Friday, April 13, 2018

A Good Friday

Another week down and I'm finished with Chemo with 12 more radiation treatments to go.  All is going well and my radiation doctor says my tumor continues to shrink, isn't that wonderful!
I'm grateful that the chemo is over, the first 2 rounds were very rough, the last two not so bad.  But the side affects were interesting.  In addition to losing my hair, I still have some and look not unlike Golem from Lord of the Rings, it affected my mouth (all soft tissue everywhere actually) and my hearing.  I've always had one good ear and one not so good one (we call it the Anderson ear in our family).  But the chemo affected my good ear and I have trouble hearing now.  With people I'm getting better, but unless the tv is blasting I have a real problem hearing.  Hoping that this clears up now that chemo is over.
The radiation is giving me acid reflux and painful swallowing, but I have medication to help with that.
All in all not too bad.
I'm enclosing a picture of my battery-operated Iris and me in my wig.  I have elected not to go bald.  My scalp is ugly and I prefer a wig.
Hope you all have a great week end.



37 comments:

  1. It warms my heart to read your uplighting post today. I'll continue to think of you and pray for your complete recovery. I was with my Norwegian friend yesterday; she is a lung cancer survivor of many years. You look lovely in your new hairstyle! Hugs, Pat

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  2. You look very pretty in your wig, it suits you. I am glad you are feeling ok, considering all the treatments that you have to have at the moment. Hope your hearing comes back soon. Have a restful weekend. x

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  3. You look great in your wig. Hope you get your hearing back soon.

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  4. So happy to hear you are doing so well. I am so very happy !
    Your wig is so nice, I have always wanted my hair cut like that style but I have very fine and thin hair.

    cheers, parsnip

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  5. You're so on trend, wigs seem to be the in thing these days and you look great in yours. I'm so glad that the chemo is now over for you and that you have some good news in that the tumor is shrinking, it really isn't very nice treatment but so worth it in the long run. Keep your chin up, that radiation treatment will soon be done. xx

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  6. Your wig looks great! I hope your hearing comes back, and you can cross chemo off your list for good:)

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  7. This sounds very good, and I like the look of you with your wig. It won't be long now, I hope, until your radiation is finished and you can begin to recover! Sending prayers and good wishes...

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  8. End of chemo and shrinking tumor! Double good news. And you look terrific. I will be hopeful that your hearing returns -- I'm not sure how that works but I'm going to work on the assumption that it will! Almost through!

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  9. Glad you are doing well. With a wig you can be any color you want! My eyes are as bad as your ears...It appears you've gone frosted blonde from what I can see. Good choice, it suits you. Have a happy life this week!

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  10. Glad to hear that things are moving along well for you - as well as they can anyway. Keep smiling and I hope that your hearing returns soon - you can use it as an excuse to ignore things in the meantime if you want though!

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  11. I am glad that you are through with the chemo. I think it could help to tell your doctor about the hearing loss, maybe you can get an aid. There are some very good ones.

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  12. Is good to hear that you finished your chemo! I wish you didn't have to go through all that in the first place though.
    Our niece is not doing so well, last chemo put her in the hospital for 3 weeks, she was so ill. Two more treatments for her yet.
    The wig looks good!

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  13. First, hello and welcome back from round one. I really wondered about the iris; I pictured one like my granddaughter has on the kitchen window sill. Solar battery, the leaves and the flower just keep going. How nice your garden will be.

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  14. I'm so happy for you that you are through your chemo and that tumour is shrinking. I hope your hearing goes back to normal, as that must be pretty frustrating right now! I like the hair style of your wig! -Jenn

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  15. Aww dear! you looking beautiful in your wig.. you are brave, and you'll overcome everything.. loads of love, and a warm tight hug for you.. love.. have a great weekend..

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  16. That’s great new, very happy for you and you look lovely in your wig. Your iris looks like a lovely addition to your garden, a pretty color too. Happy weekend to you :)

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  17. You are an inspiration Janet, and your determination and bravery shines through.
    I would be like you and elect to have a wig which looks and suits you very well.

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  18. That's brilliant the chemo is over. You look great in the wig, such a good style, it must have been difficult to decide which one to get. Hope you have a good weekend.

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  19. That's a wig? It looks so natural. I'm glad you've finished with the chemo and feeling good. The hearing loss might have happened anyway, speaking as someone who is having similar trouble with hearing.

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  20. So happy to hear you are hanging in there. You are a trooper and I hope soon this will all be behind you. Goodness that is an adorable wig....looks so natural.

    More good wishes and prayers coming your way. I've worn hearing aids for over 15 years...not fun not hearing well.

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  21. I am thrilled you are finished with the chemo and that the tumour continue to shrinks, praying that your hearing will come back in due course. The wig looks really pretty.

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  22. You look wonderful in your wig. Mum says that was the hardest part for her - losing her hair. It was Christmas Day when most went and it upset her terribly. She did get a wig, but in the end opted for a scarf and, as it was winter when she lost her hair, she wore a hat outside. She was so happy when it grew back. I hope things get better soon. Keep looking up and looking forward. Take care!

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  23. Glad all the treatment is coming to an end and the tumor is shrinking! Hopefully, your hearing will come back soon. My girlfriend started losing her hair after chemo and decided to go with a wig. She bought a couple of cute ones. Yours looks very nice, too. Continued best wishes!

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  24. So glad you're almost done with the chemo, and the tumor is going away. I really like you in the wig. It suits you...looks really good! I would choose to wear a wig too. Maybe I should go with battery-operated iris. That would be a lot less work. :) Will be thinking about you.

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  25. It is so good to hear that tumor is shrinking and you are doing well.
    You look lovely in your wig. It looks natural hair.
    Congratulations to your lovely daughter.You and Mac must be so proud of her. Say hello to your daughter. Sakura season is over and new spring flowers have come out here and Fukuoka. Take care for yourself.

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  26. Good to get to the end of your chemo sessions. Hope the hearing can be sorted out perhaps with a temporary hearing aid? I hope that tumor continues to shrink. Your stylish wig looks wonderful:)

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  27. You look great! I love the wig! The battery operated iris, I have never seen one but I love the color of it.
    The tumor is shrinking, thank God! Take care, my friend!

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  28. Your iris is fun. I've never seen a lighted flower. So happy to hear you are finished with the worst of it (chemo) and the road will be a bit easier and, best of all, that the tumor continues to shrink. I hope your hair makes a comeback before summer as I think a wig would be really hot.

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  29. Happy to read that it's the end of chemo and that the tumour is shrinking.
    I think you look good, love your wig.

    I do hope your hearing returns ...

    Continued prayers and good wishes for you.

    All the best Jan

    PS I do like the Iris!

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  30. Janet, having cancer is no piece of cake. I had 9 weeks of radiation when I had it and no chemo, they would not do that now, 9 weeks is way too much. But I am here and that is what is important. You are too! Stay well, rest a lot, your body needs it.

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  31. Glad the treatment seems to be working well. Looking good in the wig, it looks very natural in the photo. I can imagine that at least in some contexts it feels better to wear one. Although I had one friend who thought hers itched too much so she often just wore a scarf instead.

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  32. Awww, hugs to you Janet! Although this is a rotten deal, to hear your thoughts on it and how you're coming through the treatment is so heartening. I'm so glad to hear that the tumor is shrinking. I've always had poor hearing, and it gets worse as I age. I recently bought two new hearing aids and although they are awkward at first, I've gotten used to them. If your hearing doesn't return, there are lots of choices out there to help with that. Your wig looks great, and the style suits you well. Sending prayers your way for continued improvement. Take care Janet,
    Wendy xox

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  33. Oh, I'm so sorry to read about your health problems and the fact that you are going through chemo/radiation. Not fun things to deal with for sure, but glad you are done with the chemo and hopefully soon with the radiation. I tend to agree with you; if I lost my hair due to chemo, I think I would want a wig too. You look great in the picture with it!

    betty

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  34. Oh, Janet, so glad to hear that the tumor is shrinking! You have been through alot and you are coping with the side-effects so bravely. I am so sorry that you are going through this and I have been thinking of you. I do love your new hair - it's a pretty style and color on you :) I hope you have some nice weather to lift your spirits this week. Sending hugs and positive thoughts and prayers xo Karen

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  35. You are very inspiring and uplifting. I am SO GLAD the tumor is shrinking. You're going to beat this! And you're beautiful! The wig looks great!

    Cindy

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  36. Oh Janet, that was good news about the tumor. Hope the treatments are still going as well as possible and that the #@* tumor continues to shrink! You look very stylish and determined.
    Thank you for that iris photo - I couldn't begin to imagine what it looked like so am glad you enlightened us. (No pun intended.)
    I'm sitting here crocheting and thinking of you. Happy May day, and here's to your health and a good recovery. Sending you a hug.

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