Hey there, it's me Kathy: One battle at a time

Published on March 17, 2017


I have so much to share with you this week!

I went to see my oncologist and he said not to worry about the cancer in my body, only about my quality of life. He said I can have the summer off of chemo but I won’t. We tried that before and things got much worse.

Another worry of mine is the E coli bacteria in my bladder. I am on the last drug to fight it and it is in the penicillin family. I, of course, am allergic to penicillin, but so far I am able to take it. If the bacteria goes into my bloodstream I'm in big trouble and I haven’t been fighting cancer for years only to have a bacteria kill me.

Some good news! My recent chemo went well and the cortisone shot I had in my right shoulder made me feel like a new person.

The doctor wants me to get more exercise (cardio) so I asked him if I could lift weights again and he said to start slow and nothing over my head and not straight up from my sternum. He wants me to build my heart up in case I have to fight again with stronger chemo. My heart is at 52 now, which is really good for me.

There have been studies on inactivity and cancer risks. When you are at a healthy weight you have a better chance of fighting a disease. Being overweight puts a lot of work on your organs and makes them work harder just to function. Losing weight is one of the hardest things for us to do if we don't have the right information and it also takes a lot of willpower. No excuses - give it a try.

Speaking of weight, I’m at 141. Yes!

Tip of the week: if you don't have any foot cream take some olive oil or add some coconut oil to it or any nice smelling oil and give your feet a good rubbing and it will make them so soft and smooth. Remember to wash them off and dry them really well then put regular hand cream on them as well as warm socks and you are ready to curl up and watch TV comfortably.

Have a good week folks!


Kathy Golemiec is a former resident and business owner in Stewiacke where she still has strong family connections. She currently lives in Westville. She is chronicling her struggles and challenges as she undergoes cancer treatments. Her column appears weekly in The Colchester Weekly News.