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Life's Changing Nightmare - Chemo Day

My boyfriend is diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Everyday we encounter new details on this life changing nightmare. The road is not easy.


Life's changing nightmare - chemo day is about a true life event that has effected our lives. The challenges we face daily as we enter into the diabetic world with chemotherapy.


Totally Drained of Energy

I assumed my sleep was pretty good last night, but here I sit totally drained of energy, barely able to keep my eyes open.

Maybe from the morning shock wave when my body felt temperatures in the lows 40s.

Or maybe I am just getting a few moments to relax.

Whatever the case, we are forging ahead with Ron’s battle against stage 4 lung cancer.


Letting God Take Control

We are both sitting here relaxing while we let God take control.

It is day 2 of Ron’s chemotherapy where he will receive three different drugs through his port access.

This happens every 21 days and then we are quarantined for 48 hours.

This protects others from his chemotherapy as well as protects him from colds & viruses


Blood Sugar Levels

During his first round of chemo his blood sugar level went through the roof.

He has never had a problem before, but after a few tests we find out he is indeed diabetic.

This is problematic because the day before chemotherapy he has to begin taking dexamethasone, a steroid that raises blood sugar levels.

So Ron is now on medication for diabetes & must follow a true diabetic diet on his chemo days. If his numbers get too high then no chemo will be given.

It’s not great odds for a diabetic but he has to do whatever he needs too.


Beating the Diabetes Devil

Luckily, today it seems like we have beaten that diabetes devil. His number is 103 so chemotherapy begins.

This journey is definitely opening up our eyes to a whole new world. Every day brings us new challenges.

Cancer Fight Song - Long Gone



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 16, 2020:


Thank you.

We have had our ups & downs over the years.

He says he is glad I am by his side...I hope he is.

Prayers are always great. I believe in their power.

Thank you & gave a great day.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2020:

Ron is lucky to have you at his side as you both go through this journey together. My prayers will be added to others praying for you both.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 16, 2020:


Yes, it is all new to us.

But we are told his chemo can hurt other people during the first 48 hours...especially young children.

He has to flush toilet with lid down twice & sit not stand.

I have to be careful around the house.

He's not even to touch a towel that was on counter the day before.

Lots of interesting challenges...and learning more every day.

But hey...Covid-19 kinda got us used to quarantines...so it's all good.

Thanks for reading & have a great day.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 15, 2020:

I had no idea chemo patients had to be quarantined. She sorry you are dealing with this.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:


Thank you for being such a good friend.

I appreciate your kindness.

I am hopeful there is a silver lining.

We are going to be fine. We are not sitting here feeling bad for what has happened..we have to accept it and move forward.

Thanks again.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:


Thank you so much for your kindness.

I hate that you had to lose your son.

We are hopeful this chemo will be a blessing.

Thank you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:


They say if God brings it to you he will bring you through it.

No worries here...we will make it one step at a time.

Thank you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:


Thank you for the prayers.

I totally believe in their power.

This ordeal does make one appreciate everything just a little bit more.

Take care and enjoy today.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:


I guess I've had lots of practice dealing with my own past issues.

I kinda feel like as long as we are alive...we can keep on going.

Thanks for reading.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:


Thank you.

We will be fine.

We might end up with nerves of steel...but we can do this!

Have a great day.

Rosina S Khan on October 15, 2020:

I know, Brenda, these are hard, troubled times for you both. As you said, let God take control while you keep hanging on and go with the flow. Hopefully, you will surpass this phase, and you will be able to find the silver lining behind every cloud. God bless!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 15, 2020:

I am so sorry to hear of this. My son Jackie, ( who passed away ) was a diabetic. My prayers are with you and Ron. Chemo can be a blessing and healer. Stay strong.

Lorna Lamon on October 15, 2020:

It's a hard journey Brenda, however, you are in this together and this will make the battle a little easier to bear. Best wishes and prayers to you both.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 15, 2020:

I can't even imagine. All I can do is send my best wishes to you, and offer up a few prayers. It is brave of you to share the journey with the rest of us, and it certainly makes me grateful for the blessings I have been given.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 15, 2020:

Brenda, you and Ron are thrown obstacles one after the other and yet you seem to overcome. Be strong for each other.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 15, 2020:

Thank you for sharing this very personal journey, Brenda.

My thoughts are with you both. Just keep holding on.

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