As I am once again immersed in the mundane of the chemoverse (nausea and chemo-induced bone pain), I am counting my blessings that this is the last chemo-recovery week I have to go through! This week is no fun at all, next week will be much better. I so want to celebrate, but feel crummy.
Met with my oncologist yesterday re: graduating from chemo. I’ll see him in 3 months – quite a change from every 2 weeks.
I did decide to take tamoxifen – it’s a slam dunk in terms of decreasing the chance of recurrence – 9% or something like that. Let’s hope I can tolerate it. I start in 6 weeks or so. Some foods are contraindicated with tamoxifen – for example, no soy and no flax oil.
Next decision is whether to do radiation or not. I meet w/ my 2nd opinion rads onc on Monday. If I do rads, it starts 6-8 weeks after the last chemo treatment. So once I recover somewhat from the very last round of chemo, which usually takes 10-14 days, then I’ll have a whole 4 weeks when I don’t have to do anything. If I want, I can get my port out, which is very tempting, but the idea of 4 whole weeks with nothing traumatic or invasive is so appealing I might just hold off on that minor surgery.
Naturopath gave me a post-chemo cleansing diet to start in two weeks: whole foods, cooked. Preferably warm. No land animals, no soy, no dairy, no sugar, just lots of easy-to-digest cooked grains, vegies and fruit. And a green drink in the mornings. Lots of water. Soups. But no big raw salads, no raw foods for now – my digestive track cells have to regrow, so the goal is to help it all along as gently as can be.
Other items on my list for the next month: physical therapy, acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, the personal fitness program at Cancer Care Resources (free), yoga for cancer recovery (free), walking, swimming at Oxbow park (when it warms up), shopping at local farmers markets and catching up at work. And getting all this chemo out of my system!