Wednesday, May 8, 2013
3 down, 1 to go
I'm about to slip into my chemo coma for the next several days! Chemo on Monday was the quickest in and out yet. My labs are still staying in the range for "normal" women, and the doctors are encouraged by that. This was my third out of four treatments for this first phase with the the AC drugs (Adriamycin and Cytoxin). After the fourth AC treatment on May 20th, I will start two new drugs, TH (Taxol and Herceptin) on a weekly basis for 12 weeks. The TH drugs aren't as harsh as the AC so I won't have to "recover from chemo". Looking forward to that! Especially considering that my short term disability will be up in June and I'll have to start working again. Not really looking forward to that. Hoping that my new chemo brain is a result of the AC and my mind will start to clear!
I did find out that my cancer was categorized as Stage 3 breast cancer. I might have heard that before, but am not retaining information as well as I'd like! I was always hoping for Stage 2, but I'm sure the size of the tumor pushed it over the edge!
I also found out that I haven't been taking the standard 3 day post chemo oral steroids for nausea. I get the steroid through an IV at chemo, but that's it for steroids for me. I dragged my friend Jill along with me to this treatment and she was as entertained as I was every time I was asked if I needed a refill for the steroids I have not been taking! So I guess it's a really good thing that I'm able to keep the nausea under control with just the Zofran. I chalk it up to all your prayers! Keep 'em coming. Especially for the remainder of the week as I drift in and out of consciousness!
Sunday is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and I'm hoping to be alert enough to cheer on those running on Team Melissa and possibly even do the walk with Ella. I keep being told what an amazing and emotional time it will be, and I'm looking forward to it!
Thanking God for all my friends and family and prayer warriors committed to helping me get through this. I couldn't do it without you!