Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I Am Iron Womannnnnnn

The past week has been up and down. I got to see a lot of my friends this weekend which was great. We hung out and I went around trying to be normal (I even won at duckpin bowling).

Unfortunately... my red blood cell count had been dropping the past couple weeks. This caused a lot of fatigue and dizziness. I found out Monday that I had to get an iron infusion because of this. (I'd been taking iron pills and they weren't helping). So I got it that done yesterday and it was a long day. We went in at 9 and stayed till 4:30. There was the initial test dose and then waiting an hour to make sure I didn't have an adverse reaction to them. Luckily I didn't. Next was the actual infusion which took about five hours (maybe a little more). It seemed brutal, but if it goes well it will keep me from getting a blood transfusion.

Unfortunately, I had woken up on the cranky side of the bed yesterday, and I really didn't want to be there. My mood improved as the day went on, which was good, and it really wasn't that bad. Josh came with me and was in it for the long haul. We tried to watch Once Upon A Time In The West, but I kept falling asleep, so we only got about 45 minutes in. We also played one of our favorite games, Gazillionaire. It was nice to spend time together, since he's been so busy with Black Friday/Post Thanksgiving Holiday hours at work.

It was such an exciting sight when the iron bag was almost empty, I took a picutre!

There was also a double rainbow we saw on the way home, which I thought needed it's picture taken! (You can only see the single here, it was a lot brighter and colorful in real life).

Today the chest pains have started from my Neulasta shot (the shot that makes me produce white blood cells). It kind of stinks, but I've got some good medicine to help with the pain, and a wonderful husband to make me lunch :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quiet Times

I haven't had a lot to post about. Everything's going steady, which is good. It's not all rosy, and I've gotten pretty sick from one of my chemo drugs (which will probably happen every time), but still, I'm plodding along. I'm also halfway to the halfway point which is exciting!

I've started getting pretty bald, but as much as my hair has fallen out I still have a ton of it. Here's a recent pic:

Friday, November 11, 2011


Last night Josh and I had our first "Why Me?" moment. I'm honestly surprised it didn't happen sooner and was good to get it all out.

We've both been styaing positive through all this for a lot of reasons. We're both positive people, everyon'es been saying that attitude is 80% of the cure, and honestly, I just don't see the point of being negative all the time. Man though, it still sucks to sit back and think about it. Especially the fact that I'm 2 months into my marriage, and instead of having a movie montage of setting up our apartment, cooking together and canoodling on dates, we've got chemo appintments, keeping medications in order, and dealing with sickness at random. It sucks.

But cancer sucks for anyone, and it happens to anyone. There's nothing I could have done to prevent this, it just happened to me. I believe it happened for a reason, I just don't know what it is yet.

Retrospect aside, I'm doing well. Josh and I had 2 date nights earlier this week which was great, we needed to spend some time together. My last round of chemo left me pretty wrecked, which was to be expected, but I know I'll bounce back in a few days.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Food & Stuffs

Chemo went well last week, the most eventful part of it was that I was super sleepy, so that's some good news!

Thanks to everyone for all the meals and groceries. Sorry I can't thank you all personally, we really appreciate having such an abundance of good stuff in our fridge/pantry! I've been in such an abundance of fruit lately, it's been awesome.

Vegan cheese has given me back nachos and pizza, so I'm pretty happy with that. Thank you vegans!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Thank you to one of my BFF's, Ash K for the solidarity!

You're lookin' fine, lady!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Good News!!

I'm at chemo now with Josh, picking out which wedding pictures we want as prints. It is both daunting and fun!

Before chemo I had an apointment with my Oncologist this morning and he gave us some great news: My bone marrow is just fine. There are no problems with it and I wont need a transfusion or anything!! I know I had tons of people lined up willing to donate, which is just amazing! I'm super relieved that I don't have to go through all that!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nice Day

It's November and beautiful! I took a walk around my neighborhood and explored a little bit. Feeling pretty good today! I was glad to get outside and take in some sunshine, I've been cooped inside for a while!