Say it with Flowers

I  absolutely adore flowers, so I have been thrilled with all the arrangements I have received over the last few months. So…take a look at my gallery below.

Rayna, who I had never met, heard about me in her prayer group and started texting me encouraging prayers and sent me these flowers.

Rayna, who I had never met, heard about me in her prayer group and started texting me encouraging prayers and sent me these flowers.

Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors of fall are  captured in these flowers I received from Peggy J. and Elaine R.

Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors of fall are captured in these flowers I received from Peggy J. and Elaine R.

Elke and Karen P. sent me this bouquet that has my favorite flower the star gazer lily. My room smelled good for days.

Elke and Karen P. sent me this bouquet that has my favorite flower the star gazer lily. My room smelled good for days.

This is handmade card delivered to me from my co-workers at the Eola Road Branch Library.

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When side effects become front and center

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Lovely flowethingsceived from Calvary  Church

Although cancer fighting drugs are meant to help, they are very toxic. They have many side effects. When side effects are mild, you can carry on your daily routine with family, friends and work. Sometimes you have to rest more because you become fatigued more easily. We are advised to limit our access to people and places that bring you into contact with disease because our immune systems have become compromised. I am going to list some of the side effect of the two rugs I was taking, Xeloda and Taxotere.

Xeloda -Anemia,  fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, mouth sores, numbness or tingling of hands and feet, eye irritation, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, insomnia, dehydration, cough, loss of balance, nail changes, darkening of the skin, Dysgeusia (a change in the sense of taste) . You are told to avoid sun exposure. Wear SPF 15 (or higher) sunblock and protective clothing. There are more side effects but these are only the ones I experienced.

Taxotere – Must take corticosteroid pills the day before, day of and day after chemo to reduce the severity of fluid retention and allergic reaction. Anemia, peripheral neuropathy( damage or disease affecting nerves, which may impair sensation, movement.), nausea, diarrhea, mouth sores, hair loss, fatigue and weakness, infection, nail changes (color changes to your fingernails or toenails). Avoid sun exposure. Wear SPF 15 (or higher) sunblock and protective clothing. Again, there are more side effects but these are only the ones I experienced.

Neuropathy makes my feet feel tight and swollen like there are tiny pebbles in my shoe under the ball of my foot and my heels. My hands hurt like I have frostbite up to my wrists. It is difficult to grip or hold anything or to write or type.

My symptoms became debilitating, I was unable to function for 3 -5 days after my treatments. In August, I had to stop working because of the severity of the side effects and weakness from not eating (will talk about the not eating in my next post).

I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13

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I love my Marissa

During one of my recent hospital stays, my niece Marissa stopped by on her way to college to wish me well and bring me a little gift to cheer. 2014-08-24 10.45.39

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Let the treatments begin.

My diagnosis came after I had experienced ongoing back pain that became unbearable. After some tests it was discovered that I had a compression fracture of the 4th vertebrae caused by cancer cells. Additionally, I had a tumor on my spine that was adding to the pain of the fracture. They threw me in a back brace and started radiation treatments immediately.

People continue to ask me if I am still taking radiation treatments, but radiation is not a long term treatment. The radiologist carefully assess where they see cancer cells or tumors, they plot out a specific plan. When they talk to the patient, they have a calender they give you with the number of treatments you will receive and what dates the treatments will be given. Once your treatments are completed you’re done, they even give you a certificate of completion on your last day. I initially received 6 treatments to eradicate the cancer on my spine.  About a month later my doctor asked the radiologist to do four more treatments on an area at the base of my skull that he was concerned about. So now I am finished with the radiation portion of my treatment.

Chemotherapy was started very soon after my diagnosis, my doctor did not want the cancer to have anymore time to grow unchecked. He decided on a two prong approach, once a month I would receive the drug Taxotere/Docetaxel  intravenously (IV). Prong two, was the drug Xeloda which are pills that you take by mouth, twice a day for two weeks, then you get one week off. Before I started the medications I had to sit down with a physician assistant to explain  the correct way to take them and what the side effects were. I’m going to leave you with a picture of me in the back brace.

He sent His word and healed me…Psalm 107:20

A neurosurgeon comes into my room and tells me I have to wear this brace at all times and that I cannot drive. I asked him for how long, he says, with a big smile, oh maybe for a few months or for the rest of your life. When I got home I got rid of that neurosurgeon and the new one got rid of the brace! Then I was smiling.

A neurosurgeon comes into my room and tells me I have to wear this brace at all times and that I cannot drive. I asked him for how long, he says, with a big smile, oh maybe for a few months or for the rest of your life. When I got home I got rid of that neurosurgeon and the new neurosurgeon got rid of the brace!                          Then I was smiling.

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Friends help make the journey easier.

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The last good meal I had was in July at the Golden Corral with Brenda and the Browns. It’s always a good time when they visit.  I am thankful for having them in my life.

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Hi, I’m Lynne Wall and these are my experiences with Breast Cancer.

In March of this year I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. That means cancer cells have traveled to ot2014-04-05 11.51.16-1her pats of the body, in my case, my spine, liver and ribs. There is no medical cure for this type of cancer. The oncologist (cancer doctor) will prescribe medications that will keep thee cancer stable. As long as the medication works you keep taking it, when/if it stops working they try another medication. Medications come with side effects that impact your quality of life which I will address in a future post. Some of you have expressed a desire to know more about my day-to-day condition, so here is where I will give you the details. More to come tomorrow…..

Psalm 118:17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

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