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Judy Heany

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In September, I found I lump in my Breast via self-exam.  The lump was malignant. I am scheduled for surgery tomorrow (11/21/18). Post surgery, I will be receiving chemo and radiation for months and am unsure what my reaction will be to the medication and treatments.

I am not sure I will be able to physically teach. If I can't teach, I don't generate money for the studio.

We started this campaign to help with the $4000+ expenses the Pilates & Yoga Studio incurs every month.

Any and all contributions are appreciated.
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So round 4 was 3/20.

I struggled after round 3 and went through a period of giving up on chemo all together.

Several things happened between round 3 and now that have helped me stay the course and not let my emotions rule my choices.

I massaged a couple of which the husband had a cancerous tumor around his throat. They decided to forego traditional treatment and seek alternatives including hot/cold therapy, adopting an alkaline diet, going to Mexico for mega dose of vitamin c and laetrile infusions. His tumor is gone. Without radiation or chemo. Although I do not see myself finding thousands of dollars and weeks of time to do the same, it got me more motivated to seek out things I could do to boost my immune system now. They suggested I watch this video which eventually I did while at the cancer center getting my infusions. It made me pretty mad.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KqJAzQe7_0g&list=PL_WKlaR99nthRInEnaJHRyaHVtkYTXz_H&t=0s&index=2

I also met this lovely lady at a party. She is a holistic oncologist who assured me chemo would prolong my life. She also had tons of suggestions for detoxing post-chemo, supplements to boost my immune system and others things I could pursue to avoid a recurrence.
http://www.goodapplewellness.com

Then I met up with a good friend from high school who had adopted a diet that included intermittent fasting. She found it gave her more energy and helped with GI issues (from celiac). She shared this slightly boring but interesting article with me. (Yes I read the whole thing.)
https://osher.ucsf.edu/patient-care/integrative-medicine-resources/cancer-and-nutrition/faq/cancer-and-fasting-calorie-restriction

The gist of it was that by fasting, you allowed your body to heal and repair. So I tried to fast the day before and of chemo.

I drank a lot of fluids.

I peed.

A.

Lot.

There are 6 bags I receive during infusions. A long-term anti-nausea med, short-term one, benadryl, taxotere, carboplatin, herceptin. I was 6 for 6. I do not know how other patients never get up. It’s 4 hours of sitting ‍♀️

It worked well. I had way less immediate side effects. I also rested more 3 days post treatment.

Things were good til day 7 and the same infection as last time reared it’s ugly head. I’m toughing out with that one. Can’t with the antibiotics again.

But...

Today I could not open my left eye♀️
Tomorrow I’m getting that checked. Hoping it’s an easy fix.

I’m grateful I have enough energy to work.

Been napping too as the chest inferno / hot flash affair has become a regular 3 am event that I cannot fall back to sound sleep after.

Hoping the last two rounds go easy peasy.

I’m getting good at shaving my head but walking around ‍ bald is an exercise in humility. My heart goes out to bald men. Whole new understanding there.

My next round is 4/10.

Wish me luck.

Thank you for your well wishes and pisitive energy. ❤️
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Round 3 was tough to bounce back from. I am postponing round 4 a week so I feel a bit more myself before pouring more drigs into my system.

I caught another infection and the antibiotics this time messed with my skin and belly. I stopped them early and am finally feeling better. Rosacea gone. No more tummy troubles.

Just left with this feeling that I could sleep for days and still wake up tired.

I’ve put my daughter into after care at school to find time to take naps in the afternoon after work and before pick up.
Hoping that helps in the future to get me back to the new normal faster.

The next round is 3/20.

If you think of it, send me some good vibes then.

It usually lasts all morning, sometimes past lunch (4-6 hours) while the IVs drip.

Wishing you all the best❤️
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Day 3 after Round 2.

Shaved my head last night.

Hair falling out everywere before that. Like a cloud following me.

I mastered the nuelasta shot so no ER visit this round.

Feeling pretty good just a little tired and lighter on top.

Figured out how to manage the constipation from the anti-nausea meds.
Prunes, prune juice, and coffee go a long way.

Hope you are staying warm and safe.

Lots of love ❤️ ,
Judy
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I survived round 1.

Some of the side effects that I am now experiencing include neuropathy of of my finger tips and weird tingling in my mouth, down my throat and on my tongue.

My hair is scheduled to start falling out in 4 more days, but I have wigs and hats to stay warm for the winter. I'm ok with my short hair but totally bald is going to be a little struggle for me.

It is a very trippy experience to take these drugs into your system. You feel like you're in the moment, but moving in slow motion and it's hard to focus and complete sentences and thoughts. They call it chemo brain. You feel like you are in a fog.

After chemo, you are supposed to go back and get a "booster shot" the next day. The chemo drugs suppress your white blood cells and you can very easily get an infection if you do not go back. I went home with a pack on my arm that automatically injects the booster shot a day later. It started blinking and clicking and I thought it was done. Here at had only begun and I pulled it off. I wound up in the ER the next day for a mini shot and at my oncologist for the big shot 2 days later. I felt really stupid but apparently, it is not rare to make this mistake. I have 5 more chances to get it right.

When I went for chemo, I was fighting a cold. I didn't want to put it off any longer and felt like it was under control. Within 3 days, I had a full blown sinus infection and felt pretty cruddy,

I am on antibiotics now and feel much better and smarter about how to deal with all this.

I bought gloves and mittens to wear for the next round that keep your hands and feet cold during the IV administration of the two toxic drugs - taxotere and carboplatin. This is supposed to help with the neuropathy. I am trying to keep it from inhibiting daily activities. It feels super funky.

I have 10 days til the next round. Outside of a lingering cough, runny nose, and tingly fingers, I'm feeling good.

I plan to go back to teaching Tuesday and work until I feel like I can't.

Everyone at work have been rockstars. I am grateful to have Georgia helping to keep things going at the studio and students who have kind, generous hearts.

The worst thing about going through super challenging times is feeling like you are in it alone.

Lucky for me, I have not felt that way ever.

Thank you for taking a minute to read this and thank you for your support. It makes a big difference.
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