Day 2: Steroids kicked in and I feel very fuzzy headed, but can navigate through my day without too much discomfort.
Day 3: Pretty yucky, but the anti-nausea drugs and medical marijuana help to keep me going. It is usually a recliner and TV kinda day, small meals as tummy is queasy, no real brain function for anything like reading or knitting, just hanging out and waiting.
Day 4: I wake thinking I'm feeling better, but by 9-10 am I just want to sleep, sleep, and more sleep. This past Saturday I took 3 good 1.5 - 2 hr naps, so that took up the day for sure.
Day 5: I awake ready to set the world on fire. But around that same time of 10am I realize that is not so. I am able to get a shower (that then requires a short nap to recuperate), then I might be able to get out of the house and run an errand or take a short walk.
Day 6: If it is on chemo A of the cycle, I am thinking about chemo in two days and just trying to get a little done around the house, etc. My appetite is good and I try to make up for the previous 5 days. If this is after chemo B of the cycle, I am like, WOOHOO, I have another 8 days of feeling kinda okay and time to try to rebuild some of the stamina I just lost over the last two weeks.
Day 7: Is like, welcome back Debbie. What do you want to do with this one day before it all begins again? :-) Or if it is the end of Chemo B, then I have my chemo vacation week before me and that is really exciting.
Meanwhile, I will close with this PSA from It's About Time, where I am a guest Blogger. Did you know?
Metastatic breast cancer – cancer that travels from the breast and spreads to other parts of the body – is treatable, but not curable. It affects up to a quarter of a million people in the U.S. every year.[i] Those with metastatic breast cancer face daily challenges, continued treatment regimens, anxiety and a whole host of emotions knowing they cannot be cured from their disease. But their stories remain hidden, or get lost, among the better understood realm of early stage breast cancer. These patients are often left feeling isolated and alone.[ii],[iii]
Despite its prevalence, metastatic breast cancer is still largely misunderstood. A recent national survey revealed that 60 percent say they know little to nothing about metastatic breast cancer and 72 percent believe that breast cancer in the advanced stages is curable if diagnosed early.[iv]
The survey results also show that it’s critical that we expand the understanding of metastatic breast cancer to the larger population. What the average person may not know is that, according to a study published in the journal, The Oncologist, roughly one in three – nearly 30 percent – of women diagnosed with early breast cancer will eventually progress to metastatic breast cancer.[v]
Individuals with metastatic breast cancer face the reality that as of 2014, the median survival of those who receive a metastatic diagnosis is only three years after diagnosis.[vi] They’re up against a clock – hoping for advances in the treatment of this disease and more time to live their day-to-day lives.
in your thoughts & prayers.
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