I’m back home again after a very restful week, house-sitting for friends. Last week was “week 2” following my sixth and final round of R-CVP, typically the week when I felt the worst. Fatigue has been my biggest challenge, often needing to lie down several times a day….and get up several times during the night. The other challenge has been my hair. I still have hair and I’m grateful that I haven’t had to wear that sequined scarf, but my hair has gotten quite thin and difficult to manage. I’ll be glad when it begins to grow back again.
I’m detoxing. I’ve reduced caffeine, eliminated alcohol, I dry brush daily, exercise and meditate, and I’m eating a nearly vegetarian diet. I take supplements including fish oil, milk thistle, gingko, quercetin, green tea extract and vitamin C, along with my multi-vitamin and mega-iron supplement. I also focus on probiotics and enzymes with juicing, Kombucha, Kefir, and miso.
I’ve finally finished The Pillars of the Earth and really enjoyed it. I’m now reading Lance Armstrong’s memoir, It’s Not About the Bike. It’s a very interesting look at his life and his battle with metastatic testicular cancer. I’ve read several cancer memoirs now and it’s been fascinating to hear how others have faced their diagnosis, their treatment and their life with cancer. An article in the current issue of Cure magazine talks about why some patients choose to talk about their diagnosis and others choose to keep their diagnosis private. We all need to do what is best for us and there is no single right answer. I’m grateful to everyone who has shared the story of their own cancer journey with me.
Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today