Sunday, February 20, 2011

Halfway There !!!!!

Well, as of last Wednesday, I am officially halfway through with chemo..... Whoo Hooo.  I am completely through with the Cytoxin and Adriamycin (the red devil) drugs.  Now I will be receiving Taxol every other week for 4 treatments.  I should be done the end of April.  I am counting down the days.  This last treatment has been the best so far.  I really haven't had any nausea, just tired.  I pray the next drug goes as well.

I received the results of my genetic testing.  Of coarse I couldn't be normal and just be negative or positive.  No, I have to get some crazy results "Genetic Variant of Uncertain Significance".  It comes with a letter saying there is something wrong with your DNA, we're just not sure exactly what.  The letter states they may want to test family members, "free of charge", to do further studies.  The results really don't have any bearing on me, since I've already had a double mastectomy but are invaluable to my family members.  Interesting, we'll see what happens. 

We survived the snow storms of the century.  I missed 10 days of school because of them, we won't be out of school until mid June at this rate, ugh.  Bryan got me to each chemo treatment, thank goodness.  The storms fell perfectly so as not to interfere with my chemo treatments, I was worried that my schedule would be thrown off.  Now that it's warmer, we have actually been walking after work.  I'm trying to build up my strength and stamina.  It felt so good to be outside in the sunshine and out of this house, I was going stir crazy. 

Hope this finds you well and until next time, love to all.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Treatment #3

I had my chemo treatment #3 yesterday thankfully.....I say thankfully because we are in the middle of a winter blizzard.  The clinic opened late (at 10:00 am) but Bryan got me there.  All my blood counts were perfect, praise God.  Dr. Rosenfeld asked how my appetite has been, to which I replied "I eat everything in sight".  He laughed and said that was all the steroids they are giving me.  Needless to say, I haven't lost any weight.  The snow days off school are a God send, giving me extra time to rest.  Remind me I said this when June rolls around, hahaha.  I got to meet one of my fellow blog sisters that was receiving her first treatment.....good luck Georgia, praying for you.

I have had MAJOR hot flashes this go around.  I woke up all night soaking wet, then freezing, then soaking wet.....a little nausea thrown in there.  Today I'm just tired and have slept a lot.  Good thing I'm off work and can sleep all I want.  We had to venture out again today to go get my shot to keep my blood counts up.  We are supposed to get more snow tomorrow, Sunday, Monday and next Wednesday, ugh.  Come on summer.