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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-10 05:53
Subject: [cancer] And lo, I have slept some more
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
...and it was good. Almost too much, but that's the car-on-ice effect of dealing with chemo. By my current (wretched) standards I actually feel rested, so I'll take it.

Still chewing on recovery and post-chemo issues, about which I will post more as time goes by. I talked about the chemo port yesterday [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]
. Another big one will be expectation management. Coming off the needle for the last time on 6/20 isn't really the end of anything except a large piece of process. It will take me weeks, months, and in some cases years, to recover from the effects of chemo. So I'll need to guard against early disappointment or overextending myself, for example.

Like I said, more about that when I get the chance. Plus the tests, oi the tests. I suspect I'll spend the rest of my life being a human lab rat. So long as I get to keep my mind more-or-less intact.

For now I am rested.

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User: deza
Date: 2010-06-10 16:36 (UTC)
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There are times when "rested" is all you can hope for. Glad you reached it!

The big thing for me was my hair. I never got back to my pre-chemo thickness or texture. This time around, I've had overall thinning and chunks fell out (currently growing back, knock on wood), but I'm getting a LOT more silver than I had previously. Since I'm not even 40 yet, this bothers me. What can I say; hair's always been a vanity point for me.

You'll find your own milestones as go through recovery. It does take years for your body to clear out the poisons the chemo dumped into your system. Keep a log of the recovery points you see. It really helps to be able to look back and say "This is how far I've come."
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2010-06-10 19:23 (UTC)
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from my experiance with MonkeyBoy, when he went back for the first few cancer checkups, he had some anxiety attacks of major proportions. (thats like saying its a bit difficult to curb an elephant)

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