Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Irony Part II

I got congratulations for my return to running this week. Ironically, the delayed return to running had less to do with the brain tumor and more to my healing achilles tendon rupture surgery (September surgery 5 days before the brain surgery). My right calf muscle is still smaller than the left but the limp is pretty much gone. I am sure my speed will never return. Of course speed was never there in the first place. (Boy, was I a sight for a while: hair falling out, puffy face, drooping left eyelid, and a big limp.) Finally, made it to the pool today. Easy half-mile+. Felt good. Lot of work before I am beach ready though.

I am in a chemotherapy regimen right now of one week on pills, three weeks off. This is the 3rd "off" week. Back to chemo pills next week. Interested to see how I will be effected this time as I move farther away for the radiation treatments.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Finally started working full time yesterday, yea me! Ironically, I am home today with my youngest daughter who has the crud: low grade fever, cough, snot, etc. Hopefully she will feel better today or tomorrow.
It is so good to be back working. I teach Junior High Social Studies so our focus this week of course has been on Haiti; the earthquake, the history of the country and the recovery. Our students' response was awesome raising over $1200 in two days for Catholic Relief Services which is doing a fantastic job in Haiti.

Seeing the destruction from the earthquake reminds me that by comparison I have not had it so bad.

Tomorrow to the Oncologist for a blood test! Yippee!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

End of Chemotherapy Week One and shout out to my radiation oncologists

Finished first week of the new chemotherapy regimen. I took Chemotherapy pills for five days and now will be off the pills for the next three weeks, then on for five more days and off three weeks, and so on.
How was it? Not so bad, no nausea, but by the weekend I was just really sleepy. I am sleeping harder at night and just had to take a long nap this afternoon. I have to make sure I get more sleep during the week. For years as a teacher I worked with 5 hours of sleep a night figuring I would catch up on sleep in the summer. Now, I need a minimum of 8 per night. My energy should build to normal over the three non-chemo weeks.

Visited NIH for a follow up with the radiation oncology staff. They also were very pleased with my most recent MRI images. I am very thankful for their skills in aiming those x-rays to kill, wound, weaken, or maim cancer cells. They did a great job and always treated me and Marcie and the girls extremely well with respect and kindness. I gave Dr. Kesarwala one of my "stupid cancer" wristbands which she was thrilled to receive.

No Doc appointments this week and a 3 1/2 day weekend coming up!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Better life through chemistry!

Chemotherapy begins again. Yippee! One week on, three weeks off. Repeat. Pills (4) only just before bedtime. I don't expect nausea but have a pill for that also. Knock on wood.