Tag Archives: side effects

Lupron woes

I’m coming to the end of my three month cycle with lupron. That is, every three months I get an injection of lupron to suppress my ovaries. This is part of my cancer treatment – hormone therapy. What I am finding is that as I come to the end of the cycle I get really… Read More »

Not talking = not blogging

I’m amused that over the last few days it has been extremely difficult for me to talk, and somehow that has resulted in me not blogging. I find myself wondering if it is because I cannot even talk to myself! But then, I usually write in my head. Truthfully, it is probably because I haven’t… Read More »

Feeling my nadir today

For the last couple of rounds of AC, I’ve actually felt quite strong on my nadir day (day of lowest blood counts). Today, I’m tired. My biggest struggle today is mouth sores. On the weekend I started to develop mouth sores (the ones on the underside of the tongue are especially painful) and along with… Read More »

Nothing quite feels like you expect it

One of my fears has been regarding neuropathy. It is a common side effect for the Paclitaxol (aka T-Chemo) which I start on Labour Day (September 1st). It is also a less common side effect for AC chemo. It seems that I’m destined to experience it now! It all started this morning, with some tingling… Read More »

Persistence, Tenacity, and New Blood

This cancer journey reminds me of some aspects of our Going East bike trip – particularly during those times when persistence and tenacity are what you need to make it over that one last hill. I always thought this picture from our trip made a great motivational photo (Scott pushes the loaded recumbent bike up… Read More »

Feeling strong

I am surprised by how all of sudden my strength returns. Where only a week ago I could only swim 7 laps in the pool, I’m now swimming 30 and the only reason I stopped was because I had too many other errands to do. It seems that with each AC cycle the down days… Read More »

So I bit the head off of the repair guy

It has been one of those kind of days. Actually, I managed to get some real work done this morning, so it hasn’t been a total write off. But I’m tired. Every little errand tires me out. My body aches and I’m nauseated. So when the repair guy called saying that he was at the front… Read More »

Transitions matter

Talking to my friend Stacey this morning, and reflecting on the BCC (Bay Area Women’s Cancer Connections) Young Women’s Group for those in treatment and post treatment, I see a need for some form of “graduation ceremony” or “bridging ceremony” . At the BCC Young Women’s group, what I noticed was a very large group,… Read More »

Is it tired or it is fatigue?

I find myself asking the question, am I tired? or am I fatigued? I used to think it was the same thing. I’m learning that it is not. The symptoms are similar if not the same. Heavy eyelids, yawning, lack of energy. When I’m tired, I can take a nap and I usually fall asleep… Read More »