Many people have asked me how I am feeling. This question comes from a position of concern and curiosity. Although I have heard from those that have been through lymphoma chemo (lymphemo) and we compared notes so far, the first striking thing that you learn is that it is a very personal journey. There are very few established norms, namely the hair loss, but some people don't lose it all. The effects you may have heard about appear to be resolved by modern chemo techniques but the medical staff goes to great lengths to make sure you understand EVERYTHING that could possibly go down. I may amend this observation down the line but so many anecdotes online support the notion of lymphemo as a nuisance. Despite the hours of introducing cancer killing medication into my system, when friends ask, "How are you doing?", I want to say, "I'm feeling logy" I'm just a little off. Cautious eating, lots of water, quick catnaps have all added up to a strange fogginess that I hope to stave off with daily walks as opposed to a run up to the corner store for a low-carb Monster.
I'm also working hard to accept help from family and friends. Laurie and her mother have orchestrated a Ty Penningtonesque descent on the Timberlane Farm ranch house. I hope to see the progress today but we all felt it best for me to seek refuge from particulate matter at my parent's home while the old carpet is removed. A fresh coat of white paint will grace the bedroom giving it a rest from the infamous lemon/maroon scheme. I owe much to everyone already for the gifts of time and concern...I'm less than a week into my 18 week journey.