OK so Taxol is almost completed! One more to go then I start the AC. I have my MRI scheduled for next week after my last (#12) treatment of Taxol. That will tell my docs and the clinical study how much the tumor has shrunk.
I am also looking forward to my appointment with Dr. Anne Wallace the following week. She is my oncology surgeon. I picked her not only because she is the best in San Diego and leads the entire Breast Cancer team at UCSD, but also because she did her undergrad at Creighton University in Omaha. She loves Omaha! For those who don't understand that reference, I am from Omaha ;)
Go Huskers! I hope to get more information on when my surgery will be and what she thinks of my tumor so far.
So I have been frantic to find a new babysitter for the kiddos before the AC treatments start. My previous babysitter found a professional job (she just graduated college) so I have been on the hunt. I found an empty-nester mother of a camp counselor here in our neighborhood. She does math tutoring on the side, but has agreed to help me during my last 8 weeks of treatments. Thank goodness! I have also put a slow-down on my incoming work until I know how I am going to react to the new drugs. Honestly, I am starting to get stressed and a bit scared about AC, but I have to keep remembering so far Ii have done so well so all fingers point to me doing well on this next one too. I have read some horror stories online about AC, yet I also read those same kind of stories about Taxol and so far Taxol has been a breeze.
So as far as side effects and such, here it goes...
Pros: still feeling good, getting my 3 mile walks in usually every other day or so, appetite still good, overall feeling good!
Cons: still dealing with acne. I'm not on the steroid anymore so I can't blame that, so now I am blaming my catapult into menopause. It seems to be getting worse so I am going to try just going back to my normal regimen but adding the apple cider vinegar toner to see what that does. My skin gets really dry these days. I never had to put on moisturizer in the morning (only at night) but now I definitely have to put it on every morning. I will beat these darn pimples (naturally, of course)! Also, now that I am not on the steroid, I am getting a bit more tired at night. I went to sleep at 8:15pm the other night and slept for over 9.5 hours! Minus the night sweats, but all and all felt really good when I woke up.
OK, now something endearing... I have asked to volunteer in Layne's first grade class every friday before I start the AC. I love being in the classroom with the kids. Layne loves it and I get a kick out of those little ones. Layne announced to everyone I was bald under my wig. Boy, did that get some interest with the kiddos! They didn't believe me so I shifted my wig from side to side so they could see. Well can I just tell you I have never been more popular!! The kids are attracted to me like honey now. Each day one or more of them are coming up to me asking me to move my wig. I also have a fun finger trick they like too. Sorry other parents, I think I am going to be MVP in this year's class! can't wait to wear my pink mermaid wig in there. They are going to go bonkers!
Hi! I'm Amy. I was diagnosed at 44 with