Interesting Article on Neuropathy
Before I start, I want to tell you that I post more often on my facebook page. Shorter things, funny things, links to things I want to share, pictures at medical appointments. So, if you are on facebook, take a look at my page here: Living With Stage IV Breast Cancer. Here, on the blog, I post longer things. Thought provoking things, my thoughts on living with a terminal illness, this insidious disease.
I've had mild neuropathy since my first chemo treatment, in the form of tingling on the bottoms of my feet. I've noticed that it's become more pronounced as time goes on. I've also started noticing it in my hands. If I clap my hands, for instance, they hurt (so, I golf clap now). It's affecting my knitting, which is why it takes longer for me to knit things now, and why it's so very important for me to knit for my future grandchildren before I can't do it anymore.
"...the use of chemotherapy has “dramatically improved our outcomes in terms of achieving long-term cure in breast cancer,” there’s a “flip side. Many patients experience toxicity from chemotherapy including the commonly encountered chemo-induced neuropathy, which can present as numbness, tingling pain in the fingertips and toes, but also difficulty walking and balance issues.”
This is how it's done, my friends. We talk, we compare notes, we share what we learn from each other with our doctors, they do the research and talk with each other, shit gets done.