Happy Monday everyone...I'm back!!! :) I am thrilled to say that today, for the first time in awhile, I truly feel like myself again...and it feels great! I finally started to feel better last Friday. I woke up on Friday morning and realized that for the first time in almost a week, I wasn't lightheaded or dizzy! It was a fabulous feeling! After my last post, I saw Dr. F on Thursday and had a bunch of blood work done to see what was going on in this body of mine. Thankfully, my blood work results came back great and my blood pressure was up, so Dr. F was very pleased. He obviously wasn't happy that I had passed out, been lightheaded for over five days, and was feeling flat out lousy. But, it was a very good thing that my hemoglobin level was good, protein values look great, white and red blood cell levels are where they should be. So why the low blood pressure and dizziness? No one really knows. Dr. F always says that everyone reacts differently to chemo and right now we are in a sort of trial and error period to see how things go. He is planning on altering some of my anti-nausea meds this next round to see if that makes a difference. I have also been battling a head cold all week so I am hoping that has something to do with it and that I won't have to deal with this after the next round of chemo. All in all, if this is how chemo goes for me, I can deal with it. Even with the lightheadedness and crazy low blood pressure, it could have been much worse and as long as I was lying down, I was okay. I know things could always be worse so I make sure to recognize that and appreciate it each and every day.
I didn't want to freak everybody out so I didn't mention the fact that I was also having a MRI of my brain last Thursday to see if the cancer had metastasized there. Breast cancer tends to metastasize to the bones, lungs, liver, and brain in particular so I requested for this test to be done so that I could know for sure what was going on in my noggin'. I am beyond thrilled to share with you that the MRI came back negative for metastases to my brain! THANK GOD!!!! I can't even begin to tell you what it feels like to get some good news - especially about this! And of course, Dr. F said that the MRI showed I have an exceptionally large and advanced brain....haha, just kidding:)
For the first time in nearly two weeks, I drove my car today. I ran a few errands. I did laundry. I went through my mail. I paid bills. I walked my dog. I was able to be home alone. These are all things that we often view as the normal, mundane items on our daily to-do lists. To not only have the ability to do these things, but to do them while feeling good, truly brought a smile to my face. It felt great to be able to complete those activities that normally feel like the daily grind. I have never been more thankful to be able to accomplish these small feats.
I have my next round of chemo this upcoming Thursday. Until then, I am back to my (near) normal pace - I still get tired pretty easily and have learned how to rest a bit between activities. But, these next few days I plan on getting a lot done that I wasn't able to last week, visit with friends, and try to pack on a few more pounds that I lost after the last dose of chemo...that part should be fun:)
Your support and love continues to warm our hearts and bring smiles to our faces each and every day. Thank you so much for the meals, the flowers, the heartfelt cards and gifts, and the prayers. Mike and I, and our families, sincerely appreciate each and every one of you and the endless support you have provided us. We talk about it every day and are constantly amazed by how blessed we are with the most incredible support system that reaches out all over the country. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
ps. Although there are always too many wonderful people to thank personally, I would like to add a special thank you to the amazing staff, students, and parents at Waterford Kettering High School. The amount of love and support you have all shown Mike (as you always have, but especially over the last few weeks), has truly meant so much to us and has made dealing with this, so much easier. It brings me so much joy and happiness to know that Mike is so loved and appreciated by the Waterford Community and we cannot thank you all enough for that! GO CAPTAINS BASEBALL!
I was able to pick up my camera and capture some beautiful spring images of my garden today. It felt so good to finally feel well enough to get back to my photography.
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