I see that I've been letting friends on Facebook know how the cancer battle goes, but haven't filled in Blogger friends for some time.
The good news is that I've finished chemotherapy. I didn't have the awful time of it that many others do, but still it's definitely not fun. I absolutely despised the bad taste in the mouth, the painful mouth, the "chemo brain" that made me feel like I only had half a brain, the draining fatigue, my dying fingernails, and the occasional nausea and vomiting. Nearly all of that is gone except for the fatigue and the yucky fingernail thing.
One VERY annoying side effect for the past month has been watery eyes. When I try to read, it looks like the words are doing the breast stroke across the page. I can't even see the players well at our basketball games. I'll be overjoyed when this is gone.
However, radiation is going well. It actually takes longer to undress, put on the gown, and then get dressed again than it does to have the treatment. After having 4 dots tattooed on my chest and sides, I fail to see why anyone would elect to have a tattoo. Ouch! The treatment itself is painless, nothing touches me except the tech who positions me on the table, and I'm back out of there in minutes.
It's so nice to begin to feel like myself again. As the drugs leave my system, I can think and I don't sort of space out every once in a while. I can figure things out. It's great. Now to get my physical strength back. I'm tired of being weak and judging whether I can walk far enough to go into a store with Dave. I'm tired of having him doing things for me; I actually want to go grocery shopping for myself! As much as I've always hated grocery shopping, this is a big thing. :)
I won't be done by the end of the year but it will be close. Then I'm planning for a happy, healthy 2013 as a cancer survivor.