Posted by: healingseeker | February 23, 2010

Find the places where breast cancer doesn’t live

23 February 2010

Today has been a good day. My husband and I had quality time together. I had kind of gotten the feeling that I was the side effects I was feeling. He had gotten the feeling that breast cancer had taken over our lives and that we were simply soldiers in the same army rather than husband and wife. So, today, we recommitted ourselves to finding the places in our marriage where breast cancer doesn’t live.

I think that is really important for anybody going through a cancer journey of their own and for his or her caregiver. You need to find the places where cancer doesn’t live. You need to nurture those moments of joy, of strength, of laughter, or energy, of the knowledge that life goes on and you will go on with that life. When you find those quality moments, milk them for all they are worth. Joy begets more joy. Hope begets more hope. Gratitude begets more gratitude. Love begets more love.

We also did an early dinner. Then he was off to the nursing home to visit his mother who has Parkinson’s, etc. I was off to my “I CAN COPE Cancer Support Group.” It was a good group. They discussed nutrition, exercise, radiation treatments, etc. I saw some of the people I had already met. I met some new people as well. I made a connection with one woman whose father had just gotten through a Prostate Cancer journey only to discover that he is now going to have to travel a Kidney Cancer journey. They are waiting for the Pathology results that come today or tomorrow. My prayers go out to this woman, her father, and her family. I felt good that I could give her some encouraging words about chemo side effects. For all in all, I have gotten off pretty easy so far.

Next chemo treatment for me is this Thursday morning at 8:30 am – Feb. 25th. At the same time, my mother-in-law is going to be brought to the same building to have her heart tested. She was rushed to the hospital a couple of weeks back with sleep apnea. They were not able to get to the bottom of why she was found slumped over and not breathing during that hospital stay. Perhaps this test will shed further light. I was grateful that the chemo nurses were able to move my appointment to this earlier time so that my husband would be able to drive me to my chemo session and then go support his mother through the tests she will be going through.

Tomorrow, I will have the fun of meeting one of my dearest friends in the world for lunch at Olive Garden. Yum! That will be so much fun to have some girl talk and to enjoy food on a week where I am back to being able to taste most everything I eat.

As for the cough – it is still there but making improvements.

As for my hair, I wore a knit cap to lunch as I only have 1/3 of my hair left. I imagine I will be as bald as a cue ball by the end of this week. Smile! My husband loves me anyway. It certainly is an interesting look as I have always had enough hair for three people. I nearly have filled a waste paper basket with the hair that has fallen in the last three days.

I can just picture little beings holding on to each hair follicle. A few of them are still clutching those follicles tight. Others, have allowed their hands to go lax; thus, the hair pulls out easily with a simply running of my hand through my hair. How’s that for a visual picture? Smile!

I am so grateful to God and the people who love me who are supporting me on this journey. Thank you to one and all!

Many blessings to you all,
Healing Seeker aka Debbie

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