As I sat in the recliner, working crossword puzzles while getting my 3rd treatment, I was not looking forward to how the treatment was going to make me feel. But, so far, this has been the easiest one on me. The fatigue didn't really hit until 2 days later, and there was very little nausea and some mild heartburn this time around. I believe there are 4 big reasons for this better outcome:
1. MY DIET: I have been trying to stay more hydrated and trying to get enough protein. My main "staples" seem to be hard boiled eggs, tuna on rice cakes, nut butters (peanut butter or Nutella), dried fruits, spinach dip with crackers, and things like oatmeal, cream of wheat, and fresh fruits. These are the things that have been keeping me going, not to mention the wonderful meals that have been brought over to help feed me and my family (I have another post coming up about that soon!) I am still having trouble with fatigue, due to the fact that my nausea meds keep me awake at night. But, that will end soon and I will be on the road to another good week before my 4th treatment (which is supposed to be the last HARD one, thankfully!)
2. MY SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND: He had been there with me at every appointment. At times, he has needed to bring some of his work with him to the treatments, but just having him by my side is a great comfort. He allows me to rest when I need to rest, helps with the dishes, picks up my meds, and snuggles with me on the couch. I know he loves me, and I know his support has helped me a great deal.
3. THE SUPPORT OF FRIENDS: Since my husband has been going with me to treatments, we have had various friends stay with the kids while we go. Knowing they are in good hands is a huge load of stress off of me, and I am so grateful for you all who have been there to watch them, or even just offered.
4. THE PRAYERS OF OTHERS: I have received many cards and e-mails from people far and near who have told me they are praying for me. It is a great comfort and strength to know this, and I truly believe it is these prayers of intercession that have made the difference. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the love you have shown me during this time. A simple prayer offered up in my name is a wondrous gift that I treasure, and they are precious to the Lord as well. A new friend of mine, who was also diagnosed with breast cancer last year, sent me a note about this. She said:
I know that "the prayers of the saints" are what got me through, and I know they'll get you through too. I love Rev. 5:8 - "When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." The prayers of the saints are so precious to the Lord that they are a sweet smell in golden bowls of incense to Him.So, again, I thankyou for your sweet prayers, and I ask that you continue to keep me and my family in your thoughts these coming months.