Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sun protection after radiation~

After receiving radiation to my rib, neck, chest, back and underarm, the challenge for summertime ( especially in Texas) becomes protection. I was told many times to be sure I kept those areas covered from the sun, wear plenty of sunscreen and do this for the rest of my life. I have begun teaching swimming lessons and needed something for protection that also allows me to move freely in the water.
I found a "rash guard" shirt, made by Lands End and thought I would give it a try. It has Screen UV rays with UPF 50+, is very comfortable and covers all the areas that have received radiation. If you are looking for something like this it is under the womens swim wear, then choose cover-ups. I bought one and then ordered a second one!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 10th 2010 Monday 8:05 PM

Mother, Lois Minich, passed away Monday at 8:05 AZ time. She sailed away slowly from our sight while others saw her coming and cheered "her she comes" We already miss her. We will post arrangements as soon as they are made. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mothers Day 2010

Had a wonderful mothers day! Chris and I ran a 5k this morning, followed by coffee with Matt and then off to the Ballpark in Arlington to watch the Texas Rangers with the Weeks and Minich Families..... as always, sooo much fun! Hope all of you loved your day as well :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The ever changing life with cancer...

After a lot of consideration, talking with Chris and prayer, I decided to try Faslodex again.An injection given once a month. The hormone therapy appears to work well for me so together with my Onc. we decided it is important for me to remain on this therapy.
(Faslodex blocks the actions of estrogen in the body. Certain types of breast cancer require estrogen to grow).
I tried this medication previously and had too many side effects. The alternative drug ( Arimidex) also caused many side effects, so... I decided to try this one again. So far, i am tolerating it ok. More dizziness, some headaches & nausea and hot flashes are the main side effects. All at a level I can tolerate at this point.

My doctor see's patients at the center I go to only once a week. Last week, I learned he will no longer see patients there and I will need to either see a different Onc. or drive quite a bit further to continue with him.

Most of you know how difficult finding a doctor you like and trust is, especially in situations as serious as cancer. This choice is still hard due to the amount of time the drive combined with the wait and actual visit will take, but at this point the relationship we have built over the past 3 years is an important part of this equation. So...I will drive and wait :)



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