August 22nd, 2010 Julie
It has been an amazingly quiet year at the McDonald house. I finished breast cancer treatment (at least the biggest share of it) last summer. It has been a nice, quiet year of no significant medical problems or treatments to speak of. I do still have check-up’s for cancer every 3-6 months and for Fibromyalgia every 4-6 months.
About 2 weeks ago I had my third infusion of Zometa, an osteoporosis drug used in the treatment of cancer. I have an infusion of the medication every 6 months. It goes on for 3 years from the time I started, so I have about a year and a half left of the infusions. I just had my 3rd infusion and it went well. The first time I had the drug I felt like I had the flu for about a week afterward, but the last 2 times I have felt okay other than being overly tired for about a week.
In the mean time, I have taken to eating as cleanly as possible in an attempt to at least slow the growth of any further cancers. It is amazing the terrible things in our food supply. We have started a garden this year and are trying out best to keep it pesticide free. I buy organic as much as we can afford. We are eating food in the most natural for we can get it. No, a cheese burger and fries from Wendy’s is not in it’s most “natural form”. ha Fruits and veggies and clean meats.
I am also trying to rid my environment of as much chemicals as possible. This is a challenge in our society of smells and potions to cure everything.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is coming up again in our area in September or October. This year we plan on doing the 5 K. It is a great way to celebrate my victory over cancer.
The battle does go on. I have a dear friend that is currently battling kidney cancer that has spread to her lungs. She is an older lady and this is her 6th cancer in her life time, so she has done amazingly well. I am afraid this is going to be the last battle, however.
I also know a very young man dieing of kidney cancer as well that has spread all through his body. He is a husband and the father of a young girl my daughters age. We continue to pray for him every day and his family at this very difficult time. Cancer is a ruthless killer. It sneaks up on you when you least expect it.
Be grateful for every day you have that is healthy and free of disease. Your life can change on a dime.
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