December 12, 2010
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.
July 14, 2010
I had a scan yesterday to find out how I am doing and if my cancer is still going away. It’s always a really stressful time for me not knowing, waiting. Will the doctor call or will I get bad news in his office. Even though I am feeling so much better then I have in a long time and can feel that the cancer is retreating. I still second guess. The Doctor’s office called this afternoon to tell me that we are still on track and the cancer is still in the retreat. So I breath a sigh of relief and keep plugging along. Not knowing when I will be able to leave chemo in the dust.
For today, I will relish in the good news and thank God for it!
March 21, 2010
I started my chemo on Friday. I feel a little bit ahead of the game considering It’s my second time. The two drugs I am taking are not as hard on my stomach and Other then being fatigued I feel pretty good considering. It was not so easy to get my chemo in my new port though. It only had four days to heal. The first night I slept great but last night I tossed and turned all night long. My body ached and I could not turn my mind off. As I layed in bed yesterday I had a bit of a melt down. I guess I had been holding it in for so long that I just had to let it all out.
This friday in my chemo I am only getting one of the two drugs that I am being treated with so I am expecting to feel much better next weekend. The good news is that my hair will thin but not fall out.
My mind is still reeling about my cancer coming back and the blame game has stared in my head. I keep wondering why I didn’t realize cancer had returned to my body. I like to think that I am aware about my body and how I feel. Sometime cancer just sneaks up on us and bits us when we are not watching.
I have received so much support from you ladies and it is very very appreciated!