Now that the cancer seems relatively under control, I have been going stir crazy staying at home! After much effort, I finally got back to work on a part-time basis last week. I was able to use this opportunity while I have someone back-filling me in my permanent position to make a case for spending a few months working in a different part of EPA. I am now temporarily in the Toxic Release Inventory Program, which is great fun! It is wonderful to have an opportunity to learn more about programs that are specifically intended to help the public rather than the work I’ve focused on to date which has managed programs which support EPA’s internal workings. I owe great thanks to those who were able to make this opportunity finally happen for me — a heart-felt thank you!
The commute and need to walk around at work have been a wonderful way to build up my stamina in a fairly low-key way, but I do find that I am pretty beat by the end of the day. As a result, I’m sleeping a bit better, which is a wonderful side benefit of being exhausted. Life is such a balance between work, children, home life, etc. I’m pretty convinced at this point, that having multiple facets of my life makes things much more interesting. The balance can be
Chemo is fairly straight-forward now that I am down to 2 drugs. While the reaction to the Carboplatin was pretty bad a few weeks ago, I am grateful for the impact it had on the cancer for the 6 weeks I was able to take it. As my oncologist suggests, it seems to have provided a beneficial kick-start to the recovery. I want to reiterate that I don’t see this a battle against cancer so much as a great march toward resilience. It’s been fascinating to see the number of references all over the place about cancer existing in everyone. Triggers such as stress can cause mutations to cell development which can lead to cancer cells which grow as we experience stress. It’s not just cancer you have to worry about with stress but other physical and psychological problems too. Bottom line — make sure you’re priorities are clear.
The next step — the brain MRI next week. Keep your fingers crossed!