Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Fighting Cancer Isn't Sexy - Part 10: Chemo Is Not a Jolly Friend
With my new pal Angel (http://twitter.com/bostonsfro)
I just got a nice message from Josh Groban asking if he missed any blog updates on my cancer fight. To have a superstar like that checking in on me means everything to me. Little things like that keep me going. So it got me up in bed & here's an update!
I'm in the middle of chemo treatments. They are every other week. 8 in total. I have completed 3. It's not a picnic. They give me steroids and anti-nausea drugs and then hook me up for a couple of hours to the chemo. When that's done, they hook me up to a portable chemo pack that I wear for 48 hours. When I get disconnected, they give me an injection to keep my white blood cells at a decent level.
The day of treatment & the next day aren't great. I don't feel good. But the real kicker is the next few days when I become completely exhausted & have a hard time getting out of bed. Nausea has been pretty well controlled by the meds. But it feels like I have a severe flu, I sweat a lot and am just a bit of a mess.
The following week, I feel relatively good! Tired and a bit off, but compared to what I've been through, those days of feeling relatively normal are priceless. I'm able to work part time at The Carroll Center for the Blind during these moments. This means the world to me. This is what I'm here for. Helping those warriors gives me so much strength. And then I nap like a champ!
My Twitter and Facebook pals have not stopped making me laugh & giving me positive reinforcement. I'm so damn lucky to have you! If I haven't thanked you personally, I'm sorry. I do my best. And I have chemo brain. Forgive me!
I have so much to look forward to. A big classic car show next month that will help the Carroll Center. One of my heroes of my youth & to this day, John Wetton will be performing in my area in October. I can't wait to finally meet my pal John in person! And my pal Josh Groban will also be performing in my area in October. Such a thrill to hear him live!
I'm sick & weak, but so strong inside. I will win. It's almost been a year since I've been diagnosed. What a year. I get emotional thinking about it. I'm stronger now than I have ever been. Look out, I'm going to do some great things in the future to help those in need. Thanks for hanging with me! - Geno
Fighting Cancer Isn't Sexy
Posted by Geno at Wednesday, August 14, 2013