So how was your week? Mine was busy, busy, busy, first I had to stop off and see my oncologist, and she put me back on steroids – woohoo, that means puffy me again, oh well. Then it was going for blood work and to the doctor to see how everything is going. They think I have a tumour on the brain again only this one is up higher.
I had to get chemo yesterday, which went OK. Today I went to my dentist and he did a great job, I feel like my teeth are all together again woohoo. Then Monday I get a full body scan to see if there is another brain tumour and if the chemo is working, so keep your fingers crossed.
Mary is gone to Halifax to get the shunt put in her heart. Send her some good vibes.
With my usual chemo they gave me a bag of potassium because I take too many pills, so they gave it to me in IV.
The tumour I think I have this time is higher on the head but it is causing a lot of pressure and spots out of the right eye, and I’m also very dizzy.
I find it hard sometimes when there is no one around to vent to, so I call my younger brother Kevin in Amherst and then I called his girlfriend Wanda and vent to her. I wanted to call my mother but the phone bill to Heaven would cost too much. So Kevin gets to listen, ha. And he’s good to talk to, he makes things upbeat and makes me feel better.
I can vent to Geraldine in Glace Bay when she's home from work.
The steroids will swell me up starting soon. I am up to 149 from 146 in three days – oh I hate gaining weight. Everyone tells me it’s better than being dead. I guess they are right, but I have never had it in my head that I'm dying. I just hate changing clothing sizes so much. Medium to X-large then X-large to medium again. But at least they are able to get rid of the cancer spots as best as they can.
I have it in both hips, two ribs, leg bones, in the jaw, in the pelvis, in the spine, in the brain, sternum, two spots in the liver and a few more I'm not sure about. That’s enough for anyone to worry about. But I usually don't worry about where my cancer is, I worry about other things that to everyone else would be less important. But there is nothing I can do to get the cancer out of there on my own so why waste my time worrying over it?
I'm really missing my kids this week, they are so far away. Lucky for the computer and the phone, they help a lot to keep in touch.
Happy birthday to Emily this month. She is also getting ready to graduate this year from Grade 12 in Amherst, so proud of her.
The patient navigator wanted me to remind you of these important dates: Brain tumour meeting third Tuesday of the month 6.30-8.30 at East River Manor; Prostate support group third Thursday each month 7 p.m. UCT building. For more answers call Bonnie at 902-752-7600 Ext. 4922. She can give you more information.
My granddaughter is doing great in school this year and my granddaughter Emma registered for primary this week, woohoo, where did the time go?
Thank you for all the gifts, cards and letters – I love reading them. If you need a speaker for your group you can let me know through The News.
Dad and Janet came over to help me at the flea market but when we woke up we weren't feeling well so back to bed we went. I will be there this week with Carol and hopefully Betty helping me.
Make sure you moisturize after your shower, keep the dry skin away.
Have a good week folks, and hope the snow stays away.
Kathy Golemiec is undergoing cancer treatments and writes about her experiences each week.