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  • Writer's pictureBarb Demore

The Inevitable Ups and Downs

As I write this, I am reflecting on my previous entry.

My treatments were going along smoothly and I was feeling really

optimistic about their efficacy. I was also looking forward to our trip to

Rome and trans Atlantic cruise.

A few days prior to my oncology appointment, I experienced mild

symptoms of a urinary tract infection. That was followed by two days of

above normal temperatures, eventually reaching 102!

The oncologist confirmed the UTI and reported that my red blood cell

count was low. He prescribed an antibiotic and, when I saw him a week

later, all was well. However, he advised me to stop taking my oral

medication until after our trip. I was concerned about being off my

meds for about three weeks, but agreed it would be best.

The trip was wonderful. We saw so much in Rome, and had a relaxing

cruise back to Ft. Lauderdale. I saw the doctor shortly after our return

and he immediately restarted my medication.

Shortly after returning home, I was deeply saddened to learn about the

loss of a friend from cancer. She was diagnosed after I was. This hit

close to home. So, while my good spirits were shaken, I have eventually

realized that I should be thankful that so far my treatments are working.

I am looking forward to my children and grandchildren’s visit at

Christmas. It’s always a wonderful and fun time when we’re all


Looking ahead, we have booked another cruise in April 2020, a shorter

one, so I hopefully won’t have to go off my oral medication.

Life with cancer is indeed a roller coaster. But it is for everyone, isn’t it?

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

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