Sunday, November 14, 2010

Feeling Good*

So it's been awhile since I've blogged... but that's because I don't really have much to say!  I've now been through the second cycle of this new chemo, and so far, so good.  I have no side effects to speak of (yet), and actually right now I feel 100% normal and healthy.

Of course, I know that the more treatments I have the more likely I'll start to feel some of the side effects, most likely the neuropathy (numbness and tingling in my fingers and toes) and my blood counts might start to drop.  I'm going to have to be careful this winter to try not to get sick!  At least I had the flu shot so I should be covered there.

My chemo treatments are following the familiar routine: vitals, seeing Dr. Sara, then sitting in the infusion suite for a bit while I get my treatment.  I'm liking the shorter treatments, since I can go to work after.  I haven't had to miss a full day since I got my port placed!

I've even been contemplating getting back into a workout routine.  Of course, I haven't actually done anything about it yet (although I did watch the NYC Marathon on TV last weekend - does that count?) but there is really nothing stopping me from starting to work out here and there.  We'll see... maybe one of these days I'll get my mind around it and actually go for a run.  I'm sure it will feel good and I'll be glad I did, it's just that I need to get over the mental hurdle!

Other than that, I've just been living my life as normally as I can.  Of course, cancer is on my mind every day, but it's a "new normal" that I've gotten used to.  One of the many things that's annoying about cancer is that it makes you hyper-aware of your body, so every time I feel the slightest little soreness or twinge my mind automatically wonders if it's cancer-related.  As I said, it's quite annoying, but I'm learning to live with it and I know if any little thing I feel persists (which nothing has yet) I'll just tell Dr. Sara and get it checked out.

This Friday starts my third cycle, so I will have my Herceptin + Navelbine treatment.  Dr. Sara is very good about being flexible to work around my schedule, so I will get Thanksgiving week "off" and then will go back the following Friday for another Herceptin + Navelbine treatment.

So as I said, I don't really have much to report this time, but that is a good thing!

*Today's blog title is a reference to the Muse song by the same name.  They are one of my favorite bands and I thought it was appropriate.  There are lots of versions of this song (originally Nina Simone), so I thought I'd clarify that I mean the Muse version.  Not that anyone cares but me, I know, but hey - it's my blog!  :)