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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

So just an update first.

My husband's cancer treatments are complete and now is the waiting and healing stage. The week of September 6th he is going for a CT scan and we will know the results the following week. So far everything looks good, but we just won't know for certain until his next appointment at the Oncologist. If he gets the all clear (which I pray he does) then it will be monthly or every two months check-ups for the next year. Check-ups will continue for the rest of his life but a bit more spread out, first every three months, then six then every year. If the cancer is not gone then surgery will be next option. Oral cancer...all cancer in general SUCKS! The radiation treatments have taken all his sense of taste, which may not return until 6 months later and even then may not fully recover. For the past two months he has been dependent on using his feeding tube and has only started eating solid food over the past week. Even with this hurtle in front of him he has not let the cancer knock him down. He has still managed to do whatever he has wanted....whether it be doing some work that's needed done around the house for ages or just having a good time with the family and friends. I think the chemo drug that he was on through the clinical trial played a big part in that. He wasn't nauseous at all and didn't loose his hair, besides the radiation burns (which were brutal) and some skin irritation he was in good health for the whole course of treatment. Fingers crossed that everything went well!

Now for me. I have gained a LOT of weight since hubby began his treatment. Even though I wasn't having treatment myself I was under constant pressure (taking care of hubby, kids, keeping track of appointments, driving hubby 3 hours to his appts., working full time, taking care of the home...on and on) and I let my "diet" slip. I'm an emotional eater so that didn't help. Do I feel guilty about that? Not really, because at the time my family was my number one priority, but now that the madness of my day to day has subsided somewhat I'm able to focus a little more on me. I'm disappointed that I've gained 25+ pounds and now I constantly feel bloated and fat....oh yeah and my clothes aren't really fitting me so well any more. LOL! But I'm going to do my best to not mope about it and try to get my butt moving again. I know exercise is important and its something I haven't done for a long long time and I'm going to try to start some kind of exercise routine again but right now I feel like I need to get my food under control again. Its going to be tough, but I know I can do it cause I've done it before and I WILL do it again.

Oh yeah and thanks everyone for the bday wishes!
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  • BOVEY63
    So happy to hear that your hubby's treatments are over. Praying that the results are perfect!
    Also praying that all works out for you too!
    3528 days ago
    I'm so relieved to hear DH's treatments are over, and now the healing can really begin.

    Birthday? When? Today??

    I'm glad you decided to come back and work on your healthier lifestyle. I missed you. *hugs*
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    3528 days ago
    I am so happy to hear he is getting through the treatments. I know that would be a very hard situation to deal with. You are a very strong woman for being there for him and leading the family through this dark time. As for the weight..... just turn it around. Don't take your health for granted :) I know you don't and I know you are going to do the best you can. Plan the little things you can start out doing. Start focusing on your eating and hopefully it all falls together. Always here if you need me :)
    3528 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear that your husband is on the road to recovery. That is excellent news!!
    Of course your family was #1 priority over the past few months. Now maybe you can take baby steps to making yourself a little higher on your priority list.
    We're here for you!
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