Last Round of Chemo Side Effects and Studio Ghibli Marathon

This last round of chemo has been a rough one. Every single side effect I’ve had to wrestle with over the course of my treatment–nausea, deep muscle and bone aches and pain, fever spikes, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, anemia, hand-foot syndrome–has flared up, as though to usher in one last reunion tour. I keep telling myself I just have to endure a few more days and I’ll be on the upswing but when I’m feverish, queasy, and hurting everywhere, it’s hard to think beyond the “now,” and the now sucks.

To take my mind off how sick I’m feeling, Matthew and I are having a Studio Ghibli marathon. Yesterday we watched Tales from Earthsea, The Cat Returns, and My Neighbor Totoro, all movies I somehow hadn’t managed to see before. Earthsea started out really promisingly but fell apart storywise about halfway through, but the other two were absolutely charming. We’ll continue the marathon with Ponyo today.

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15 Responses to Last Round of Chemo Side Effects and Studio Ghibli Marathon

  1. Anita Allen says:

    Keep on hanging in there. The Chemo flu will pass soon

  2. Sorry you’re feeling pukey :( when are they going to do your last test? Thinking positively in your direction.

  3. Lisa Rains says:

    Stay strong sugar.hugs

  4. Hang in there Eugie … You’ll feel a little better each day. Congratulations … You’ve done it :)

  5. Janice Clark says:

    Mentally escaping into movies while your body recovers from the latest assault sounds like a good plan. I hope the nasty symptoms all go away soon.

  6. Eugie Foster says:

    Michael Barkley: I’m slated for a CT or PET scan in two weeks to coincide with my last lumbar puncture infusion and then a meeting with a radiation oncologist to set up my radiation treatment. I imagine there will be follow-up tests after that completes, too.

  7. Blerg! At least the momentum is forward. Hang in there.

  8. E Krock says:

    Courage – you’re almost there! (and not in the Star Wars Episode IV sense either!)

  9. Amy Herring says:

    You did it! Hoping for absolute best results. Hugs!

  10. Marathons are how I always cope with side effects–I hope all the crappiness is weakening and lessening, and that your distraction remains excellent! You are so awesome and I’ll be thinking of you!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  11. Mary Rodgers says:

    Hoping for the best for you. So glad that the treatments are finished…

  12. Feel better soon! The worst will soon be behind you.

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