Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Looking Good, Feeling Better, and Half Way There

I have now started and finished Round 2 of chemotherapy. With the start of this Round, I am now 3 doses into it and officially halfway done. This dose seems to going better than the other rounds. Maybe it was the sleep I got Monday night. It kinda makes sense, when you are fatigued you just do not feel well. I even felt well enough to be at the office yesterday.

The other thing I keep doing better is eating. I still do not feel like eating but I am forcing myself to eat three meals on these days after chemotherapy. Maybe this is having a positive impact because as I went to the doctor today to be disconnected from the chemo pump, I actually felt okay.

But as fast as the weather can change here in the Midwest, that is how fast I went from feeling okay to feeling horrible. By the time I made it home from the doctors office, I felt nauseated, tired, queasy, stiff, and sore. Luckily, Jacob and his friends entertained The Short Chic until Wayne could get home. Once my head hit the pillow, I was out for two and a half hours!

The other thing that I did today was attend a class sponsored by the American Cancer Society, National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation called Look Good...Feel Better. The class provided Cancer patients with a wonderful bag of cosmetics and taught us how to hide many of physical signs of being sick. Besides the awesome bag filled with top brand products (Yves Saint Laurent Make-Up Palette, Mary Kay Gentle Cleansing Cream, Avon Solutions Botanisource, Bobbi Brown Lip Shimmer, Revlon Pressed Powder, Chanel Lip Glosses, Elizabeth Ardin Foundation, Chanel Mascara, Chanel Lipstick, American Beauty Lipliner, Physician Formula Concealer, Two NYC eyeliner/brow pencils, Curel Moisture Lotion, and 14 ounces of Aquaphor) it was nice to sit in a room with other women experiencing the same ailments that you are experiencing. 

My goodies!

We talked about diagnosis, symptoms of the cancer, how we found out we were sick, when our hair fell out, port sites, doctors, support systems, wigs, scarves, and most of all hope. It is amazing how good a battered soul can feel in a short two hour time period.


  1. What an amazing class and kudos to the companies who donate their products to all of you wonderful women! Congrats on being half way there! I can't wait for you to be able to look back on see that this is just one short chapter in your life. Hope you have feel good and have a great weekend!

  2. i am so happy you went to this class! That took a lot of courage but it's evident that you aren't lacking in that dept! Awesome job PAM!!!