Monday, March 23, 2009

Upcoming tests and treatment~

Hi everyone~ It's just about that time again for my tests and Zometa treatment.
This Wednesday will be the next Zometa treatment.
End of April will be another bone scan, CAT scan and chest x ray, followed by, the next day with a checkup with my oncologist, lab work and another round of Zometa.

Today I did an at home swab test to help the doctors see how my body is metabolizing one of my medications- Tamoxifen. It will be interesting to see how that comes back. Hopefully I will not have to change anything with my meds as it has taken sooo long to adjust to them.

I will let you know as the April tests get closer, but prayer is appreciated at anytime :)

Overall, I am continuing to feel good, but learning that I need to be careful how much I take on. Running and cross training are going fine as well as my Personal Training. My blood pressure seems ok, have not had to take the BP meds for a while, still on the beta blocker though.

We are all getting very excited about Kevin & Nikki's upcoming wedding, Spring and Summer to get out to the lake, camping & getting my garden planted!
Thanks to all of you that have continued to stay in touch and follow the blog. Check back if you would like to read "My Top 10" regarding stress and anxiety. See previous post.

Friday, March 6, 2009


I think one of, if not the hardest part about receiving a cancer diagnosis and living with cancer, especially for the second, time has been dealing with the fear, anxiety, stress and feelings of hopelessness.There are many different ways to deal with these emotions and no exact time line on when things will get easier to manage. So, I thought it might be helpful to list the "top 10" that have helped me get through this and continues to be of help. Hopefully this will provide encouragement, ideas and help to some of you regardless of what you may be going through in your life.
Listed below are my top 10. I will touch on each one individually and in more depth in upcoming posts. Please feel free to add comments of what has worked well for you in these areas.
  1. prayer/ time in the Word
  2. exercise/yoga
  3. deep breathing/visualization
  4. nutrition
  5. sleep
  6. learning the "triggers"
  7. surrounding yourself with positive, encouraging people and activities
  8. words of encouragement/blogging
  9. Taking time to get away & relax
  10. aroma therapy/massage


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