I guess you could say I am lucky!
This is only the second time in almost four years of chemotherapy that I have had to have it in my arm as opposed to the port. I am having the port checked Friday in Tupelo. But either the port has something wrong with it or it doesn’t work when my blood is too thick (it happens sometimes).
Not my favorite way to do this, but one lesson of cancer — you just do what you have to do.
Last week, I met a lady getting her first chemo treatment with colorectal cancer. I meet a lot of folks with colon cancer and every other cancer you can think of and a few you can’t imagine, but very few people with colorectal cancer. I may have met five colorectal cancer patients in the past (almost) four years.
It was so interesting to visit with her and discuss her cancer journey. We compared how our treatments were the same, and different. I probably scared her to death with things to do or watch for. There are so many things I have forgotten (or blocked out) about the early days of my cancer experience, and it was kinda weird talking and remembering that time.
She was scared. It was her first treatment and she was still in a good bit of pain from surgery. Remembering those early feelings was not easy — imagining the worse, listening to others share horror stories of cancer and chemo, expecting hair loss and expecting constant vomitting.
I tried to reassure her of the second lesson of cancer — everybody’s cancer journey is different (even if you have exactly the same thing.) I hope she does well with very few side effects. The side effects can be interesting but how you deal with it is EVERYTHING!
Keeping in mind that #GODISGOOD and even with cancer, there it still so much to be thankful for. At the Cancer Center, you see a LOT of people in a lot different stages of health. It is so important to be grateful for where you are, and where you are not!
The third lesson of cancer or any major illness. (but maybe it should have been the first) is — attitude is half the battle! It is so easy to make yourself and your family miserable in this situation, but that does not help a patient heal. It only means everyone is miserable, and that’s no way to battle a major disease. That’s giving up.
The fourth lesson of cancer is to cultivate a support team — not a group of miserable people. I am incredibly blessed to have a very supportive husband and family. Even though Pepper has been battling sciatic nerve pain in his right leg, he is still singing/bellering crazy Hee Haw songs at the top of his lungs –especially once the pain meds kick in!!!
Buck Owens’ son, Buddy, performed a song called “Sexy Movies,”on Hee Haw. I HATE it!!!! And since I HATE it, of course Pepper is stuck on singing/bellering this terribly tacky song all of the time these days! I think I would rather him sing Conway Twitty (I am NOT a Twitty fan!!!) — and y’all know that’s big for me!
Lord give me strength!