Healthy Living in the Carolinas

Chemo #9 (Jan 4-Jan 16)

Chemo #9 (Jan 4-Jan 16)

Chemo 9 went fine. I’m a poet and I didn’t know it.

Blood counts were up thanks to the Neulasta shot. Then they start tanking around day 5 until the next chemo and I’m at great risk for infection as I type this. So far I’ve stayed on a pattern that’s predicable. I hope that stays the case. The evening of chemo is the worst! I’m all drugged up with medications that make me sick, but have killed my cancer so you find gratefulness in there somewhere.

Night of chemo

I wanted bacon and cheese biscuits before chemo as I smelled them in the coffee shop, but the workers talked me off that cliff knowing I was headed to chemo. HA! I snagged a fresh fruit bowl instead. It was good. Still chugging 60-80 ounces of water prior to premeds. It helps as I’m not wanting to drink or eat much during chemo these days.

I think I may have a cavity or need a root canal thanks to chemo. We aren’t allowed to go to the dentist while on chemo due to infection risk. This could get “fun”!

My muscles are for sure weaker. My energy has been pretty good for this far along. I’ve been staying in and away from germs this chemo except a night out with my daughter overnight.

We used Hilton points to stay for free and get away. She has a semi-formal coming up and needed dress shoes. It was nice to get away after 6 months of dealing with is cancer crap! I wore a mask when we were out shopping. We ate dessert at the most delicious French bakery named Renaissance Patisserie. We will be back!

I’ve been able to get some home improvement projects done I’ve been putting off which is great because I feel productive.

Anxiety of life after chemo is already starting. I pray about it and pray for peace. Last chemo should be Valentine’s Day. I will have a PET scan in March to see if the cancer is still gone and then many more later this year to monitor me closely. I continue to pray I have the strength to travel the road God has planned for me.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29

I am forever grateful for the response we have had to our Go Fund Me page. Thank you, again, to those that have donated and shared. Each donation has touched me deeply (and, of course, made me cry).

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3 more chemos!!!!

People always tell me “you don’t look sick“. That’s true to an extent, but once you lose your hair, eyelashes and eyebrows you’re bound to look somewhat sick. For sure not my normal self. I’m ok with that as it is temporary.

I’m being very vulnerable in sharing a picture of me now with zero makeup on and one with makeup, wig, etc. on the same day.

Remember, everyone is fighting a battle. Be kind to everyone. The girl on the left is brave and strong, but for sure doesn’t look as well as the girl on the right. The girl on the right is a fighter. She is also brave and strong. We just appear as completely different people out in the world. We aren’t. We are both battling blood cancer.

Don’t judge people by the way they look. We all have struggles and we show them differently on the outside. I show you this so you truly see my reality. No sugar coating it. Be kind to everyone you meet. You never know the battle they are masking behind a pretty smile. Xo Angie

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