Saturday, May 31, 2008

Big foot

I am hobbled. My feet have not been reliable for the last week, but really bad for the past four days. I went to the doctors yesterday, and they lectured me for the walking I have been doing (not since Sunday though). It was embarrassing because they sent in the chemo nurse to go over the 'do not' list for Doxil again. I felt like a kid getting lectured for not following directions. If the shoe fits... But it doesn't. Swollen painful feet. I hope they get better soon, because I need to work and I need my feet!

I am soaking them in cold water, elevating them, and basically trying to stay off of them - but it is HARD!

On the upside - I got to see a dear friend who was in town for a convention. Old friends are the best. They have seen you at your worst, been there through good and bad times, and still stick by you. It was so good to see her - and she looks fabulous!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Doing fine

One day after treatment, and one day after my 41st birthday - I am doing fine.

First the birthday. I used to dislike birthdays, because they meant that I was getting older. Now I like them, because they mean that I am getting older. What a shift in my outlook, in just one year! :) My favorite husband and I will celebrate next weekend.

The doctor said that the red dots I have on my legs and stomach are a side effect of the Doxil, and to let her know if it gets any worse. She said to wear very loose clothing - so I have to go shopping for some mumu's. :) (Just kidding - for right now at least). The infusion went fine. I am just a little tired and cranky today (I blame the steroids!) and I am trying to keep my hands and feet iced to prevent any further side effects.

But so far so good! The side effects are certainly reasonable at this point. I just don't want to turn into a big, rashy, mess. Oh well, at least I have hair!

Oh - today two women I know are undergoing surgery for colon cancer. Please send your healing thoughts and prayers to Linda and Gerri today - and for the next few weeks! I'm hoping that both surgeries are totally successful, and that no further treatment will be necessary.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bare naked

I haven't been wearing a head scarf since the ovca walk. I feel like I look silly - but others insist I don't ;) I'll post a picture soon. It is growing in so curly. I have never had curly hair before. My attempts in the past with home perms, never came out right - and never lasted for very long!

All is going fine. My second treatment is tomorrow. I'm not really worried about it - except I noticed a bit of a rash the past few days. I'm hoping it is just a seasonal thing, and not a side effect. The treatment should go faster than last time.

I have been walking a lot with my friend, at least an hour a day, several days a week. We have really been lucky with good weather here. Thats why I haven't had much time to blog.

I'll check back in soon!

Monday, May 5, 2008

NOCC Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Just some of the ovarian cancer survivors at the event

My favorite husband and me - a little blurry

JKE and me at the finish line

Behind us in the teal shirts are Larry and Adam

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Thank you!

I just wanted to thank all who donated or wished us well on our walk Saturday. It was great! The weather cooperated, and erred on the side of 'cool' which was fine with me. Although it threatened to rain at one point, it never did.

Thanks especially to my dear friend JKE who planned and was our team leader for the walk. Thanks also to Larry, Nikki, Adam, Hayo and friends, and my sis in law Nanci, Mark and my niece and nephew. And thanks to my favorite husband who only complained a few times about the length of the walk :) It was so nice to have support of friends and loved ones.

A picture is forthcoming - but I wanted to really thank those that supported me in this! You are all the best!