I finished Round 5 on Friday and am thankful that it didn’t hit me nearly as hard as Round 4. After Round 4, I developed a bad rash on my legs that indicated a severe allergic reaction to the chemo. A steroid pack cleared up the rash, and pre-meds before Round 5 helped control the allergic reaction, which resulted in fewer side effects.
My biggest struggle is very low energy. I now use my energy like currency. I figure out what I want/need to do and determine if it’s worth the energy to accomplish. I’m finding that most things aren’t worth it, but am glad that I’m still able to do the things that matter most.
I recently heard a speaker who talked about the importance of having a ratio of five positive comments for every negative one. She spoke mostly from a work perspective, but research shows that the ratio is applicable to every part of our lives. With that in mind, I’ll share five positives:
1. I can get ready really fast now that I don’t have hair.
2. We managed to get the Christmas tree up, and it’s directly in my line of sight from my favorite chair. Really helps brighten gloomy days!
3. Our new dog is a real sweetie and is doing great!
4. My sweet husband thinks I’m beautiful despite my many scars and lack of hair.
5. Drew and Sam get to come in for Christmas! Can’t wait to spend several days with my son and daughter-in-law.
6. And a bonus positive: The timing of the chemo worked perfectly for the holidays. I should be feeling fine for Christmas.
I have a scan on December 27 to see how the tumors are responding to treatment. Blood tests indicate that the chemo is working, and I truly hope the scan confirms that news.
I’m not sending Christmas cards this year, but know that I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Celebrating the season,