I sure appreciate your continuing interest and support of my blog musings!
I write because you've told me you look forward to my postings and updates, and worry when I don't. Thank you so much for caring!
And to those of you I don't know personally, but I've met virtually, thank you for your comments, support and recommendations. It's really awesome knowing this giant internet cyberspace is not so distant and anonymous afterall :)
And to those of you that are fighting the Myeloma battle along with me, I hope my postings are useful and interesting to you and I wish you the very best as you fight your fight with this crazy cancer that somehow invaded our blood and sabotaged our bodies...
Speaking of sabotage, I feel I am battling daily with my body to make good blood
I'm kinda sad to report today 2.9.11, that my White count has dropped to a 2.9
I've worked so hard to raise my Whites from 2.8 at MM diagnosis
And then battle back from Zer0 after Melphalan chemo decimated all my blood counts
I was so excited that many of my counts were normalizing in January, and my whites rose to a whopping 3.4 last month!
See...what I mean by working hard, is probably laughable to some of you...
I'm just not a Foodie!
Each day is a challenge to me to ingest somewhere near all the good foods, from all the food groups I need, to support my new Stemmies in growing good stuff to out-power the bad stuff
The irony is that this battle is not new to me...
After finally learning how to manage Calories after being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in my early teens, I mentally tallied everyday what I ate, so as to not get FAT -- (I was chubby teen :)
I prided myself on eating good things to feed the machine
I don't drink soda or alcohol
I am a meat minimalist
I eat to Live, rather than live to Eat
And I used to ask myself ... regarding treats and junk... "is a moment on the lips, worth a lifetime on the hips" LOL
I owned the food rainbow almost daily
I made sure to eat from all the food groups even more vigorously
I drank more water in a day then I used to in a week
And yes it all worked... my Anemia at diagnosis disappeared
My blood levels improved dramatically, and I kicked Myeloma's butt with the help of Revlimid, Cytoxan, Melphalan and a Stem Cell Transplant!
But I know, sabotaged for a good reason, as being on Maintenance Revlimid (.5) is continuing to keep Myeloma off my personal planet, but it also drags my Whites down with it
And, perhaps not the smartest move... I've returned to work... to the scary world of gerrrmmmmyyy students- but wonderful supportive, caring,fun, interesting, fascinating, goal oriented students!
Yes, I really am grateful for my Remission and current "not My loma" status!
I really do understand that going from 3.4 to 2.9 is really not that Big of a Deal
But dang it.. I thought I might be closer to 3.9 than 2.9 after all this good eating and drinking I'm doing!!!
And I'm not referring to my GPA hahaha
Alrighty, until next time... Cheers to Water, Orange Juice, Yogurt, Greens, Greens, Greens, Rainbow Veggies and Fruits, Juices, Tofu, Nuts, Beans, WWBread, etc ... and thanks to the changes in my system, I seem to be able to not have allergic reactions to Salmon, Tuna and meats anymore!
And gotta loooove the variety of Flavors of Ensure for Dessert!!!!!
Looove to all of you! Gotta go eat and drink!!!
And yes, all the above pictures are from things I actually prepared, ate and fed my family :)