About this blog

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on June 11, 2010. As a result of my treatment, I have lymphedema in my left arm. I draw my strength from the Lord, as well as my family's Scots-Irish heritage. Our Graham's were a tough and scrappy bunch of fighters on the Scottish/English border. They came to America and continued to fight when necessary: in the American Revolution; the Civil War; and my brother is a Captain in the U.S. Army. My ancestors settled this country against all odds. My great-grandmothers on both sides of the family were pioneer women who settled the West. Along with that heritage, and the full armor of God, I am walking the walk and fighting the good fight.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Creepy nails

My fingernails are getting progressively worse.  I noticed this morning doing the breakfast dishes that my pinky and ring finger on my left hand were starting to turn reddish-brown.  It almost looks like the fingers were smashed in a door.  You can't tell from the picture, but all fingernails have horizontal lines on them.

This is a known side effect of Taxotere.  Thank God that I only have one round left.

The sensitivity in my fingertips continues as well.  I'm finding it difficult to do small motor skill tasks.  Zippers, of all things, are giving me trouble.  I feel like such a dunce to be having trouble zipping up my toddler's jackets!  Even my own give me trouble.

I did feel more energetic this morning at the gym than I did a few days ago.  I did 35 minutes on an elliptical and then opted for the stationary bike for the last 30 minutes.  The last bit wasn't as strenuous as usual, but I did do intervals which is good for the metabolism. I got to my calorie burn goal, so that was good.  (I like to burn at least 400 calories and today I got to about 465).

No news on my eyes, sadly.  They still burn and water.  I'm wearing my glasses and am looking forward to seeing the optometrist in a few weeks, no pun intended.

Overall, I'm feeling good all things considered.  I'm looking forward to this Friday and my spirits are good. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tonya, So glad you are finally to the end of chemo. I've been done for six weeks or so. I still have some fine motor issues and my feet have some numbness, but hey, chemo is done! Be sure to allow yourself time to recover, it takes a while and it's different for everybody. I'm going for implants tomorrow, will probably post about it. Sometimes I wonder when it all just ends! I'm impressed with your exercise routine! I need to do better in that area consistantly. Hope your eyes feel better soon. Good luck Friday.