Chemo Round 2

Round 2

Chemo Round 2 is officially complete with four treatments to go.  As so many people have pointed out, I am now 1/3 of the way through the six treatments.  It was a long day…a little longer than expected.  Ed and I arrived at 11:00 a.m. Shortly thereafter I was called back to the lab for the routine vitals and to have the needle and IV tubing placed into my port.  From there we met with my oncologist.  We talked with her about the first round of chemo and the side effects I experienced.  Ed and I had a few more questions for her and then she did a breast exam.  By touch and with the help of a small ruler, she estimates the tumor now measures 3 to 3.5 cm.  That’s good news because it is shrinking (the tumor was originally approximately 4 cm plus).  That also means the chemo is working.  We were very pleased to hear that.  So far, so good!

I was then off to the chemo room.  Ed walked me back there, waited until I got settled in a chair (with a pillow and blanket), and then was off to pick Gracie up from school.  I sat down in the chemo room at noon and Ed was back to pick me up at 5:00 p.m.  So, it was a long day but the time did go by quickly.  I managed to make it through a number of catalogs and magazines; and spent time on my iPhone.  I did take a short nap but promised myself that next time it will be longer!  I am not sure why I did not sleep more!  Too much going on around me to watch I guess.  Although, there is nothing too exciting to report from my fellow chemo patients. Everyone seemed to be in good shape and on their best behavior.  No snoring.  No throwing up.  Everyone was quiet and doing their own thing.  It was quite crowded though.  Most seats were filled.  I did manage to land a corner chair which is prime real estate because you get a little more room between the chairs next to you.  Like last time, I was one of the youngest in the room.  I noticed the woman next to me was close to my age.  Later I caught a glance of her wristband which lists name and birthday. She was 36.  She finished her treatment before me and when she got up to leave I noticed she was pregnant.  Wow.  Can you imagine?  That’s tough and brings a whole different element to having cancer.

So, how am I feeling?  Fine.  A little tired but O.K. so far.  Now we just wait and see what sort of side effects appear.  I am hoping it is similar to round one so I know what to expect, but not any worse please.  Time will tell.  Ed takes me back tomorrow (Thursday) morning for the Neulasta shot which is used to stimulate the growth of “healthy” white blood cells in the bone marrow.  It is also what caused the bone pain the first go around!  So, this time I will take a pain medication in advance.  It can only help.

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Comments

  1. Mary Johnson says:

    Love the pic of the pink boxing gloves… so appropriate, you are indeed a fighter and WILL beat this thing! Glad you had some prime real estate yesterday 🙂 Though disappointed that there are no good people-watching stories, LOL!!! A short nap??? Yes, next time you need to work on that 🙂 GREAT news that the tumor is shrinking!!!!! Sounds pretty substantial after one treatment… Yay!!!! I continue to keep you in prayer…. call if you need us, we are here!!!

    Love,
    M.

  2. Good to hear all went well and that you are 1/3 of the way done. Let’s plan a trip to the mountains after the race. Let me know if you need anything in the days to come.

    Love ya!
    A

  3. Stacey Shekerow says:

    So glad to hear that round 2 went well – hopefully today’s injection was not too bad. Good idea to take the pain medication-no reason on earth to grin and bear it if you don’t have to! You are the strongest woman I know and are now officially my role model (even if you are 10 yrs younger than me) – you keep up the positive attitude – you are making good progress here, and looks like you have a whole army of friends to help you along the way! Please let me know if you need anything at all – I am off Fri through Mon this week and am at your service! By the way – Dr D says hello and that he’s been thinking of you – wishes you well.

    Love, Stacey

  4. So glad to hear the tumor has gotten smaller. This is great news!! I am in town and will be in town, keeping my fingers crossed for the next entire week. So, please let me know if I can do ANYTHING.

  5. LOVING the pink boxing gloves….. Glad to hear #2 is in the books… hang in there!

    Melissa, Sean and Lydia!

  6. lauriel says:

    i know i am a little tardy but i LOVE the boxing gloves TOO! thinking of you and hope to see you soon. maybe i will just throw rocks at your window and stare. 🙂

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