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My hemoglobin went up!

Friday, January 30, 2015      4 comments

A quick recap first; when I went to the ER on Sunday, my hemoglobin was 7.2. My CBC was checked again Monday morning, after my blood transfusion, and it was 10.7, a good number after 2 units of blood. Today, I had to go to the lab and get anothe... Read more

ER Visit yesterday, and an overnight hospital stay

Monday, January 26, 2015      26 comments

This weekend was pretty rough with the fatigue and the usual symptoms that I have when I am severely anemic. I had hopes that the Halotestin injection I had just had the previous Monday would be kicking in at least keep the hemoglobin from falli... Read more

Book Review: Dying Well; Peace and Possiblities at the End of Life by Ira Byock M.D.

Sunday, January 25, 2015      24 comments

The author of this book, Dr. Ira Byock, has dedicated his life as a hospice director to make sure that no one should have to die in pain, or die alone. He is prominent spokesperson for the hospice movement. In this book, he shares the true stori... Read more

Frustration with Fatigue and Blood Counts

Wednesday, January 21, 2015      28 comments

I was disappointed, but not surprised, by the results of the CBC I had done on Monday. My hemoglobin went from 10 when it was checked January 12 (which was a week after my last blood transfusion), down to 8.8 this week. I knew just from the leve... Read more

Started another cancer drug today

Monday, January 19, 2015      25 comments

I went to my oncologist appointment today feeling very anxious after the news I got last week, not knowing what to expect today. I was fully expecting being told that since the drug he talked about trying before was not available, that I would t... Read more

Won't be starting that drug for the cancer after all

Monday, January 12, 2015      29 comments

First, the good news; my CBC that I had done today shows that my hemoglobin is at 10; this is the first time that it was checked since I had the transfusion last Tuesday. I was relieved to find that out. A friend took me grocery shopping today a... Read more

Transfusion went well, feeling so much better!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015      26 comments

The transfusion went well yesterday, and I am feeling so much better now, but the day started off kind of rough. My friend Von picked me up at 6:45am; God Bless her for being willing to go out into the bitter cold so early! Lack of sleep wa... Read more

Another setback, severely anemic again

Monday, January 05, 2015      21 comments

I've had a setback again with my health because of severe anemia. This past week has been especially hard, with extreme fatigue, a rapid heart rate, and some episodes of shortness of breath. We've been very cold here over the past couple of week... Read more

Exercise and Terminal Illness; 2015 Goals

Wednesday, December 31, 2014      26 comments

I haven't had anyone come right out and ask me this yet, but I'm sure there are people (and I don't mean just here on Spark) that wonder, "Why bother to exercise if you have a terminal illness?" Just because you know your life is going to p... Read more

First Christmas without my mom

Saturday, December 27, 2014      28 comments

I made it through my first Christmas without my mom, but no matter how old you are, Christmas is just never the same once both of your parents are gone. The last few years, after my dad passed away, I always went to church on Christmas Eve ... Read more

Trying another drug for the cancer

Monday, December 22, 2014      32 comments

I went to my appointment today with my oncologist feeling so sure that he was going to tell me I had no options left, but he decided to try something that is actually a very old treatment for metastatic breast cancer. It's a male hormone called ... Read more

Pain patch did not work for me, bad side effects

Saturday, December 20, 2014      23 comments

Rite Aid finally got the pain patch in stock that my PA at the pain clinic wanted me to try, and I picked it up Thursday morning while I was out shopping. My biggest concern was that it would make me feel sleepy, so I thought if I put it on at b... Read more

Just checking in, I'm doing ok

Thursday, December 18, 2014      21 comments

Just checking in to let everyone know I am doing ok, after the news I received on Monday from my oncologist. I slept surprisingly well Monday night; I think I was just plain exhausted, from the time I had to get up so early Friday morning t... Read more

CT scan results; not good news

Monday, December 15, 2014      31 comments

My CT scan that I had on Friday shows that 3 lesions that were on my liver in July have grown a little bit; they are growing slower, but they have grown, and there a few new ones too. The cancer has also now spread to my lungs; those spots are v... Read more

Another "strike out" with the chemo

Wednesday, December 10, 2014      28 comments

Once again, chemo has to be postponed because of my platelet count. I was not surprised though; I really did not think that the counts would get up to 100 which is the minimum at which my doctor will allow chemo, since last Wednesday they were a... Read more


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