This blog is just to let everyone know where i stand in my treatment.
- Major chemotherapy is over!
As of April 1, I have completed all six sessions. I still have to keep going to my oncologist every three weeks to get injected with Herceptin, one of my four chemotherapy drugs; that won’t be finished until November. However, out of the four medications, Herceptin causes the fewest side effects. That doesn’t mean NO side effects; all drugs come with consequences, and I’m still going to be dealing with nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, back pain, trouble sleeping, a constantly runny nose, the possibility of mouth sores, and an increased risk of heart failure (Can you believe this is considered one of the EASIER chemo drugs to take???). However, it’s not going to completely break down my body like the other ones have been, which means a number of things:
– My hair is going to start growing back now.
– Both my white blood cells and my red blood cells finally have a chance to start rebuilding themselves without getting knocked down every few weeks.
– This 3-month cough should finally start to clear up.
– In about five weeks, the burning all over my body should start to dissipate, and it should be gone completely in about four months.
– Soon i can start trying to get myself back into the gym. (Booty, I *miss* you, and I won’t even grumble about having to get on that damn stair climber three times a week, just so you and i can reunite again one day.)
- Radiation is about to start.
I have a consultation with my radiologist on Tuesday. I don’t have a lot of information about this process right now. At this point, all i know is that i will have to go to the Virginia G Piper Cancer Center five days a week for about two months. Radiation itself doesn’t take very long (20-30 minutes); it seems to me that the biggest hassle will be having to drive an hour to Scottsdale every single day of the week. I’ll have more on that later.
- Reconstructive surgery is still up in the air.
A lot of people keep asking me when i am getting these expanders out and the implants in. I don’t know. The doctors can’t schedule that surgery until after radiation, so i have at least two months before that is even a possibility. As much as i hate these Tupperware containers sitting on my chest, i am okay with delaying the surgery as much as possible. The main reason? I have no sick leave, annual leave, or FMLA time left, so once i go out for that surgery, i have a feeling that is when i might lose my job. I don’t know any way around that. If anyone has suggestions, please feel free to pass them along.