Well now, I've neglected this blog for over 6 months! Anyone just stopping by for the first time, make sure you check out the tab at the top labeled "My Journey". That will give you an overview of my 2 cancers and treatments, and also give you links to take you to the beginning of each cancer diagnosis.
I recently had several tests done and met with my oncologist for my 6 month check up. I've had CT scans of my chest, abdomen, and pelvis, a brain MRI, lots of labs, a mammogram, and .....I think that's it, although I feel like I'm missing something. Bottom line---everything looks good!! And yes, I DO have a brain! ;)
I won't have to have any more CT scans, because I've reached my 5 year anniversary for the colon cancer, which means NO MORE colon cancer! I will still have a chest MRI for the breast cancer, and see my onc. every 6 months.
My brain MRI was because of some unusual headaches I've been having. Still don't know what's causing them, but it's not brain cancer (THANK YOU LORD!!!!!). That is the only test that has really scared me. I REALLY was afraid that they might find a tumor up there. I can handle tumors almost anywhere else--just NOT MY BRAIN.
The other thing I've been having issues with is the neuropathy in my feet. I talked to my primary physician, and she put me on Neurontin (gabepentin). I only stayed on it 9 days because it made me so groggy. I was supposed to double the dose on day 14, but there was no way I was going to do that. My onc. wants me to try acupuncture, which surprised me because he's sort of a skeptic about things, but we've both heard many people say they've had improvement with it. I haven't done it yet...I keep forgetting to call my insurance to see if they cover it. If that doesn't work, Cymbalta might help. My neuropathy isn't too bad, but the burning feeling on the bottoms of my feet has been getting worse. It's never terribly painful, just annoying. It hurts worse when I've been on my feet a lot, or with any extreme temperature. Too hot or too cold--they both cause that burning feeling.
Stomach/digestive issues are still there, but probably always will be due to the type of colon resection surgery I had (Low Anterior Resection). Things are better, but I find the side effects from cancer treatment to be very annoying some days. I get tired of it and it gets me down sometimes. I realized a while ago that I am almost always in some kind of pain/discomfort--no wonder I feel blue sometimes! But don't worry, overall I feel happy and blessed! Because, hey, I'm alive and cancer free, right?? :)
Well, that's my little update for now. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, so if you are over 50, and haven't had your colonoscopy, GO GET IT DONE ASAP. Colorectal cancer can be PREVENTED by getting your screenings done! If you are younger and have any bowel changes, bleeding, etc. INSIST on getting a colonoscopy. More and more young people are getting colon and rectal cancer now. The best way to fight this disease is to catch it early!