Welcome to my blog dedicated to my Journey with Teal....Ovarian Cancer. This blog is where I will make updates to my treatments and tests....hoping to keep blog friends updated and answer any questions from visitors. I did not pick this journey, but am doing the best I know how to walk strong and gracefully, with my Lord's continual strength!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hi There!

I noticed I haven't posted in over a week here on the Teal blog. That is a good thing, it means I have been feeling better and living life!
I think we have finally got this medicine thing worked out. I feel good and no major side effects. Yeah!
We were able to go to church today and I actually got caught up with the housework.
I will see my oncologist on Tuesday, but I am not anticipating any problems.

Hope all of you are well and enjoying your life! Spring is so wonderful...love all the flowers and the occasional little bit of rain.

Talk to again soon, Ceekay!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Can I walk yet??

Yes! My feet are so much better. Man, that was an interesting week. I had to McGyver some padding on my feet....it was unique. No, I don't own any slippers. I have slipper socks, but I needed more padding....so I made my own.
I am back on the chemo again, a lesser dose. If they could just get the stomach issue straightened out and the blood pressure regulated....I think I might be ok. I have not gone anywhere but the doctor's office and let me tell you....I don't like that.
Thank you for the many encouraging comments. I am hanging in...hanging being the operative word. But I praise the Lord for the days he is allowing me to have....and hope springs eternal. I hope that next week will be better!!
Have a great weekend. Do something fun and think of me!!! I love to be out and enjoying life.....and I will be again...soon I hope!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Good, Bad and Ugly

I have been back and forth to doctors all day yesterday and today.

The Bad - I am officially admitting that I am sick. My oncologist has taken me off all meds for a few days and then revamping some. Chemo is getting cut in half again. I just seem to be highly sensitive to it.

The Ugly - my feet....this chemo give hand and foot syndrome. My feet are totally a mess. I can barely walk. I have Bag Balm on them to try and heal them up....mercy, this is painful.

The Good - the chemo is working. My cancer markers have been cut in half and that is with being on and off the meds. My doctor feels I will still get benefit from a lesser dose and I should feel better. Such wonderful news!

That is it today friends. Back to the bed for me....

Friday, April 9, 2010

Things seem better....

I have gone the longest amount of time since I started this chemo without having to stop. The blood pressure issue seems to be much better. Hope it stays that way.

I am suffering from a bit of fatigue. I found out there are numbered levels to fatigue. I think I am at a 2. I can still do some basic housework and get myself dressed, but I can't seem to do a lot of walking. Walmart and Costco...they are out for now. I have never used the riding carts...but I may have to start. I did go out today for a bit....picked up some ribbon and stuff...came home totally pooped! The doctor feels this may level out a bit when my body gets used to all the meds I am on.

One of the things that seems so strange to me is that one of the known side effects of this chemo is hot flashes. Now I can have hot flashes on my own....so I thought I would be in for it....but it seems, at least right now, I am so cold.

I also told my doctor that I would no longer take the iodine for the CT scan. I just get too sick and they will have to do it without it.

I am looking forward to the weekend. Next week I have 3 days at doctor's offices...I don't know how my life got to this...but it is what it is!! Have a great weekend and I will talk to you next week. And as always...thank you for your encouragement and prayer.

Monday, April 5, 2010

I think I have my Oncologist stumped!

Saw my doctor today. Last night my b/p was sky high....I had been doing better with it.

So another drug has been entered into the mix. We will see. I actually made the nurse sit with me and make a time schedule to make sure I get everything in!! I am currently taking 21 pills a day. (my head is shaking now, cuz I struggle with taking an aspirin!)

Just to clarify since some have asked. I do not have Hypertension. This is totally a drug induced issue....from the chemo pills I am on now. Similar to Avastin. When the time comes I am no longer on this medication, my b/p will be normal. But trust me, I will never minimalize when I hear someone has high blood pressure. Mercy!

We did have a wonderful Easter. You can see bits of it on my other blog, Thinkin' of Home.

Yes, we did feel the earthquake....very unusual here.....


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter Everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of my blogging friends and prayer pals a wonderful Easter.
I am feeling better. I believe we are getting closer to solving the b/p issue. I actually am leaving the house for a bit today to meet up with my dear friend Misty. We are going to check out a new scrapbook store. Well, new to us!

I will see my doctor on Monday...and I think it may be a better visit! At least that is my prayer....

Talk to you next week!