I had my usual monthly checkup today. I am having some joint pain, but my doctor says maybe it’s just arthritis. I was having bloodwork done anyway, so we’ll check the tumor markers just to make sure it’s not the bone mets acting up again. I’m only suspicious because my left hip is giving me trouble and that was a problem spot before. I’ll probably get those results in on Friday. She said that she’s pleased with my response to the Xeloda so far and that things are moving in the right direction.
I gained a few more pounds, which isn’t a big deal, but it does mean I’ve have to get started on some kind of exercise routine. I cancelled my gym membership last summer and I haven’t really done any consistent exercise since then. I’m definitely going to try biking when the weather cooperates, but I’ll need an indoor activity too. Might be elliptical. Anyone have any good ideas? I can’t really handle aerobics anymore which has always been my favorite.
My doctor also suggested that I try two of the support groups at the Cancer Support Community – Kids Connect/Parents Connect and the Advanced Breast Cancer group. The kids group is for kids whose parents have cancer. They have separate kid and parent groups that happen at the same time. I knew about both of these, but have been a bit reluctant to go. Fitting these kind of things into our family schedule is tricky. I didn’t want to put Ethan in the kids group too soon because at this point his life hasn’t been disrupted much, but the doctor said it would be better for him to get comfortable with it before he really needs the support. I haven’t gone to the breast cancer group because I wasn’t sure if I was ready. I participate in a similar group that is online, but it’s a whole different thing to actually meet people face to face. Sometimes I feel like I have too much to deal with on my own and meeting people with similar problems will just be too much to handle. I’ve also been working with the cancer center’s social worker to set up a group for young people with cancer of any type. They are trying to find someone to run the group, but it would deal with issues unique to younger survivors like marriage/dating, parenting, body image, etc.
Look for another update later this week.