I received my 2nd round of AC on Thurs 5th July, and this one has knocked me around a little. Day 1 post Chemo saw me wrestle with nausea just a little, but put in a full physical day with work and housework. Perhaps not a smart move, I have spent the better part of the weekend on the couch or in bed.
Received 1st round of Chemo on the 14th June, Oncologist booked me in for a stay at the Hospital for observation overnight. The Chemo ward at Mercy Private was not what I expected, there was around 8-10 recliners, and there was 2 other people receiving treatment. It was much smaller than I thought, and was glad that for my first time, it wasn't busy. The ward staff are fantastic, and put me to ease with their supportive and caring manners.
Side effects of the AC for me:
What a ride! The original surgery, a wide local excision on the right breast on a 2.5cm tumour was a success. Caroline Baker got fantastic clear margins on the tumour, and as I was large chested, the left was reduced at the same time. Tissue samples from the left breast showed no sign of cancer. Nodes on the right showed microscopic cells, which the Oncologist Serene Foo predicts will be wiped with the 6 months of Chemo and then Radio I will be having. I had a triple negative cancer,which scared the hell out of me when I read up on it all.
After being diagnosed with cancer in my right breast, I have watched my Family and friends at times just not cope with the news. I am surprisingly upbeat, have faith and confidence in my Surgeons, have a beautiful daughter, supportive loving partner, lovely Family, colleagues, friends... really can't want for much in my life other than to live through this.
I really fear the Chemo, and hope I don't suffer too much through the chemical warfare that will be raging in my body post surgery.