Week 3 chemo treatment done. And I’m still feeling pretty damn good.
Each time though, my first chemo drug (Taxol) seems to really hit me in a weird and intense way. My body is definitely not vibing with the Taxol. Last week I swear I could feel it flowing and burning through to the tips of my fingers and toes. Like a really bad drug trip. Then this week it felt like it was burning up my chest to my face. Trying to get out of my body somehow. So now there’s discussion about switching to a different chemo drug in the same family (Taxotere). I’ll be chatting with my oncologist about the switch when I see him next week.
But otherwise, my body seems to be tolerating all the meds pretty well. No problems with the Carboplatin or Herceptin (which is actually a hormone drug – not chemo). Plus, the new bone strengthening med I’m taking (Zometa) seemed to go in today without a hitch.
Yesterday, I have to admit, I was feeling some sharp stabbing pains in my breast and chest area. Not so pleasant. But not the worst pain I’ve ever felt (hello C-section and broken collarbone!). Apparently this is a common side effect of the chemo and an indication that battles are being waged in my body. The pains came…. They went… I rested… And today it’s all better.
I’ve been told the Zometa may do the same thing in my bones as the meds try to displace the cancer cells with strengthening molecules. Go Zometa! Go!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I truly believe the only way I am making it through all this is because of the insane outpouring of support I am receiving – on all levels.
It’s hard for me to even comprehend the level of support and love that is pouring in. Over 5,000 visits to my blog… Endless emails, hand written notes and cards, gifts, text messages… All the checks and donations that keep coming in… Offers to help with Miss M from the local community (where we’ve lived for only 6 months)…
I’m especially blown away by the number of people willing to get on a plane and come out to the middle of nowhere Ohio to be with me. As my oncologist said to me the other day, “You’re a real popular lady!” It is truly amazing. And having my favorite people next to me while I fight this battle makes all the difference.
So thanks again everyone. I can’t even begin to express the level of gratitude and appreciation I feel.