Frustrations abound

Living my life has become what I’m trying to think of as The Ellen Project, which I used to be able to manage on my own but now often need help with.  Here is a whiny gallery of my daily challenges and–usually–frustrations related to my neuropathy-damaged hands..  There are many things I can no longer do […]

Last week’s round of imaging to see what’s what

Last week’s 3 CT scans showed some response to the new (since-December) chemo combo in my chest/abdomen/pelvis: very good news, though not all the new mets are gone.  Some are just unchanged or smaller. My various brain/spine MRIs showed leptomeningeal effects still in the central nervous system but nothing worse than late January when we started the […]

Brief update

Chemo vs. scans to see what’s been accomplished inside of me 🙂 I also have 3 cranio-sacral therapy appointments set up for March to work on my spinal cord and brain from a different angle.  Back when I made the appointments in early February, before starting I didn’t really know whether I would still be […]

Ups and downs

The last few days have been frustrating because just as I felt like I was getting substantially better in the strength and muscle department,  I lost some of it somehow. My thighs were no longer able to get me to a standing position without pushing with my arms, and my knees kept wobbling out on me […]

Vanities: smarts

(Part four of four musings on vanity’s role in my life.)  Finally we come to my final vanity: Vanity about smarts. I have always considered myself a smart person.  Besides this, I have had to navigate in the medical world,  specifically the world of breast cancer, on and off since 1995.   Before my diagnosis of […]

IT Methotrexate is working!

I’ve been getting intrathecal methotrexate (methotrexate injected into my cerebro-spinal fluid) for about a month now, which makes for a busy chemo schedule twice a week in Albany along with my other chemo regimen. But it seems to be working! I don’t know what this means for my chemo schedule in the next month or so, […]