Signs you are not an Olympian

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No, you’re not an Olympian – Yeah, yeah, yeah….you used to run 5 miles every morning, work 12 hours a day and leap small buildings with a single bound. Even Superman had a kryptonite and yours is cancer!
If you are like me, you are used to being active. Working out a couple of mornings and evenings a week and pushing yourself a little more on the weekends was your norm. Running from activity to activity was just your basic M.O. Yes, your kids are still going to want you to take them everywhere and do everything with them. Your social calendar will still have the potential to be as full as ever, if you let it. And, yes, the dentist, insurance agent, property owner’s group and others still want a slice of your valuable time.
Believe me, when I finished treatment and started getting back into my life, I was amazed at how much I normally handled. It’s like my life was coming at me at 110 miles per hour speed and all I could handle was about a 20 mile per hour pace. Sure, what’s one little cocktail party? I’ll just sit instead of standing and we will only go for 15 minutes…right 😊
Even adding a little 15 minute activity to your 20 mile per hour pace, makes an impact in your condition. How do I know? All of a sudden, all the side-effects that I thought I were over, started creeping back into my day. I would be at a restaurant and I could not get my hands or feet warm! Seriously, I was sitting on my hands and trying to sit on my feet! Hot tea in the summer seems odd, but I was ordering it frequently. The next thing I noticed was that I would have a day or half day, that I just couldn’t move. Have you ever felt like that? Your legs just feel really heavy and you can’t manage to put one foot in front of the other or even stand for very long.
There’s no gold medal for pushing yourself like you used to. Here’s the secret, your body needs to build its reserves. By sleeping, eating right, reducing the intensity of your activities, you begin building your reserves. When you over exert (?) you deplete your reserves. Simple? Not really. You must make a conscious effort to know when you are jeopardizing your reserves.
The real gold medal is seeing that you are healing. Your side-effects are diminishing. You are getting stronger! Way to go!!


Howdy! Peace be with you.

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Yes, He is listening! Why do we wait until something really bad happens to turn to our faith? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter, just turn. My sweet tennis team gave me a box of feel good items to help me get through all this muck. My favorite thing was a daily devotional little book called “Jesus Calling”. https://www.jesuscalling.com/
Call them tips, if you want. One of my favorite ones was about Peace. All my life, we shake people’s hands at church and say “Peace be with you”. I always thought it was basically just a churchy “Hi, how are ya” all these years. It was so easy, just turn to all the friendly faces around and give them a big Sunday howdy! Wow, was I wrong, but I’m so glad I finally figured it out.
Peace be with you means you are wishing someone peace from their worry about the future and their regret of the past. Boy can we all use this! We are in the fight for our lives. Do we really need to add regret and worry to the uniform we put on every day as we go to battle? Good grief, no!
So to all of you, Peace be with YOU.

 


It’s not that I don’t like you, it’s just my white cells are low.

Quarantine me – not just for world travelers anymore – If your white cells are low, quarantine yourself. This is another one of those things you can control and get an A++ at. Running to Walmart isn’t worth the serious virus or infection you could come home with. Go with me on this one.
Pretend you are on a Staycation. Watch all those #Netflix series you promised yourself you would watch. Try some new recipes. Start needlepointing a Christmas stocking (I did 2 of them). Stay away from hotels, stores, restaurants, schools period!
If people ask to come over, be honest, tell them you are at risk of infection. Who wants to be “that guy who made you sick”? After your numbers are up, let them come over. Just remember this does not mean partay! Any illness you get is more serious and complicated because it’s you and you don’t have much ammo to fight it with, so be careful!
So what can you do? I played tennis! I realized that I could be on one side of the net and the nearest human was over 100 feet from me! Score!!! Since I could not fly in an airplane or stay at a hotel, my husband and I drove to a friend’s condo and stayed there for a week together. We cooked, hiked, read and drove back home. All of those friends who have condos and lake houses, or friends of theirs who have condos and lake houses, or dear family members (distant or not) who have condos or lake houses, take them up on their offer to “do anything they can to help you”. As little of a trip as this sounds like, it gives you something to look forward to, prepare for and remember as your “happy place” when the tough days come.Slippers


Cancer cells are cellfish

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Cancer cells are cellfish! Are these selfish cells cramping your Style? If it would work better for your calendar to come every 3 weeks instead of every 2, just say so. Sorry dear, it doesn’t work that way. There is a cycle to the growth of cancer cells and this is what determines how regularly you must show up for your dose of chemo.
Simply put, chemo attacks cancer cells when they are most receptive to the poison. Say a cell divides, it must grow a little bit, maybe 2 weeks, maybe 3 weeks, when it is ripe for chemo. Then ZAP, we give them a shot of chemo and they stop dividing. Mission accomplished. Wait, more are growing, wait 2 weeks and then Zap them again and so on.

Here’s where it gets complicated, you may be getting 2 types of chemo in your chemo cocktail, and one is on a 2 week zapping schedule and one on a 3 week zapping schedule. Lucky you, you get to go hang out and watch TV at the infusion center even more. Sure wish there was a punch card with a free gift at the end!

Face it, we are on cancer’s schedule. Our job is to do whatever it takes to keep ourselves strong enough to stay on schedule and annihilate as many cells as possible.

Happy shooting!