Friday, January 10, 2014

Back to DC!

Well, I am back in DC, and I am quite happy about it! It's nice to be back in my own apartment, back into a routine, and back to working in an actual office (as opposed to working from home).   I even went back to the gym last week! Good times.

I am still getting treated.  My new regimen is Avastin and Taxol on Week 1, just Taxol on Week 2, Avastin and Taxol on Week 3, and off on Week 4.  So far it seems to be ok, my CA125 has gone down about 20 points when I was treated on Christmas Eve (at Dana Farber, since I was in MA for Christmas anyways).  Hopefully that trend continues.  The fatigue with this treatment is not nearly as bad as it was with the Carbo/Taxol treatments the first time around.  I think I have a sinus infection now, but such is life.  I have an appointment today with my doctor's Urgent Care facility so hopefully I can get some antibiotics and cough medicine with codeine so I can sleep at night.

Next weekend is MLK Jr Day so I am heading back to MA to spend time with my family.  I miss my niece terribly :( At least I can Skype with my sister and brother-in-law so I can talk to my niece that way.  If one good thing came out of this whole situation, it's that I was able to spend so much time with my niece.  She's so comfortable with me now, and we have so much fun.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This and That

Ok.  So it's been 8 days since my first treatment of Avastin.  So far, I haven't had any sign of the serious side effects--bleeding, blood clots, bowel perforation.  I have noticed that my sinuses are acting up more than normal and I am a little more achey, but such is life.  If that will be my only reaction then I'll take it!

I am going to NYC November 2-3 with a friend and I can't wait! I am so looking forward to getting away and forgetting about everything (hopefully)--shopping, good food, cocktails with friends.  I am planning on having dinner at Negril Village, so I can gorge myself on Caribbean food :)

In other news, I have been reading a lot of chick lit lately and I have read two books by Meredith Schorr.  So far, I've read "Just Friends With Benefits" and "Blogger Girl", her other book is "A State of Jane."  I'm looking forward to the last book, once I've gotten through a few other books on my To Read list.  I definitely recommend her books!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Surgery Update and New Treatment

I am continuing to heal nicely from surgery--the incision is completely closed and getting better every day.  The soreness is almost gone, although by the time I go to bed there is a little soreness from just being up and around all day.  Yesterday I started a new treatment regimen of Avastin.  It's not technically chemotherapy, as it's actually a biological agent.  So far I feel pretty good, but I don't know how long it takes for the potential side effects to kick on.  Guess we'll see.  I can't wait to be able to go back to DC and resume my life.  Hopefully just another month or so!

Monday, August 05, 2013

August 21st Is The Day!

Well, my surgery has been scheduled! My last chemo treatment is tomorrow.  Well, hopefully, depending on my platelets.  My CT scan is next Thursday, the 15th, followed by an appointment with my surgeon to discuss the surgery again.  I'm not going to lie, I'm petrified about the CT scan results and the surgery but I am trying my hardest to remain positive.  I really don't have a concrete reason to be so scared, everyone was so optimistic and happy about the results of the CT scan in May, and I have been feeling fine, so I'm sure they'll be happier still with these results.

Anyhow, my surgery is scheduled for August 21st.  The NP says that given my age and how well I've responded to treatment, I should be able to resume normal activities in about 2 weeks.  My goal is to be back in DC by August 15th.  I CAN'T WAIT.  I am so excited to return to my apartment and my everyday life.  It's what's keeping me going :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cheesy Baked Dip--Yum Yum Yum!

Happy Belated 4th of July! I went to a family BBQ to celebrate the holiday, and I decided to make something a little different.  I saw a recipe for a cheesy bread dip on FB somewhere, and it looked really good.  I can't find the post anymore but when I Google'd it, I found what looked to be the same thing on another blog.  I used the recipe from Tried and Tasty, and it was great.  It's actually called Cheesy Baked Dip.  I didn't use the ham, but added a little extra bacon.  I used Trader Joe's bacon, it is nitrate-free and uncured, and made from pork raised with no antiobiotics and a vegetarian diet.  As somebody fighting cancer, it's recommended you consume antiobiotic-free meat, so I was glad to find it.  I also used some great Italian bread from Trader Joe's.

8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese
16 oz. cheddar cheese, grated (sharp or mild)
4 oz. chopped green chilies
Green onion (suit your own taste)
1 c. chopped ham
1/2 pound chopped cooked bacon
1 round bread loaf, hollowed out
Mix first seven ingredients together and put into the hollowed out bread loaf. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for one hour. Serve with leftover bread or chips.

This is the final product.  It was met with rave reviews :)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Random Act of Kindness

It's four days after the fact and I am still in awe over the random act of kindness I received on Thursday.  I am a member of a private Facebook group for candle/wax tart enthusiasts.  I feel comfortable talking to them about most things, even non-wax related, so they were aware of my fight against ovarian cancer.  On Thursday evening, this video was posted on the page:

I am honored and proud to be part of such a wonderful group of women.  Their generosity and caring is amazing :)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Shameless Self-Promotion!

So, since I have been in Massachusetts I have been without transportation and dependent on my mother or sister to let me use either of their cars to get around.  I don't have a car in DC but the public transit system there is such that you really don't need one. That is not the case here, since I am not close enough to Boston to get around via bus or train.

So since my boss cut my salary in half to pay the temporary employee that is physically in the office while I am here in MA working remotely, I don't have extra money to put towards a new used car.  As a cancer patient, it would be easier on me and my family if I could get around on my own, and get to treatments on my own too.  I feel like I am becoming kind of a burden to people.  So here is my shameless self-promotion--feel free to donate towards a down payment for me! LOLOL. Thanks in advance for any donations :)