Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Feel the burn..

Hey everyone! Whoa, it's been almost 2 weeks since I have written in my blog. Bad Erin. I'm so sorry. Luckily there is nothing bad to report, so I guess you can say no news is good news! Ha! I'm just living my life and enjoying every second of it.

Working out is going great! I love it. I have been very disciplined in going too even though I only go 3 times a week but for now that's a start. I just started my 3rd week. I feel stronger and healthier so that must mean I'm doing great! I'm also pretty darn sore too. :)

I still haven't received my Angel assignment but I'm thinking I should hear any time now. I feel like it's been forever since I got accepted into the program! Patience.

My CT Scan has yet to be scheduled, but that's fine, I don't go back to the Doc until the end of October so there is still plenty of time.

The weather here in AZ is abnormally hot. I think we are all ready for it to cool down for more than 2 days. Please weather?

I signed up the other day for the Susan G Koman "Race for the Cure" here in Phoenix. I have never done this one before so I'm really looking forward to it. It's a 5K. I can do it especially since I'm post-treatment and I've been working out. I like the day it falls on too...10-10-10. 10 is my favorite number. :) Wish me luck!

So that is the latest... pretty exciting news huhh? Hey, I would rather write in here about boring day-to-day activities than how a chemo treatment has made me feel! :)

Have a great rest of your week everyone. I'll check back in next week!

Love, Erin

Friday, September 17, 2010

September Check Up Results...

Hello all! I had my meeting with Dr. Nabong today...all went well. I asked him how my blood counts were and he said, "ok." I said, "OK?" He said, well your counts are still climbing, your WBC (white blood count) is at a 3 but your ANC (absolute neutrophil count) is at 1400. So he said I didn't need to worry. I thought it to be odd though because I had been at a 3 for my WBC during treatment and it's been 2 months since I've had chemo in my body and it's still at 3. I guess it just goes to show you it is taking my body awhile to bounce back! Patience Erin, patience. I will still scratch my head though because I FEEL GREAT!!!

At least I have something to compare it to because the last time I was at the Doc I didn't have labs done. So hopefully come October they are even higher. My ANC is right on the border of being in the normal range so that's great. A neutrophil is a white blood cell, but it's the most important one because it fights the infections...that's why he wasn't concerned. Hope this is all making sense!

I asked him about my feet and hands and it is just a side effect from the drugs...I guess it just comes and goes. I'm going to start taking that B6 vitamin again and hopefully that will help. If it's still not better in October, I'll bring it up again. That was pretty much all we discussed. I will go back in 6 weeks for another check up (October 26th) but prior to that I will have a CT scan (with contrast--injection of dye) done. Eeeekkkkkk I'm nervous already! It better come back clean as a whistle. :)

I got my port flushed and I was out the door! Everyone loved my hair growth and Dr. Nabong got a kick out me when I said, "hahah my hair is longer than yours!" Hee hee hee.

I am still enjoying the gym and I have been 3 times this week! I am pretty darn sore today though...but it's a good sore. I can't wait to go again!

That's the latest my friends! I hope you all have a good weekend.

I'll check back in next week!

Love, Erin

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Back in Shape!

Hey there everyone...just thought I would post a new blog to let you know how amazing my life is going. Ha! I have finally recuperated from my vacation...it took awhile, but I did! I thought I was fighting off a cold last week as well, and finally today I feel like myself again! I never did get the cold thank goodness, but I felt it trying to win, but I of course wasn't going to let that happen!

It's really weird to start thinking about the past 7 months...well actually now, the past year. It was this time last year that this all started. It was right about Labor Day that I started noticing the swelling in my groin. Seems so crazy to think about all that I have gone through in the past year. Did any of you watch the "Stand Up to Cancer" special that aired on Friday night? I did and I thought it was great. The statistics they showed on there were unbelievable. There were many tears falling down my face during the show because it was the first time I have watched a show like that having had cancer, and living as a Survivor. Pretty emotional. I seriously do hope and pray that someday there will be a cure. This cancer stuff is nasty.

For the first time in probably 10 years I went to the gym last night. Seems weird to put me and gym together, but ever since I got cancer I have never wanted to work out more. Weird, I know. Actually before I was diagnosed I had started running and I enjoyed it but then that stupid tumor got in the way and I couldn't continue anymore. I think it was more of I couldn't do something so I wanted to do it more...hence, my yearning to work out. One of the girls at work is a personal trainer so out of the goodness of her heart she trained me last night. She showed me a million things to do to get me started so I'm super excited. Yes, I was able to get out of bed today, but my body is pretty sore. It will only continue to get more sore as well, but I like being sore, it means I'm doing something. Ha! My goal is to have a great bikini body for the spring because with my great body I will have a great set of hair too!

Oh, speaking of hair, I'm tickled that I have hair on my head as well as my eyelashes and eyebrows back! Everything has come back in strong. Yippee! My armpit and leg hair could have stayed gone forever, but oh well. I had a nice 6 month break. I have officially stopped wearing bandanas on my head and I'm rocking my cute really short hair! I actually like it and it's so nice in this AZ heat! My hair looks pretty much the same as it did before...it's not coming in any crazy color or curly...so that's good.

I have my next Doctor's appointment on Friday. I get to go to the lab on Thursday too so I'm excited to feel special because I made an appointment! Hee hee. I really have nothing to discuss with him other than my feet. They are still hurting me a lot. I get out of bed and it's painful. I think I may still have some type of nerve issue. My hands still hurt every now and then too. So, I'll discuss that with him, but other than that, I hope to hear that my blood counts are perfect! I will also get my port flushed and hopefully get my CT scan scheduled for October. Eeekkk....I'm nervous already.

I am going to upload all my pictures from my trip today and when I do I will post a link to them so you all can see! They are great! I'll update again after my Doctor's appointment. Hope you all are doing good and enjoying this somewhat cooler weather! I'm ready to say adios to the 100's....

Till the next time...

Love, Erin

Monday, September 6, 2010

Home.Sweet.Home.

Hey there everyone! I think this is the longest I have gone without writing a post in my blog! You all knew where I was though...frolicking around California, enjoying a much needed vacation! So, how was it you ask? It was awesome. So awesome in fact that I came home a day early because I am beyond exhausted. Not really mentally, just physically. I did realize during this trip that my body is still not 100% yet so that got a little frustrating...but it is what it is. I had a blast. So nice to get away.

I started off by driving last Sunday to LA. I have never done the drive to CA before (at least by myself) so that was an adventure in itself. The traffic wasn't bad at all and I was able to find my friends place just fine! I stayed with a friend of mine that used to work at Loco. I changed and we were off to Hollywood! It was fun to walk around, see all the big Hollywood signs, but man that city is dirty. GROSS! I just felt dirty walking around. I got to see some favorite celebrity hangouts, bums and trannys. Everything LA has to offer. Ha. I even had my first Pinkberry experience (yum) and I did some shopping on Melrose.

Monday night I flew to San Francisco and got to experience the fog first hand. My 1 hour flight was delayed 3.5 hours. And I spent an extra hour in the air circling around SF trying to land because of the fog. Not fun, but I made it. My friend Lindsay from high school and her husband Marco were there to pick me up! I spent the next 2 days exploring SF by myself since they both had to work. I met up with a friend from UofA, we were in the same sorority together so it was nice to see her after all these years and I also met up with another girl that used to work at Loco! I also walked and walked and walked. My poor feet. They are in dire need of a pedicure tomorrow. Ugh. I was proud of myself for getting around on the public transportation too. San Francisco was just as I remembered it, a pretty, bustling, windy, hilly, foggy city.

Thursday I flew back down to LA and then made a drive south to Laguna Beach. Now I got to experience LA traffic at it's best. My hour drive turned into 2 hours. Ugh. I made it though and we were off to the bar as soon as I pulled in! I stayed there with another friend of mine from high school. She has a house about 15 minutes from the beach...how convenient. Friday we made an impromptu trip to Carlsbad (had lunch there), then went a little further to San Diego! I hadn't been there since I was a little kid so it was fun to see what it's all about. We walked around the boardwalk and stopped at this bar called "Wavehouse" where you can watch people try and surf on this fake (yet real) wave. It was pretty entertaining. From there we went to the Del Mar horse racing tracks. Didn't get to see an actual race (although I heard them) but it was fun just being there with all crazy energy.

Saturday was a beach day. I went to 2 different beaches and got to experience the beauty of Laguna. The fog made it nice in the morning/early afternoon because it wasn't so hot walking around. I got to relax finally too so that was nice. That night we went to San Clemente and watched the sunset off the pier there. SO PRETTY. I had made up my mind Saturday that my body just couldn't go anymore. I was so tired. I was also worried about the traffic leaving on Labor Day, I missed my doggies and I really wanted my bed! So, off I was yesterday afternoon and I'm so happy to be home. I had a great time and I'm so glad that I went, but there is nothing like being back to your normal routine!

So that my friends is a re-cap of my busy trip! I think I need a vacation from my vacation now...ha! Thankfully I have 2 days to rest before I return to work on Wednesday! Oh, I'm sporting some pretty cool hair too...it is now officially the end of bandanas....yes!

Hope you all are having a safe and fun Labor Day weekend. For once I'm not laboring on Labor Day!

Till the next time....

Love, Erin