Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Friends-

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! It has been a minute since my last post.  I was just connected to the chemo bag and radiation began that day.  Monday, December 2nd will mark the beginning of my 3rd week into treatments.  It has certainly been full of ups and downs, lows and even lower, hope and immense gratitude and love.  OK so for the informative side of Chemo 101 - on a scale of 1 - 10 - I say I was a 7.5.  I kept a low profile the week I had the chemo bag on, I slept a lot and ate small meals. I ate alot of soft scramble eggs, toast, bananas, oatmeal and drank bone broth.  Friends brought soups and cornbread. Hubby drove my back & forth to radiation every day. I felt well taken care of and loved. By the time Friday rolled around I was on top of the world. I was so excited to get that bag off of me and to take a shower without peel and stick stuck to my body.  I did it! However my elation was short lived as I had to get that White Blood Cell Shot! Really?? It hurt and made me sleepy with a headache to chase so much for a celebration or even a high five. I spent all day on the couch Saturday with deep aches in my bones like a bad flu.  It was cold and raining that day which did not help.  I finally started to feel better Sunday only to have my mouth start to ache and my tongue felt like it was swelling and by the time Monday rolled around I had full on mouth sores all over my tongue and cheeks.  WTF? I had to see Doc on Monday for blood work to make sure the shot did its job - it did! Grateful but I could barely open my mouth.  Along comes Magic Mouthwash - a blessing of numbness but only for a short while. I existed off of yogurt, applesauce, smoothies, and bone broth.  Lost 5 pounds like that because come Wednesday night the upset stomach kicked in and that's all she wrote all day Thanksgiving into Friday morning. I was so disappointed about Thanksgiving - I sent hubby to my besties home to eat with her family and bring me back some mashed potatoes and squash casserole and my daughters went to their cousins home for Vegetarian Thanksgiving. As I layed in bed watching Jack Ryan on Amazon feeling alone and sorry for myself with a good cry under my belt, I slept.  My hubby returned later with my dinner and warmed it up for me.  It smelled so good and guess what?  I could eat it without cringing! It was so yummy and filling.  I was so happy in that moment just to eat something warm and tasty.  Afterwards, I was full and we watched Christmas Vacation which always makes me laugh!  I have much to be grateful for and the funny thing is that having Cancer has begun to make me see my relationships with my God, family and friends in a whole new way.  All things happen for a reason.  I was forced down on my knees to acceptance and I pray not to be healed but to allow God's miracle to be as he sees fit.  None of us have any control over the outcome of our cancer and the only way to get through it is to turn it over to God and pray for peace and patient. I pray for God's amazing power to heal you, body, mind and spirit, Amen... 

To be continued...

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You are doing great! sorry about the mouth sores (from the chemo) I hope that gets better soon. I found the second chemo, about the same as the first. Amazing what our bodies can take.
I'm glad you are laying low; let your body keep up.
It sounds like friends and family are doing a wonderful job!
Big hugs
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I’m glad to see you still have such a good attitude-the next four weeks will hopefully go by quickly for you. Those mouth sores are awful, but the good thing is they don’t last too long. You are so lucky to have wonderful support from family and friends – try to enjoy that!
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Hi Stacy! I'm glad you have wonderful people around to take care of you! You may try to swish your mouth with organic coconut oil before you go to bed and in the morning before your breakfast. It helped me a lot. If you got a shot of Neulasta or Neupogen to stimulate your bone marrow, ask your doctor if it's OK for you to take Claritin with that to decrease all that bone pain. I was advised to take Claritin the day before that shot and the second dose before that injection. The Claritin cannot be substituted with another antihistamine. They don't know why it works but it works. Have a good weekend! Hugs!
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It sounds exactly how my chemo kicked in after the fact,got the mouth sores like you,couldn't eat and lost weight. Yes I became stronger in my faith and asked god to just takeover as I was too weak. I had burns from the radiation by the 6th or 7th week so bad,but determined to get through this. I did I pushed with all my will to do it with God all things will be done! I'm 6 months cancer free,but still have sied effects from the radiation,but I look at it as a bump in the road of healing. You can do this Stacy and were all here for you!! Sending prayers
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Glad your working thru all the ups and downs of treatment. I didn’t get the shot after chemo. I was in the hospital in a germ free pressurized room for a week. I would have rather have the shot. I love the movie Christmas Vacation. So funny. We watch Jack Ryan also. The show that has Julia Roberts in it was good too. I thought the mouth sore were the worst. The second time I had chemo they gave me ice to chew on while they injected the Mito and it made a huge difference!!! I still had them but they weren’t as severe. Hang in there your doing good. I completely agree with the looking at your relationships in a different way. When I went thru radiation each time I would think of a different person and why they meant so much to me in my life. 30 treatments=30 people. It was distracting and helpful.
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Thank you for this. I had horrible mouth sores also. Only the first round of chemo, not the second. Sending hugs, love, and prayers
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Glad you had shots to build your WBC. My oncologist never mentioned them, although later after really reading my lab work when I changed doctors I really needed them. This is what sent me to the hospital for a month along with a bowel obstruction. My body was shutting down. You are almost there. Keep on taking care of yourself. Life does take a different view after cancer.
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Sounds to me like you are riding the waves just fine, or maybe rollercoaster! At any rate, hang in there because you will soon have this all behind you and it will just seem like a bad dream.
ur half way there....glad you have lots of family to help.....it will get better
Happy birthday week!
Happy birthday Stacy!
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October 28, 2019

Roswell, Georgia 30076

March 10, 1966

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Anal Cancer

October 23

Stage 3A



Removal of a small hemorrhoid but turns out I have anal cancer. No other symptoms


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