Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Energy!

Something I have always struggled with is my energy. I just dont have nearly enough! And I hate it. Usually by 1pm I am exhausted. Of course napping isnt usually an option. And honestly even if it was, I wouldnt be able to sleep. I still suffer from lots of leg pain. Pain meds work well, however, I wont take them during the day because I have kids to take care and places to drive. It just isnt an option. So, I started looking at other alternatives. Honestly, things like Energy drinks were out of the question for me. For one, they are expensive. For another, I drink 2 Diet Pepsis a day, I didnt really want to add to my caffeine intake. I just simply wanted more energy!

One of my friends suggested checking out the different Nutritional shakes out there. After some research, I made my choice! Body By Vi was the one for me! Body by Vi is primarily used for Weight Loss, however, I am using it as more of a balanced nutrional shake. It is packed full of vitamins and it seriously tastes delicious! There are so many recipes out there that I was a little overwhelmed to be quite honest with you! My favorite is called the "Butterfinger Shake" I love Butterfingers and this shake seriously tastes like a Butterfinger!

The best part is that it has really helped with my energy level. I just have a shake for breakfast, then I eat my normal lunch around 1230. I love that I typically have enough energy to last me until the evening! That, my friends, has been a welcome change!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Transferring My Care...

So the last month or wo I have been debating transferring my care a little closer to home. Quite honestly, the reason is money. It is expensive to travel to Nashville. I do not feel comfortable having my care only in Wichita. There are multiple reasons, but first and foremost is that my onocologist here does NOT specialize in Melanoma. He is forced to handle all different types of cancers. I dont want that. I want someone that knows MY type of cancer. I do NOT want to know more than my Dr. And I feel like that is how it is here in Wichita. No offense to my Dr, thats just how it is.

So after doing some research I decided to KU Cancer Center. When I first called to make my appt I was very clear about which Dr I wanted to see. Unfortunately that Dr was out of the state for the next month, so they put me with another Dr. I wasnt thrilled, but couldnt do anything about it. So appt was booked for me to check out the place and "interview" the Dr.

When I arrived at the Cancer Center, it was very nice and cozy. Everyone was very nice and I felt at ease. I met with the registration person and was told that I was in fact seeing the Dr I wanted to see originally! Say Whhhhaaaatttt??  Well come to find out, he heard about my case, read my file and actually requested me!:)

Because you see, I am a "medical rarity"! Since the drug I am on, Zelboraf, has only been FDA approved since August, he hasnt had anyone on this drug for more than a few months. And here I come, Ive been on this drug for almost 2 years, which is almost unheard of, with zero reoccurance and very few side effects! He was actually excited to meet ME! Crazy, right?!

The Dr and I bonded right away. He had already read most of my file. He knew exactly who my Drs were at Vanderbilt and at MD Anderson and he told me that I fascinated him and he would be happy to have me as his patient. He is very interested in Melanoma research and has been for years. He reads anything that comes out on Melanoma and Melanoma drugs and seemed to know exactly what he was talking.

One of my questions for him was, if my cancer happens to come back (which it wont!) what would he do? What would he recommend as my next step? And he passed with flying colors. He was able to give me percentages and drug names and everything. Made me feel very comfortable with putting my life in my hands. I also reassured him that if I didnt agree I would let him now. He didnt seem shocked by that...hmmmm....:)

The only thing I didnt like was he wants me to come back in 2 months instead of the 3 or 4 months like I wanted. He actually wanted me to come back every month, but I reassured him that that wouldnt be happening! Im switching to save money! I cant be driving up there every month for nothing. He is a little worried about my kidney and liver function because Zelboraf can affect those, however, after 2 years and both are fine, I am fairly certain I will be just fine!

So, overall, it was a great appt and I am pleased with my decision to switch. But, I am very sad to be leaving Vanderbilt. It was NOT an easy decision for me. And I guarantee u there will be tears when I go to Vanderbilt at the end of the month. I am very happy with my Dr there and in reality Vanderbilt has been amazing to me. It was not a decision I came to lightly and I pray I made the correct decision.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Well....Maybe?

Recently i was asked if I would of listened to me if I was a teenager. Well, I would like to say of course! But, truth be told I simply dont know.

I tanned because I was obsessed with being tan. Look back at pictures of me in High school. I was obsessed with being tan. Being tan made me feel thinner and feel better about myself. I liked that feeling.

If I would of known then what I know now, knowing that I would in fact get Melanoma and fight for my life, then yes, of course I would of listened to myself. However, given a shot, say 50/50 of getting melanoma or not getting it, I dont know. I do know that melanoma sucks. I know that melanoma is awful. Simply awful. I know that melanoma is life threatening and with Stage IV your chance of surviving past 5 years is slim. Very few do. Now granted, I WILL be one of them, because thats just how I roll:) But, unforunately many wont.

I also know that I cant change the past. When I was first diagnosed I really dwelled on the fact that all those times I tanned I was actually causing my cancer. When i was first diagnosed I didnt understand it. I had no idea that the tanning beds and the sun had caused my cancer. It was only after I had some time to digest what was going on that I realized all that time in the tanning bed was now trying to kill me. Being tan and feeling better about myself is what is killing me now.

Clearly its not worth it. And I know that my friends that love me with all their heart and soul wouldnt even consider stepping in to a tanning bed. They have seen what I have gone thru. They have heard me vent. They have seen me suffer. They have felt my pain.

So looking back, I would like to say that yes, my past self would most definitely listen to my future self. Being tan is not worth it. My life is worth more.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A little bit of this and that...

*Sorry I havent updated. All is good. I tend to update a lot on Facebook! Not so much on here! My bad!
*We are all doing great. Geebers turned 4 1 month ago yesterday. She is growing up so fast! She is a pretty amazing little girl!
*K-man is rocking it in Kindergarten! He's not a huge fan of the whole getting up early to head to school, but other than that he is having a grand ole' time!
*The husband continues to be employed so that is a bonus!
*I started working at the preschool that K-man attended last year. I am the assistant on Wednesday and Friday mornings in the 4 & 5 year old class and I love it!
*On Thursday mornings I volunteer in both of the kiddos classrooms. Its nice to get in there and see what they are learning about and how they do in the social setting.
*My kids are complete opposites! K-man is the quiet,shy one. He knows the answers but rarely volunteers them.
*Geebers is the more outgoing one. Even if she DOESNT know the answer she going to volunteer one anyway:) She is also quite helpful in the classroom. She is the little mommy. Sometimes that good. Sometimes not so much, but its who she is and I love her for it!
*I am in the process of switching my care a little closer to home. I am really sad about this, but the truth is traveling to Nashville is killing us financially. Each trip cost around $600-$700 once u figure in flight, rental car, hotel room, and food. Even going every few months is costly for us.
*I meet with KU Med Cancer Center next week. I am glad I am meeting with them before my next trip to Vanderbilt. It gives me time to weigh my options. If I dont feel comfortable transferring my care then I will stay with Vanderbilt.
*I have started cooking for my family lately a lot. Ive never been someone that enjoys cooking so this is a whole new thing for me but I am throughly enjoying it! You would think I would be gaining a ton of weight!
*K-man has been playing basketball on Saturday mornings. Daddy is his coach. Its rather entertaining to watch Kindergarteners play basketball. Not judging...just sayin...
*Last weekend after his game I fell on the cement and sprained my hand. It was awful. I was holding Geebers at the time and she went flying out of my arms and hit her head on the cement. Luckily one of my friends was near by and saw Ella crying so she came to help. Oy! What a weekend!
*For Valentine's Day I am making the kids heart shaped cinnamon rolls, heart shaped sandwiches for lunch, heart shaped pizza for dinner, and pb kisses with heart shaped chocolate in the middle. Im sort of excited :)