Hi everybody! I’m dusting things off and moving back into my blog. I’m missing connecting with wonderful people like my years-long-now friend, Renee from Run, Laugh, Eat Pie.
It’s been a long, awful year. So, this happened:
Yep. In September I was soooo tired. I returned to Washington state where I found out I have not one but two cancers. I had stage 3 Large B cell Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which sprang from Follicular Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I was in a ton of pain and thought I had kidney stones, but…surprise! 19 large tumors, one the size of my fist.
I had 4 1/2 months of chemotherapy which ended in March and my hair is growing out now. So this is my after:
The large B cell Lymphoma is in remission now and considered cured unless it comes back. I’m on 2 years of maintenance therapy now for the Follicular cancer which is incurable. Thankfully it’s not a chemo drug but an antigen that directly targets lymphoma so all should go smoothly. The Follicular cancer will return, it’s just a matter of when, but sometimes it can take 2 or 10 or 25 years. Maybe I’ll die from being in a 100 car pile-up on I-5. Meh. In any case I feel great now and am moving on.
I’ve been sitting on my ass watching TV and dying for 6 months so it’s taken me a few months to get back to my old activities. But now I’m up to walking 2-6 miles every day and am even running, very very badly, but running is running. I needed a little time to obtain a few muscles first!
I’m back to happily eating a vegan diet, since a steady diet of meat and eggs and cheese very probably contributed to my cancer, which most likely came from my Crohns (Apparently it’s extremely common for cancer of the autoimmune system to follow). The Crohns is 100% in check now. Oh well. Live and learn. The live part is especially essential.
I want to start keeping up my blog again so I’ll drop back by next week and re-enter the blogging world.
I now weigh 198 which is pretty darn good. I can sometimes hardly believe I’ve kept the weight off all these years. I’ll have to go back into my own blog to see when I actually started losing weight. I don’t even remember!