So far I have had two treatments with the newly approved breast cancer drug Eribulin. I had a hard time at my first treatment just getting my insurance company to ok my treatment. You can read about my experience here. It’s kind of scary receiving a new drug but exciting at the same time. Not knowing really what to expect. I am my doctor’s first patient to receive the treatment and the first patient at the hospital to receive it. I felt like I was on the cusp of something important. Paving the way for other women like me who have tried several drugs for their cancer that had not worked.
I have not experienced many any side effects from my treatments so far. My most significant side effect is fatigue. I seem to be sleepy all the time but it may have to do with the meds I am taking for my cough too. The only other side effect I have experienced is a little constipation which as all cancer patients know is very common. I don’t have any food aversions and have been able to drink my coffee every morning which makes me very happy.
I am currently using an oxygen machine to make my breathing easier. My cough that I have had is getting better and I think the oxygen is really helping that out. If I feel short of breath or have a lot of coughing I just go into my room turn my machine on and put my nose piece in and bam, I get a nice oxygen treatment.
My hair is still hanging on and I am told that it will not all fall out. We will see about that. My hope is that this new treatment will kill my cancer and put me into remission. I would like to celebrate a lot more Christmases.
Sarah – I would like to have you around for a long, long time to come also! What’s with the cough? Have you been sick or is it cancer related????
Hang in there, Lady! I’m praying for good results!
It’s a bit of both. It’s been going on for a long time but has gotten worse in the last 3 weeks or so.
Really hope this new treatment works for you!
Glad you’re not suffering from too many side effects too, I know how much you love your morning coffee.
Thinking about you. I read your Spruce Hill blog lots…for update on you, for recipes, and to fantasize about living on that farm with those dogs and, well, with your life :)It’s not sounding too fun at the moment, but I’m sending up a big prayer for a successful outcome! BTW…I loved the photos of your dogs upon your return home from a trip…simply beautiful.