You know what I hate about Metastatic Breast Cancer? Well, just about everything, but today I will focusing on planning.
Planning vacations, lunch dates, events, etc. are difficult to do when you have an illness. One never knows how they will be feeling on those days.
I have cancelled so many lunch dates with friends recently due to fatigue. We reschedule, but I always feel terrible having to do this. We all have busy lives and getting together can be challenging. Thankfully, my friends understand.
Vacations are the absolute worse to plan. Don’t get me wrong, I know how fortunate I am to go on vacations but it becomes disheartening when plans have to be cancelled over and over again. We have had to cancel a Mediterranean cruise, a trip to London and Paris, and most recently a trip to Italy all due to my health. We try to book our trips close to the time we will be vacationing. For our Italy trip we booked 8 weeks out. I was feeling great at the time of booking and was pretty confident I would still feel great in 8 weeks. I was so wrong.
Lesions on my liver started to grow and I needed to begin a new treatment. This oral treatment made me feel very weak and tired. There was no way I could walk the beautiful streets of Italy. CANCELLED!
One word of advice from me when planning a trip is to always buy the trip insurance and make sure it includes pre-existing conditions.
Although I missed Italy, I was able to enjoy a New Year’s Eve cruise to the Bahamas. The weather was not the best, but it was nice to get away and spend time with family. Three of my siblings and their families joined us. It was wonderful to be able to relax and hang with them.
When I returned from the cruise I began to notice some bothersome side effects. Along with fatigue, I was experiencing bone pain and numbness on the right side of my chin and inside my mouth. I recently had scans and all look good. I will continue on the same treatment since lesions on my liver are shrinking. We will deal with the unpleasant side effects.
The MRI I received is a little concerning. The radiologist noticed a spot. He called my oncologist and asked her if I had a stroke. WTF?! A STROKE?! My oncologist does not believe this spot has anything to with a stroke. Most likely it is a new cancer growth that needs to be zapped. I am going for a follow up MRI in three weeks. I will then meet with both my radiation and medical oncologist to discuss what this spot is and how we will deal with it. More planning… appointments, scans, Oy vey.
HAPPY NEW YEAR