No major updates, but several good things to share:
1. I spoke to Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church last Thursday and to the Smoky Mountain Cancer Support Group on Monday evening. I so enjoyed being with both groups and was thankful to have the energy and breath I needed to share my story.
2. Those of you who have followed me a while know that Xeloda burned my feet from the inside out, making them hurt all the time. The past few weeks I’ve noticed my feet getting better, and now they are nearly normal. I’m amazed and thankful! (And still grateful I now own only very comfortable shoes.) Hoping this means I’m healing from the bottom up!
3. I’ve completed another full round of Lonsurf chemo pills and am having almost no side effects. The only thing I’m noticing is that things don’t taste the same. I’m hoping the pills are working and that I’ll continue to handle them so well.
The only hardship I’m currently facing is my breathing. When I say I’m fine, people keep reminding me I can’t be “fine” when I can barely breathe. I may not be completely fine, but I can breathe when I sit down, so I’m not panicked or despondent about the breathing problems. While the doctors still aren’t sure of everything that’s impeding my breathing, we do know some of the problems are permanent because of radiation damage. We’re still not sure how much damage is permanent and how much will get better with time and treatment.
I have a CT scan scheduled in late November to see how well the cancer in my spine responded to radiation and how well my lungs are responding to chemo. I have doctor’s appointments in early December and should know more after that.
In the meantime, I promise to stay seated as much as possible and enjoy breathing. I’m about to run David’s legs off, but he doesn’t seem to mind.
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for!
Huffing and puffing but hanging in there,