Back in Action

Hi!

Remember me? Kathy? The person who writes this blog?

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I am finally back and fully recuperated from my trip across the pond to Ireland! What a beautiful country, so much history and so many places to explore. It was such a wonderful trip with family and friends. Over 40 of us flew over to participate in my cousins wedding! So much dancing! I’ll insert a few photos at the bottom of this post.

Jet lag was not my friend in Ireland or back here in the US. After a few days of misery, and some retail therapy at Topshop, I finally adjusted to the time change enough to really start enjoying myself. We went on several tours and out to plenty of pubs and we even stayed in a castle for a few nights before heading back home to the states. When I feel sick now, I stop and think things like, “is this really that bad? I mean you’ve had chemo, you’ve felt the lowest of the low.” I used to think, during chemo, that these kinds of thoughts would eventually comfort me, they don’t.

I’m really glad to be back home and fully recovered from my second dose of jet lag. And not only that, but my emotional side effects of being diagnosed with AVN. It took me longer than I thought it would, or then I wanted it to, but I’ve finally gotten myself back to a healthy and productive mental space. It sucks that I’ll have to deal with this for the rest of my life, but there’s no sense crying over something that I can’t change. I’ve just got to keep chugging along and doing what I need to do, get my life back together!

Got a lot of posts and videos planned for the next few weeks so stay tuned!

xoxo Kathy

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Our Castle!

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Hanging out in the Lobby

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When you order coffee in Ireland

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Supporting our team at Ross Castle!

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The leftovers

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A funny polaroid from the wedding

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Some of my Topshop swag!

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A stop on our tour of Dingle!

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Super classy meal

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Dinner with the family!

 

Granny Hips and College Trips

Hey peeps,

Got my MRI results on Friday and they were not exactly what I wanted to hear. I have Avascular Necrosis (AVN) in both of my hips. Not one, both. Only one of them is currently hurting due to inflammation/swelling of the joint. The cause of this, you might ask? Just another lovely perk of chemotherapy. Thank you steroids!

I’ve been pretty bummed out all weekend but am finally starting to feel back to my normal happy self. Sometimes you just have to ride out the negative feelings! I’m sad that I can’t run right now, but hopeful that I will be able to in the future. I will keep everyone updated as I continue to learn more about AVN and how severe my case is (seeing the specialist tomorrow!). In other news, I got in to my first choice college! I actually found out as I was on the way home from the doctor after finding out about my AVN. My mom and I both started hysterically laughing and crying at the same time. Crazy how life throws these curve balls at us! The video below is a little bit more of a detailed explanation of Avascular Necrosis and my feelings (hopefully tomorrow I won’t be so dead).

Thanks for reading/watching/existing,

xoxo Kathy

Friday

I’m a little bit bummed out tonight. I’ve been working so hard to get back in shape and build up my stamina and I have been seeing so much progress. So many of the goals that I had set for myself to help me get my life back on track have been achieved and I’m so happy to say that. But since my last round of steroids and vincristine I’ve been having some pain in my right hip. That was about two weeks ago. I figured initially that it was just a symptom of the chemo, but all of my other symptoms have already run there course and the pain is getting worse. Ugh. Can’t a sista catch a break?

I don’t mean to be complaining, I know that I am truly blessed. I am happy and I will continue to be happy and live my life positively no matter what happens, but sometimes you just need to let the bad feelings out. It feels crappy that I have to go through more pain, and that I might have to stop running, and that I have to limp around. It makes me feel weak and limited, a feeling that I just worked very hard to escape from.

I have yet to speak to my doctors about this as I don’t have my next visit for another week, and I was holding onto hope that the sensation would subside. There’s always something scary about presenting the doctor with a new symptom, but there is usually a huge sense of relief after doing so. It is easy to be afraid of the unknown, but once you know what you are facing you can empower yourself to fight back. I’m afraid of what the doctor will say about my hip problem right now. Because when I think about telling her I imagine the worst possible scenarios. Sometimes I let this way of thinking get me down, I let the fear swallow me up for a while. But then I remind myself that there are some things in life that I cannot change, and I need to focus on the things that I can do. Like telling my doctor the problem and getting the facts. Or telling my fear to shove it because I will not give in.

As soon as I know what the problem really is, I can start working towards eliminating it. I just wish I didn’t have one in the first place. Oi! Thanks for reading my rant. I feel a little better now… but my hip doesn’t!

Xoxo Kathy