chemo gain weight, combined with reduced exercise). Fortunately, for me, I'm totally turned off the kinds of food, especially sweets, cheeses, and doughy things, that would be a problem and when I'm hungry I crave fruit, cottage cheese, oatmeal, hardboiled egss, soup, dry crackers ... all good things. How lucky am I. Without having to be careful about it, I haven't gained any weight and, in fact, have lost a total of 8 pounds since chemo started. A girl who was already annoyed about her increasing weight has to be happy with that! Thank you, chemo, buddy-ol'-pal!
Now ... what to get done this morning while the getting's good? Hmmmm ...
This photo is of our ligularium (does that sound "dirty"? ... sorry) ... it's just getting started and gets bigger (oops again) over the summer. It's such a magnificent plant!
Breast cancer motivated me to start a blog, mostly to keep track of everything for myself but also to allow family and friends to keep up to date about my progress. My blog has evolved and so have I.
Now, along with my continuous breast cancer experience, I also blog about my kitchen experiments, my return to quilting as therapy, and my return to full-time work.
I didn't realize when I was diagnosed that breast cancer and the treatments would take so much out of me and that the effects would be so difficult and last so long. That said, I'm glad to be alive and now I need to leave a legacy. Time's a wasting. Must make quilts.
Breast Cancer (booooo) was the opponent. I hope I won. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2009. I had a sentinel node lumpectomy later that month and on June 10, 2009, I started Chemotherapy followed by radiation treatments - the last one being December 20, 2009.
I thought it was all over. The cancer part seems to be over so far but I hadn't anticipated the awful effects of Arimidex (the aromatase inhibitor/estrogen blocker) that I started taking after chemo. The effects were long lasting and really awful. And then both my shoulders became frozen. I see that frozen shoulder is not uncommon for women who have been through breast cancer treatments but nobody seems to know why. And now I'm on Tamoxifen and there are the side effects from that, which are much milder than I had with Arimidex but at this point I don't know what's caused by either of those drugs or what might be the lingering effects of chemo and radiation. It's a much longer haul than I initially understood.
This blog has been my game's colour commentary starting 6 days before the kick-off of my first chemo treatment. I hope I won. That's the funny thing with cancer, though. You don't know for sure. You just have to be cocky enough to act like you've won.
Everyone who visits here has been on my team (because there's no "I" in "TEAM") and this blog was for them to to follow the game plan and the progress. It turned out it's also been therapy for me and a record of so many details I forget because of the also unanticipated "chemo brain". One thing I know for sure is that I wouldn't have made it through this without my team of family and friends. Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!! We're here. We Might Have WON!!
To learn the details about my particular discovery of my tumour and my diagnosis and treatment, please read this.
If you're more interested in my new quilting hobby, visit my blog that's supposed to be JUST about quilting at Peace.Love.Quilt.