Karen's Page

Welcome to Karen's Page, a web page intended to keep Karen's family and friends informed about her cancer. Karen, age 40, has a rare form of cancer called Pseudomyxoma Peritonei. She and her husband Tom have 2 children ages 4 and 7.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Let me tell you.....

Hello Friends,
I'm doing pretty well these days. Yes, I'm sooooooo glad that I'm done with chemo. It was a tough decision for me, because part of me wanted to finish the whole course of treatment. However, my neuropathy in my fingers and feet, was getting to a point that was uncomfortable and wouldn't go away or even lessen, before my next chemo appointment. My doctor said I didn't have to finish because there would be a chance that the neuropathy would become permanent. Seeing as I want comfortable feet to exercise with, I chose to quit. Plus, it seemed the right thing to do. The kids are home from school for the summer and this makes it a whole lot easier. They (and my honey) are so excited that I'm done.

It's taking longer than I thought to get my energy back, but it is definitely improving as time goes on. It's a slow, steady process.

I taught a few routines in Jazzercise earlier this week. It was so great. My students made me cry - they are soooo awesome. However, I think I overdid it, because I was pretty pooped yesterday. Walking to and from the Palm Desert park to see the fireworks, probably didn't help matters! The fireworks were so great. I really love to see them. The boys were excited, but didn't appreciate the long walk.

What's next you ask? Well, we watch it using CT scans and blood work. I will get my CT scan at the end of July. It will be a new challenge, to wait for those results. I think Tom is dreading this part of the whole adventure. What if it comes back? What do we do? I still am of the belief that it won't. It truly is out of our hands, anyway. God only knows and if it comes back He will have a plan by then.

Meanwhile, I intend to enjoy every moment I have. I'm anxious to get involved in the schools and church again.

Thanks for being so patient everyone. There probably won't be as many postings as before. Just know that being able to put down how we feel here has been very helpful in our adventure. You all have been so great. Please keep checking. You never know what we may share with all of you.



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