Showing posts from February, 2015

Chemo Was Mean To My Nails

We all know that chemotherapy causes hair loss, but did you know that it also affects your nails?  Many patients are often surprised by the effects some chemotherapy drugs have on their fingernails and toenails. The good news is that this doesn’t occur with every type of chemotherapy, and it doesn't necessarily happen to everyone.
      So what happens? Chemotherapy tends to cause the nail beds to become discolored. Nails often become brittle and dry causing them to break and crack easily.  As you can see on the right, this is happening to me. Five of my finger nails have starting cracking much lower than I would like. They get caught on everything, and I can't scratch, which makes my skin itch all over just thinking about it!
     Lines can also develop in the nail related to each cycle of chemotherapy. Beau's lines occur as you nail temporarily stops growing. The lines then grow out with you nail. You can sort of see some faint white lines in my nails in this pictur…

Time with Friends, My Blond Moments

I no longer have to go to IU Simon Cancer Center every three weeks, so I can do some of my infusions at our local hospital.  During Treatment #8, I got to spend time with my dear friend Becky. Luke & Lydia also walked over after school to join me.

     Do blonds have more fun? Well, I decided maybe it was time for me to find out!  I tried some platinum hair just in time for a fun little vacation with some amazing friends! 

      So you know how you and your girlfriends talk about going on a girls' trip, but that is all you end up doing, talking about it? Well we did it! Stupid cancer started throwing curve balls at me, so we stopped talking about it and planned it!

We decided on Key Largo as our destination because while searching, I found something I had always wanted to do. Oma's Dolphin Swim Program atDolphinsplus had a free opportunity for me to swim with dolphins. I absolutely loved this experience, as did my friends.  Dolphins are truly amazing…

Time with Family

I am a little behind on posting!  Life got busy after my last post with Christmas and some traveling.  So let's get up to speed. 

This Christmas Season was so very special to me. Christmas gifts and time with family take on a new meaning when you have been diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer.   

With the kids out of school for break, I was so excited that they could go with me to Treatment #7.  Sadly, when we arrived, we found out that they could not go back with me.  Flu season had hit, and they would not allow children in the infusion area.  But they were troopers, hanging out together in the waiting room for over three hours while visions of Cayman danced in their heads.

Two days later, off we went for a week's vacation in Grand Cayman.  I cannot explain what a blessing this trip was for Ben and me.  I have wished for a long time that I might be able to take the kids to the most beautiful place I had ever been. I will be forever grateful to those who made this possible for us.  The…