Cancer is a Real Pain: Neuropathy

It’s another hot August morning in Austin. I’m waking up, sitting in my favorite chair with my dog, sipping my coffee with my feet up. And my feet hurt. Six years after chemo, I still have some pain in the balls of my feet and toes, and today’s pain is more intense.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m absolutely joyous to be alive!  Neuropathy is just one of those nagging, ongoing side effects that you get used to.

What is neuropathy? And why does chemo trigger it?

Certain types of chemo, like ones that include platinum-based drugs and others, tend to damage the nerve endings in the extremities, mainly hands and feet, resulting in peripheral neuropathy. Continue reading

Remember What is Most Important

My youngest daughter showed me a quote this morning that I just love. Wise little one.

It’s not having everything go right; it’s facing whatever goes wrong.

It’s not being without fear; it’s having the determination to go on in spite of it.

It’s not where you stand, but the direction you’re going in.

It’s more than never having bad moments; it’s knowing you are always bigger than the moment.

It’s believing you have already been given everything you need to handle life.

It’s not being able to rid the world of all its injustices; it’s being able to rise above them.

It’s the belief in your heart that there will always be more good than bad in the world.

Remember to live just this one day and not add tomorrow’s troubles to today’s load.

Remember that every day ends and brings a new tomorrow full of exciting new things.

Love what you do, do the best you can and remember how much you are loved.

-Vickie M. Worsham

I had to share this especially for my friends who are dealing with things they didn’t ask for.

Want to Help Save a Life? Bone Marrow Donor drive Sunday July 29.

My closest friend’s son, ten-year-old Kethan, was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2006.  He beat it twice but now it’s back for a third time.

His doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital and MD Anderson say his best hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant. The problem is finding a donor match. Kethan is of South Asian descent and Asian donors only make up seven percent of the bone marrow donor database.

Because the markers used in matching are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. Adding more donors from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to the database increases the likelihood that all patients will find the match they need.

Since no match has been found, Kethan’s doctors are having to move forward with an alternative treatment because of no match.

Unfortunately, there are thousands of stories similar to Kethan’s.

If you live in the Austin, Texas area, please come out to the bone marrow drive and help us improve the statistics for finding a bone marrow match.

HELP SAVE KIDS LIKE KETHAN!
Bone Marrow Donor Drive
Sunday, July 29th, 2012
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ronald McDonald House
1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd (map)
(next to the Dell Children’s Medical Center-free parking)
Austin, TX 78723
GetSwabbed.org (now deletecancer.org)

So, what happens if you are a match?  Once you are registered, you are in the database until your 61st birthday and could be matched at any time.  Please go to getswabbed.org  (now deletecancer.org) to understand more about this process and what it entails.

Check out the video clip below about Kethan and Sunday’s bone marrow drive, from the local Fox News station.