Friday, October 20, 2023

Post Cancer/Chemo Update-- Month 3

 Hello friends! Happy Friday! Before we begin, I wanted to share a little sneak peek of our fall family pictures with you. We are so happy with how they came out!!

I'll share the rest next week!!

Today I am here with a monthly update on cancer/chemo recovery. I'll be honest, this past month has been a struggle because I have learned that while I may not be currently getting chemotherapy, I am still immunocompromised. This past month could be referred to as "The Month I Was Nonstop Sick." 

Unfortunately, towards the end of September I woke up one morning with a high fever. Due to the panic the oncology team instilled in me over fevers, especially neutropenic fevers, I called the oncology team and made an appointment. At that point, my blood counts were still good and while I had a cough, there was nothing alarming about it yet. I was sent home and told to report back if things got worse. On Saturday morning, I woke up feeling significantly worse. My oncologist texted me to check in on me (God bless him-- the man is truly a saint), and told me to go to the ER. It turns out, I have pneumonia. Pneumonia can be mild or it can be serious, and luckily I do not have a particularly serious case of it. That being said, I also don't have much of an immune system, so fighting it has been difficult. So there hasn't been a whole lot of "recovery" going on this month. 
I do, however, have more hair! Yay! It is "long" enough where I feel comfortable going out in public without my wig or a hat. I'm not saying it's cute... but it certainly has been worse!

My eyelashes and eyebrows are completely back to normal... in fact, maybe better than ever? I used to have thin-ish eyebrows from years of tweezing and waxing, but not anymore! I'm not saying they're super thick, but they're thicker than they were before. I'll count that as a win!

The muscle myalgia (pain) is almost non-existent now. I cannot express how happy I am to be able to write that sentence. I am no longer in pain, and it feels SO DANG GOOD. Now I need to start focusing on building back my muscle tone, because this mama is weak as heck. I'm not rushing it though, this will take time. 

I am frustrated with the pneumonia, but sometimes I have to remind myself why I'm struggling to recover. My body just went through hell. Just 12 weeks ago I was so sick from what the chemo had done to me that I couldn't even get out of bed. Weeks. Of course I'm struggling to fight a major infection like pneumonia. ANYONE would struggle with that, let alone a recent cancer survivor. I guess the good side of that though is that sometimes, I forget it even happened. I am so caught up in the day-to-day life that I don't think about it. I'm back to feeling (mentally) like regular Lauren, not Cancer Lauren. I don't even know Cancer Lauren anymore. :) I'm regular Lauren again, wife, mom and teacher but who has a new appreciation for the beauty in every day. Which is a pretty beautiful outcome from a horrible situation. 

Thank you for reading along today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Today I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for Friday Favorites. 


  1. Oh man! I hope you get over the sickness soon and so happy to hear all the positive updates. Your family photos are simply gorgeous!

  2. I love your family photos, they're beautiful. I do hope you get over the pneumonia very soon. Sending prayers and warm hugs xx

  3. Pneumonia is awful! I hope you feel better soon.

  4. I will be praying for you. Sending you all the love I have.

  5. I love your family photos. Hope you feel better being sick is no fun.

  6. What a beautiful family picture.
    Oh no! Sorry you have been so sick. I hope you are feeling better soon, pneumonia can be so serious. Your hair looks great and hooray for your eyebrows. Take care.

  7. Your family pictures are beautiful! So sorry to hear about the illness. Your body has been through A LOT! Hope you have a good weekend!

  8. Sorry to hear you have been sick but love hearing about all these little wins! One by one those little wins are piling up. Hope you are feeling better soon and manage to keep germs away until your immune system is a bit stronger.

  9. You and your family are so beautiful, and thank you for sharing your journey. Sending hugs and hope you're feeling better soon!