I started a running program today because I’m badass.
Before you get too worked up, stop worrying, it’s only 60 seconds of jogging and then 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. It felt great! Although I wondered if my tiny, free-agent uterus was bouncing around inside my pelvis. I don’t think that’s how it works, but the thought crossed my mind. Have you heard of the Couch to 5K program? I love it and think it’s extremely effective! My recovery is going well and even though I’ll be returning to work next week (UGH-Please excuse my lack of enthusiasm, but being off payroll does have it’s drawbacks!) I’m trying to build fitness opportunities into my life.
I have begun to think of my life in chunks. This chunk lasts until April 30th when my family takes our FIRST EVER family vacation to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. We have never ever had a vacation like this. Our vacations thus far have been visiting family or friends, going to weddings or attending an event. I am prepared to be footloose and fancy free for a week and I can’t wait! So I’m also running because of the impending doom of being in a swimsuit for a week.
When we return from paradise, we will wait for my next CT scan which will be scheduled in May or June. My plan is to ward off my scanxiety until at least then. I learned this term today, but imagine that I will absorb it into my everyday discourse. It’s the actual anxiety one develops while waiting for a scan….but that’s a blog post for another day.
For now, the recovery from the Oophorectomy has been fairly easy. I am two weeks out and I am sore only in my belly button and only when I spend the day picking stuff up off the floor which is really easy to do when you have 2 children. My incisions are so tiny. I’m amazed at how sophisticated surgery can be. My belly button had the largest incision, around 5 cm, and you can’t even really see it because it’s inside my belly button! Crazy, right?
Within the next month I will start my new medications and wait and see how they affect my body. Letrozole is what they call an Aromatase Inhibitor and is taken to block the production of estrogen. There are generally no serious side effects with this medication. When you add Ibrance® or pablociclib to the mix, it doubles the “Progression-Free Survival” time for someone with advanced stage cancer. There are significant side effects with that drug including low white blood cell counts, low red blood cell counts, hair thinning and in very rare cases, blood clotting.
(I know it doesn’t sound good, but when you weigh that with the alternative it doesn’t look so bad! #maggiesbrightside)
Also, side effects don’t happen to everyone! So I may not have all of those.
Also, also, if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that worrying about what might happen doesn’t change what happens, it only ruins what’s happening right now.
So, as an alternative, I’m going to keep planning things to look forward to and finding ways to avoid work (just kidding employers!!) and running (slowly and safely!).