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!