Made it through another strong workout last night at the YMCA. Another woman in the class stated to me how astonished she was that I was taking the fitness class while going through chemo treatments, let alone functioning at a “normal” level. She stated she was in the hospital virtually bedridden during her chemo (3 months worth). She had another type of cancer though. Not to say the chemo I’m on isn’t intense (it is), but I don’t know what chemo she was prescribed. As I stated, I certainly do have my bad days; however, I do seem to be fairing better than most.
I’m told the chemos I’m on are traditional standards. My doctors and nurses are thrilled at my lack of side effects (so far) and even more so that all my blood work is better than to be expected. My dentist was even impressed that I had no de-mineralization, mouth sores or gum problems (aside from the normal wear and tear of aging). He has been setting appts to follow me through treatment. Even prescribed an oral rinse in the event of mouth sores. He rocks! I’ve been going to Chimney Corners Dentistry (Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Lindley) since I was a teenager. When you find a good dentist (or dentists in my case), hair stylist and/or PCP, you hold on to them!
I really didn’t feel up to going to the fitness class yesterday afternoon, but I gathered a second wind and decided I needed to do it after communicating with several PRCowgirls who provided much needed feedback and support. I’m trying to refocus so I can push myself over the hurddles and make it to my goal of surgery at year-end. This is a difficult task as I need to be under a certain BMI to have the recon procedure I want and right now I’m no where close to that.
You’ll notice I’ve added a number of inspirational quotes to the sidebar of my blog. They are personal reminders to support me in my “fight” but feel free to peruse.
I’m currently still struggling with my diet and fitness commitments, but I’ve made MAJOR changes so far and will continue to do so! I’ve decided I need to praise myself for the simple fact I’m doing all this through chemo. That is a feat in itself! As I told the woman last night, it does really help though, mentally and physically.