Thursday, August 28, 2008

Finally we have rain.

It was such a glorious sound through the window last night when the rain started. I could almost hear my garden rejoice for joy. It is not fun to drive or walk in, but it is so needed.

I am enjoying my new commute; it is only 5-7 minutes. I am so close I can go home for lunch or run errands if I choose. I do miss being downtown a little, but a lay in bed this morning and listened to the traffic report I was so happy I did not have to drive into the city.

Work is good. I am easily adjusting to the 9-5 hours, love sleeping in an extra hour. I am trying very hard to eat healthy. A friend came over last night and brought me dinner. We ate our salads and enjoyed each other’s company while catching up. I am back on the meals ministry. I am still so tired from chemo and I am trying to build up my strength for the surgery. The meals are much appreciated to ensure that I am eating well and have lots of energy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Latest Happenings

Sorry I have not updated the blog recently, I decided I was officially off work last week and chose to spend little time on the computer.

Last week was great. I was technically unemployed. I mainly chilled out and relaxed, but was able to get some things done around the house. I got everything checked off my list except for washing the windows. Gee I wonder why I procrastinated on that one!

On Friday I had my last chemo. They changed my anti-nausea drug this week and it made a huge difference. It doesn’t seem fair that just when the chemo is ending we figured how to manage one of the big side effects. The good news is I was queasy, but never actually got sick. This made for a much nicer weekend.

On Sunday I had trouble sleeping and woke up at 3am. Since I could not get back to sleep I decided to get up and go help out at the Iron Girl Triathlon at Centennial Park. It was amazing to see all the women athletes. I got to talk to many of the women that competed with Team Fight for the Ulman Fund and I am more inspired then ever to run a 5K next spring

Yesterday was my first day at the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. I really enjoyed being in the office with everyone. I am lucky to already know most of my co-workers. I am slowly digging out the piles of resources and brochures that awaited me in my cubicle. I have learned so much already just by reviewing the resources as I was filing.

I am still a bit nervous about the job and all that I have to learn, but I am very excited about it.

Well, lunchtime is over – back to work.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sick of vomiting

This chemo thing is really getting me down. I thought the worst of the vomiting was over on Monday, but it reared it ugly head again this morning. I guess my tummy does not like my morning tea, but this is really getting old. I guess I got spoiled being off chemo for 2 months after having it for the almost 10 months. I am trying to get excited about my new job, but it is kind of hard when I feel like crap.

I keep telling myself I only have two weeks left and then things will get better. I can survive two more weeks, right? At least I hope so.

Leaving work is bittersweet. I am looking forward to my new job, but I will miss everyone here and there is comfort in the known. Please keep me in your thoughts as I transition in this new phase of my life and try to deal with chemo at the same time.

Friday, August 8, 2008

One more week

So I have one more week at work and then a week off before my new job. I am getting very excited about it.

The only other thing going on is that I am feeling the effects of the chemo. I seem to be nauseous all the time and I am very tired. I have had to take naps every day after work and I still go to bed before ten. I have not had much energy after work to make dinner, so I might see if I can start the meals from church again. Hopefully, that will entice me to eat more.

I have chemo this afternoon, but I am hoping to try and relax this weekend. I have a pool party to go to with lots of goldens, which will be nice. It is supposed to be great weather this weekend, so maybe I can take some naps in the hammock.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Update 8/5/08

It is official, I signed the paperwork – I will be starting at the Ulman Cancer Fund on August 25th. I am very excited and can’t wait to start work.

Now the bad news – I started chemo again last Friday. I will have it weekly for the rest of August and then I have a four week break to rest for Surgery on September 29th. Chemo wiped me out this weekend and yesterday. I was nauseous and tired, but at least I did not vomit.