June 3, 2013: Monday

Posted: June 11, 2013 in Brain Tumor, Mayo Clinic
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paleo pyramidIt is Monday time to go back to “work” in my current job as a cancer patient. This morning, I had my visit with my radiation oncologist. I left home but I wanted to have coffee on my way to the appointment. When I got tot desk “R” I was in luck. A Mayo volunteer came over and asked if I wanted coffee or juice. I said, “yes”. Before I got my coffee I was called back to my appointment but the medical assistant waited until I got my coffee. As I sipped on my coffee, the doctor and I discussed risk and benefits of radiation. I have to wait 3 weeks after my surgery to begin radiation for head to heal better. He told me that I would have 33 radiation treatments over 6.5 weeks. These treatments would start June 17. Radiation would cause hair loss on my head in the front on my left side and possibly the opposite side where the radiation would exit. We talked about the medication study that I would be possibly entering. My simulation appointment would be tomorrow and I would meet with the radiation oncology social worker to discuss “social issues.”

After my appointment with the, radiation oncologist I attended a class about nutrition during cancer treatment. I will have to stop taking certain supplements and vitamins because they will interfere with the action of chemo. Those substances include mainly extra antioxidants. The instructor, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, had a whole slide committed to sugar and cancer. This slide stated that sugar does not cause cancer growth. No studies have supported any side of the argument so I still plan to maintain a low carb, semi-paleo diet (see above plaeo pyramid) during treatment and have my AdvoCare protein shakes.

Next, I stopped by the Erickson Skin and Hair Care Center to get a dressier hat or scarf than my TriRochester hat. Then I went for lunch but I forgot my wallet so I had my mother drop it off. By the time she got there, all I had time before my next appointment for was Jimmy Johns.

At my next appointment was with the fertility clinic to talk through my options about having children after my therapy. They included in vitro fertilization including embryo or egg preservation or hormone induced menopause.

By the time I got home I was so tired that I decided to stay home and forget about my workout. So, my mother and I had a deep discussion about my chances of making her a “grandmother”.

~dmj

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