The things I do to entertain myself.
Here it is, The Cancer Alphabet!
A is for Adriamycin. The red chemo drug. It causes nausea and hair loss.
B is for Bone Scan. I haven’t been squished by a faulty Siemens sensor yet! This scan is used
to monitor the status of bone metastases.
C is for Ciprofloxacin. The first antibiotic I have ever been prescribed. Figures I needed it for a
chemo induced fever.
D is for Dexamethasone. Yay. A steroid. Used as a part of the anti-nausea regimen but still
annoying. Causes Insomnia and ridiculous carbohydrate cravings.
E is for Emend. Oh anti-nauseant drug……..you are my hero.
F is for Family and Friends. Bet you thought I was going to say Fluevog:-) This road has been so
much easier to travel with all the support of my Family and Friends!
G is for Gemzar. A chemotherapy drug for down the road. I hope it’s a very long road, my
hair is finally growing in.
H is for Herceptin. May you work for a really long time.
H is for Healthcare. Our healthcare system is pretty amazing. It really makes this experience
less stressful when I don’t have to deal with an insurance company or
worry about co-pays and deductibles. It is stressful enough just hearing
about my American friends.
H is for Home Care. Thank you for not making me change my own bandages. Yuck.
H is a very popular letter. All 3 were so important that I couldn’t pick just 1.
I is for Ian. You are my rock.
J is for John. Fluevog of course. Did you really think I would not mention shoes?
K is for Kleenex. Especially the ones with lotion.
L is for Lymphedema. Really hope I don’t get it.
M is for Mastectomy. It actually was easier to handle than chemo.
N is for Nose hairs. For such a small body part who knew they were so important!
O is for Optimism. Not really any point of getting out of bed every day if you don’t have
optimism, and a little bit of hope……H is already kinda a full though.
P is for Pancakes. Yum!
Q is for Quinoa. I just threw that in to make me sound healthy. I really couldn’t think up
anything good for Q.
R is for Rum. Needed for mojitos. I wish it was summer. Then my mint would be
growing and I could make one. I could have also selected radiation, but
right now I’d rather have a mojito.
S is for Sebastian. Hi little nephew, I can’t wait to meet you!
T is for TDM-1. Newly approved by the FDA. Also works against the Her-2 gene.
Another down the road drug. Will also probably cause hair loss:-(
U is for Umbrella. I definitely need one today. We are having a pineapple express only it is
coming from Japan instead of Hawaii……..I guess that makes it a sushi
V is for Vinorelbine. Also known as Navelbine but that wouldn’t be helpful for my alphabet.
This is yet another chemo drug.
W is for Walking. Thank goodness my feet have recovered. Walking is the only real exercise
I can do these days other than shoulder stretches. And the shoulder
stretches are getting boring!
X is for Xoleda. Here we go again, another future chemo drug. On the upside it doesn’t
always cause hair loss AND it comes in pill form.
Y is for Yoga. I am thinking of taking this up once I can move my are more. It should be
fun, the breathing techniques are practically the opposite of Pilates. That
should help keep me on my toes.
Z is for Zoladex. A drug to prevent estrogen production. But the real highlight is the 15
gauge needle used to inject the time release pellet under the skin.