random daily thoughts. with some "i just beat cancer" stuff thrown in.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Last night my mom, Pam and I participated in "Light the Night"-- it's the charity walk for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Everyone carries an illuminated balloon- red for supporters and white for survivors. It was so cool to see all the balloons sailing through the park. The weather was great. I got tired about halfway through, so we cut out a bit early, but it was a fun night. All the survivors took a group picture, which was really cool as well.

I hope by the time the walk rolls around next year, I'll be feeling good. Still having quite a bit of lung trouble- some days are worse than others. Some days I hardly notice it, and others I'm coughing and short of breath for much of the day. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. One thing I do know is that I need to stay away from smoke-- that definitely exacerbates the problem.

I have alot of trouble in the mountains as well- the altitude makes me feel as if I'm going to pass out. Walking uphill at all in the mountains is out of the question. Walking up the stairs is a bit of a challenge too. But once I get back down to town, I feel okay. Hopefully over the next few months my lungs will try to heal themselves, or my onc will have a suggestion as to what I can do to make it better.

Monday, September 19, 2005

My pulmonary function tests showed some probable lung damage from treatment, as did my PET scan. But the PET showed no cancer, so I don't mind a little lung discomfort in exchange for being cancer-free.

Sometimes patients with lung damage are placed on prednisone to alleviate the shortness of breath and help the lungs to start healing. But I've been told it makes you a bit nutty, and starving all the time. So I'm hoping my lungs can heal on their own.

Today I'm meeting the folks for lunch. I love them so much. Definitely two of my most favorite people.

I've been walking the trail behind our development in the evenings, doing about 4 miles before I go home. Just trying to build up some endurance at this point so that I can work into more difficult cardio. I'll get there.

These days I'm trying to be grateful for what I have, what I've accomplished and hopeful about where I'm going.

Friday, September 16, 2005

My PET scan came back with no evidence of malignancy!

Everybody dance! :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

You wouldn't believe how many people in Vegas thought this little head of hair was an actual fashion choice! :) That made me pretty happy. Got lots of compliments.

I had my PET scan yesterday, fingers crossed that it will come out clean. Thursday I have another PFT to (hopefully) help determine where my shortness of breath is coming from.

Maybe I just need to give myself some time. I think I'm being too impatient.