After Chemo Course 1 - Altered Expectations

Trip Start Apr 22, 2014
Trip End Apr 22, 2015

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

We are relieved that my treatment is underway. It was a really good week. Mark & Noah drove me home from The Brigham hospital in Boston Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday morning I got a short haircut. My FB friends say that I look "hip" and younger. I'll take that! My doctors anticipate that I will lose my hair over the next few weeks because the Chemo targets the fastest growing cells in our body. Our hair is the fastest growing normal cell and the chemicals are unable to discriminate. That's why cancer patients often lose their hair. Am I worried about that? Nope! I've some comfy hats, it's only "hair," and it will grow back eventually.

I did not feel any effects of Monday night's chemo infusion until Thursday evening. When my legs and feet ached, I chalked it up to  21\2 days in bed, and then the fact that Noah and I had spent a full and active “vacation” day together. Noah wanted "American Chinese" for lunch. We played golf at Twin Lakes on Little Lake Sunapee and went to Dairy Twirl on the way home. Thank you Bruria for the delicious soup for dinner. I was way too tired to cook.

On Friday, Jill’s therapeutic “Gentle Yoga” class at AHA gave me a boost. But by today, Saturday, i am realizing that my activity level and my expectations of what I can do will have to change during the period of "cancer cell eradication!”
My bones and joints hurt and my feet are tingling with pins and needles. I am tiring easily. I only walked a bit of our Prouty course and I came home for a nap.
I will find it difficult to accept the need to slow down. Friends & family, please remind me often that this is the best thing I can do for myself, & for us all, to give us the best shot at a cure!

It's a good thing that I have a long list of books and films to keep me busy in the coming months. Additional recommendations welcome.:)
Altering my expectations will be a good mental exercise. I am reminding myself, "don't lean too far back into the past nor too far forward into the future. The present is a gift. That's why its called a present!"
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Lisa gattegno on

Ok slooooow down little missy.get gentle massage, especially if you are doing gentle yoga.lots of protein and stay hydrated. Movies, well i sure hope you have a smart tv these days. If not, buy a big screen and enjoy Netflix!!!!
So many great shows, very smart and pandora can also be listened to for easy listening and even meditation.ehrn you do have energy, make soup and freeze.bake challah while sitting on a kitchen stool.foit massages are wonderful.get them. nows the time to do what feels good. What feels comfortable.

Shari on

Your hair looks great.

Maribel Souther on

Great to see you yesterday and it was nice to walk with you. Take it easy.

Sue Deaett on

I wish you peace and love on your journey.

nsevers on

Love, Nancie

Rhonda on

Love the new "do". Pamper yourself and take it easy - getting better is your new job. If you haven't already read it, I recommend "The Middlesteins". I might be a little prejudiced since I've known the author, Jami Attenberg, since she's a little girl. However the book was on Oprah, People mag and the NY times best list and has been translated into French , Italian.
, Japanese and I don't what else.
Thinking of you and sending good energy.

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