This go around was a little more intense as far as bouts of nausea. It's my own fault. I took it for granted that I could eat whatever I wanted, since the first go round went so smoothly. Not true. I have learned that I still need to be cautious about what I eat so close to treatment. The next treatment I will know better. I can tell my energy level is really starting to diminish. I can't do the things I used to before the second treatment without being totally exhausted. They warned me of this but I thought I was invincible. Guess I'm not the superman I thought I was. They have said I will become more and more fatigued as the treatments progress. Guess I need to heed their warning. Most days I would be fine other than it's hard to get around due to the bone marrow biopsy they did in my hip. I now walk with a limp. I'm trusting this will get better as time goes on.
A friend sent me an article that was written by Jeff Tomczek, The Things I Wish I Were Told When I Was Diagnosed With Cancer. The article talks about how your relationships will change and trust me they will change. Some people (friends and family) will have difficulty dealing with your cancer. I don't fault them whether their reason is selfish or just circumstantial. Before I was diagnosed with non Hodgkins lymphoma, I didn't understand the plight of the cancer patient either. Then there will be some that will step in and amaze you. I have been so fortunate to have such wonderful people surround me. The school where I am employed has been unbelievable. These people have shown me such kindness and love. I am a blessed man to be a part of that school community.
My good friend Perry and my parents have been such a blessing to me from day one. They sit with me during my 7+ hour infusion, they pick groceries up for me when I just can't do it. They are a constant in this struggle I am going through. God has really shown me how loved I truly am.
If you know anyone that has been recently diagnosed with cancer or just want a better understanding of what it is like to go through this ordeal, please click on the link above (The things I wish I were told when I was diagnosed with cancer) and read the article. I will update again after April first....my 3rd treatment.