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.
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.
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.