So, my final appointment for the post treatment clearance was my breast surgeon. I have had the clearance of the CT scan, MRI, bloods and bone scan. Now it was time for the ultrasound and mammogram results. As I sat waiting, I am becoming so "zen" about waiting, I could hear the one sided conversation of his receptionist. She was talking to women who were at the same place I was just over 12 months ago. Stunned and traumatised because of "a lump". She is still calm, gentle and carein - just like 12 months ago. How does she deal with this everyday and not get angry I wonder?
Today I reach the goal of 12 weeks from treatment. I survived it! Now I have my appointment for an MRI, CT scan and bone density scan to hopefully tell me I am all clear. If nothing else it will be my baseline should I ever have a recurrence.
Hello everyone. I am one day away from my final chemo. Looking forward to this part of my treatment finishing. Particularly looking forward to the PICC being removed.
Anyway, I am planning a holiday to the Perth region in the weeks prior to Christmas. I will be 5 weeks post radiation. Does anyone have tips on travelling, as well as what to see and do when I am there? I have never been to WA before.
Pinched from a cafe wall, a wish to launch all the pink chicks into Spring.
"This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life."
Yesterday was chemo 11, 5 more to go. And as I prowled around last night with the dex zing I pondered just how "normal" chemo had become.
From the initial shock, horror and anger of diagnosis to the trauma of surgery and the first chemo it is all now just part of the rountine.
The dietary changes are now normal.
The exercise routines are now normal.
The days when I shouldn't venture out are normal.
The days when I should are normal, and packed :)
Today I had my eight chemo (fourth Taxol) and am travelling well. No nausea just a wee bit of neuropathy in my fingers and fatigue, but we are keeping an eye on botht. I must say Taxol is certainly much easier that EC.
So far hair loss is the worse symptom, I was hoping to keep my eyebrows but they are wisping away, as are my eyelashes. My head hair seems to be coming back, a soft fuzz is appearing - white but there.
Well onto the next round of chemo. Round 1 Taxol. No bad reactions so far but my body doesnt like the new new anti nausea drug - so no more of that for me. However other than an achey back ( which is possibly because I have been out and about with vengance the past two days) there are no major problems ** knock on wood**. But my eyebrows are disappearing. I was sooo hoping to keep them, alas it is not to be.
Well, zapped on Thursday. But is was my last double dose now I move on to Taxol for 12 weekly rounds.
Probably a good thing as I started getting rashing immediately after the Epi. Obviously my body doesnt like it at all this time around. But it has passed and now I just have that fabulous tomato face. Must admit to being concerned about the side effects of Taxol but worrying doesnt help does it? One day at a time.
My sister in law sent me this wonderful headcover for when I start swimming again in summer after radiation. No shame here, I will be wearing it (to protect my nude nut if nothing else)
I have such a great family.