My Cancer Journey Chemo 1

It went smoothly at the hospital. I drank a lot of water and the support was amazing. The next day I went back to receive a shot called pegfilgrastim.

This shot causes white blood cells to form from the big bones. It causes soooo much pain. Omg the pain for two days was hell. I didn’t sleep for two nights. The 3rd and fourth day all the side effects started.

The side effects of my 1st chemo were atrocious and excruciating. I had nausea, diarrhea, headaches, bone pain, body aches and pains, no sleep, mouth dryness, indigestion, loss of taste, dry skin, chemo brain and tiredness. I also had pain in my throat and sores in my nose. I am now just starting to get a little energy back. The symptoms don’t all away right away.

Right now I have dry lips, taste is a little better but some things taste bitter to me and really salty. My hair is starting to fall more and the follicles are hurting. My stomach and nausea is better. I have my appetite back.

Right now as I’m getting ready to head into round two of chemo I’m praying that these symptoms don’t all flare up again. It’s truly the worst thing I’ve ever been through.

When going through the side effects I was crying and saying I can’t do this. But then I thought to my self this is temporary and I only have three more to go. I can do this. One day at a time.

Thank you Julie for the socks. @trysmallthings

I’m taking it one day at a time.

Thank you 🙏 for your comments and well wishes and support. It means so much to me.

Maria

Books 💙 Recipes and Staying Creative

With so much going on in the world I want to focus on the positive. I turned the news off. I’m staying home and doing things that keep me happy. I hope to bring some inspiration and positivity to you my friends. Stay happy and do things you love. You now have the opportunity to read, paint, write and do what ever your heart desires creatively. Keep active as much as you like. You can watch movies, meditate, exercise and get fresh air on your balcony or backyard. Cook, clean, organize and dance. Put the music on and sing or play games. Keep smiling, this too shall pass.


Today I would like to share my TBR list for 2020. I’ve selected ten books and I hope I can get through. What are you reading at the moment?


MY TBR LIST 2020

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called OVE by Fredrik Backman

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

A Little Life by Tanya Yanagihara 

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill 

Annabelle by Kathleen Winter 

Life of PI by Yann Martel 


Today I would like to share my lentil soup recipe with you and I hope you make it at home. It’s so easy and delicious. Do you like lentils?

Spicy Lentil Soup

Ingredients

12 Cups of Chicken or Veg Broth

1 Chicken cube or Veg cube

2 Cups of washed lentils

2 Bay Leaves

2 All spice Balls

1 Finely Chopped Onion

3 Finely Chopped garlic cloves

1/4 Cup olive oil

2 Carrots Chopped up

2 tbs of tomato paste

1 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp fresh thyme 

Instructions 

Place all the ingredients in pot to boil for 20 min except the tomato paste and olive oil. After 20 min add the olive oil and tomato paste and cook for 10 more min. Enjoy! Let me know if you try this recipe. 


Here is a lovely surprise recipe. I was going to post this at Christmas time but I didn’t or maybe I did and I don’t remember. lol 😆 Here is a banana cranberry muffin recipe.

Banana Cranberry Muffins

2 1/2 Cups of Flour

1 Cup Sugar

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 Cups Mashed Bananas

3 cups frozen cranberries

2 eggs

1/4 cup oil

1 cup milk

Instructions

Mix all ingredients and bake at 350F for 30min


Stay home and do art!

I hope you had the opportunity to check out my hula hoop skills in the video! lol 😝 oh to be a kid again! Had my girls do some fun art yesterday. I also did some collage journaling and paintings. Here are the lovely pieces.

First one is Abstract art by my eldest.

This piece is an abstract by my youngest.

Here are my pieces.

Collage

I sometimes draw inspiration from colours, patterns and textures when I create collage work.

This piece is a watercolour with ink. It’s my hubby’s favourite painting.

I’m sending you all my positivity and love. I hope you are all safe and healthy. Don’t forget to have some fun at home and stay positive. This too shall pass.

Much Love

Positivity

Strength

Courage

and kindness.

Dear January…

You were mild in temperature

we caught the flu

The world news is chaotic

Coronavirus

spread of disease

Tragic accidents

locusts in Africa

Shootings

The year of the rat not so lucky

I tried to stay off social media because it is toxic too

C H A N G E M Y F O C U S

working on balance

challenging

So many emotions

chaos is happening

Movement

I feel calm?

Something is guiding me

I’m trying

Doing the best I can

I have goals and I still dream

This is a good and positive thing

Thank you January because you have

Taught me kindness, patience, gratitude and love.

I’m not perfect

I learn from my mistakes.

So long and thank you for everything

As we move forward I think about

Strength

No worry

change

Farewell January!

Hello February!

Month of love, peace within and MORE ART!

MARIA MEDEIROS ART