Showing posts from September, 2016

Self-Care for the Caregiver

When Wes was first diagnosed with brain cancer, I promptly gained 40 pounds.  I did.  It took me about five minutes to do that. 

Since then, I've been on a journey to learn self care skills and healthy coping mechanisms.  I'm not an expert by any long shot, but I have gotten to a better place.  I have an arsenal of self-care tools that I'm using to deal with the stress of life with a partner with terminal cancer...

(These are in somewhat random order and are just what I am personally doing...others will have other ideas/experiences).

1. Prayer.  More prayer.  Sometimes when I get very very depressed I have been known to lay in bed, take a nap and listen to a recording of the Psalms.  Morning and evening prayers, goes without saying... getting to Church as often as I have the energy, surrounding myself with others who are praying and who are praying for us has been so uplifting.

2. A crochet project.  When I first got diagnosed, I started to make an afghan, and I'm sti…

Update on Wes's Brain Cancer

We have an update...months have gone by. Wes has been on Temodar (chemotherapy pill) five days out of every 28 since last February, after 12 weeks of recovering from brain surgery in October.  At that time, the neurosurgeon was able to remove all visible tumor.
 In July, his MRI results came back questionable. The doctor said that it was either swelling and inflammation (which steroids would fix) or it was new tumor regrowing at the same site where his surgery was last October. Wes opted to go on steroids for a month, and then to have another MRI for comparison. We were hoping for the best, but got bad news instead: even more growth was seen, despite the steroids.

Wes will have another brain surgery in the third week of September. That's as long as his oncologist would give him to finish a big goal at work. There's a small chance it will be sooner, as we see the Neurosurgeon on September 9th, who will tell us what he wants to do, and get Wes scheduled for th…