Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Onto the last page of this chapter...

Well, the chemo chapter will officially close tomorrow, well if I have anything to do with it it will. I am praying that tomorrow will be the last time I sit in that chair and get hooked up to those 3 drugs. Man oh man I hope I'm right. I mean the cancer HAS to be gone. It was 90-95% gone after 3 more treatments, so that measly 10% left HAS to be gone with 3 more treatments...it just has to. I will not accept NO for an answer...are you hearing me cancer?

Tomorrow will be bittersweet. I get emotional just thinking about it. It really feels like yesterday that this all started, but then again it feels like it's been an eternity. I remember back thinking oh my goodness this is going to take forever. Well, I'm finally here, my last treatment. I think I will be a wreck tomorrow, but mostly with tears of happiness and just knowing that I made it to the end. I just have to trust my body and the drugs that it's completely gone. That's not too much to ask for is it?

We are ending tomorrow like we started...Mom is going to make me my favorite meal, beef stroganoff for dinner. I sure as hope I can eat it tomorrow unlike the first time. I guess time will tell. Dad and Sydney will be here as well. Team Ellis all the way (Ryan, my brother, will be here in spirit). Too bad it can't be a real party, but there will plenty of time for that.

The birthday cards are still rolling in. No joke. In fact, I got 3 more today. Not a day has gone by since Friday June 4th that I have not received a card. Absolutely amazing. Thank you all again.

My hands still hurt, but not as bad. I could be used to it too because whenever I think about it they hurt, but otherwise I don't notice it. I will see what Dr. Nabong has to say tomorrow. Over the last month or so I have developed quite a large amount of hairs on my head. I mean, nothing that amounts to anything, it's pretty much just peach fuzz. Well, it started to fall out again last night. Ugh. I never thought in a million years I would lose my hair twice, but I think it's all because of that 2 week break I had. GOOD NEWS is I KNOW it does grow back and even better news is it will start to grow back as soon as this last treatment leaves my body. Hip hip hooray...can't wait. I think it's going to be funny growing back. I feel some good photo ops in my future...

So that my friends is the latest. Tomorrow is a big day. My Doc appointment is at 11:30am so probably an hour after that I will sit in the chemo chair for the LAST time. :)

From the school of Erin, here are the 5 best minerals for cancer-prevention:

1. Calcium: A proven protector against colon cancer, this mineral is integral for maintaining the health of bones and teeth, blood clotting, and cellular metabolism. Excellent sources include: nuts and seeds, carrot juice, dark green vegetables, salmon and sardines.

2. Iodine: This mineral is found in sea vegetables like kelp, dulse, and Celtic sea salt. It helps protect the body from breast cancer and is required for energy and the growth and repair of healthy tissues.

3. Magnesium: This mineral protects against cancer in general, maintains the pH balance of the blood, as well as aids the formation of your body’s genetic material–RNA and DNA. While damaged genetic material can put you at risk for cancer, magnesium helps with the repair work. It is found in many foods, including: nuts, fish, brown rice, whole grains, and green vegetables.

4. Selenium: This mineral helps the body manufacture glutathione, an enzyme required for proper detoxification of the body. Because toxic build-up in the body is linked to cancer, assisting your body with its natural, ongoing detoxification processes helps lessen your risk of cancer. In research, low dietary levels of selenium have been correlated with higher cancer incidence. Supplementation with selenium is a valuable cancer prevention tool.

5. Zinc: A powerful protective agent against prostate cancer, this mineral is also necessary for the formation of RNA and DNA and a healthy immune system. And, you guessed it: a healthy immune system is better able to kill cancer cells. Zinc is found in pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, seafood, whole grains, soybeans, and onions.

Till tomorrow,

Love, Erin

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