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Chemo - again

So last week, on Wednesday, I got axed from my place of employment!  Lucky me!  They said I was no longer able to perform my duties and that I had too many absences.  Well, fudge!  Then Friday, I started chemo for the second time!  Even luckier me!  I have been hit with the worse side effects in just a few days - joint and muscle pain, as well as the usual nausuea.  The pain has been the absolutle worst!  I am still in pain but it's gotten so much better than the last two days.  I'm holing up at home, doing nothing but sleeping really!  And trying to just wait out this crisis.  No idea when it will end or how well the planet will be left afterward.  But I'm staying safe, and hopfully you all are staying safe as well!  Much much love to you all! 

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I am so sorry about your work, unless that is a better choice currently. I hope you can get disability, and have them cover, or keep you on insurance. I was fairly useless, after my chemo/radiation. I was into the work, just chemo brain, and complications. Luckily I retired 5 months after treatment ended.
My daughter wants to be laid off, rather than work on non urgent elderly patients all day, without PPE.
You take good care of yourself, please!
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Oh my ... without PPE?! No no nononono! Tell her to stop treating (non emergency) patients unless she gets some protective wear!! That'll get her laid off or better supplies!
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So sorry Heather for you having to go through chemo and having such a rough time.Sounds like it really Sucks.
We are all here for you, so please remember that when you put your head on your pillow.
The job? Deal with that when you have the strength for it. Clearly they are a horrible company to let you go at a time like this.
Sending gentle hugs.
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I love a good hug!! Thank you so much!!
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Your ex-employer is an unmentionable pffttttt! What an awful way they have treated you. Good news though to hear you are feeling better these past couple of days. Sleeping is good! We've been watching the news coming out of your country and keep our fingers crossed they get on top of this virus soon. Stay safe. Hope you feel the love from around the world. Hugs :*)
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Ooo puppy hugs and kisses are the best!! Thank you so much
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Hi Heather, I'm sorry you are having these side effects but holing up sounds like the best thing for you at this time. Keep some Ensures in the refrigerator because I don't imagine you feel much like eating on those days. I get Boost on Amazon and buy off-label equivalent to Ensure. Makes me mad about the workplace😡. Their grasp of social service astounds me. When you get through this, I think you will find a better/compassionate employer. 🙏🏻👍🏻😘
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I am thinking of filing a complaint with the EEOC ... I have a friend who is a lawyer and works in employment law! He has highly recommended that I at least file a complaint about the situation! I think he's right. Just gotta wait for a time when I don't feel so poopy!
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I was thinking that! But I didn't want to overwhelm you right now while you're getting tx and feeling poorly. But definitely, yes, when you're up to it, file 👍🏻😘
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Hi Heather. How are you? How are you feeling? Thinking about you
I have not been feeling well at all lately but I'm hanging in there! Right now my WBC is nearly zero so I'm not sure what that will mean for Monday's chemo appointment but I'm guessing chemo will be put on hold for now!
Oh, I am so sorry. Heather, you may ask your doctor about a Neulasta shot. Usually it works very well to stimulate the blood cell production. My WBC were 0.74 before this shot and up to 15 after I got it. Stay safe!
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I will look into that but I think had gotten that when I was hospitalized last month for chest pains. (All is well my tumors are just shrinking) but thank you for the suggestion!
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Thinking of you Heather, how are you doing?
Hiya, thank for your thoughts. Right now I'm just hanging in there. My WBC is next to nil so I'm not sure what that means for this Monday's schedule chemo but we shall see!
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Lung biopsy

So I had my biopsy on Thursday. All went well and I only have two very tiny needle marks near the middle of my chest. They told me I wouldn't be put out completely and I was a little worried. However, the antianxiety medication that they push through the IV is meant to have a dissociative afffect - where you feel like you're asleep but they can still ask you questions or move you around much more easily than if you are knocked out entirely. So I don't have any memory of the procedure. I did get a little overwhelmed at work yesterday. I'm still in training but I worked with a client kind of on my own and then needed to put all the information into the computer system - it was a bit much! My team lead had to leave early so I worked on the "paperwork" all alone and I'm not sure if I did it all correctly. To be fair, she did tell me it was difficult so I guess I shouldn't feel too badly. I have an appointment thiscoming Thursday with my attending oncologist to go over all the information for chemo. I keep making bets with myself as to whether I will lose my hair this time! I figure if I do, I am going to buy surgical caps to cover my head. I think that's a neat idea since I do work in medicine (mental health) although I'm still not sure if that would freak out my clients. I work with people who have very serious, severe mental illnesses (mostly schizophrenia or bipolar 1), so their brains don't work on a normative level anymore. There are two clients that I have meet so far that I really find endearing!  And I really want to see them both continue to do well - if not get super duper better!  Anyway, just checking in -- here's to you Marcia -- and hoping that all of you are doing well. Much love!

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There are some really attractive surgical caps and head scarves around. And I've seen some gorgeous head bands for smooth skulls (think Lt Ilia on Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979). And well done with work - don't be hard on yourself - sounds to me like you completed a difficult task by yourself, doing the best you could. So what if there are mistakes? They can be easily corrected and you will learn for the next time - you will be an old hand in no time! We'll be thinking of you on Thursday and keeping fingers and paws crossed. Hugs! :*)
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Thank you fur all the love!! :)
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Hi Heather! I like that everything is being addressed in a timely manner. It seems like less and less, people are losing their hair from chemo. I lost it completely in 1991 from Cytoxan, but I had great fun with wigs! In 2012, it just thinned a bit from the Cisplatin, and I didn't even notice. I like the surgical caps idea though. My cousin Gene and late BFF Ellen (bi-polar) are/were bothered greatly by loud noises. Once when I was visiting someone in the hospital, their room was near the unit for people with brain injuries. There was a sign posted instructing visitors to close doors lightly and when there was a thunderstorm, they had to move their beds into the hall and close their room doors. I felt so bad for them😕. You are very kind to be concerned about their reactions. I bet they're happy to have you as a care worker. Many blessings on your treatments, and check back when time allows.👍🏻😘.
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Vital Info


November 1, 2019

Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

January 9, 1982

Cancer Info

Cervical Cancer

October 20, 2018

Stage 4

over 6.1



I honestly was annoyed that it was only stage 1b. It felt like it “didn’t really” have cancer even though I went through treatment and now have permanent side effects from radiation. I’m also going through very early menopause because of radiation.

Even stage 1 can be serious.

Tell me your stories.

February 2020 Now it is in my lungs

Vasicek Cancer Center, Scott and White in Temple, TX

Stretch as much as you can threw treatment if doing radiation, to keep your body limber throughout treatment. It will be easier to recover if you do that.

TALK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON! I have a degree in mental health and talking about what I was going through was a huge help. I even talked about survivors guilt (a friend passed from stage four while I was in treatment), and I talked about my side effects.

February 5, 2019

Metastatic now, yes 2020

Unusual vaginal bleeding, could feel something wasn’t right and hormonal changes.

Money needed for medical bills that occurred prior to treatment because I was not going to be trying to find work during that time.


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