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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Our Cancer Journey Week 15

Kathy can no longer feel her hands and feet.   The good, good, good days have become challenging days.    Kathy would normally push through it, but her oncologist advised us that being stoic increases the risk of permanent nerve damage.

Based on the advice of her care team, Kathy is taking a break from chemotherapy this week to enable her body to recover.

She's also taking Vitamin B6 (100mg daily) based on anecdotal evidence that B6 reduces numbness and tingling in patients receiving Taxol.

Together, we continue to pack up our house for the April 27th move to our farm.   We make a great team with Kathy doing logistics/operations planning and with me doing heavy lifting.    It's quite a "spa treatment" - I've lost 6 pounds in the past few weeks and gained significant upper body strength.   However, I do not recommend moving as a long term fitness strategy since the mental cost of displacing your entire household is high.

Although our move is proceeding on schedule, the sale of our existing home is on hold.  The bidders negotiated the final price and paid a $1000 deposit.   Our final contract was to be signed on March 26.   On March 23 they notified us that they were bidding on two houses and elected to forfeit their deposit.   Our house goes on the market today and our first open house is Sunday.   Hopefully we'll have a quick sale since the process of keeping a house in perfect showing condition is anxiety provoking.

Thus no chemotherapy, B6, a focus on moving to our farm and a wrap up of 16 years in our existing home is the plan for this week.   We remain optimistic, energetic, and ready for whatever the future will bring.

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