Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Morning

Most of yesterday was spent doing school work. Today will be similar.

I have a chemo treatment on Tuesday and a visit with the oncologist tomorrow. I've created a short list of things to discuss with the oncologist:
  • I wanted to point out my swelling ankles.
  • My nasal headaches ... is there anything I can take for the nighttime? I wake up with terrible headaches.
  • My CVC is a bit sore when I lay down on that side. I'll ask her to have a look at it.
That should pretty well do it. Otherwise, it's the same old routine ... after my oncologist's appointment, go to the pharmacy and get my meds, make sure the DVD player is charged up and I have movies and that is pretty well it ... a new cycle starts.

On to a different topic. A while back when I first started blogging and following blogs, I would generally only follow breast cancer blogs, but recently, I have started following blogs of other types of cancers, male bloggers with cancer and blogs where a child has the cancer.

I'm excited I have opened myself up to these different blogs. It will be interesting to read how different people deal with different cancers.

It also scares me a bit, as it will be especially hard to read about the challenges a child/parent will have coping with cancer.

What I have found so far is that most often the blogging is most inspiring. It gives me hope and lets me know that I am not alone in this journey.

Well, I've had my coffee and toast and some blogging ... I must move on now.

7 comments:

Audrey said...

It is good to spread your wings :)
Have a lovely Sunday - I am about to go out for a short walk and enjoy some sunshine. Maybe grab a big old cup of coffee!
xoxoxo

SweetAnnee said...

Praying for a good week for you.

with love, Deena

Michelle said...

Daria, do you have the chemo that goes in a 3 week cycle and is given on day 1 and day 8?? Thats what they are starting mum on and I wonder how
'tough' it is? This is for lungs though so it may be different.

Good luck with yours this week!

Daria said...

Michelle,

My chemo is called Taxotere and is given in 3 week cycles. Only on day one.

Do you know the name of the chemo she will be getting? And then they give me some meds to help with side effects ... maybe if you could find out the names of those.

Chemotherapy can vary quite a bit ... so it's best to find out what the name of it is and then Google it.

Also people are different, some people's bodies handle it better than others.

... sorry I'm not very helpful but it is complicated.

My email is daria.livingwithcancer@gmail.com. If your mother would like to talk about it or if she has any questions .... please pass on my email.

Daria

Michelle said...

To answer your question, the artwork on my other blog is old stuff, already done, over the last 3 or 4 years minus the last 18 months or so. I'm posting it because I haven't got time to paint now.....Ive had one half finished painting sitting on my easel for 6 months now. If I am 'in the zone' a painting usually takes a couple of weeks by the time you chop and change and look and fix etc, sometimes longer sometimes not :(....but I WILL get to it....one of these days. Right now, Im looking after mum.

And thank you for your answer. Hers is two separate cancers, bowel and lung, the lung is the one they are zapping, with 2 drugs, on day 1 and day 8....they say it is one of the gentler chemos...I hope so, she hasn't got a lot of oomph anymore.

Lisa said...

so it starts again dear one.
reading about other cancers and other lives affected by cancer is huge i feel.be kind to you- you have so much to give xx

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

It was so good to read your entry this morning! I know all about formulating those questions for the oncologist, then getting there and not getting them answered. I, too, was on taxotere along with cytoxin in the three week cycles. It was hard on me, but made it through 6 treatments. The port site was a pain while trying to sleep on that side, and a few times it has turned a little. My oncologist told me I had to have it in for 5 years, so I guess I have to get used to it.

Yes, it's good to read about other's journeys through cancer. Each has his own path to travel, don't they? Yet, we all seem to have an understanding of the fears, discomfort, and daily stuff we all go through. You might want to check out
http://www.breastcancer.org
as they have a great discussion board and live chat room. I've learned so much there.

Hope you have a good Dr.'s visit and a great week!
Cora