Cancer Treatment Update

I thought I would continue with a little check-in and let you know how my cancer treatment is going. As of today, I am on day 19 of oral chemo. How’s it going…meh.

On Sunday the face acne kicked in.

All of the little red dots are the start of zips that were forming.

About a month ago my son Buck said he wanted to get to my house for a visit before I got sick so the kids could see me before I’m in isolation. I told him I thought my last good weekend would be the 17th and 18th. They ended up coming home then and I’ll likely not see his kids until April. UGH. I hate that.

No more did he pull out of my driveway on Sunday and head towards home when my face started getting tingly. I touched my face and ugh. I could feel two different zits coming. I went to the mirror and I could see a bunch more simmering.

That was Sunday…

Each time I looked in the mirror this week, I could see a few more. They aren’t popping out zits. They are more like white heads that stay under the surface but they feel like pestering painful zits.

I am still feeling pretty good. I get more tired every day. The days are gone when I stay up until 11pm to stitch. I’m in bed by ten pm for sure and earlier most nights.

The diet is going pretty good. I’m in a tolerable routine that isn’t bothering me at all. I think having a job with set times to eat is helping me this time around. Before I worked from home and thought about food too much. Now at work, I just have a break that’s long enough for me to eat and then I’m right back to work.

Lunch is always an acceptable coconut yogurt with blueberries made into overnight oats, an Uncrustable, and some piece of fruit. Ila sent me some awesome fruit that I’ve been enjoying. Thanks, Ila!!

Breakfast has been either toast made with acceptable bread or banana bread. I figured out how to modify a banana bread recipe and that was a great treat.

Supper has been chicken noodle soup, beef barley soup, spaghetti, or BBQ beef sandwich. I made bigger batches so I’ve been rotating the meals. It’s not fancy but I don’t feel cheated and have been enjoying my meals.

My attitude is pretty good…and that’s what’s been keeping me going.

This next week I need to start to think about eating in the hospital and how I’m going to tackle that. I think I’ll pack overnight oats like I do from work…and eat the fruit from the cafeteria for breakfast. I haven’t thought much further than that…but that’s a start and at this point, that’s all I need. I have a few more day to work out the kinks…

and I keep reminding myself, there is still a chance this all won’t work and I’ll won’t be able to be treated. UGH. I find out for sure next Wednesday after I do the scan. I’ll keep you posted. I’ll be pretty bummed if I can’t be because then my option for treatment narrow pretty hard. I’m going to take a Scarlett O’Hara moment here and think about that tomorrow. I want to be optimistic for a while longer…and that’s okay.

I am doing well…still able to work, and I want to keep working. I keep getting readers suggesting I quit working for now. Nope. That’s not me. Work keeps my brain busy and a busy brain makes a much less worried brain. The more I keep on a normal schedule the better I do. I’ll go to bed earlier and cut my responsibilities at home or here on the blog long before I quit working…and I still need an income. There’s always that. Truly, working makes me feel normal…and normal is good.

From the last time I did this, I ended up feeling the worst about two weeks after I took the radioactive iodine. I’ll see how I feel then…for now, it’s all okay. I do appreciate the concern but trust me, if I need to be on the couch, I’ll put myself there…and if I don’t, my kids will gang up on me and put me there. Five kids against one mom, even a mom as stubborn as me, are terrible odds. I just give in especially if the two nurses pull the nurse cards on me. Seriously…I’m good.

I wrote in a previous blog post that I was thankful that I am appreciating some of the “knowns” this time around. I’ve been there and done this. I know that I’ll likely feel worse later down the road and can plan for it. Those “knowns” are making this all easier.

Thank you to everyone who has sent cards of cheer and strength and well wishes. Your cards are a great blessing to me. Many-many thanks.

20 thoughts on “Cancer Treatment Update”

  1. It is so hard to hear that the “zits” are breaking out, but I’m sure my hearing about them isn’t as bad as what you are feeling and I’m so sorry. It is good that you are able to keep working because like you said, it helps to have the routine and keep your mind focused on something besides what is happening. Keep up your good attitude and I will keep my prayers going for you.

  2. Praying time will swiftly go by and before you know it – you’ll be doing all the things you love to- You have a strong – Kramer Strong family to help you in the good moments and the not so good patch. Thanking God for His Blessings of giving you peace and taking you through. And the Blessing of all you have devoted your Heart to.
    Thank you for letting us in your world.
    Hugs and prayers

  3. I know you’ve got you!!! But I’m still thinking and sending prayers for you! Keep on enjoying everything and staying steady!

  4. I think it’s good you can still work until you decide what is best for you. I think about you all the time. You are in my prayers also that everything goes well. I got my bunny and bird cross stitch patterns for the SAL. I can’t wait! Take care. Hugs,

  5. I’m so relieved for you to hear that you’re finding it a bit easier this time around. Thank goodness food choices have come a long way since you last had to follow the diet. Maybe your medical team can help with something for your face? I’ll be thinking of you on Wednesday, take care.

  6. You are often in my thoughts Jo. I do enjoy your blog, hearing about you and your family and admiring all your beautiful quilts. Love and good wishes flying to you from the other side of the world, in New Zealand.

  7. You remain in my prayers that God will give you all you need for each moment. I’m so grateful your care is much better this time around. Thank you for keeping us posted.

  8. I agree that work is good for you, it keeps your mind very busy. We are all thinking good positive thoughts for you and are hoping that you recover quickly from this whole health situation. Spring is right around the corner and you will be starting your garden soon.

  9. It sounds like you have this journey handled. Sorry your facial acne is springing up again. Love your outlook. I’m glad you are able to continue working as long as you want. Keeping a routine will help with your sanity, I’m sure. Keep up the good fight. Thanks for the update. Hugs!!!

  10. Jo I am sorry you are dealing with all of this but your beautiful attitude and strength will see you through. You are in my prayers.

  11. God bless you and keep your spirit up. You area very strong woman and all will go well. Your Canadian friend Sandra.

  12. I’m continuing to hold you in prayer daily. I understand your work comments. There is a balance to life and I think you’re achieving that. It’s nice to have family close by that care and can assist. Hugs.

  13. I’m waaaaay behind on reading your blog!! Didn’t know about the “C” and sorry to hear it. If you’re on a special diet when you go to the hospital they will accommodate you. Being a nurse and in hospitals for the last 35 years tells me this can be done. If they don’t, you can have your doc write an order saying your family can bring you food from home. Cook a bunch ahead and freeze, then get those 5 kids to take turns bringing your meals to you! I’ve put you at the top of my daily prayer list and you’ll stay there forever! I’ll try to keep up with the blog so I’ll know how you’re doing. Take care of you! ❤️❤️

  14. It’s good that you have your work to keep your mind occupied, and also that you have such a supportive family. Hang in there – we are all rooting for you.

  15. You are so brave….who knows how many you are helping by sharing your journey. God is with you I know and will see you through.

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