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Jun. 12th, 2009 | 11:18 am

So, for the few of you who do still read this or for those who might be coming across it for the first time and are looking for hope...I am still here! I think part of my lack of posting to this journal regularly is some superstition about jinxing myself by saying, "Things are good!" though I know that's ridiculous. Anyway...

A couple of months ago I reached the two year mark of being cancer free. Though technically I will not be considered in remission for five years, my Oncologist (I have a new one by the way who is very good and very up to date on treatments, info, etc) told me that with cervical cancer 85% of the time if it's going to come back it will do so in the first two years.

We are both very happy with the progress and I can now drop down to going in for CT/PET scans once a year instead of every six months.

That being said, I still have residual problems from chemo and radiation. I have a bit of memory loss. It seems like it's mostly short term and I have found myself in situations where I ask the same questions multiple times or have had entire conversations with people that I don't even remember meeting (this has happened with customers at work a few times.) And though my digestive system has rebounded somewhat I still have to be careful about what I eat.

Unfortunately, this does not mean I eat HEALTHY all the time as I really can't process fruit or vegetables well anymore, nor am I good with any kind of beans, red meat, or really spicy food. So, I've upped my intake of fish and chicken, but also carbs which has caused me to gain some weight, so I've had to increase my exercise more. And that has been a little hard because I've developed some sleeping issues and I've been fatigued a lot more.

I know it sounds like a lot of shit to deal with (and honestly for someone who NEVER had health problems before getting cancer it's frustrating), but it still FAR outweighs what would have been the other option. You know, DEATH.

So, all in all things are good and I'm sure will only get even better with time.

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Hypotenuse Wolf

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from: expanding_x_man
date: Jun. 12th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Do the memory issues abate with time?

And, congrats on the being cancer free! This is no small thing and I know that you are relieved in spite of whatever issues linger due to the treatment. HOORAY!

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