Joined a Spark Team I never thought I would join.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
CANCER SURVIVOR team.
The support of that team is wonderful. Even met a new Spark friend from the team when
we went on vacation in May.
Back in January on a 3 week trip, I experienced a health scare. Drove home from
Orlando to Atlanta area after the end of our first week. Went to the Dr had urine sample
done, thought I was bleeding from the bladder. Was cleared and drove back down to
Orlando after 4 days at home and finished our vacation.
Went back to the Dr had a wellness checkup. She couldn't do an internal exam as I was in too much discomfort when exam was attempted. Referred to a GYN who did a look see and gave me the news that he saw cancer in the vagina.
Referred to a GYN Oncologist who did a biopsy and pronounced 2nd stage Vaginal Cancer.
I had better odds of winning the lottery. It is a rare cancer among the cancers that women are diagnosed for. Mostly those that have had a hysterectomy (I have) get this cancer.
I have been undergoing treatment since the end of March.
33 radiation and about 7 chemo treatments. 2 interstitial surgeries to insert
about 22 needles and have radiation syed treatments (2 times each day for
each surgery). All these treatments were done by May 21st.
On a follow-up appt in July with Radiation Oncologist said he was hopefully
optimistic that the cancer is gone. The tumor was about the size of a golf
ball and had been there about 2-5 years. August appt went OK, but I told him
I was experiencing discomfort "down there". Pain level 2 out of 10.
Sept appt I saw the other Dr. Told him the discomfort was still there. He did a
look see and saw the redness and discharge. I just finished a 10 day regimen
of anti-biotics and anti-fugal medication.
NOTE: In years past I have had an abnormal positive on my Pap Smears, Had a
couple of colposcopys and came back as normal Last one was 8 years ago.
My primary care physician didn't really follow up with additional Pap tests, although
I didn't push. Last time I saw him in Aug 2013 he didn't do one either. His nurse always
had a hard time getting blood drawn. (Now I know the trick is the butterfly needle, no
problem.) It made me nervous to go. So when I had to chose a different healthcare
provider for 2015 I chose a different clinic/Dr.
I have been feeling fatigued during the month of August and Sept. Poor sleeping at
night, only 4-5 hours. Do try to take a nap before I go over to take care of the DGC
and help with homework for the 3rd grader.
Been trying to make him more responsible in doing his homework, but there is the
checking of math and making sure the spelling and punctuation and the
sentences he has to write is correct.
Gave my DD 4 months notice that I will not be doing this after the first of the
year. The older kids after school activities will be done and they will be home
at 3PM when the little one gets home. DSIL works from home so he'll be there
most of the time. Told her if she is a jam I can come over.
Laundry just got to be too much for me these last two weeks. I sit on a chair
in the laundry room when I fold up clothes. The clothes she washed 2 weeks
are still in a folded state but not put away. Not my problem. Gave her notice
last night that I am too tired to do the laundry.
I gave it 9 years of childcare starting at age 59 1/2. Now I'm 68 1/2 and my DH
and I need to have a LIFE.
Back to the fatigue, I called the Radiation Oncologist told him about the fatigue
and asked if I could have a blood test done. Hoping for a transfusion so I am
feeling up to our vacation in mid-Oct.
Hopefully things will be looking up next year and I will feel strong enough to do