“Believe You Can and You’re Halfway There.”
Today, January 9, 2014 – I am officially halfway through chemo treatment. I will have ten more days of treatment and it will wrap up around mid-February. Total of twenty-one days of treatment, spread out over nine weeks.
Looking back, the beginning of this week was definitely stressful.
I was just getting back into the swing of things after the holidays. I was back at work and hanging out with friends – Knowing that I had to go back to the hospital and be strapped up to the pump machines for the next five days was going to suck.
My routine is still very intact! Get up, drink a protein shake, grab a bottle of water, get breakfast and head to the hospital for treatment. I am really lucky to have amazing nurses. Since I am one of the patients that are there longer than most, they have continued to let me have the spacious room. The nurses have definitely gone above and beyond for me. I too showed my appreciation; I was able to get holiday gifts for all of the nurses who have taken care of me.
This week, I’ve had a lot of friends reach out and come visit. I definitely love having visitors, especially during my chemo bags. The chemo bags make me feel out of it, giving me a “twilight zone” feeling. I don’t like the feeling, so having visitors around makes me energetic throughout the day. Monday was smooth – Since I was allowed to have the same room, I decided to bring in my PS4 so that I could watch a million different movies via Redbox, Netflix, etc. instead of the cable TV. Anything to make the eight hours pass by quickly is always helpful.
Now onto the treatment side of things! Since the first week was relatively smooth despite a couple of “hiccups” I was hoping this week would be the same. Monday was a good day. I definitely forgot how tired treatment made me. I was out of it and fatigued after chemo, so I took a long nap once I got home.
Day 2 was a lot better for I was fully rested. My “on week” Tuesdays are longer than the other days because I get an extra bag of chemo. That day, I had some visitors scheduled to come by during my chemo bags on purpose so that it would force me to stay up and be energetic instead of tired and out of it. I was walking around a lot more while I received my treatments. I wanted to avoid having another “swollen face” I dread the thought of having it occur again, so I moved around as much as I could. All in all, Tuesday was a success! I took a nap after treatment once I got home and I was able to attend the Charlotte Bobcats game with a friend later that night. I am trying to live a normal life and stay as active as possible because it definitely keeps my mind off of the fact that I have cancer. Since my immune system is low, I have to be extra cautious when out in public. I make sure I wash my hands, avoid touching my face and stay away from people that are coughing, sneezing, etc. Also, due to the cold weather, I have to get used to wearing toboggans and hats to cover up my head.
Day 3 started off with a bang! As soon as I arrived at the hospital, I already had three friends waiting for me and then another one 30 minutes later! It was a bit overwhelming, but at the same time very awesome because they all brought gifts! Two of my friends that came to visit just got back from Europe (a trip I was actually supposed to be on). I got to hear all about the trip and other awesome stories. They even got me a shirt! The other two friends were from a soccer team I used to play on, they brought a bunch of junk food, healthy food and plenty in between! Luckily, I am not a picky eater 🙂 ! They all stayed for an hour or two and it definitely brightened up my day. I was also able to get some work done, watch a movie and play a little bit of video games throughout the rest of treatment. At the end of the day, I was able to get a little nap in before finalizing this post. Overall, it was another great day with nothing crazy, only had a little fatigue.
Later this week, I will post a video of some footage I have filmed. I made the video because I want to help give you guys a better insight on what I go through on a daily basis.
As always, the support is amazing and greatly appreciated! From receiving care packages in the mail, words of encouragement and all of the calls – All of it is awesome! If you want to visit or send me anything/words of encouragement, my contact info is on my “Support Me” tab.