Jul 09, 2011 - 2:28 pm
Hello Sisters - just had my 6th chemo. tx for cancer metastasized to lungs. Next week is going to be busy: blood draw on Sunday, Monday night start prep for a colonscopy on Tuesday (preliminary diagnosis is colotis from radiation tx last year), Thursday CT scan of chest and abdomen, Friday PET scan, follow-up visits with oncologist here and oncologist in San Francisco, who I see regarding the complimentary therapies, as well as for second opinion.
I am at the point when I continue to maintain what I've been doing to stay active and healthy in both mind, body, and spirit, but find myself at times filled with anxiety. Every ache and pain makes me think the cancer has spread, which I suppose is normal.
I don't know what the future holds in terms of going back to work. Living one day at a time like i've learned to do in AA is all i have to keep me sane right now.
One question I've been afraid to ask is: does the fact that other than the cancer I am in excellent health any indication of the severity of the progression of the disease? I have been extremely fortunate in that I haven't had some of the major side effects of the chemo. like neuropathy and weight loss. Fatigue and partial hair loss, some joint pain, that's it. I am still extremely active physically, biking, walking, kayaking. I don't look sick or most of the time feel sick. I have to be extremely cautious about infection. I'm having to do neupogen injections to boose WBC production because my body doesn't produce WBC fast enough to replenish between treatments.
Thanks for letting me vent and share.
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