I started the month hoping to just get through it. It’s been another super hectic month, and my superstitions were in full force. I sit here on August 31st and can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Today, I am quite pleased to report, is my 4 year breast cancer-versary, as they say. A lot of people measure the time differently, but for me, it’s the anniversary of the day that tumor was removed from my body — four years since my double mastectomy. August 13 was also the 8th anniversary of being free of kidney cancer. Woo hoo! I’m feeling great and hoping there are many more anniversaries to mark.
This past Tuesday was my six month check up at the oncologist. All was well; my blood work was perfect, although I’m still waiting for my tumor marker result which takes a few days. The visits are mostly an exercise in patience and frustration management… the usual long wait even though I was the first appointment of the day. I just don’t understand why someone would schedule a 7:50 appointment if they aren’t even IN the office at 7:50…
At this point I feel like I’m just using her for the blood work and tumor marker. There’s not a whole lot of value she’s adding at this point. I needed to get to work for a meeting, so I didn’t even bother arguing with her when she said “well, as long as you’re eating dairy you don’t need to take take a calcium supplement”. So uninformed. Trust me, if I had had more time, I would have done my best to educate her that the countries with the highest dairy consumption have the higher incidence of osteoporosis… but there was no time. And probably just as well; I’m not sure she would have been open to the discussion.
My son started back to school this week which is a good thing for me. This crazy summer has seen a lot of Stress and its partners-in-crime, stress eating and stress drinking! Too much sugar, too much alcohol, and not watching the fat/oil intake. Too much eating out and on the run. Not enough planning and cooking at home. It’s led to a double digit weight gain that I am not proud of and in a hurry to ditch. (Too many fat cells increase your risk of certain cancers…) It always amazes me how quickly the weight comes on and how long it takes to get it back off. Getting back into our routine will (hopefully) get me back on track with eating cleanly, juicing occasionally, and writing regularly.
So here’s to four fantastic years, and many more to come! Thanks for joining me on the ride!
IMDb: Fantastic Four (2015)