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Reprieve

Reprieve

Last week my platelet counts had not recovered enough to begin cycle 8, so I was sent home without my chemotherapy. Its nice to have had a break, I think. Today I go back in for a blood draw and we’ll see what the future holds. I should probably have the boys in Angio (sp?) take out the stitches in my portocath, too.

boilingwater So, I almost don’t even want to write about this, because doing so gives ever more evidence that I am a masochist. But, two weeks ago, I managed to spill boiling water on my legs and feet. It went like this: We keep filtered water on top of the refrigerator. Thinking I am stronger than I am, I tried to bring it down, but dropped it on the cord of the tea kettle that been set to boil. This tipped the kettle off of the counter into the perfect pour position, which it did, on my leg.

I’m healing 2nd degree burns now.

Seriously, I ask, when will I learn patience! When will I stop, and just stop! I do think I’ve learned something this time. Yes, indeed. I’ve learned that I’m really tired of hurting myself. I’ve learned that Randin is a most amazing and caring wound dresser. I’ve learned that Silvadene is pretty gross after its been on a burn for 12 hours.

Surviving Cancer & The Relay for Life – ACS Event

Surviving Cancer & The Relay for Life – ACS Event

In today’s world, we are all too familiar with cancer. Many of us have had it, or know someone close who has. In this episode Corine & Patti talk to their good friend and two time cancer survivor, Debbie Meade. She talks about her journey with this horrific disease and her involvement with the American Cancer Society’s event called “The Relay for Life.” Get up close and personal with someone who has been through it and took a bad circumstance and decided to “Pay It Forward” by helping others and giving back. A heart warming reality check for all who watch this show.

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Momentum: The Movie

Momentum: The Movie

Momentum

black eye No more feeding tube…for now. I hope never again. And nothing permanent installed either. But if it becomes necessary, I’ll happily put it back in. My pride is not that great. It’s simply wonderful to have a break from the ongoing noise of the pump and the constant toilet trips. Now I am sleepy. I’m catching up on REM sleep. Oh! but my eye doesn’t look like this from lack of sleep!

After we removed the feeding tube from my nose, it was time to go up stairs to East 8 for PEG Asparaginase #5. During the long trek down the hospital corridor I had a bit of a trip and a fall. Flat on my face. So, in place of a feeding tube taped to my face, I had a big, black eye. Will there ever be time where there isn’t something for people to stare at when they see me?

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Apple Peels Turn on Anticancer Genes

Apple Peels Turn on Anticancer Genes

Apple-Peels

A new study calculated that if half the U.S. population ate just one more serving of conventional fruits and vegetables, 20,000 cases of cancer could be prevented. At the same time the added pesticide consumption could cause up to 10 extra cancer cases. So by eating conventional produce we may get a tiny bump in cancer risk, but that’s more than compensated by the dramatic drop in risk that accompanies whole food plant consumption. Even if all we had to eat was the most contaminated produce the benefits would far outweigh any risks. Having said that, why risk any bump at all? That’s one of the reasons I encourage everyone to choose organic whenever one can, but we should never let concern about pesticides lower our fruit and vegetable consumption.

Washing fruits and vegetables can decrease pesticide residues (see my video Can Pesticides Be Rinsed Off?), and peeling even more so, but the skin is often where the nutrition is most concentrated. Read more…

Paying Attention

Paying Attention

Brandi ChaseI’ve been wanting to write for days now, but I haven’t been able to isolate that cohesive thread that so nicely brings the essay to an entry, body, and closure. This past cycle has been more a list of observances, some enjoyable, some remembered from previous cycles, and some that simply had to be embraced as they occurred.

Cycles
Now that I am gaining weight and filling out I have the mental capacity to pay attention to what occurs during the 21 days in each cycle. It was my original assumption that I would feel the effect of the infused chemo drugs immediately, by the very next day. That really isn’t the case. It takes 5 days for the drugs to reach their nadir, which means I feel a decline in muscle strength and energy beginning then. This also coincides with the gradual tapering of the steroid Dexamethasone. A good thing about Dex is it increases both my energy and my appetite. Read more…

Made It Through

Made It Through

biopsy Before I get too tired (maybe I won’t this time?) I wanted to answer a few questions, and let you know I survived the day alright. The staff at LDS Hospital is top notch, they always manage to make a day like today tolerable and, dare I say, maybe even a little fun! Two important procedures have outcomes I’m very anxious to receive. The bone marrow biopsy will reveal if I am still in remission. The lumbar puncture will confirm whether or not any little blasty-nasties have gotten past the blood brain barrier. I’m not too worried. My blood counts show good recovery, but it will be nice to be sure in spite of the discomfort of both procedures.

  • Feeding Tube: I agree, it is a little bit sexy. Except it makes my nose run.
  • Power Port: Got to use it today. It is freaking awesome. It will make my life so much better.
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An Overview

An Overview

I think there is some kind of pattern to when I feel like I have the capacity to write something. It has to do somewhat with where I am in my chemotherapy cycle, right now I’m in an off week…coming to the end of an off week. Last time I wrote I was just at the beginning of a cycle, so still in the “wellish” feeling stage. I really must keep a log of how I feel from one day to the next, I wonder if there are patterns and predictability?

No More Access
Last I wrote I had just been admitted to the hospital. I never ever felt ill. Never even had a fever. The second time they took a culture, I showed a gram positive bacteria, but that was later suspected false. Then, on Sunday the 28th the PA Nicole called and said the next set of cultures showed another gram negative, and asked if I felt well. Read more…

Health Care Options: Go Bare or Go Broke?

Health Care Options: Go Bare or Go Broke?

In America, we take our pound of flesh and our profits wherever we may find them. In our U.S. health care system, the opportunities to profit are plentiful no matter the pain, illness, worry or other suffering inflicted. For me, I now face a decision I have faced at other points in my life, but this time I am older and allegedly wiser.
Donna Smith
This is a story played out all over America in homes where hard working people who have health concerns are faced with unimaginable choices. Just a few short weeks ago, I had a really good job with decent health insurance benefits. My husband is on Medicare (he’s older), and we also have purchased a really good supplemental (not an Advantage plan) for him. He has heart problems, and having good insurance is literally a matter of life and death for him. So, he is our priority and has been for the past 20-plus years in terms of health coverage. Read more…