Monday, November 09, 2020
Some of you already know this but in September I found out I had lung cancer. What would your first reaction be if you found out you had any kind of cancer? Mine was, "what's the point?" I guess that came from the fact that the next day I had a dental check up and I said I may as well cancel it, when asked why? "What's the point?" I never had a doctor and my husband jump all over me like they did before.
For almost an entire month I had blood tests, scans of all different kinds 1 surgery and had to see 5 different doctors, one right after another. It was so crazy I didn't know if I was coming or going and I was so tired I just wanted to cry. It was hard even with a calendar keeping up with appointments and trying to be where I was supposed to every day.
I have radiation 5 days a week, that is when something in my blood or my electrolytes doesn't mess up, then that sets it back a day or two to get that fixed before moving on. I have had 2 rounds of chemo, consisting of 3 days per round with anywhere between 2 weeks or 21 days in between rounds. It is as bad as they say.
The first and second day of chemo wasn't bad at all, the third one caused me to have more breathing problems. I got nauseated about 3 days after and I was completely worthless for about 3 to 4 days. It was even worse the second round of it.
Fast forward, I had another scan. It told my doctors that it was working and my cancer was shrinking. I still have to finish the radiation out to the 30 days and my Oncologist wants me to do 4 more rounds of chemo. Okay, I'm not happy about it but she wants to make sure all the little bits and pieces are all gone. Yes, I will finish it out despite the sickness, worthlessness, and YES, the bald head.
There are other preventative tests I have never had done but there are the ones now that I will have done yearly to be safe. I'm actually begging anyone who reads this to make sure you get all those mammograms, and any other one that is suggested for you to keep on top of this kind of trouble. Men, that goes for you too! Keep an eye on that PSA!
As bad as chemo is, it is so worth it to get you back to living your life like it should be lived. More people depend on you that you realize! We all have family and friends, many friends we have never met in person who love us and want us around for a long time to come, they depend on us too.
So after knowing how bad this could be and knowing you can survive cancer....what would your first words be? I pray they would be..."let's get this show on the road, I want to live!"