@travelgirl Hi, I too just returned from traveling, so sorry for my slow response. Wow, 2 diagnoses within a week must have been overwhelming. I like your spirit! I do agree, a resilient state of mind and hope goes a long way! I just retired from school counseling due to the high crisis stress and the side effects and wanted to proactively take some steps to be healthier and happier. I set some goals, one being certified as an animal therapy team with my dog, Marshall, which I did. We're seeing kids weekly when I'm in town and love it! The rest of the time, I'm finding how to "stay busy" in a good way.
I have to fight my urge to get online to research to find the next option if these meds stop working, especially when I start feeling new symptoms or something feels off. But you're right, it never leaves me in a good place. I end up doing it all over again with the docs once a change is needed so I really don't need that extra stress. I find myself wanting to ask questions that doctors or researchers just can't answer at this point. I need to remember what my first oncologist said when I asked him about statistics, "What does it matter, you happen to be "one" and no one knows where your "one" will be on the charts." lol, I can so understand your brain hurting! Sometimes it's paralyzing and I just throw the thought of it behind me!
Thank you for the link! I'm definitely going to check out the exercise and look into yoga. I previously adapted (had a stroke at 18 years and have right side weakness with arm/leg) a bit of yoga at home.
My next appointment is the end of March for labs & treatment and my scans to check on the status of the cancer is the end of April. I was really blessed last week, my counts were so low I was told we may have to skip treatment, but they shot up this time. I'm saying it's the sunshine in Florida 😉 on my trip and prayers that gave a boost to the ol' immune system! That way if they bottom out again, it's a great excuse for another sun and sand vacation. lol 🙂
Hey, thanks so much, Jackie. I really appreciate your time to share your journey and advice.
Best wishes and blessings!