Progress Update on the Cancer Treatments

As of today, I am half way through the radiation treatments for my cancer. 15 down, 14 to go.

I would’ve marked #16 today, but my radiation clinic is changing out doctors, so all patients got the day off yesterday (Monday) while the new docs acclimated themselves to the staff and such.

Radiation treatment machine

This is the machine I get my daily radiation treatments with.

The treatments are going better than I expected. The worst of the side effects have been constant fatigue and mild intestinal distress. Of course, as the radiation builds up in my system, that will get worse. But for now it’s manageable.

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Target Shopping Trip: $60 Worth of Groceries for $20

As some of you may know, I am a couponer. I spend an hour or two every week matching up sale prices to coupons in an effort to be able to eat well without spending a lot of money.

Target shopping trip Sept 2014 - $20 for $60 of food

Last week, I had an awesome trip to Target, where I managed to spend $20.55 for $60.86 worth of groceries. That’s a savings of 66%!

Here’s the breakdown of my shopping trip:

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Straight Talk About Straight Teeth With Invisalign Teen #InvisalignTalk

Straight Talk About Straight Teeth With Invisalign Teen

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Some of my friends have teenagers who might need braces in the coming years, but they aren’t looking forward to having a mouthful of metal braces. The good thing is it doesn’t have to be that way, as there is another option: Invisalign Teen.

Invisalign Teen clear aligners straighten teeth just as well, but without the wires and brackets of traditional braces that can make a teen self-conscious of smiling and having fun. There’s no need for teens to hold back or feel they’re missing out on anything when straightening their teeth with Invisalign.

Invisalign Teen is also better for overall oral health care, since they can be removed for brushing and flossing, and there are no food restrictions either.

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It’s Not Easy Trying to Be Cancer-Free…What’s Next?

It’s now been a month since my cancer surgery, and there’s been some minor complications. If you’re squeamish, skim forward a few paragraphs.

Purple flowersLast weekend I started bleeding lightly and it was painful to sit or walk. Since they removed everything in the surgery, that shouldn’t be happening. On Monday, the cancer doc examined me and it seems somehow I tore a few of the sutures. Three on the bottom and one on top. Not good, but I’m told it happens.

She prescribed some antibiotics (which I keep forgetting to take on a regular schedule), and said I was to go nowhere and do nothing for a week until I heal inside. Apparently even walking can aggravate the sutures, so I’m couch-bound until at least Tuesday.

There goes my Labor Day weekend plans.

Next month I have a meeting with a radiologist to schedule the radiation treatments I mentioned last time. The good news is no chemo, so far, but the length of the radiation has gone from 2 weeks to 5, because I turned out to be Stage II.

Five weeks of daily radiation. *sigh* Maybe for Halloween I can put on something green and go as a glowstick.

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The Big C Battle Rages On

It’s been two weeks today since I had the surgery to remove my cancer. I had a full hysterectomy, including the removal of the cervix, ovaries, and several lymph nodes. There was a complication during the surgery that caused me to get torn up quite a bit, and left me very sore after the surgery.

fuck cancer shirt

Shirt courtesy of Marty

Yesterday I went in for my first follow-up, and after my doc examined my incisions and lacerations, said it looked like I was healing well. That was the good news.

The bad news is that after they removed everything during the surgery, they sent it off to be tested and it seems the cancer had spread a bit. Doc said that puts me at Stage II cancer.

She’s pretty sure it was still contained within the parts they took out, but just to be sure, she said she wants me to undergo two weeks of daily radiation treatments, and possibly chemo.

So it looks like the fight isn’t over yet.

I go back in two weeks, to give me a chance to heal a little more from the surgery, and it’s then that we’ll map out our battle plan for the next round of treatment. Hopefully there will be no chemo. Not particularily looking forward to radiation, but chemo is way more harsh on the body.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Adds Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie to Cast

Star Wars Episode VII

I have to admit…when I heard the first casting announcement for Star Wars: Episode VII, I was disappointed there was only one new female name listed. But now, two more females have been added to the cast.

Lucasfilm announced yesterday that they have added actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This makes me feel much better about the female representation in the movie.

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The Big C … I Has It

If you’ve been following this blog, you know I’ve been battling a lot of health issues. Unfortunately, life has decided to throw one more curve ball at me.

The Big CLet’s start the story a few months ago (coincidentally when I last posted here – sorry about the absence), when I visited my gyno because of abnormal bleeding. After a an ultrasound showed a mass inside, my doc decided to do a biopsy…a very painful biopsy, but a necessary one.

I’ve also been trying to get my heart catheter done – you know, the one I was first supposed to have at Thanksgiving last year, but thanks to incompetence by a now-departed scheduling assistant at my cardiologist’s office, it kept not happening.

Meanwhile my heart has gotten worse, to the point where I can’t walk or stand more than 10 minutes or so before I feel like I’m going to pass out.

But I digress.

Ok, fast forward to yesterday, when I went to my cardiologist’s office to have another round of pre-surgery labs done, only to find out that my third date to have this done was being postponed again. This time it was because the cath lab I was supposed to have it in suddenly closed last week.

*sigh*

Really starting to feel like the universe is trying to prevent me from having my heart worked on. But it’s become even more important to get it done, as it’s the stepping stone to taking care of another issue that reared its ugly head yesterday afternoon.

See, after the cardiologist, and a yummy lunch at Tijuana Flats, I headed to my second appointment with my gyno. His office had called saying it was very important that I come in asap for my biopsy results. I figured that couldn’t be good, but I had no idea what he was going to say to me yesterday afternoon.

I have endometrial cancer.
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A Review of Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum

As a member of Influenster, I received a sample of Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum to try. This is my honest review:

Meaningful Beauty Creme de SerumBefore receiving this sample, my only exposure to the Meaningful Beauty skincare line were the late night infomercials featuring spokespersons Cindy Crawford and Valerie Bertinelli. I’ve never been one to be majorly influenced by a celebrity pitching a product, but I do have to admit those two women look good on camera.

According to the website, Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum takes a triple approach to combating the signs of aging with three powerful anti-aging ingredients: superantioxidant melon complex, anti-aging peptides and hyaluronic acid. Combining the power of a serum with the rich, moisturizing effects of a crème, this crème de la crème treatment is designed to help protect, increase hydration and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Well, I honestly don’t have a lot of fine lines and wrinkles, but I do have a slight issue with skin hydration, mostly due to all the medications I take.

I tried the product sample for a week (it was a small vial), and I did like that it made my skin feel smoother and softer. I didn’t have as many dry skin issues as I normally do. My flaking, especially around my nose and mouth, was majorly reduced. It also took very little (a pea size drop) to coat my entire face, and I liked that it didn’t make my face feel oily.

As for the lines and skin firming, I haven’t noticed a difference. Perhaps with longer use it would.

Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum is available as part of the Meaningful Beauty New Advanced Anti-Aging System, which can be purchased online. The 5-piece system pack is currently $39.95 for a 30-day supply, and $49.95 for a 7-piece system. Both include the Crème de Serum. Visit meaningfulbeauty.com for more information.

I would like to continue to use the serum, but to be honest, I’m not one for whole skin care regimens, so I probably won’t buy the packs. If they offered just the serum, I would buy it again.