Halfway There!

Hearts and love are everywhere :-).

Hearts and love are everywhere :-).

Well, I’m halfway through the chemo part of my treatment. Yahoo! This last round of chemo did not seem to be as bad as the one before, so all of your positive thoughts, energy and love that you all have been sending must be working :-)! Actually, after explaining to my oncologist how horrible I felt last time, the nurse administered the chemo to me over a much longer period of time during this session (about 80 minutes vs. 30).  This appears to have helped immensely with the immediate side effects that I was getting during and immediately after receiving the chemo. I didn’t get the immediate ‘head cold’ feeling or the feeling like my brain was floating in chemo – thank goodness.

The mystery is now what the next four rounds will bring. AC-PACLitaxel, also known as Taxol, is the type of chemo that I will be receiving for my last four rounds. I’ve been told by my oncologist that there will be less nausea, but perhaps more fatigue. Other common side effects are joint and muscle pain, peripheral neuropathy (numbness or tingling of fingers and toes). Many internet posts say that holding onto ice cubes and/or putting them in your socks may prevent the neuropathy, but I’m not sure I want to freeze my hands and feet for the 5 hour duration that they will be administering this type of chemo for.

2014-07-30 17.58.37On a lighter note, I washed my hair today. Since I only wear it when I go out, and don’t go out for very long periods of time, there was really no need up until now. It’s a funny thing to see ‘your’ hair laying in the sink as you wash it and hang it up to dry! I’m hoping it is dry by the morning, as I do have some errands to do. If not, then one of the awesome hats that I picked up at my new favourite store, My Left Breast, will have to do :-). 2014-07-30 20.07.30

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About denisemacdonald

I am a Canadian entrepreneur who has been spending the majority of my time between Canada and Panama, Central America. Living oceanfront, I am an 'investment consultant', predominantly in the area of real estate in the beaches areas. Photography is my hobby. In April, 2014 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I will be sharing my journey here on these 'pages'. If you would like to learn more about "Triple Negative" breast cancer, please click onto http://www.tnbcfoundation.org/.
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4 Responses to Halfway There!

  1. Kimberly says:

    I have and will always hate cancer and what anyone goes thru treating it. Hopefully sharing your experiences, (which not only educates all of us but takes us on this journey with you, strength in numbers ) helps you divest some of its ugliness. So glad this round of chemo was a little less gruesome. You are one of 3 girlfriends I have in this “C word” fight right now. And like you, the other two were pillars of good health, exercise and nutrition prior. It’s just so wrong. Keeping the lights on until you return.. Love and blessings, Kimberly

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Thanks for your kind words Kimberley! C doesn’t seem to have many patterns or guidelines as to who it hits next it seems….much to out disappointment. Amazing really, when some people go through their entire lives just doing what they want and ignoring health risks….and often end up unscathed. It is what it is….and will be what it will be I’m afraid. We can only hope for the best! Xx

  2. Linda says:

    Hello Denise
    It was good to see you a week ago and only wish that we could have had some time to catch up and share stories.
    I found out after I finished my last 3 rounds of chemo that the cancer clinic (treatment room) has mitts and foot ice bags. I wish that I had known about them as I am still feeling that numbness in my fingers. Half way through is a reason to celebrate 🙂 I counted down everyday (all 126 of them). The next high point is when you get your last treatment and can look forward to a “week 3” and then 4 and then 5. I planned a wonderful trip in week 5 to mark that accomplishment and before starting radiation. It was the best thing that I could have done for my soul, my body and my mind.
    Take care and sending a BIG HUG your way.
    Linda

    • Thanks Linda. I did ask about the hand and foot bags, but they said I wouldn’t need it. My fingertips have been feeling tender though, so I will insist on it next time! Hope you’re enjoying and celebrating your new ‘freedom’!!

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