Following on from my very busy week last week – avoiding the need to do my University assignment by being out and about for most of the week then having a day of rest and recuperation. I spent most of the rest of the long Easter Weekend reading, researching and writing the assignment that was due yesterday (Wednesday).
Achievement #1: I’m proud to say that for both my assignments due since the news of my metastasis were confirmed, they have been handed on time, I haven’t needed to ask for extensions although the lecturers would probably have given me one, and I feel I have done a fairly competent job with them both as well. I know my brain isn’t working as clearly or to the intellectual extent it used to, but then it didn’t last year either, and I managed to pass all my papers. I am about to get my mark back for the one that was due a few days after I got the definitive news and it will be interesting to see what marks I achieved given that my mind was still darting all over the place.
Achievement #2: I finished my first two week course of Xeloda yesterday – having my last 5 pills last night. I consider that another achievement as well. Even though the side effects got a little more pronounced over the weekend and I was up most of Saturday night with abdominal cramps and slight diarrhea, they were still manageable. If it remains only one night out of the fortnight that it gets so bad I can’t sleep, then that is able to be coped with. I do recognize that the second cycle will give me a more realistic idea of the side effects as this cycle was more of a gradual build up of the toxicity. On a smaller note of achievement I managed to have a slight sleep in this morning and enjoy the luxury of not having to have breakfast by a certain time due to the tablet timetable. I now have a week off before seeing Dr H again next Wednesday to get the next cycle’s worth – another 140 tablets.
Achievement #3: Today I submitted two short stories to be included in a collection that is going to be published as a book. All the contributors are women with secondary (metastatic) breast cancer. I have until the beginning of June to submit other stories, but they will probably only pick one from each contributor. I’m quite excited about being a part of this project. I’ll let you know when and if I am going to be a ‘published author’ as well as a blogger.