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  1. Thanks! It feels like so much longer than 2 months and I really do need to post more!
  2. Happy Birthday!! Also many thanks for keeping this train on track!
  3. This is a great reason not to give up! I'm glad you're back and giving it another try. Even if you can only lurk it can be very helpful! Stick around and post when you can everyone will do everything they can to help you!
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    Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since my last update but I'm still hanging in there! It hasn't been much of a good few weeks but I'm trying to make the best of it. Sometimes it's hard to remember it's only been 2 months since my diagnosis because it feels like it's been all consuming. I know most of it are from the side effects of the radiation and the chemo pill and some of it just my own state of mind. I went to have blood work and an EKG done Wednesday and waiting on the results from that. As far as my side effects the fatigue comes and goes but the appetite thing is still an issue. Somedays I can eat like a pig and others I can barely stomach shoving something in my mouth which is where the protein drinks come in handy. Some days I'm really upbeat and ready to go and others I don't feel like doing much of anything and those are the days I really get down, like I feel guilty for not doing anything. Some days I get mad and angry at myself and some days I just want to cry. In other words I'm emotionally all over the place. I did go see a therapist who told me everything I was feeling was normal but that she didn't think I needed to come back for anymore sessions unless I wanted to - which to me meant you totally suck as a therapist and we obviously did not connect. I've been debating on calling back and asking for a different therapist but it just left such a bad taste in my mouth I don't even want to bother. But I guess I'm lucky in that those are the only side effects I've had. I've also spent the last 2 weeks fighting with my work which has worked my last nerve. The Dr's don't want me going back until they do the next MRI which wont be until November and my work wanted me back Sept 2nd and decided to take me off short term and put me on a leave of absence meaning I wasn't getting paid. So I had to request the higher ups of the higher ups step in and get something done which was a huge stressor and pain in the ass. It wasn't until yesterday they finally agreed with the Dr's and put me back on short term and said they'd cut me a check come Monday (we'll see). I swear if I could have reached thru the phone and choked these people out I would have. It made no sense that people on maternity leave get more time with no questions asked and in my situation they just kept jerking me around asking for more medical documentation. It still pisses me off just thinking of it. But on the bright side of things I've been spending lots of time with my family, especially my sis. I wish I could spend more time with my son but he works such long hours that I might get 1 day a week with him so I always try and make the best of it when I'm with him. Other than that I'm taking it all day by day. I just need to dig in and buck up!!
  5. Congrats on 7yrs!! Well done indeed!!
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    chicks or sticks

    -7 I'm doing good actually. Seem to be back on the uphill climb of things again which is a relief!! .
  7. Glad you're sticking with the quit! I wish my BF would quit for this reason. He complains that from the knees down his circulation is bad and causes either a burning sensation or numbness. He refuses to go to the Dr. saying he'd rather not know. Both his coworker and I have really gotten on his butt about it since he said he would quit after I finished my radiation treatment however 2wks out and it seems he's smoking and drinking more . I wish I could force him but it falls on deaf ears.
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    chicks or sticks

    -5 how's it going Sazerac!!
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    I actually canceled the wig and rarely wear the one I did get. I really think I was just emotionally all over the place at the time I ordered them. I've found that wearing a turban or scarf is way more comfortable and cooler and are my go to when I go out. When around my family I just rock the natural bald look - well stubbly look at this point lol. I know it's been a while since I've updated my blog so here's a bit of what's been going on: This Saturday will be 1 wk since I've been on the chemo pill Tagrisso and so far so good. I go back in a week for them to do an EKG and labs to make sure all is going A-OK. The fatigue of the radiation seems to be wearing off as I've had more energy this week however the loss of appetite is still there even when my stomach growls. I make sure that I have protein shakes on hand and try to eat several small meals through out the day. At first I was more worried about eating all 'good foods' but for now I just eat what I want so I'm not losing weight. I figure better something than nothing. I also set up an appt. to speak with their counselors hoping they would be a good sounding board for me, I've never been to one so not sure what to expect. In the mean time and in between time we try to get out at least 3x during the week which is perfect. On the off days we just Netflix and chill. My sister is joining me for yoga classes for cancer patients at our local YMCA and a mediation class once a week. We also booked a trip to Orlando in October for a girls only trip so looking forward to that. Other than that I'm just taking it all day by day and keeping up the good fight! I know theres alot forgetting and will try to update more as I go along.

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