I was diagnosed with colon cancer in November of 2017 after a routine colonoscopy. After further testing they found metastases to right ovary, left lung and now liver. I have gone through bowel surgery to remove sigmoid colon and ovary, and thoracic surgery for lung resection. I'm still recovering from that one! And will be for a while. :D We will find out what they can do with the liver in the next couple of weeks then chemo for 3-6 months after that. If all goes well I should add. I've had over 35 doctor appointments and medical tests in the last 5 months. We're very thankful there's a cancer clinic in Abbotsford but a couple of my doctors are in Vancouver and those appointment days can be very trying and tiring but we just trudge along. :)
So, as I lace up my runners, fill up my water bottle and get ready to sweat my way through May, please show your support by making a donation today.
* April 30 UPDATE. One more day to go and I'll be posting all my workouts.A little update for liver. The surgeon feels that chemo can take care of the two small legions in my liver so next step is another appointment at cancer center to start that process. Scary times!
* May 3 UPDATE. Oncologist feels that surgery on the liver is the way to go so now waiting until next week for surgeon to present my case again and make a decision.
* May 11 Update. Scheduled for liver surgery in the next couple of weeks.
* May 22 update. Surgery scheduled for Monday the 28th, CT scan today.
Woke up with a headache and more pain. Darn, this is not fun anymore! Living on Tylenol and trying to drink liquids to stave off headaches. So no workout today either.
by Petra Smith on Wed, May 30, 2018 @ 3:46 PM
No workout today as the pain has come with a vengeance. Debilitating when it's at it's worst. Funny only the one side of my liver hurts as the other side is numb because they had to cut some nerves there when they did my lung surgery. I hope I'm not doing any damage there as I can't feel anything. :(
by Petra Smith on Wed, May 30, 2018 @ 3:45 PM
Day of surgery, liver ablation, 2 spots. Went good. I was awake the entire time, just minor sedation. (Was not expecting to be awake!) Almost threw up during procedure but anesthetist was on cue with anti-nausea meds.
Was in the hospital for total of 9 hours then went home. Lots of pain as Tylenol 3's and morphine weren't working. Took 2 extra strength tylenol before bed (I think I overdosed a little as I felt nauseous again. It subsided after a few minutes, thank goodness. Went to bed and woke up next morning with little pain. Yay!
by Petra Smith on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 8:58 AM
Sorry everyone, have to take another rest day. Although I did help Mom with some chores at her house. :)
by Petra Smith on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 8:56 AM
Chasing after Ben for a few hours. I don't remember my kids having this much energy! <3
by Petra Smith on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 8:55 AM
1200 steps on mini stepper, 10 situps. lol, I am out of shape!
by Petra Smith on Fri, May 25, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Appointment in Maple Ridge today. 1200 steps on mini stepper. Feeling better today.
by Petra Smith on Fri, May 25, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Ct scan in Vancouver this afternoon. 800 steps on mini stepper.
by Petra Smith on Fri, May 25, 2018 @ 12:12 PM
Was able to work in the greenhouse this morning. Was planning to stay all day but we finished early. :)
by Petra Smith on Tue, May 22, 2018 @ 9:43 AM
Sadly the fatigue has set in. :( Still trying to do little things like the mini stepper but only a few hundred steps.
by Petra Smith on Tue, May 22, 2018 @ 9:42 AM
Worked in greenhouse for almost 3 hours. Had to stop because I was feeling lightheaded. Not sure if temperature was a factor (30C outside) or something else but that's my workout for today. Wiped me right out. :D
by Petra Smith on Mon, May 14, 2018 @ 4:03 PM
Walk at Great Blue Heron nature reserve. 2.95km, 35 minutes.
by Petra Smith on Sun, May 06, 2018 @ 1:34 PM
500 steps (actually 1000 as it only counts every second step) on the mini stepper.
by Petra Smith on Sat, May 05, 2018 @ 10:13 PM
Walked to hospital to pick up contrast for ct scan on Monday, then to mom's. 37.44 minutes, 3.32km.
by Petra Smith on Fri, May 04, 2018 @ 1:56 PM
Did some yard work today. Mowed the lawn (that's a workout all by itself :) ), used the weedeater around the edges, and weeded my garden beds.
by Petra Smith on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 3:13 PM
Played soccer with Ben and ran after him at the playground. Oh my gosh! He's such a monkey hanging on the bars giving you heart attacks! :D
by Petra Smith on Wed, May 02, 2018 @ 4:46 PM