We can do it if we set our minds

HEY THERE… IT'S ME KATHY by Kathy Golemiec

Published on March 9, 2017

Kathy's Diary - Kathy Golemiec

How was your week? Mine was like a ball on the beach – you don't know if you have to go in the cold water to get it out or not.

I went to see my oncologist, who said not to worry about the cancer only about my quality of life. If I want I can have the summer off of chemo. I said, nope, we tried that before and look at the mess I got in, so I’ll keep getting chemo unless I really have to go somewhere, even then we will see how I am.

I am worried about the E-coli bacteria in my bladder. I am on the last drug they can give me to fight it with, and it is in the penicillin family. I am allergic to penicillin but so far I am able to take it. I sure hope it works; if it leaches out into my bloodstream I'm in big trouble. I am not fighting cancer all these years to have a bacteria kill me. So I have to fight another invader in my body. If it thinks it’s getting me – not happening.

I had chemo and everything went well. The cortisone shot I had in my right shoulder last week made me feel like a new person, there is a little pain there once in awhile but, most of the time, woohoo.

The doctor wants me to get more exercise (cardio) so I asked him if I could lift weights again and he said to start slow, nothing over my head and not straight up from my sternum. But he wants me to build my heart up in case I have to fight again with stronger chemo. My heart is at 52 now, which is really good for me. I would like to get on the biggest loser show and try their boot camp. Can't you hear it, she went to the boot camp, didn't lose much weight but she died trying, ha. I am one of those people who really needs someone to say, do this, do that. Leave it up to me and after two times I'd say that's good enough, ha.

There have been a lot of studies on inactivity and cancer risks. It helps to maintain a healthy weight, which generally reduces the risk of disease. Being overweight puts a lot of work on inner organs and makes them work harder to function. Losing weight is one of the hardest things if we don't have the right information and it also takes a lot of will power: you have to be in the right state of mind. OK, enough of this, I'm going to do it this time and something inside your mind clicks and you really do it. I read the book of a woman who lost a lot of weight from just walking around the clothesline. But it could have been anything she did to get the weight off, she had her mind set and she did it. Woohoo. So it’s like you and me – we can do it as well if we really want to. No excuses, give it a try.

Weight wise – 141, woohoo

Going into the hospital this morning there was a woman picking up someone at the door and leaving. She decided to back up only she didn't look to see me walking behind her car. I had to hit her car with my hand hard so she would not run me down. She put the car in drive and drove away. Must have been my lucky day. I had visions of a broken leg or hip, but all is good, only a sore hand and my brain reacted fast so that was a good thing.

Remember, if you are sitting so long that when you get up, you have a numb bum then you are not getting enough exercise.

Tip of the week: If you don't have any foot cream take some olive oil alone or add coconut oil or any nice-smelling oil and give your feet a good rubbing – it will make them so soft and smooth. Wash them off and dry them really well, put regular hand cream on them, then nice warm socks, and you’re ready to curl up and watch TV.

I didn't get to the flea market but I will be there this week. I am feeling good enough now and I hope I just keep getting better, keep your fingers crossed.

Have a good week folks… and, yes, everyone's house needs a good dusting.


Kathy Golemiec is undergoing cancer therapy and writes about her experiences each week.