I did it! I'm finally done with my chemo. I am SO thankful to be finished with this portion of my treatment. I was blessed to have my husband, my mom and my youngest brother here when I finished.
After the last treatment I rang that bell as long and loud as I could so everyone could here. It was a very emotional moment for me and my family so I immediately broke down as soon as I was done. ugh!
So nothing new, I didn't feel too hot for a week or so. I took the nausea meds this time around and they helped a bit. I am finally out of my fog and starting to feel better. I can tell because I am starting to crave fresh food. While on chemo I craved comfort food and salads sounded horrible to me. Now I am on my green juice and salads again at day 13 after chemo. I guess that is a good sign, right?
I was also fortunate to have my twin come out the weekend after chemo to help me out with the kids. With his and mom's help, John was able to do one more important business trip.
Between all of the helpers who have come as well as the lovely ladies of the elemnetary school foundation's 12 days of Christmas crafts, these kids may not even remember these last five challenging months.
Next steps: one more MRI, pre-op appt for surgery in January, radiation consult then I have to get my port cleared out once in the meantime. Otherwise I have the entire month of December off! What a wonderful Christmas blessing.
I also have the OK from my oncologist to eat sushi starting next week. I have to still get approval from my surgeon before I can drink wine, but I will find that out next week.
So I'm not going to lie, this one has hit me harder than the rest so far. My stomach is a lot more sensitive, and I am a lot more tired, and I feel like my brain function literally is on low. I find myself asking the same questions over and over again. It has become hard for me to work. As a creative, I need that kind of brain muscle. Thank goodness for help! and I mean that in the most sincere way. One of my best friends from Florida dropped everything to come help take care of me and the family while John went on a business trip. Laura has been my angel for the last two weeks. She has driven the kids to school, taken them to lessons, fed them, played with them, bathed them all while I have sat on the sofa. She has made incredible meals almost every night, then froze some of them for later. She is my angel.
Speaking of angels, I can't say thank you enough to everyone who has encouraged me during this whole shebang. A friend from school told me the other day she was so impressed with me taking my kids to school almost every day and looking fabulous doing it. How sweet. I figure, even if I don't feel fabulous, slapping on my kick-A wig and wearing sparkle eye shadow does something for the soul. So many friends have sent messages on my blog or told me in person, or brought dinner to my home, or flowers to my door. I can't say in words how thankful I am for all of you. When I am feeling down, I remember what you say and it truly helps me.
Now, to another positive... I have one single chemo infusion left! Nov. 30th is my magical day. There is a bell outside the chemo infusion lab. I've already told everyone I am going to ring it louder than anyone ever has. I am counting down the days. Honestly, I am worried about my last chemo. I am worried how tired I will be and how I will feel, but knowing it is my last one makes me feel like I am so close to the finish line.
I wish I was! But, not quite yet. I do have the entire month of December to recover. What a blessing! I have my outpatient surgery on Jan. 12th to remove any scar tissue and scrape the margins of where my tumor once was. After that, I wait another month then start radiation. Bummer, I just found out I have t o go for radiation monday through friday for 7.5 weeks! This grounds me until mid April now.
Let's talk hair now... so I have lost some of my eyebrows and my eyelashes. Luckily there are a few left for me to put makeup on, but they are dwindling. I have been trying to figure out how much hair I will have when this whole ordeal is over. I think I'll hopefully be to 3 inches by June of next year. Unless I can come up with some natural potion to make it grow faster. Believe me, i will be researching that!
Feeling a bit better each day after infusion. I can do this.
Not sure if I had mentioned this before, but after AC chemo, you need to drink at least a 2-liter bottle of water. Apparently if you let these drugs sit in your bladder without flushing them out they will start corroding your insides and you will start bleeding internally. Yikes! that's a big incentive to drink a crap-load, eh? Well, for me, I am absolutely parched for water at all times while on this med, so the drinking has not been a problem for me.
Good news! I told my oncologist I was really "foggy" for the first couple of days after my first AC dose. He said that was probably from the steroids I have to take afterwards. He let me cut my dosage in half and it has made a huge difference. I don't have that foggy feeling at all this time. Thank goodness, that was no fun. Still pretty tired, but getting through this dose better than the last. Two down, two to go!!
Hi! I'm Amy. I was diagnosed at 44 with