I've been making the most of my new, longer gap between treatments.
I've been mostly feeling pretty well. I still have small side effects every day, but when my energy levels are good, I can handle those and still try and make the most of life.
Since my last blog entry, Dave and I have had interstate visitors, we've seen Joanna Newsome at the Sydney Opera House, we've visited interstate, and celebrated the Hottest 100.
Here's me (looking slightly crazy - or do I always look like this?) straying from my diet restrictions and enjoying an ice-cream.
And it was fantastic. If you're only going to have one ice-cream this year, I recommend pepperberry & leatherwood and choc in a homemade waffle cone from The Chocolate Trading Co in Richmond.
I was booked to start round 9 of chemo today. I try and keep in mind how lucky I am to have access to this treatment. But that didn't stop a little part of me not wanting to have it.
And then, on Wednesday after my blood test, I started feeling unwell. The main symptoms being dizziness, light headedness and a bad stomach ache. I worked in the afternoon but I probably shouldn't have. I thought I'd got over doing things like that, I guess old habits die hard.
On Thursday I cancelled my shift at work, and Dave had to pretty much drag me out to my appointment with my oncologist. She checked me out and got me to have an x-ray, which showed up nothing. She told me not to go ahead with Chemo today though. And I felt, among other things, a little disappointed. And relieved. And scared.
Now I'm not having chemo until the 19th of Feb. And that makes me a little disappointed, and relieved, and scared. My oncologist has assured me that the delay will make no difference at this stage in the effectiveness of the treatment. So really I should just enjoy the reprieve. I'm continuing to work on my fitness, doing my Home Exercise Program everyday (I didn't manage it on Thursday when I was feeling pretty rotten). I need to refocus on my diet and walking, these things have gone a little astray since my last round.
I'm feeling much better than I did yesterday, so I hope the trend continues, giving me time to build up my strength ready for the next round.