Slow Down and Smell the Roses

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Hurray! Progress continues in my battle against the big “C”. Dr. X. called yesterday with the latest number from the CA125 test and I’m down from 18 a couple weeks ago to 8 this week. This is good news again. I’m almost at the halfway point. Next week will be Chemo #9. No relation to Love Potion #9 but I bet someone could change out the words of that song to fit. At the end of the coming session I will have completed half of the 18 treatments. It is a long process and yes, I really want my life back. I’m very, very tired of being very, very tired. It’s one major side effect that there is no treatment for. And most days I can’t stand for more than 15 minutes at a time without a severe backache. That leaves out most housework, major cooking etc. I had planned on trying a Tai Chi class last Tuesday but realized if I can’t stand for more than 15 minutes what made me think I could do an hour Tai Chi class. I came to my senses, checked BarnesandNoble.com and bought a beginning Tai Chi DVD for the price of one class session ($8) and I can do it in bits that I can manage in my living room and sit when I need to. I don’t need pain pills for the back as it relaxes the minute I sit so it must be a spasm of some kind and yes, another side effect of chemo and steroids. One of the other things I dislike intensely is that my feet and ankles are nearly constantly swollen. So I spend a lot of time with my feet up. Yes, I’m complaining about having to sit with my feet up when I would so much rather be doing other things.

Since the flower shots were such a hit last week I’ll show you what that garden will look like in about a month. I took these in June 2014. I hope to go back next month but these are too good not to share.

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And now for the roses:

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About mvaden1948

I love to travel to Venice (and probably other parts of Italy and beyond) and my camera leads me where she wants without any consideration as to whatever plans I may have. I enjoy photographing nature, my cat and anything that strikes my fancy. I have a "thing" for interesting doors and architectural details.
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21 Responses to Slow Down and Smell the Roses

  1. foguth says:

    Beautiful photos & excellent news on the tests!

  2. Lulu says:

    Oh, Misha, I’m so glad to hear that the treatments are coming along and that the results are good! I’m keeping you in my thoughts/prayers…keep up that positive attitude (and the pictures are gorgeous!!)

  3. Woohoo! 🙂 That’s awesome news, dear Misha. And having those flowers blooming like that in a month’s time will be a beautiful way to celebrate being another 4 treatments along. Hugs to you and Diavolo! x0

  4. Marc-André says:

    Excellent news! And I love those flowers 🙂

  5. Becky B says:

    Wonderful wonderful news and stunning flowers 😊
    By the way have you tried body control pilates? Great for tired bodies and the basic moves don’t tax tired minds either x

    • mvaden1948 says:

      Thank you for your kind words.
      The tiredness (fatigue) is one of the side effects of the chemo and I have been assured will go away when the chemo ends (around the end of July). Unfortunately, thanks to my degenerative arthritis in my knees I cannot do exercises that require me to get down on the floor…as I would need help getting up.
      I really am getting a lot of help from my care team, taking supplements and vitamins, boosting my immune system with nutrient rich food etc. I’ve gotten a lot of help from a wonderful little book given to me on my first chemo day in a gift bag from the American Cancer Society…It’s called “Chemo: Secrets to Thriving” and is written by Roxanne Brown…who has been through it. And of course chemo affects everyone differently. I consider myself lucky as I’m not nearly as sick as I expected to be.
      Again, thank you for your kind words and taking the time to visit my blog.

      • Becky B says:

        You must be counting the days down . . . . my best friend had chemo 5 years ago now and I still recall the utter exhaustion she went through. She is though now fine and full of energy – so all being well you will be the same 🙂 Sounds a great book you have
        Hugs x

  6. It is sooooo wonderful to hear that the treatment works a treat!!! 🙂 And those flowers… I must get my butt to the local botanical garden stat.

  7. lizbethraab says:

    Ciao, Michelle

    That is indeed great news and the gardens look really beautiful with their magnificent subtropical array of colours!

    Wish you a good week and that the results continue to go down.
    Liz

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    • mvaden1948 says:

      Ciao, Liz.
      Hmm, subtropical…I don’t think so as roses don’t grow there. We have pretty much a temperate climate and the rain forest here is a temperate one.
      I never cease to be amazed at the colors of flowers and that these are a very short drive from where I live.
      Thanks, Liz for your kind words.

  8. i will slow down, stop for those pink roses.

    michelle, much love sent…………….barbary

  9. Beautiful flowers!! And so happy to hear your good news!

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