my character

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

Lance Armstrong

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Last Friday was my first chemotherapy treatment, and I am not expecting another treatment for 2 weeks.  My round 2 chemotherapy treatment taking place now is different from the round 1 that I had last year.  The Round 2 treatment I take 2 weeks off between the treatments and with Round 1 I took 1 week off.

I have not really felt any affects from the chemotherapy except tiredness.  I am very tired, but this could be because I am also on some major pain medications and other medications that help me to control the pain I am experiencing.  I have not felt nauseous and I still have hair.  With the coming treatments in the future weeks, we shall see if the side-affects change.

This past week was filled with making future appointments to specialists.  The hope is when I finally have these appointments, we can start to identify the pain source and manage it so my quality of life becomes better.

There is much taking place right now with regards to doctors and dentist appointments and settling into our new location and routine.  These past several weeks have been hectic and with my pain and the side effects of the pain medications; mainly drowsiness; Gary and I have had little chance to start exploring and experiencing Tampa and the surrounding area.

We hope that will change in the very near future.  I plan to have in the next couple of weeks a post about the MacDill Air Force Base.  The base is large and beautiful with great views and many activities for those that live on it.

I also hope in the near future to have posts about some adventures around the Tampa area.

For now, I continue to be as strong as I can amongst the weak and tired body.

For now, I continue to be as optimistic as I can amongst the weak and tired mind.

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Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.

Walter Anderson

55 thoughts on “my character

  1. The quotes you chose to stress the importance of what you’re going through are amazing. I am rooting to you (Some how those words fall seriously short of the sentiment..)!

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  2. Good news so far on the side effects front. You may be right, those pain medications would have to make you pretty tired. Here’s hoping you & Gary will be able to do some exploring in Tampa in the not too distant future. In the meantime, rest & recover and don’t lose hope.

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    • Yes, I know most likely much of my tiredness is from the medications. I remain optimistic and know some exploring will take place very soon. Thanks Kim, I appreciate you reading and commenting! Happy Friday! 🙂

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  3. Beautiful ending with that quote..

    It’s so true..
    Attitude is everything when dealing with issues like you..

    Why waste all that energy being down when it’s nothing you can do to change or stop the situation..

    So proud of you you though terry…

    I know this experience makes you appreciate life and living so much more than ever..
    so pleased 😁 makes the best of it while you can.. and stay optimistic and enthusiastic
    You are doing great 👍!!!!!

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  4. My apologies for not responding as much as I should have. Spear, you’re a brave person. Keep up the good spirit. You may be surprised to hear this, but I think of you often. When you come to mind, I bend my thoughts to the highest positivity I can. I really do. Hope you and Gary can get out more and enjoy!

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  5. Relaxing and sleeping I am sure can only help the body and mind. I am sure in time, when the time is right you will be able to explore Tampa and enjoy it, as you will be stronger. Hoping your day will be a good one. Thinking of you. Hugs 🙂

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    • The relaxing and sleeping are good and do help a great deal. I have appointments in a couple of weeks with my specialists, so hopefully this pain will finally be dealt with soon. Thanks Lynne, hugs back to you. 🙂

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  6. You have been busy!! I think your tired from the medications for your pain. Chemo doesn’t make me feel tired, but I am not on any medications for pain either. Also everyone’s chemo treatments are different. I asked the nurse about that because I noticed some patients had little bottles, others different sized pouches and she told me it depends on what you have, so the chemo will be different. My pouch on the IV pole is almost the same size as the sterile saline, and on those days it is about a 2 hour visit.

    Interested to see pictures of the base, I can imagine very nice as Tampa is a beautiful area. I look forward to all of the pictures you share with us.

    Have a great day, take a nap or two if needed!! 🙂

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    • The chemo treatment this time around is very small in comparison to the first time I had it. I know most of my tiredness is from the medications I am taking for the pain – I have had to increase them in the last couple of weeks because the pain has become increasing worse. Thanks Sandy, I appreciate you checking in on me and hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

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      • I know your journey is a difficult and painful one it is what those of us that follow you love and care about you. I keep you in my nightly prayers since I opened my blog here. Love and hugs to you and I hope you have a good day 🙂

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  7. I agree with your other commenters, great quotes, they add a significant edge to your post. I have been keeping track of you via my email, (don’t worry, I’m always watching, hahaha) but I felt it time to come and comment in person.
    I hear a lot of very well deserved frustration in regards to your continued (and as of yet unexplained) pain and the pain meds and their side effects. Pain is much more than just the pain and the horrible deep inner fatigue from those meds can be horrific. It must be overwhelming frustrating, almost taking over every minute of your days and nights. My heart goes out to you.
    You are an incredibly brave and courageous man. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Bless you, and you and Gary of course.

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    • The pain and medications are taking over and at times I just become overwhelmed. I have the necessary appointments in place in a couple of weeks – I just need to hang on a little while longer. And I keep reminding myself, this is only temporary and it to will pass. Thanks Amanda, for reading and commenting, I always appreciate both. 🙂

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  8. Great quotes, Terry, and so true… I hope the tiredness will be the only side effect you will have to endure, even though it´s not really a nice one. But you´re right, the pain medication could also very well be an additional cause for it. Rest as much as you can. Sending huge hugs and energy to you! 🙂

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